1-10-10 The Weekend in Review

Hold Tight! Big Love returns to HBO tonight. Bill Paxton pays three mortgages and does the polygamist shuffle in Sandy, Utah (Should we get Mr. Paxton a coveted SL,UT shirt?)

Fox News’ Roger Ailes‘s paranoia keeps the Putnam County Real Estate market going.

Peter Orszag pulls a Tom Brady. We learn of Orszagasm.com. Oh man.

Failed Labour coup in Britain: “storm in a teacup” or “incredibly depressing for the country“?

Northern Ireland faces a, quite serious, Mrs. Robinson problem. Not exactly sure why her actions are deciding the fate of the entire government, but one supposes that residents of Bill & Monica & the RNC’s USA should not be talking.

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What's that you say, Mrs. Robinson?
Pete Carroll [leaves USC](http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/sports_blog/2010/01/pete-carroll-will-just-be-seahawks-coach.html). [Why could that be](http://bleacherreport.com/articles/322816-pete-carrolls-legacy-will-be-written-by-the-ncaa-infractions-committee)?

Obama’s latest Facebook feed released.

Panda hopes run high in DC.

Michael Steele blasts Harry Reid for racist remarks against Obama and Fox News provides a, hmm, super-insightful never-before-thought-up comment on the matter. Steele and others apparently just want fairness in the name of Trent Lott.

Heeeere’s Johnny!

Leno’s out. Leno’s in. Conan’s out. Conan’s in?

What do your neighborhood’s Netflix patterns say about you?

The New York Times gives History Professor (and Pulitzer winner) Jack Rakove’s latest effort, an annotated Constitution and Declaration of Independence a mixed review

Facebook is trying to conquer Stanford; or at least move closer to it in order to cut traffic congestion.

Philosophy Prof. Michael Bratman and Psychology prof. Greg Walton debate whether an individual is solely responsible for his actions.

LONG-FORM JOURNALISM:

Ego! Hubris! Vanity! Malpractice Suits! Great Hair! John “The Ego Monster” Edwards is profiled in New York Magazine.

**BIRTHS, DEATHS, AND OIL! **

On January 8th, Elvis would’ve turned 75 had the fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches, and the pills, not killed him. Bets are Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi shed a tear and blew out a candle or two for The King.

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Birthday Buds
On January 9th, Tricky Dick would’ve turned 97 had appearing on the presidential ticket five times, carrying out Watergate, and scowling so often not killed him.

Died: Coco Chanel on January 10th, 1971.

January 10th is the anniversary of Spindletop. Speaking of which, check out Brian Burrough’s The Big Rich for a fascinating portrait of the four men who benefited most from that great geiser of Oil! .

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