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Criss featured in Details

“Glee” star Darren Criss is featured in the February issue of Details, which is due on newsstands next week.

Criss, in an interview with the magazine, reflects on fans, “Glee,” Broadway and an encounter with former presidential candidate Michele Bachmann.

Criss says of meeting Bachmann, “I never let my politics supersede my manners. She came up with her husband and was sweet as can be. She was like, ‘My kids love the show. I don’t watch it myself, but I’d love it if you could sign these postcards.’ It dawned on me that she didn’t know what the hell ‘Glee’ was.”

Criss, 24, portrays the flamboyant Blaine on “Glee.”

Bachmann suspends her campaign after losing Iowa caucuses

After finishing sixth in the Republican presidential caucuses in Iowa, her home state, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann announced today that she’s suspending her campaign for president.

“Last night, the people of Iowa spoke with a very clear voice, and so I have decided to stand aside,” she said at a news conference.

Bachmann said she had “no regrets” and “looks forward to the next chapter in God’s plan.”

Just days earlier, Bachmann had predicted victory in Iowa, the first major contest in the 2012 presidential election cycle. “I’m believing in a miracle because I know the one who gives miracles,” she’d said.

But Bachmann’s sixth-place finish virtually put her at the bottom of the GOP pack. Although Jon Huntsman received fewer votes, he did not participate in the Iowa caucuses.

With 99.5 percent of precincts reporting, Romney placed first in Iowa with 24.6 percent of the vote, only slightly above Rick Santorum’s 24.5 percent. U.S. Rep. Ron Paul was a close third with 21.5 percent.

Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich tallied 13.3 percent of the vote, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry received 10.3 percent. Perry said he’s returning to the Lone Star State to reassess his campaign after his disappointing showing.

In all, more than 122,000 straw ballots were cast, a record for Iowa Republicans.

It was a long, fast fall for Bachmann, who wound up with only five percent of the vote in Iowa. The founder of the Tea Party caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives, Bachmann won the Iowa straw poll in August, earning her frontrunner status. But along with that status came unprecedented media attention, and her bizarre behavior, which inspired staff walkouts and numerous Internet spoofs, steadily eroded her support.

A recent 99-county, 10-day bus tour did not prove to be the game-changer that Bachmann had prayed for. Apparently, many of the anti-gay, religious right Iowa voters who initially backed Bachmann ended up supporting Santorum. Both Santorum and Bachmann made their opposition to LGBT equality and reproductive choice the cornerstones of their campaigns.

Bachmann’s anti-gay positions turned into something of a media circus after it was revealed that she and her husband Marcus owned Christian counseling clinics that offered self-hating gays “therapy” to convert them into heterosexuals. Parodies of Marcus Bachmann’s effeminate mannerisms and behavior became staples of late-night television.

In exiting the race, Bachmann did not endorse another candidate. But she urged Republicans to “rally around” the Republican nominee to defeat President Obama in November.

By suspending her campaign instead of ending it, Bachmann can still raise money and apply for federal matching funds to help her settle campaign debts.

Betting company lists Romney as favorite in Iowa

There may be a lot of undecided voters headed to the precincts, but all bets are not off in today’s Iowa Caucuses.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is the clear favorite in the polls and also with odds makers.

Paddy Power, an Irish betting company, says Romney is available at “evens” with his nearest challengers – libertarian Texas Congressman Ron Paul and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum – both available at 2/1.

Further down the betting, former front-runners for the Republican nomination Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry are at 20/1 and 33/1.

Underdogs Michele Bachmann is at 50/1 and Jon Huntsman is at 100/1.

Romney also is the favorite for the GOP nomination, with odds of 2/5, followed by Paul at 7/1 and Gingrich at 8/1.

A surge in support over the past week has seen Santorum odds cut from 20/1 to 14/1, while Perry continues to slide and is now a 33/1 longshot.

The company also is offering odds on the next president – the victor in November – with Barack Obama at 
7/4, Romney at 
12/1, Gingrich at 
14/1 and Paul
 at 20/1.

The odds put 2008 Democratic primary challenger Hillary Rodham Clinton before the remaining GOP candidates at
 33/1, followed by Huntsman
at 50/1, Santorum at 
50/1, Perry 
at 80/1 and Bachman 
at 125/1.

Romney, Paul ahead in Iowa polls

Mitt Romney and Ron Paul are leading a field of seven candidates in polling in Iowa, where citizens will cast votes on Jan. 3.

Meanwhile, the AP is reporting that two Iowa pastors, fearing a split among religious right voters, suggested Rick Santorum or Michele Bachmann bow out before the precinct caucusing takes place next week.

“Otherwise, like-minded people will be divided and water down their impact,” said the Rev. Cary Gordon, a Sioux City minister who asked Santorum several weeks ago to consider exiting the race but now supports the former U.S. senator.

The Rev. Albert Calloway, a retired pastor from Indianola, Iowa, asked U.S. Rep. Bachmann, R-Minn., to consider quitting.

