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Geraldo's wife stands by her man too

It is the week for wives to stand by their spouse under unusual circumstances. There's much public attention on Huma Abedin, who has sworn continued allegiance to Anthony Weiner despite his sexting scandal. Now Geraldo Rivera's fifth wife Erica has stepped forward to forgive her husband's recent personal foray into pin-up art.

22,000 have applied for a job at Al Jazeera America

The company has had 700 jobs to fill in recent months, and have already attracted high profile veterans from CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, NBC, CBS and ABC recently, including such recognizable faces as Soledad O'Brien and David Shuster. Some critics remain unimpressed, however.

Allen West's presidential straw poll: Cruz beats Paul

The winner of the straw poll is Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas with 58 percent of the vote, besting Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky. The pair of lawmakers were the final contenders in a runoff from a roster of previous possible candidates that once included Sen. Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, Condoleezza Rice, Donald Trump, Rep. Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Rick Santorum.