Better late than never
March 12, 2014

Of the several mysteries that True Detective left on the table, there's one that the show barely bothered to acknowledge: Why did things end between Rust and his girlfriend Laurie?

As it turns out, that's a question True Detective originally intended to answer. Via Slate, Extra has a deleted scene that depicts the couple arguing over whether or not to have children. When Rust explains that he believes it's morally wrong to have children, she fires back at him: "You're scared. Or is it you don't... with me? You don't love me that way?"

Rust refuses to back down — and while the clip doesn't end with their breakup, it's clear that the relationship is in serious jeopardy. Check it out below, and fantasize about the revelations that the rest of the deleted scenes could include — like Rust's meticulous mustache-grooming technique. --Scott Meslow

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9:54 a.m. ET

Unsuspecting bathers at the Fudo no Yu hot spring outside of Tokyo have been taking in more than just panoramic views: The famous onsen has reportedly turned into an orgy hotspot.

The mixed-gender bathing and privacy at the hot spring — it can only fit about 10 people and doesn't employ a supervisor — apparently proved too alluring for swingers and the adult film industry.

Local residents and other bathers had been complaining about witnessing lewd acts for about a year, but the last straw appeared to have been a succession of weekend orgies involving as many as 15 middle-aged men and several younger women... The bath, part of the popular Shiobara onsen resort, is also thought to have been targeted by voyeurs armed with cameras, the site said, citing a report in the Mainichi Shimbun. [The Guardian]

“We had no choice but to close the bath," an unidentified local told the Asahi Shimbun. It has since been drained of its water — and, hopefully, thoroughly scrubbed. Nico Lauricella

Patriot Act
9:47 a.m. ET

In a Fox and Friends interview Wednesday morning, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) said America "would be much better off" if Congress had renewed the USA Patriot Act, rather than implementing the USA Freedom Act. Walker agreed, though, that the Freedom Act, which the Senate passed on Tuesday, is still better than having nothing in its place.

Walker called the Patriot Act "an important tool," adding that it was useful for monitoring terror threats after 9/11. As for the NSA's bulk data collection from phone records, Walker said the government was  "collecting the data and accessing it under a very legal constitutional process" that only took place when there was "clear evidence that someone is connected with an enemy combatant."

Walker is expected to announce later this month whether or not he intends to run for president in 2016. Meghan DeMaria

Coming Soon
9:29 a.m. ET

Following her official introduction in a Vanity Fair cover story, Caitlyn Jenner is primed for her own E! series, I Am Cait — and today, the network unveiled a first look:

"People go through life, and they never deal with their own issues, no matter what they are," says Jenner in the promo. "Ours happen to be gender identity, but how many people go through life, and just waste their entire life, because they never deal with themselves? To be who they are?"

Though the promo is brief, it does give a small glimpse into Jenner's ongoing adjustment to her new life. "Isn't it great that maybe someday you'll be normal? Just blend into society?" she says wistfully. When her friend insists that Jenner is normal, she replies: "Put it this way: I'm the new normal."

I Am Cait premieres on July 26. Scott Meslow

Reports of our death have been greatly exaggerated
9:13 a.m. ET

A series of tweets from a BBC reporter mistakenly sparked rumors that Queen Elizabeth had died. Ahmen Khawaja first tweeted that the Queen had been taken to a hospital and then later that she had died, citing the BBC. The tweets were picked up by some news sources, including CNN, however, when NBC reached out to Buckingham Palace for comment, they were told that the 89-year-old monarch was not only alive, but making public appearances. The tweets were quickly deleted, and the BBC issued a statement claiming they were part of an "internal drill" rehearsing what would happen in the event of the Queen's actual death. Khawaja, for her part, claimed that the tweets were a "prank" and that her phone had been left unattended. Marshall Bright

2016 Watch
8:45 a.m. ET
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Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg hasn't announced a bid for the White House in 2016, but sources told the New York Post that a group of unnamed New York Democrats want to convince Bloomberg to run.

According to the Post, Clinton has a lead among Democrats because the field lacks "a credible challenger." Sources told the Post that Democrats have approached Bloomberg to "gauge his interest" about a 2016 run. One Democrat told the Post the plan might work because Bloomberg "can't stand" Clinton.

While nothing is for certain — one source told the Post he was optimistic because Bloomberg "didn't throw him out of the office" during their meeting — Bloomberg has expressed interest in the White House in the past. In 2008, the Post notes, Bloomberg sponsored polls and said he would run for president as an independent candidate. But a source who met with Bloomberg told the Post that the former mayor said it would be "no problem" for him to become a Democrat once again. Meghan DeMaria

survey says
7:55 a.m. ET
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A new CNN/ORC poll has found that Americans once again have a favorable opinion of George W. Bush — more favorable, in fact, than President Obama.

Politico notes that the poll, released Wednesday, marks the first time Americans have been this keen on the former president since April 2005. Fifty-two percent of respondents said they viewed Bush favorably, compared to 49 percent for Obama. Bush also edged out Obama in disapproval numbers, 43 percent to 49 percent.

More granular numbers don't look good for the sitting president either: 52 percent of respondents agreed that things in America are "going badly;" 52 percent disapproved of how Obama is handling the economy; and 63 percent disapproved of how Obama has responded to ISIS.

The poll, conducted from May 29 to May 31 via phone, surveyed 1,025 Americans and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points. Meghan DeMaria

7:43 a.m. ET
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Now that President Obama has signed the USA Freedom Act, the National Security Agency will start collecting telephone metadata en masse again for six months, until the new system is up and running. At that point, phone companies will have to store that information — length of calls, numbers dialed, not content — for an unspecified amount of time, and the NSA and other spy agencies will need to get a court order to search through it.

But what about the years of phone records the NSA has already amassed? It's not clear, The Associated Press reports. "Obama administration officials have not said what they will do with those and whether they will continue to search them." AP does have other, more definitive answers in its Q&A about the Freedom Act, which you can read for further information. Peter Weber

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