Ben Affleck traded his seat in the director's chair for one in Congress this afternoon as he testified at a House Foreign Affairs committee hearing. The actor spent International Women's Day bringing attention to the plight of females and children in the Congo. More than 3 million people have died there in the past 15 years alone, and Ben founded the Eastern Congo Initiative in the hopes of bringing more aid and attention to the war-torn country. He joined forces with Cindy McCain today for the cause, and the pair made an appearance on Good Morning America before heading to Capitol Hill. Ben is using some free time following a busy award season with wife Jennifer Garner to focus on giving back. Jen didn't join him today, but she's no stranger to the political process. She's made her own appearances in front of legislators to champion her favorite philanthropy, Save the Children.
Ben Affleck and Cindy McCain joined forces on Good Morning America today to raise awareness about the Eastern Congo Initiative. The pair have partnered up to take the cause to Congress and urge lawmakers to help Congolese woman and children in need this afternoon, just in time for International Women's Day. Check out a feed from the hearing to see Ben and Cindy speak.
Meghan McCain has never been shy about her political opinions. The 26-year-old thinks the media has an unhealthy obsession with Sarah Palin and that President Obama should stop talking about what's on his iPod. Speaking with her mother, Cindy, at Maria Shriver's Women's Conference, Meghan opened up even more. I attended the Q + A and here's what I found out!
Does being a mother make a person a better political candidate?
Meghan: For my generation, motherhood is a lot less emphasized. I'm 26, and hardly any of my friends are married with kids. It's not a big deal.
Cindy: Motherhood gives you an important perspective. It gives you an opportunity to look at global issues like poverty and hunger in a different way.
Can female icons be smart and sexy?
Meghan: I think women can do anything. No matter what you feel about Sarah Palin, Nancy Pelosi, or Hillary Clinton, looks often come first in a discussion about them. I struggle with this. So, being a woman in any industry you have to think: can I be smart and still like makeup? But women shouldn't have to change themselves.
How can women support each other?
Meghan: We as women need to condemn women who bully other women. Most criticism I've gotten comes from older women. I find it very dated, and very '70s. Women candidates are not taken as seriously because mainstream media is run by men and sexist women.
- Cindy and Meghan McCain: Pro-gay marriage — Huffington Post
- Air New Zealand cougar ad both funny and offensive? — The Frisky
- Four things guys worry about during sex — Glamour
- Do women actually have dating checklists? — Jezebel
- The "Pussy Pump" — Sex craze or sex crazy? — Lemondrop
- Valentine's Day is coming. Get psyched!! — YourTango
- Kimora Lee Simmons is expecting her first child with boyfriend Djimon Hounsou. She has two daughters with her ex-husband Russell Simmons. — Us Weekly
- The Watchmen lawsuit between Fox and Warner Bros. has reportedly been settled privately. Fox is rumored to have received a large sum of money but will not be a codistributor for the film, which is set to release March 6. — BuzzSugar
- Beyonce Knowles will sing for Barack Obama's first dance with Michelle on his inauguration night, but the song is supposed to remain a secret until her performance. — AP
- Casey Affleck is directing a documentary about Joaquin Phoenix's transition from actor to rapper. Joaquin is being tutored by Diddy and will make his first public appearance tonight at a club in Vegas. — Hollywood Reporter
- Boy George was sentenced to 15 months in jail this morning for falsely imprisoning a male escort in his London apartment by handcuffing him to a wall hook. — TMZ
- Rumor has it that Cindy McCain was speaking to the producers of Dancing With the Stars about being a contestant on the show, but her husband John told her she wasn't allowed. — Page Six
The 2008 Presidential campaign is over, and while it wasn't all champagne kisses and caviar dreams, there were some pretty phenomenal embraces from the candidates and their families and friends. Some squeezes showed honest and sweet support, while others seemed to be manufactured for the camera. Here's a look back at the best of the best.
Cindy McCain In Kissing Other Man at Moody Blues Show Shock! Your National Enquirer newspaper has published photos purporting to show Cindy McCain kissing some guy who isn't Senator John McCain! "Multiple witnesses" caught Cindy and this mystery man "lip locking on several other occasions." The guy is "a long-haired man who resembles a washed-up '80s rock musician," apparently. Just read the stunned reaction of an eyewitness: "I couldn't believe I was watching Cindy McCain passionately kissing and hugging another man!"Comments
Election-day fever is sweeping the nation, with experts predicting record turnout. From Phoenix to Chicago, Ohio to New Hampshire, voters are experiencing long lines — but as you'll see, they're sticking around to cast their ballots. Take a look as John and Cindy, Barack and Michelle, Joe and Jill, Sarah and Todd, Bill and Hill, and citizens everywhere make their choices.
Michelle Obama, with a fresh ink feature in the NYT, dropped by the Tonight Show last night in advance of Obama's 30-minute TV spot airing tomorrow night. She also joined the sisterhood of the traveling pants as it were, being understanding about Palin's current wardrobe conundrum. Michelle said, "A VP pick, it's like being shot out of a cannon. All of a sudden you're at the center of attention, and you want to look good. You're living in your home, minding your business, and all of a sudden you're on the national stage and everyone's watching."
She said her kids were less than thrilled about their Dad's impending TV appearance. Malia said, "'You're going to be on all the TV? Are you going to interrupt my TV?'" Obama assured her he hadn't bought time on Disney or Nickelodeon.
Cindy McCain is blazing up the trail too, recently in Florida with Rudy Giuliani touting her husband's credentials. Cindy said, "We need someone who understands what it means to send young men into combat and bring them home." Hitting hot local breakfast spots, the race car driver and pilot Cindy is shaking hands with the best of them.
You know how there are just some girls who always seem to have a pack of guy friends? According to the Times, Sarah Palin is the candidate equivalent of that. With crowds that seem to be tipping heavily male (I suppose the legendary Joe Six-Packs?) the vocal man-fans aren't afraid to be heard. With calls of, “You tell ’em baby,” and “You rock me out, Sarah,” Palin seems to be comfortable with the demographic saying, “I feel like I’m at home."
At one rally a female supporter taking a snapshot said of the ratio, “This is not a ladies campaign. There seem to be lots and lots of guys here. I’d guess 70-30, maybe 65-35, men to women. It’s quite noticeable to me.”
To see what the Times had to say about another woman on the trail, Cindy McCain, as well as Christopher Buckley, read more