الثلاثاء، 7 أغسطس 2012

Scott Brown Hits China Comparison By Elizabeth Warren, Despite Having Made His Own

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Republican Scott Brown slammed his Democratic rival for U.S. Senate on Friday, accusing Elizabeth Warren of "comparing us to China." Warren, in a campaign ad and on the trail, noted that China spends 9 percent of its GDP on infrastructure investment, while the United States spends less than 2.5 percent.
"China is making the investments in roads and bridges and communications that will give a real competitive advantage to China's businesses. America's businesses deserve the same," she said.
"She's comparing us to China, and actually wants us to do another stimulus bill," Brown said in comments picked up by the Boston Globe and other local media. "The first one didn't work and led to higher unemployment. And where are we going to find the money?"
While Brown might not look fondly on comparisons to China's spending habits, he's quite a fan of its light touch when it comes to regulation.
Last spring, Brown told a Salem audience that regulations for zoning, conservation and permitting hold back the economy, and that the U.S. should emulate China's approach. "When you looking at other countries, you look at China and these other countries that can build a 900,000-square-foot building in eight months, nine months. They work 24/7, they bang it out. How do you compete when it's tough to get things through the city and municipal zoning boards and appeals, conservation commissions? It takes years," he said to the Salem Chamber of Commerce in April, according to transcripts of event provided by the Massachusetts Democratic Party.
Brown repeated the same point a week later in Westminster, in Newburyport and last fall to the New Bedford Chamber of Commerce.
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19 Things We Know More About Than Mitt Romney's Tax Returns

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GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney still refuses to release any of his tax returns from before the year 2010. Romney says there's absolutely nothing worth seeing. So naturally, people are just dying to know what tantalizing pieces of information the returns hold.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) claimed last week in an interview with The Huffington Post that he had been told Romney paid no taxes for 10 years. Romney denied Reid's claim and challenged the Senate leader to "put up or shut up." Reid, in response, called his source "extremely credible" and told Romney that the one way to clear this thing up once and for all would be to simply release the returns.
Of course, Romney's stubbornness on the matter, paired with the likelihood that a man worth upwards of $250 million undoubtedly has a lot of interesting tax information, has only helped fuel speculation about why he is cowering from disclosure. It's also made us realize that we know a lot more about Earth's mysteries -- as well as some completely weird and random things -- than we do about the tax history of a man who wants to be president.
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Boston Federal Reserve President Eric Rosengren Issues Unusual Plea For Fed, Bernanke To Take More Action On Economy

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Aug 7 (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Reserve should expand its holdings of mortgage bonds and Treasury securities until the central bank is satisfied with the health of the economy, Eric Rosengren, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, told the New York Times.

"You continue to do it until you have documented evidence that you're getting growth in income and the unemployment rate consistent with your economic goals," Rosengren told the NY Times in an interview.

Rosengren said several indicators, including the unemployment rate and the share of the population in the work force, had retreated to their levels at the beginning of the year.

"For the last seven months we've been treading water. That's different from what we expected at the beginning of the year. I think it's time to swim to shore," he told the newspaper.

However, Richard Fisher, president of the Dallas Federal Reserve and a consistent hawk on monetary policy, told Reuters in an interview that the real problem with the economy, and the stubbornly high jobless rate, was Congress's lack of action on fiscal policy.

Fisher said he had no doubt the Fed would in theory be able to push down mortgage rates further with more purchases of housing-backed bonds, but that doing so likely wouldn't bring down unemployment.

A government jobs report released on Friday showed the jobless rate ticked up to 8.3 percent in July.
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Marilyn Monroe's Career: What Would Have Happened If She Hadn't Died 50 Years Ago At 36?

