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5 Newsworthy Soundbites this Week: Mar. 2

As you get ready for the weekend, we help you stay relevant with today’s news.  Because it’s not just about looking great, but it’s also about great conversation!

1. Mitt Romney wins Michigan

Even though the margins weren’t great, Mitt Romney managed to pull out wins in the last two primaries which may be enough to make Rick Santorum a distant memory. Romney still struggles to retain the votes of the “very conservative” and surprisingly the “very liberal” (which may be due more to “Operation Hilarity“), but these vital wins push Romney closer and closer to the candidacy.

2. Another School Shooting in Chardon, OH

Sadly, a student pulled a gun against five students at Chardon High School in Ohio.  Three students have died already with another 2 reporting injuries.  Thanks to the bravery of one teacher, the gunman was chased away and is now in police custody. It’s disturbing to think about these senseless tragedies and our thoughts are with the families in Chardon.

3. It was Justin Bieber’s Birthday Yesterday

You’re probably wondering why this even made the list, but as the pop star officially took over Twitter yesterday with several trending hashtags regarding his 18th birthday, it was hard to ignore.

4. Your Doctor may have been a Prostitute

Yup, you read that right. Apparently, prostitution as a way to pay to for medical school is more common than you would expect with medical students. Well, at least in the UK. One out of ten students reported knowing another student who used prostitution as a means to pay off their student loans. We say take this article with a grain of salt, but the thought could at least make your next doctor visit just a little more interesting.

5. Oprah Steals from the Show from Jimmy Kimmel

Jimmy suggests some interesting new shows for Oprah’s O network that has everyone talking about Oprah’s great comedic skills. Watch the video here to judge for yourself!

5 Newsworthy Soundbites this Week: Feb. 24

Because great hair can only get you so far at a cocktail party, we roundup the five most conversation worthy topics for the week to make you seem that much more interesting (or at least allow you to look smart).

(1) Linsanity continues

If you haven’t heard of Jeremy Lin by now, you clearly don’t live in New York. The Knicks phenom has helped turn around the team and has captured hearts across the US in the process.  Although sportscasters are still struggling to find race appropriate puns for this NBA star, the unexpected combination of a Chinese American and Harvard graduate has surprised everyone.  Although he’s not quite Lebron James, he’s got quite a big following of his own!

(2) It’s Oscar Weekend

It’s that time of year again when the Oscars tell us what movies to watch.  The favorites for the year include The Artist, The Descendant and The Help, but with nine movies nominated in the Best Film Category, it’s even harder to keep track of all the films in the running.  Here’s to hoping Brad Pitt finally wins an Oscar, because it’s about time something good came to him. (jk)

(3) The Oscars Withdraw Sasha Baron Cohen’s Ticket

If the best film nominees didn’t remind you of how stuffy the Oscars can be, this news bite definitely will.  Sasha Baron Cohen, famous for his Ali G, Borat and Bruno, was originally invited to the Oscars for his role in Hugo, which has been nominated 11 times.  However, after hearing about his plans to attend in character to promote his new film, The Dictator, the Academy has since withdrawn his invite literally quoting, “Unless they’re assured that nothing entertaining is going to happen on the red carpet, the Academy is not admitting Sacha Baron Cohen to the show.” Well, that’s probably not the line I’d use to promote the event!

(4) Super PACs 

Super PACs have been dominating headlines for a few weeks now, but have remained relevant due to the role they’ve been playing in the Republican primaries.  With Romney lossing the last three primaries to Rick Santorum, it’s hard to deny the role of Super PACs in this campaign. In fact, Rick Santorum’s and Newt Gingrich’s campaign is basically being e by individual wealthy donorsFoster Friess and Sheldon Adelson, respectively.kept aliv

(5) Maryland will likely Become the 8th State to Approve Gay Marriage

The Maryland senate passed legislation this week that would allow for same sex marriage, which the Democratic Governor is expected to approve. We toast to Maryland this weekend as we inch closer to marriage equality across the nation!

5 Newsworthy Soundbites this Week: Feb. 3

Supermodel, Gisele Bundchen, with her husband and the quarterback of the Patriots, Tom Brady

Because it takes more than just a handsome face to woo your crush, we roundup the five most conversation worthy topics for the week to make you seem that much smarter (or at least allow you to partake in the water cooler talk).

(1) Breading.

Literally just cats with bread around their faces. Further proof that the internet is for cats.

(2) Susan G Komen Drops Planned Parenthood

Whatever your stance is on the pro-life vs pro-choice debate, the big topic this week has been around how Susan G Komen will no longer be giving funds to Planned Parenthood.  Hopefully that doesn’t put a damper on your weekend plans.

(3) Facebook IPO

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last week, you’ve probably heard that Facebook filed this week for what will be the largest tech IPO in history.  Who knew all those status updates would sum to $100 billion dollars?

(4) Obama Can Sing and Apparently Mitt Romney Can’t

If you need evidence, just click here for the side by side comparison.

(5) It’s Superbowl Weekend

Whether you know Tom Brady as the guy who’s married to Gisele Bundchen or as the sixth round draft pick that’s arguably the best quarterback in the NFL today, the Superbowl is all anyone will be talking about this weekend. Make sure to prepare yourself for the conversation.  If all else fails, just remember to Tebow and you’ll be sure to at least get a laugh.