August 11th, 2010
11:50 AM ET

Wednesday's intriguing people

Marianne Gingrich

The second and most well-known of Newt Gingrich's three wives broke her silence to Esquire Magazine, discussing the origins of her marriage, the former House Speaker's struggles, and his 2012 presidential aspirations.

According to the profile written by John H. Richardson, the former Mrs. Gingrich (pictured here in 1995 with her then-husband) said Newt Gingrich has always had a wife since he was a teenager. Marianne was with him for 18 years and during that time he rose from a congressional "bench warmer" to Speaker of the House of Representatives. She was his closest adviser until his political career and their marriage collapsed.

Will run for President in 2012? While initially incredulous, Marianne Gingrich admitted: "He believes that what he says in public and how he lives don't have to be connected. If you believe that, then yeah, you can run for president."

Esquire: Newt Gingrich: The Indispensable Republican

Aman Ali and Bassam Tariq

The two American Muslims begin a cross-country trip today, visiting 30 mosques in 30 U.S. states. Their journey begins at the start of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Ramadan is a month-long devotion during which Muslims around the world fast and pray to fulfill one of the five basic requirements of their faith.

Aman, a journalist and comedian, and Bassam, an advertising copywriter and documentary filmmaker, are friends who last year visited 30 mosques within New York City over Ramadan, breaking their fasts and praying with diverse congregations every night. They documented that journey through a blog, which gained thousands of readers and comments from as far away as South Africa and China.

He and Bassam present their blog from a non-Muslim point of view, writing about their visits "as if anybody who just walked off the street would experience them."

The two view their trip not only as a way to build solidarity among Muslim Americans, but to also help non-Muslims learn about Islam. "We notice there is a lot of curiosity from non-Muslims and they want to know about Islam but might feel awkward about how to approach it," Aman said.

This year, the two men have raised nearly $6,000 to pay for this year's journey, Aman told CNN. ["We're] going in with an open mind and don't know fully what to expect."

Their first stop is the Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood in Harlem, founded by students of Malcolm X.

30 Mosques 30 Days

Linda McMahon

The co-founder of WWE wrestling promises to make her contest against Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal among the most expensive ever. McMahon, the Republican who won the nomination last night, spent $22 million doing so, the New York Times reports, and she's prepared to spend another $28 million to win. In response, the Blumenthal camp already has started gathering video, including McMahon kicking her husband in the groin mid-ring during a wrestling skit.

New York Times: Connecticut senate race poses test for Democrats

UPDATE: Steven Slater

The JetBlue flight attendant has caused social-network frenzy. Two Facebook fan pages dedicated to him have collected nearly 100,000 supporters.

Facebook fan page: Steven Slater

Facebook fan page: Steven Slater

New York Daily News: Sully who? JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater becomes hero to wage earners everywhere

soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. Brandon

    SHE SPEAKS THE TRUTH. How a person treats their family tells a lot about their character.

    August 11, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • ZZZZ

      I know....just look at Tiger Woods

      August 11, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dawn

      Totally agree.

      August 12, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Eddie B.

    She is hitting it right on the head where these Republicans never practice what they preach. Newt is a perfect example where he went after Bill Clinton for having an affair with Monica Lewinsky and how unethical it was, but the whole time he was having an affair with one of his aides and had no remorse about it.

    August 11, 2010 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rav in Maryland!

    That is interesting! Want you to live with a high "Moral" standard and yet wants to live his life free to his own will! Just like Republicans, I bet most of these folks probably drink and struggle with life everyday trying to be "Hollier" than thou. My God told me that "ALL" men have sinned and fall short from the Glory of God. Funny how some think it don't apply to them?

    August 11, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  4. O.D.

    I would vote for Newt in a heartbeat. I would love to see a GINGRICH-PALIN ticket.

    August 11, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • tet1953

      Not that long ago, I would have responded to that with something like, OMG, you have got to be kidding. I have come to realize though that it really does not matter who gets elected. We are already screwed for a long time to come.

      August 11, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • kevindy

      Hey O.D., you certainly have OD'd!

      August 11, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • chuck

      every democrat out there would love to see that ticket also....

      August 11, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • naldrvr

      Well you can bet one thing. If Newt runs he won't be letting the Caribou Barbie tag along. He damn sue won't make the mistake McCain did and let Palin drag him down with her daily diatribe of BS.