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Fifty years ago this Sunday, Paula Strasberg was sitting in her apartment on Central Park West when she got a horrible phone call. Her friend and pupil Marilyn Monroe was dead.
Strasberg had been with Monroe just days before in Los Angeles, coaching her through her performance on what ended up being her final movie, "Something's Gotta Give." The coaching taxed Strasberg's strength, which was already ravaged by cancer that she refused to discuss with even close friends and that ended her life soon after, so she flew back to New York for a few days of rest. She knew Marilyn wasn't doing well -- but she had no idea just how badly.
Strasberg's son John, one of the few people alive who knew Monroe well, recalls that his mother was wracked by guilt in the days that followed the awful revelation.
"My mother was going, 'Oh, it's my fault, I should have been there with her'. One had the sense of taking care of Marilyn. She liked that -- and she also elicited it from people," he told The Huffington Post.
Paula was, of course, far from alone in her grief. Monroe's death from a drug overdose at the age of 36 was a personal tragedy -- the inevitable ending to a life that was wracked by depression, abuse and drug addiction. But it was an equally large tragedy for Hollywood. The movie industry lost years, if not decades, of work from one of its brightest stars.
Monroe was so tortured the last few years of life that she was in no shape to get her career together. Even if she had survived the night of Aug. 5, 1962, she might have ended up in a similar situation a few months later. And many of the factors that led her to abuse drugs were tied to her personal life, not her career. But assuming for a moment that she was able to find health and happiness -- what might have she done for the next 30 or 40 years of her career?
It's a question that has haunted John Strasberg, 71, for a half a century. He knew Monroe for about eight years, when he was a teenager and she worked with his parents, Paula and Lee Strasberg, who ran the famed Actors Studio in New York. The Strasbergs played as big a part as anyone in Monroe's career during its final phase.

Monroe went to the Strasbergs in search of respect. She was tired of being known as nothing more than a pretty face, and eager to be taken seriously as an actress. John Strasberg said his father would talk to Monroe for hours and hours, alone in their apartment. Despite Paula's best efforts to eavesdrop on their conversations, no one ever knew what they discussed. But John Strasberg said that those talks and Monroe's work at the Actors Studio convinced his father that she had it in her to become the kind of dramatic actress she hoped to be.
"My father, who adored her and thought she was potentially one of the great actresses of her generation, thought that she could play all the great parts -- Blanche, in '[A] Streetcar [Named Desire],' for example," he said.
Making better movies was certainly a central ambition in the last years of her life. She was emboldened by her work with the Strasbergs and by the good reviews she got for her roles in "Bus Stop" and "Some Like It Hot." Monroe and Lee Strasberg talked for years about collaborating on an adaptation of Somerset Maugham's "Rain," which would be directed by Strasberg and star Monroe as protagonist Sadie Thompson. They also discussed adapting Dostoevsky's "The Brothers Karamazov," with Monroe as Grushenka, a beautiful woman who inspires a character to murder his father. There also were rumors of a movie about Freud.
Yet Sarah Churchwell, author of 2004's "The Many Lives Of Marilyn Monroe," noted that Monroe's movie choices were severely limited by her contract with 20th Century Fox studios, headed by the dictatorial Darryl Zanuck.
"He was completely contemptuous of her," she explained. "People forget how much power the studio heads had in those days. He was giving her garbage all the time because he thought she was worthless."
It's also unclear whether Monroe had the skills to master the kinds of dramatic roles she yearned for.
John Strasberg, an actor and acting teacher himself, thinks Monroe was an indisputably "brilliant comedian," who created the "dumb blonde" archetype and played it better than anyone else. But he also said she relied too much on his mother's coaching when she tried to stretch beyond that. He thinks that in the best-case scenario, Monroe would have spent the rest of her career pursuing romantic comedies like "Some Like It Hot" -- and avoiding both dramas and bad comedies like "Something's Gotta Give."
But it seems likely that Monroe's movie career would have lasted only a few more years, even in the best of circumstances.
"Back in those days, women, after a certain age, just weren't cast in movies," Strasberg said. "Bette Davis was the first one to fight through the prejudice about how women should look in movies and playing leading roles; she had won Academy Awards, but she couldn't get a job, so she put out ads in 'Variety' and the such. Whether Marilyn could have done that, I don't know. Certainly there was the possibility of that."
Churchwell also noted that Monroe died just before Hollywood started to shift away from the studio system and toward the wild culture of the 1970s, which was hard on many actors of Monroe's generation.
"I'm struggling to come up with one contemporary of Marilyn's who made any movie in the 70s. There wouldn't have been those roles for her -- she would have had to go do something else," she said. "It's very difficult to imagine her suddenly making films with Warren Beatty."
Monroe might have elected to try acting on the stage in New York. Much of her training at the Actors Studio was geared toward theater, and Strasberg said Monroe always felt more comfortable in the bustling, relatively anonymous world of New York than celebrity-obsessed Los Angeles.
Joyce Carol Oates, who in 2001 wrote "Blonde," an novel about Monroe, believes the stage offered Monroe's best chance of salvation.
"My belief about Marilyn Monroe is that if she had only resisted returning to Hollywood, to make such an egregious movie as 'Let's Make Love,' but had remained in NYC in association with the Actors Studio, she might well have had a stage career as a serious mature actress; she might even be alive today," Oates wrote in an email to The Huffington Post.
Strasberg once performed a scene from "A Streetcar Named Desire" with Monroe and found her very charismatic. But he isn't sure Monroe would have been able to sustain a nightly job in theater.
"Could she have held herself together on that daily basis? Would she have had that kind of discipline -- which obviously would have come from having enough love for what she was doing … I just don't know, because I never saw her do it," he said.
Churchwell added that Monroe was plagued by debilitating stage fright, even on movie sets, so she would have had to address that with a qualified therapist before tackling the theater in a serious way. If Monroe had been able to do that, Churchwell noted, she might have also started a one-woman act in Las Vegas, as her contemporary Debbie Reynolds did.
Then again, Monroe also might have decided to leave acting altogether. In her last interview, she said, "It might be a kind of relief to be finished."
Churchwell pointed out that Monroe was not, in 1962, in a financial position to retire -- the actress had been "vastly underpaid by contemporary standards of her peers" for most of her career. (Especially unjust considering how much money others make from her image to this day.) It was only in her last contract with Fox, signed less than a month before her death, that she received $500,000 per movie.
And if she had survived the night of Aug. 5, finished "Something's Gotta Give," then made enough movies to build a good-sized nest egg -- what then?
"She had seen women like Betty Grable bow out gracefully, say, 'I've had my time, and now it's time for something else'," Churchwell said. "So I don't think it was difficult for Marilyn to imagine that."
If she had lived, Monroe would have been 86 this year.
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Pat Robertson Blames Atheists And Those Who Hate God For Wisconsin Temple Shooting

