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Time Magazine Editor at Large Mark Halperin learned a valuable lesson the hard way, that microphones are always on.

Halperin was giving his take on President Obama's news conference, during an appearance on "Morning Joe" today, when he called the president a word that describes the male anatomy.


Despite Halperin's apology MSNBC suspended him indefinitely as an analyst.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters today, he called the network's executives to complain.

U.N.-usual Choice

North Korea is the new head of the United Nations Conference on Disarmament. That is not sitting well with U.N. critics who obviously say it damages the U.N.'s credibility since North Korea frequently threatens to expand its nuclear weapons program.

The rotating presidency is chosen by member states that sit on the conference. Iran congratulated North Korea on assuming the presidency.

We told you Tuesday, Iran hosted an anti-terrorism conference over the weekend that the State Department called quite ironic.


And finally, Comedy Central host Stephen Colbert is about to pull some political purse strings. The Federal Election Commission says Colbert can use resources from his TV show to raise funds for his political action committee.

Colbert is forming what he calls a "Super PAC" that can bring in unlimited amounts of money. It is part of a running joke satirizing loosened campaign financing rules. He isn't saying what he'll do with the money.