Rumbles: Steele, Portland, Defense of Marriage Act, and the Iphone

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The annual kids’ fun run Awesome 3000 has a new art design that’ll be featured on thousands of t-shirts and posters thanks to Kristy Brown, a senior at West Salem High School. The design features the Salem-Keizer Education Foundation’s toothy mascot “Geo.” Brown will receive $100 for the contest and a $250 contribution to West Salem High School’s art department.

Michael Steele stepped aside from the GOP chairman race, acknowledging that the “party is ready for something different.” Steele, who suggested that the GOP really needed a hip-hop makeover and used phrases like “honest injun,” rivaled only Vice President Joe Biden in gaffes. Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Wisconsin GOP, has now taken the reins of the national committee.

Portlandia, the web series starring SNL’s Fred Armisen and Portland vocalist/guitarist Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney, is available now on Hulu (hulu.com). The series follows the owners of a feminist book store, a bike messenger and an artsy couple. In other words, all of the typical, disturbingly accurate stereotypes will make an appearance. Look for a cameo from Aubrey Plaza of “Parks and Recreation” and “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.”

The Defense of Marriage Act was ruled unconstitutional and the appeal hearing is getting under way. Gay rights groups, in particular, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), took offense to the Obama administration’s defense of the act denying marriage to same-sex couples. “All families deserve the recognition and respect of their government. We know the President supports us. It’s time for him to help lead the American public toward full equality for all Americans,” said HRC President Joe Solmonese.

Can you hear me now … on the iPhone? AT&T will lose its grip on the iPhone market in early February when Verizon becomes an option for iPhone addicts. The phone will be priced at $199.99 with a two-year contract and data package. This is good news for consumers looking to ditch the heavily criticized network.

Bueller … Bueller. The glass-encased house in which Cameron, from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, lived, is up for sale. Potential buyers just have to move to Highland Park, Illinois and write a check for only $1,650,000. What a deal.

JP Morgan Chase told NBC News that they overcharged several thousand military families for their mortgages. Under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, active duty troops receive a lower interest rate and are protected from foreclosure. Someone forgot to tell Chase that, considering they’ve foreclosed on at least a dozen servicemembers.

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