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Pat Robetson on The 700 Club.
On the morning after the tragedy in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, The 700 Club's Pat Robertson placed the blame for the shooting at the Sikh Temple on atheists and those who "hate God."

"...people who are atheists, they hate God, they hate the expression of God, and they are angry at the world, angry with themselves, angry with society and they take it out on innocent people who are worshipping God..."
According to The Christian Science Monitor, the alleged shooter has been identified as Wade Michael Page, a 40 year old Army veteran who the Southern Poverty Law Center claims was a one time leader of a racial supremacist band.
It is unclear what, if any, religious convictions Wade Michael Page might have had.
But Robertson was convinced that the act was committed by those who 'hate' God, regardless of who their target is this time.
"Whether it's a Sikh temple, or a Baptist church, or a Catholic church, or a Muslim mosque – whatever it is – I just abhor this kind of violence, and it's the kind of thing that we should do something about," Robertson said on The 700 Club.
However, Rajwant Singh, chairman of the Washington-based Sikh Council on Religion and Education, told the Associated Press he believes the attacks took place out of ignorance.
"This is something we have been fearing since 9/11, that this kind of incident will take place. It was a matter of time because there's so much ignorance and people confuse us (as) being members of Taliban or belonging to (Osama) bin Laden."
So what can you do to prevent such attacks?

Robertson's advice is simple: "Well, you talk about the love of God and hope it has some impact."

"This country cannot continue to violate God's principles and to make a mockery of His laws and think we're gonna get away with it. And when the boil comes, it's going to be horrible."