Both pastors said they were concerned that neither Romney nor Paul are close to their causes. And Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, and Paul, a long-serving Texas congressman, are running neck-and-neck in the state, where the caucuses are a test of a candidate’s ability to raise cash and organize staff and volunteers.

With Newt Gingrich fading from the top tier after being targeted by a barrage of attack ads, Iowa voters are about evenly split between the more moderate Romney and the extreme libertarian views of Paul, according to the AP.

But many Republican conservatives across the country distrust Romney because of his past positions on abortion, gay marriage and health care. Paul, meanwhile, is seen as too extreme by mainstream party voters.

The Iowa caucuses likely will force some candidates to drop out of the race and shape the coming six-month string of state-by-state primary elections and caucuses leading up to the Republican National Convention in August that officially names a candidate.

New Hampshire’s primary is Jan. 10, where Romney holds a lead in polls. South Carolina’s primary is Jan. 21, followed by Florida’s primary on Jan. 31.

Source: AP

Michele Bachmann says China should be U.S. model for social programs

Apparently unaware that China is a socialist dictatorship, Michele Bachmann advised American leaders to use the county as a model for social programs in the United States.

Bachmanns bizarre statement came during last night’s presidential debate, which was broadcast on CBS.

Contrasting Chinese policies with those in the U.S. since the time of President Lyndon Johnson, Bachmann said, “If you look at China, they don’t have food stamps.”

She added: “They save for their own retirement security, they don’t have AFDC (Aid to Families With Dependent Children), they don’t have the modern welfare state, and China’s growing … and so what I would do is look at the programs that LBJ gave us, with the Great Society, and they’d be gone.”

Except for Ron Paul and Jon Hunstman, none of the Republican presidential candidates has foreign policy experience, which was the subject of last night’s debate. The lack of expertise led to a discussion that critics said was far from substantive.

Gov. Rick Perry pleased the Republican crowd by saying he would defend the use of waterboarding and other forms of torture “until I die.”

Perry also created a stir by saying that he would start all foreign aid “at zero,” including U.S. foreign aid to Israel.

Mitt Romney initially backed Perry’s idea of starting aid to all countries at zero, but after the debate his campaign said he did not mean to include Israel.

Gay ‘barbarians’ glitter Marcus Bachmann’s clinic

A horde of gay “barbarian” activists, armed with glitter, descended on a clinic owned by GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann and her husband Marcus yesterday.

Describing themselves as barbarians in need of discipline, the group demanded to see Marcus Bachmann, an unlicensed “Christian counselor” who practices “pray away the gay” therapy. Bachmann described gays as “barbarians” in need of “discipline” on a Christian radio show.

“What’s in your closet?” the leader of the group shouted, a reference to rumors that the effeminate Marcus Bachmann is himself gay.

The activists said they wanted to take Marcus Bachmann up on his belief that gays and lesbians need to overcome their “sinful nature.”

When told that Marcus was not at the clinic, the group leader said, “All right, folks, Marcus isn’t coming out so we’re gonna have to act like barbarians.”

With that, the group of about 10 showered the waiting room with glitter while chanting, “You can’t pray away the gay, baby I was born this way.”

Activist Nick Espinosa took responsibility for the actions via Twitter, Facebook and an online statement.

“Michele and Marcus Bachmann think gay people are barbarians? I think its clear to everyone who the real barbarians are, based on the Bachmanns’ archaic views on LGBT equality,” said Espinosa, who’s been behind other glitter attacks on anti-gay presidential candidates this year.

All that glitters … isn’t gold

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, one of the newer entries in the race for the GOP presidential nomination, got glittered recently. Bachmann had just wrapped up a speech at the RightOnline conference in Minnesota when a woman stepped forward and tossed a handful of glitter at her. A gay rights activist took credit for the act, saying she was protesting Bachmann’s “hateful and anti-gay rhetoric.” Former-Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and former U.S. Rep. Newt Gingrich, both presidential hopefuls, also have been showered – Pawlenty in pink confetti and Gingrich in glitter.

Poll: Romney, Palin lead among Wisconsin’s GOP voters

A Public Policy Poll taken May 19 – 22 found former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney and former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin leading the pack among likely GOP primary voters.

The poll showed Romney favored by 17 percent and Palin by 16 percent. Tim Pawlenty, the former governor of Minnesota, had 12 percent of Wisconsin Republicans’ support and Michelle Bachmann, an anti-gay Tea Party congresswoman from Minnesota, was favored by 11 percent. In a three-way tie at 10 percent were former Godfather’s pizza executive Herman Cain, former House speaker Newt Gingrich and Texas congressman Ron Paul.

The poll also asked likely Democratic voters in Wisconsin about their favorites to succeed retiring Sen. Herb Kohl. Far ahead in first place was former Sen. Russ Feingold with 70 percent, followed by U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin with 12 percent.

Thirty-six percent of likely Republican primary voters chose former Gov. Tommy Thompson to succeed Kohl. But political insiders say Thompson is unlikely to run due to his many extramarital affairs. Former U.S. Rep. Mark Neumann came in second among likely Republican primary voters with 22 percent.