ICYMI Here's a roundup of five of the hottest stories that made the rounds on the web today:
1) David Petraeus for VP?
According to the Drudge Report, Mitt Romney is courting General David Petraeus for VP, the current director of the CIA and hero of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Drudge Report cites an unnamed source who overheard President Barack Obama talking about the Republican candidate's desire to name Petraeus as his running mate. In previous interviews, he has said he has no interest in jumping into politics. Still, Petraeus could shift the entire balance and momentum of the election, and electrify Romney's campaign.
2) A VP Predictor Tool
In other news, NPR reports that one way to possibly determine who will be a VP pick is to watch the various contenders' Wikipedia pages in the days before such an announcement is likely. In 2008, as The Washington Post wrote at the time, "just hours before [Sen. John] McCain declared his veep choice of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, her Wiki page saw a flurry of activity, with editors adding details about her approval rating and husband's employment. ... Palin's entry was updated at least 68 times, with at least an additional 54 changes made to her entry over the preceding five days." So, who's leading today? Sen. Rob Portman's Wiki page has been amended 16 times thus far.
3) 50 Shades of Grey Breaks Records
50 Shades of Grey officially became the best-selling book in the UK, selling more than 5.3 million copies (3.8 million physical books and 1.5 million ebooks). The previous record holder was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
4) Papa John's to Raise Pizza Prices
Papa John's founder, Mr. Papa John, made his feelings regarding Obamacare known to shareholders, which would require him to pay more money for employee health benefits and would cause the price of pizza to rise. "Our best estimate is that the Obamacare will cost 11 to 14 cents per pizza, or 15 to 20 cents per order from a corporate basis."
5) It's Official!
photo from New Yorker Festival via AFistfulofCulture
Arrested Development has begun shooting its 4th season, which is set to return to Netflix for 10 episodes.