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Aly Raisman Wins Olympic Gold In Gymnastics Floor Exercise

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U.S. gymnast Alexandra Raisman performs during the artistic gymnastics women's floor exercise final at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tuesday Aug. 7, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
LONDON -- Aly Raisman finished the Olympics in style.
The U.S. captain matched Gabby Douglas in gold medals, winning the title on floor exercise Tuesday. Add in the bronze on balance beam from earlier in the day, and she becomes the most decorated of the Fierce Five.
Good thing Raisman had such a big day because the rest of the Americans came up empty-handed. Douglas had another rough day, finishing seventh on balance beam after a fall. World champion Jordyn Wieber, voted most likely to leave the Olympics with the biggest haul, was seventh on floor and finishes without any individual medals.
Danell Leyva and Jonathan Horton were fifth and sixth, respectively, on high bar, leaving the U.S. men with only Leyva's all-around bronze.
"I'm so happy, going home with two Olympic gold medals and a couple of titles under my belt," Douglas said. "I'm so happy for Aly, she deserves to be up on that podium. She had a great beam routine and I'm so proud of her."
Raisman may not have Douglas' bubbly personality or Wieber's resume but she is prized her for her steadiness, and that consistency paid off big in London.
Perhaps energized by her surprise bronze on beam, Raisman's floor routine had an extra spark. Her tumbling passes were some of the most difficult, and she got such great height on them you could have parked a double-decker bus beneath her. Her landings were not only secure, one was so powerful it practically shook the floor.
Coach Mihai Brestyan was hopping up and down and pumping his fist as she finished, and even Raisman was impressed with herself, mouthing "wow" after she saluted the judges. When her score, a 15.6, was posted, teammate McKayla Maroney yelled "whoa!" so loudly from the stands it could be heard across the arena.
There were still five gymnasts to go, but none came close. When reigning world champion Sandra Izbasa landed her final tumbling run on her head, Raisman let herself exhale. And smile.
Catalina Ponor, the 2004 champion on floor, won the silver. Aliya Mustafina of Russia got the bronze, her fourth medal of the Olympics.
Deng Linlin won the gold on balance beam, upstaging teammate and reigning world champion Sui Lu. It was the second gold of the day for the Chinese, following Feng Zhe's title on parallel bars. Epke Zonderland won gold on high bar, the first medal for a Dutch man and only the second Olympic medal overall for the Netherlands.
Raisman just missed a medal in the all-around, finishing with the same score as Mustafina but dropping to fourth on a tiebreak. But she was on the right end of the rules earlier Tuesday, bumping Ponor down to the bronze.
Raisman initially finished fourth with a score of 14.966. But she questioned it, and judges added an extra tenth to her routine's difficulty after a review. That gave her and Ponor identical scores of 15.066, but Raisman got the bronze because her execution score was higher.
Douglas' life has been a whirlwind since she won the all-around title last week, with media wanting a piece of her and celebs flooding her Twitter timeline, eager to be her new BFF. There was training to fit in, too, with finals on both uneven bars and balance beam. She admitted after Monday's lackluster showing on bars - she was last - that it was all catching up with her.
It wasn't a lack of energy that cost her Tuesday - it was a misplaced foot. Her right foot could only brush the beam as she landed on a leap, and she had no chance to save herself. As the crowd gasped, she fell onto the beam in a straddle, hanging on tight as she swung partly underneath.
"I'm definitely not going to lie. It was definitely hard to regain your focus," Douglas said. "You're like, 'Yes, I'm the Olympic champion. I'm a world champion.' It's definitely kind of hard to turn the chapter for event finals."
On parallel bars, Feng gave the Chinese men their third gymnastics gold medal, following the team competition and Zou Kai's win on floor exercise. And they may not be finished, with Zou still to come on high bar, where he is the reigning world and Olympic champion.
Feng flashed a thumbs-up as he walked out for the medals ceremony, and planted a big kiss on the gold after he got it.
Germany's Marcel Nguyen was second, adding another silver to one from the men's all-around. Hamilton Sabot of France won the bronze.
Feng's routine was filled with intricate combinations, yet he did them with the precision of an artist and the rhythm of a musician. He held his handstands for what seemed like forever, looking like a statue, and there wasn't even the slightest hesitation as he went from one skill straight into another.
He hit the mat with a thud on his dismount and was pumping his fists even before he stood upright. He threw a roundhouse punch as he trotted off the podium, and his coach wrapped him in a big hug, pounding his back. When his score of 15.966 was posted, Feng, the 2010 world champion on parallel bars, nodded.
There were still six gymnasts to come, but it would take something pretty special to top Feng. And no one came close.
Nguyen's routine was impressive, but the European champion took a hop forward on his dismount and needed to windmill his arms to steady himself.
Zonderland has long been one of the world's best on high bar, his routine better than any circus act, and all that was missing was an Olympic medal. No longer.
He opened his routine with three straight release moves, not even pausing to catch his breath before tossing himself high into the air again. It's high risk, high reward, and the crowd loved it, oohing and aahing as he flew so high he could have waved into the overhead camera.
He was a blur as he pirouetted on the bar, yet never looked as if he was on the verge of going out of control.
When he hit the mat, he let out a roar. American Jonathan Horton, up next, could only laugh and shake his head, knowing there was no way he - or anyone - could top that show.
He was right, with Zonderland scoring a 16.533 - a number not usually seen outside the vault. Zonderland broke into a grin when he saw the mark and pointed at the scoreboard.
It was the Netherlands' first gymnastics medal since 1928, when the women's team won gold.
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Mitt Romney Ad Criticizes Obama For Welfare Policy Romney Supported As Governor