      August 11, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobx

      @O.D. madness

      August 11, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • c.simon

      OD, perhaps the Gingrich/Palin is an improvement over McCain/Palin. After all, John McCain was born in Panama, not the US.

      August 11, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. tim

    NEWT and MORALITY....haha...PLEASE tell us that you're kidding.

    This is what the Republicans offer us every election.

    Moe bigotry, more greed, more fear and more garbage.

    August 11, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. tim

    O.D nice ticket... makes me want to o'd...ya know ? wonder what you've been smoking...get out of your meth lab in the basement....it's a really lovely day outside..

    August 11, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. O.D.

    Timmy, why such harsh words? God bless you, and it is a very lovely day outside.

    August 11, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. jed clampit

    there are 2 sides to every story. maybe newt is a hypocrite, but then aren't we all? what sane person would say that they always live up to their ideals? i'd like to hear his side.

    August 11, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sara

      Would you say this about Obama having an affair? Did you respond this way towards Clinton? Because you should... after all, there are "two sides to every story."

      August 11, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. GianCarlo

    Give me a break. Newt is the biggest hypocrite there is. He is the poster child of hypocrisy. He will praise God just to pander to the religious right. Yet will not think twice or feel guilt leaving his cancer stricken wife for another woman.

    August 11, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sara

      To be fair, John Edwards did the same thing... and had a love child. But then, Democrats are not exactly rallying around him (and let's hope they never do again. That'd be a sad day for Dems).

      August 11, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Joe

    Here we go again with CNN putting things up on their homepage that aren't even newsworthy. Let me get this straight, instead of CNN having articles about the Russian fires, the bodies discovered in a Bosnian lake, or the drug resistant bacteria making it's way around the globe, CNN decides to put up an opinion piece from a bitter ex-wife about the prospects of something someone might not even do! No wonder Americans are so misinformed. CNN...get on the ball and report news, not ridiculous jaded rants!

    August 11, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • westside

      If you really feel that way you should probably look for your news entertainment elsewhere. I do agree that they are getting more like drudge with miss-leading headlines, but this is a story. He shot at others for what he did. It's the story of a baltant hypocrite who would like to be president.

      August 11, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. George Busch

    I would also love to see a Gingrich-Palin ticket, even have Palin run as pres and Newt as VP. That would insure a republican defeat at the polls. You can bet one of them will get my vote for the primaries if they are on the ticket.

    August 11, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. George Busch

    Joe – go back to Fox where you belong. If you don't like CNN why are you here? Just a troll who thinks they are making a dirrerence. As big a joke as Newt...

    August 11, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ed Noonan

    Gingrich is the typical Republican leader. If you admire hypocrites, vote Republican.

    August 11, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jangocat

    I believe her but she must be a piece of work herself to have ever married someone like Newt...

    August 11, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Taiga

    I am a live long republican because of the fiscal responsibility of the party most of the time. But in terms of morality, most republicans are closet bigots of all time. We preach morality that we rarely practice.

    August 11, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sara

      I agree that back in the day, Republicans were admirable enough because they promoted fiscal responsibility. But you can only call Dubya fiscally responsible if you consider it financially sound to spend billions on two wars, cut taxes for the rich, and end up with outlandish debts with no way to pay them back.

      August 11, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Sara- Obama hasn't exactly ended both wars yet either. How much has the deficit grown under a year and a half of Obama verses 8 years of Bush? Sooner or later, Dems have to say that they have contributed to the problems rather than saying it's still Bush's fault.

      August 11, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • westside

      Fiscal responsibility. I recall an image of President George Bush, Republican nominee John Mc Cain and democratic nominee Barrack Obama sitting around a table together. They all got together because it had recently come out that the US economy was tanking and George had no idea what to do. He didn't know how to fix what he had broken with his, "fiscally responsible" republican economic policy. The recession started 12/07. A year before the democrats came to power. It is a myth that republicans are fiscally responsible. Hell, Iraq cost 3 trillion and we didn't even need to be there. Hos is that responsible.

      August 11, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sara

      Mike- I didn't say anything about Dems solving (or not solving) the problem. I'm merely suggesting that fiscal responsible Republicans aren't so fiscally responsible anymore. Honestly, I'm not overly happy with the measures (or lack thereof) the Obama administration has taken to improve the problem.

      August 11, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
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