Poliwood Round-Up: Boehner, Bitches, and Baby Mamas

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So, without further ado let’s get to this week’s top 5 hot topics that had us scratching our heads!

 5. Oh Baby! Kim Kardashian Sex Tape Sales Soar

Sales of Kim Kardashian’s sex tape have apparently risen since the reality-TV star announced she is expecting a baby with Kanye West, TMZ reported on Wednesday.  Vivid Entertainment, which owns the “Kim K Superstar” tape, said this is the biggest spike in sales they’ve had since Kardashian’s short-lived marriage to Kris Humphries.

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4. New York State of Mind: Jay-Z to Produce Great Gatsby Score

Director Baz Luhrmann has already gathered a star-studded cast for film version of “The Great Gatsby” (including Leonardo DiCaprio, Isla Fisher, Carey Mulligan and Toby Maguire) it’s been recently revealed on Twitter that rap superstar Jay-Z will score the film, increasing anticipation for the movie months before it appears in theaters.

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3. Could Sensibility Be Heading to Washington? Mayor Cory Booker Announces Senate Run

Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D) will explore a run for the Senate in 2014 and will not pursue a bid for governor next year, he announced in a video released on Thursday morning. Booker’s decision will apply new pressure on Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D) and spares Gov. Chris Christie (R) a 2013 matchup against a top potential challenger. Booker’s decision means Lautenberg’s future will come under increased scrutiny. The longtime Democratic senator is up for reelection in 2014, but may opt for retirement. Lautenberg will turn 89 in January; he is the oldest member of the Senate.

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2.  House Republicans block the Senate’s bi-partisan and inclusive VAWA bill

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is a landmark piece of legislation that sought to improve criminal justice and community-based responses to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking in the United States. The passage of VAWA in 1994, and its reauthorization in 2000 and 2005, has changed the landscape for victims who once suffered in silence. Victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking have been able to access services, and a new generation of families and justice system professionals has come to understand that domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking are crimes that our society will not tolerate. VAWA, which has been reauthorized consistently for 18 years with little fanfare, was, for the first time, left to expire in Sept. 2011. The sticking point has been new protections for three particularly vulnerable groups: undocumented immigrants, members of the LGBT community and Native Americans.

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1. Boehner throws Hurricane Sandy Relief off the Cliff and Chris Christie is pissed! 

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie blamed Boehner and other House GOP leaders for delaying a vote on $60 billion in disaster funds for Hurricane Sandy recovery. The House had been expected to vote on the package Tuesday night, but GOP aides said that became increasingly difficult as the fiscal-cliff package took final shape. They said the specter of holding a vote on a federal aid package that included no offsetting spending cuts was politically untenable after the cliff plan, with higher tax rates and no spending cuts, split the Republican conference and could pass the House only with a large Democratic majority.

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