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WASHINGTON -- Mitt Romney's presidential campaign released a television ad Tuesday bashing President Barack Obama for implementing a welfare policy that Romney supported when he was governor of Massachusetts.
"In 1996, President Clinton and a bipartisan Congress helped end welfare as we know it," the ad's voiceover says. "But on July 12th, President Obama quietly announced a plan to gut welfare reform by dropping work requirements."

Welfare, formally known as the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, is administered by states within federal rules. Last month, the Department of Health and Human Services invited states to apply for waivers from some rules in order to run "demonstration projects" so that states could "consider new, more effective ways to meet the goals of TANF, particularly helping parents successfully prepare for, find, and retain employment."
Romney's ad doesn't mention that Republican states sought the waiver policy. In a release defending its waiver request from conservative backlash last month, the office of Utah Gov. Richard Herbert (R) said, "Utah's request for a waiver stems from a desire for increased customization of the program to maximize employment among Utah’s welfare recipients."
The ad also doesn't mention that the Republican Governors Association asked Congress for even broader welfare waivers in 2005, in a letter signed by 29 Republican governors, including Romney.
"Increased waiver authority, allowable work activities, availability of partial work credit, and the ability to coordinate state programs are all important aspects of moving recipients from welfare to work," the governors wrote.
A key difference between 2005 and today is that Republican governors were lobbying Congress to make the change -- they weren't asking the Bush administration to unilaterally invite states to apply for waivers. But the Romney campaign of today is only talking about the policy itself.
"Under Obama’s plan, you wouldn’t have to work and wouldn’t have to train for a job," the ad concludes. "They just send you your welfare check."
In a conference call with reporters, the Romney campaign said the Obama campaign is "throwing up smoke" by pointing to the 2005 letter.
“That letter was commenting on a Senate reauthorization of the welfare program that was pending at the time," said Jonathan Burks, deputy policy director for the Romney campaign. "The senate bill actually increased work participation rates from 50 percent participation rates to 70 percent participation rates and provided increased flexibility in other areas for states in how they administer their TANF program. But it did not provide waivers of the core work requirements and the governors were not requesting waivers for core work requirements."
The 2005 bill, which did not become law, would have allowed HHS to waive "any requirement applicable to the program" for states that wanted flexibility to pursue demonstration projects. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has said, "Certain elements of the proposal endorsed by the 2005 Republican Governors were very far-reaching and would not have been approved under the Department's proposed waivers."
This story has been updated to include comment from Jonathan Burks and Kathleen Sebelius.

