Who would star in the Weiner movie? — Movies are often made based on significant events throughout history. And sometimes, films are ripped from the headlines. After Edward Snowden leaked secret NSA documents, for instance, it didn’t take long for a short film called Verax (named after Snowden’s codename) to appear on YouTube. So with Anthony Weiner’s sequel of political career and sex scandals, it seems like a perfect time to make a film about the former congressman who can’t seem to stop himself from sexting women other than his wife. HuffPost’s Ross Luippold agrees and listed his picks for who should star in the movie when the story “inevitably turns into a $100 million cinematic experience.” Luippold got the ball rolling with a fitting choice for who would play Weiner’s sex-crazed alter-ego Carlos Danger: Antonio Banderas in 2002. This may be difficult considering that the 2002 version of Banderas hasn’t been seen in 11 years, but we’ll let him have it. After this pick, however, Luippold seemed to literally pull his ideas out of his pop culture ass. Some picks include Butt-Head playing Weiner, Angelina Jolie playing Huma Abedin, Vanessa Hudgens playing Sydney Leather, Christopher Meloni playing Eliot Spitzer and Rick Scott playing Weiner’s penis. Yeah, Luppold really included that last one.
Why you should read it: The idea of an Anthony Weiner movie is great, and though the cast that Luippold picks is pretty dull, it can get you thinking of your own list.
Some advice for expectant mothers — Do you have a baby on the way? If you do, keep reading, if you don’t, you might as well keep reading anyway because Roll Call’s Rebecca Gale offered some advice on her “Hill Navigator” blog for soon-to-be mothers. The words of wisdom mostly concern paid and unpaid leave and the FMLA (Family and Medical Leave Act). Answering a list of questions, Gale says time off varies greatly from office to office, so the best thing you can do is talk to yours and see which options are available. Do this early so you’re not learning at the last minute that you have no paid leave and won’t be guaranteed a job after taking time off for your new bundle of joy. Gale also mentions FBDC in her last question on the list, which she admittedly made up. The question asks, “What is this about Hill Navigator going on Maternity Leave? Is that just FishbowlDC talking?” Gale makes clear that no, it’s not just FBDC talking (if we report something, it’s true) and that she is in fact expecting a baby. And yes, she’s taken her own advice about planning for maternity leave.
Why you should read it: It’s a good device for expectant couples. I also may have included it because FBDC gets a shout-out and wanted to pay a visit to the Dept. of Bragiculture, which I may pay for later.
Bob Schieffer is a grumpy old man —”Face The Nation” host Bob Schieffer doesn’t like Anthony Weiner, and he went on a long-winded rant Sunday about the NYC mayoral candidate to prove it. But TNR’s Isaac Chotiner wrote a piece in which he argues that Schieffer, and mainstream media personalities in general, shouldn’t be “allowed to get on their high horses” about certain things and not others. Schieffer, who apparently is “over 140-years-old,” ranted about how, “someone with Anthony Weiner’s problems has no business there and should leave the race.” Scheiffer had a similar tirade after the Bill Clinton scandal involving Monica Lewinsky, in which he said, “Coming from Texas, I have a natural tendency to be for politicians not from the northeast.” Chotiner argues that “a politician’s sex life and his governing abilities is non-existent.”
Why you should read it: Chotiner essentially calls Schieffer a grumpy old man who doesn’t understand sexting. How many chances will you get to read a story that says that?