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'The Great Gatsby' Release Date Moved To Summer 2013

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"The Great Gatsby" is no longer a 2012 Oscar contender. In a shocking bit of news, Warner Bros. announced on Monday that Baz Luhrmann's highly anticipated 3D adaptation of "The Great Gatsby" will not get released on Dec. 25. Instead, the film has been moved to an unspecified date in summer of 2013.
“Based on what we’ve seen, Baz Luhrmann’s incredible work is all we anticipated and so much more," Dan Feldman, Warner Bros. president of domestic distribution said in a statement. "We think moviegoers of all ages are going to embrace it, and it makes sense to ensure this unique film reaches the largest audience possible.”
Echoed Kwan Vanderberg, Warner Bros. president of international distribution, "We think ‘The Great Gatsby’ will be the perfect summer movie around the world."
Late-stage release date changes -- particularly when there is already a marketing campaign in full swing -- almost always raise eyebrows unless there are some extenuating circumstances to consider as well. (Warner Bros. just went through a release date shuffle with "Gangster Squad" following the movie theater massacre in Aurora, Colo.) On Twitter, prominent Oscar blogger Sasha Stone wondered whether "The Great Gatsby" was subpar.
Sasha Stone

Oy the Great Gatsby. Oy. It must be bad.
However, as Stone later noted, the move could have been made because of financial considerations. This December is loaded with high profile releases, from "Les Miserables" and "The Life of Pi" to "The Hobbit" (a fellow Warner Bros. release) and "Zero Dark Thirty," Kathryn Bigelow's Osama Bin Laden drama. Even "Gatsby" star Leonardo DiCaprio has a film opening, Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," which is set for release on Christmas Day.
Putting "The Great Gatsby" into the summer movie season could curtail any 2013 Oscar nominations, but it will no doubt help the box-office gross. The last DiCaprio film to open during summertime was "Inception," Christopher Nolan's mind-bending and adult-themed drama, which grossed over $825 million worldwide.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the decision to move "The Great Gatsby" was done so Luhrmann could complete the 3D effects in a proper manner. The Timesalso reports that the film will have an all-star soundtrack, similar to Luhrmann's "Moulin Rouge!"
Starring DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire and Joel Edgerton, "The Great Gatsby" will arrive next year.
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Carmelo Anthony Takes Cheap Shot To Groin From Facundo Campazzo Of Argentina

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Carmelo Anthony reacts after getting fouled against Argentina on August 6, 2012 in London, England.
The U.S. men's basketball team throttled its opponents from Argentina on Mondaynight in London but it may have been one of the Americans who felt the sharpest pain during the Group A game.
After letting loose a three-point shot during a U.S. outburst in the third quarter, Carmelo Anthony was the victim of what looked a lot like an intentional cheap shot from Facundo Campazzo, the Argentine player defending him on the play.
replay of the action reveals Campazzo sticking his arm out as Anthony comes down after the shot. He jabs Anthony in the groin, causing him to fall to the ground. The reaction to the play on Twitter came before Anthony could even get back to his feet.
Several on the U.S. bench started barking about the play but no one was more furious by the foul than coach Mike Krzyzewski, who was arguing with Argentina forward Luis Scola near the scorer's table until referees intervened.
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According to Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork.com, the cheap shot may have been in retaliation to a hit Campazzo suffered earlier in the game at the hands of Chris Paul. Frank Isola of the New York Daily News tweeted that Campazzo accused Paul of punching him and apologized to Kobe Bryant after the game, but didn't apologize to Anthony because "Chris Paul didn't apologize to me."

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Liu Xiang Injured: Chinese Track Star Falls During 110-Meter Hurdles But Limps To Finish Line (PHOTOS)

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China's Liu Xiang, second left, falls as Hungary's Balazs Baji, Poland's Artur Noga and Barbados' Shane Brathwaite and and Senegal's Moussa Dembele react during a men's 110-meter hurdles heat during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa De Olza)
LONDON -- Liu Xiang hopped along the outside of the backstretch on his left leg, his injured right leg tucked behind him, then made his way over to the 10th and final hurdle to give it a kiss.
Eventually, his 110-meter hurdles heat long over, the former world-record holder and 2004 Olympic champion from China hopped across the finish line, out of the Summer Games without clearing a single barrier for the second time in a row.
Liu stumbled into the first hurdle Tuesday morning, fell to the track and stayed down for a few moments, clutching his lower right leg. He got up and tried to head to the nearest exit but was pointed back to the race area, so he managed to make his way the length of the race route the only way he could, using his one good leg.
When that slow, awkward trek was complete, another hurdler, Balazs Baji of Hungary, went over and raised Liu's hand in the air, as if to signify he was the winner.
"I respect him. I like him," said Baji, fifth in their heat. "It must be really bad for him. I'm really sorry. I didn't say anything. I just couldn't say anything."
Other competitors went over to offer handshakes of condolences, before Britain's Andrew Turner and Spain's Jackson Quinonez helped Liu into a waiting wheelchair so he could be taken away from the track.

"I wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy," said Turner, who won their heat in 13.42 seconds. "I rate him as one of the best hurdlers we've had in the world ever. I don't like to see that kind of thing."
Four years ago in Beijing, Liu's Olympics ended after two full strides, when he withdrew from his preliminary heat with right foot and hamstring injuries, disappointing his country of more than 1 billion people.
At the 2004 Athens Games, Liu became the first man from China to win an Olympic gold medal in track and field. He backed that up with the 2007 world title, only increasing expectations for another triumph on home soil at Beijing in 2008, one of the main story lines in the lead-up to those Olympics.
He was - and, indeed, still is - China's only track and field superstar. But he's been more than that, too: One of China's most recognizable faces, endorsing shoes and cars and all manner of other products. But in front of a packed Bird's Nest, he never even made it to the first hurdle.
So since winning his Olympic title eight years ago, Liu has not successfully cleared a single Summer Games hurdle.
"For him to push himself and come back ... and for this to happen - it's really sad for any athlete," Usain Bolt said after slowing to a jog and still easily winning his 200-meter qualifying heat Tuesday.
Liu's rivalry with current world-record holder and 2008 Olympic champion Dayron Robles of Cuba was supposed to be a highlight of the London track schedule. Robles advanced easily Tuesday, winning his heat in 13.33 seconds.
What will be remembered about Tuesday, of course, was Liu's exit.
"It was just terrible for that to happen to one of the best hurdlers of all time. It was just a tragedy. I hope he's OK," said U.S. hurdler Aries Merritt, who won his heat in 13.07 seconds, the best qualifying time.
"In the hurdles, if you hit a hurdle, to recover is almost impossible. Everyone here is so great - this is the Olympic Games. Everyone here is here to compete. It's just a shame that it had to happen to Liu. I was looking forward to competing against him."

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Obama Campaign Fundraising Tops $75 Million In July

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Obama Fundraising
The Obama campaign, Obama Victory Fund and Democratic National Committee together raised over $75 million in July,but less than the $101.3 million raised by the Mitt Romney campaign, Romney Victory Fund and Republican National Committee.
It was not immediately clear how much each group raised independently. In May, the combined Romney entities had beaten the Obama entities, but the Obama campaign far outraised the Romney campaign and the RNC outraised the DNC.
The Obama campaign said 98 percent of donations were $250 or less, and the average donation was $53.49. Donors to the campaign numbered 761,000, according to the campaign, of whom 201,000 had not given previously or in 2008.
A campaign aide confirmed that the money raised was for the campaign itself, the Democratic National Committee and Obama Victory Fund -- a three-tiered structure that allows them to receive larger checks from donors. The maximum amount someone can give is $75,800, the same as what someone can give to former Governor Mitt Romney's campaign. According to another aide, the state Democratic parties that participate in the Victory Fund include Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin. Those state Democratic parties receive a portion of the money that goes into the victory fund, limiting the amount that can be spent strictly on the presidential election.
Asked how much cash the campaign had on hand -- a key figure, as it indicates how much money the campaign is spending on a monthly basis -- Obama campaign press secretary Ben LaBolt said they would release that figure when they file their report.
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