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I'm convinced if their businesses bazillion ventures fail or they bid farewell to reality television (either by choice or incarceration), the women of Real Housewives of New Jersey could make fabulous livings as spin instructors.  They certainly must get a good work out changing their stories every five seconds.  All of the women are guilty of it, but Teresa Giudice and sister-in-law Melissa Gorga are shining professionals when it comes to spinning their version of events to make them the good guy.  Hey, at least it's entertaining!

After being accused of threatening Melissa in her blog last week, Teresa clarifies her words in yesterday's Bravo entry.  She promises that all of the family (well, maybe not ALL of them…she implies that one little lady is still up to her evil ways) is trying to make things better after that dramatic retreat.  Tre writes, "What did you think of the Miracle at St. George? I think I haven't cried that much in my whole life. I cried all over again watching it. All this nonsense about our family not getting along for 10 years just isn't true."

Teresa continues, "You can tell from how we were at the end of the episode — cooking and laughing and enjoying each other like close families do. I wish I could have had every one of you in the room with us to feel the love. You deserve it after watching our darkest moments! Thank you all so much for keeping the faith in my family!"  No problem, Billy Joel!  Happy to oblige.  Teresa is right on that front…we have seen a lot of darkness with the women of RHONJ, and I for one welcomed the reprieve!

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Big Rich Texas stars Bonnie Blossman and Whitney Whatley – my favorite mother/daughter duo – are having a truly amazing month! First, Whitney and Brandon "Booger" Overbey welcomed their beautiful baby girl, Rhythm Myer, to the family. Then, Bonnie announced a Big Rich Texas spinoff, Big Rich Texas: Whitney's Having A Baby

I don't think I have to tell y'all how flipping excited I am! 

Following the birth of her daughter,  Whitney said,  “It was surreal seeing Rhythm Myer for the first time after having her to myself for nine months. I wasn't sure if I was ready to share her with the world, but she is my life and I love her more than words can express. I am truly excited to be a mother!”

What does Bonnie think about all these changes? Read on!

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Teresa and Joe Giudice arrive at federal court

The Teresa Giudice fraud case is just getting underway and we're all on the edge of seats waiting to see how this will play out.  Joe and Teresa are in court this morning and obviously ready to crack under the pressure of it all – if Joe's temper is any indication. 

Until we hear more after their court hearing, we just wanted to share this piece of reading to hold you over.  Here is the full indictment – it lists everything they Giudices are being accused of.  It's pretty mind blowing and worth the 33 page read. 

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Has the season of Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta already flown past us in a flurry of unblinged Rolexes, popcorn hos, no-necks, cabin fever (and flings!), and Joseline Hernandez one-liners?  Sadly, it appears so.  Last night was the season finale, and wow.  I don't know if Stevie J. totally appalls me, or if I should be impressed by his sheer ego induced stupidity.

The episode begins with Stevie asking Joseline to clarify her question.  She spells it out that she is asking him to marry her.  He's not willing to say yes, but he likes the ring so he'll wear it.  Joseline is special to him…and she buys him expensive gifts.  Stevie thinks that patience is a virtue, and Joseline is thrilled that he's kind enough to wear the token of her undying devotion.  Someone get her some self-esteem STAT.

Rasheeda invites Traci Reece, Erica Dixon, and Karlie Redd over for cocktails and nursery painting.  She reveals that she's having a boy…and that she's consulted an attorney about her situation with husband Kirk Frost.  Erica is saddened.  Whose dysfunctional relationship can she look up to now?  Speaking of, Rasheeda asks about Lil' Scrappy and his problem with the wiz-nigh-ee.

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Teresa and Joe Giudice arrive at federal court

Teresa Giudice and Joe Giudice have just left court!

In the brief hearing, which lasted about an hour, the Real Housewives of New Jersey stars were each released on $500,000 unsecured bail bonds by a federal judge. 

Per the terms: Teresa and Joe "must surrender their passports and they are not allowed to leave New York or New Jersey until their next hearing, which is scheduled for Aug. 14."

The hearing also revealed that Joe is not a legal U.S. Citizen despite being married to Teresa for 15 years. Joe was born in Italy and will have to submit to drug testing. Teresa will not.

A witness tells Us Weekly Teresa and Joe were "very solemn" during the hearing, but there were "no tears" and their demeanor was "very professional." 

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Teresa and Joe Giudice arrive at federal court

The Giudices are back in court again today because yesterday they were indicted for fraud! How's that for a hot date away from the kids!

The Real Housewives of New Jersey stars are being accused of 39-counts of various financial based fraud including wire fraud, loan fraud, federal tax evasion, mortgage fraud, bankruptcy fraud… you get the gist of it! 

Apparently facing time in the slammer doesn't make Joe Giudice feel too good. As the couple waded through a sea of photographers eagerly awaiting to hear their response to the fraud allegations, he started throwing punches! 

NorthJersey.com reports that they were more than an hour and a half early to court. Teresa Giudice wore white. Ha! That's like a shotgun wedding honey, the jig is up and you're no innocent. In the sea of photographers Joe lashed out and "swung" at one of them "hitting a photographer's camera". "Calm down, Joe," his lawyer, Miles Feinstein, was overheard warning. "Don't do that."

Joe and Teresa then walked in to the courthouse linking arms around 8:20 am. 

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Teresa Giudice Book Signing At Books and Books

Yesterday it was announced that Teresa Giudice and her husband Joe Giudice were indicted for 39-counts of federal tax evasion, bank and loan fraud, and bankruptcy fraud among other charges. 

The federal government alleges that the Real Housewives of New Jersey stars intentionally withheld and falsified financial information in order to obtain mortgages they could not afford then they failed to honestly report earned income to the IRS. Then upon filing bankruptcy they lied about income, assets, and potential income. All in all they are in biiiiig trouble, little Jersey! 

It's interesting that despite Teresa being a stay-at-home wife and mother during that time she signed and submitted loan applications claiming she had income and a job.

Another interesting fact: Teresa and Joe have SEPARATE attorneys in the matter. Which is uncommon considering they are a married couple who filed Chapter 7 together and Joe was presumably the sole breadwinner during the timeframe. 

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While Kody Brown's hair may be my most favorite thing ever, the whole concept of Sister Wives is a bit off-putting.  Perhaps if the women weren't so whiny, I could see why they'd all want to spend time together, but, alas, that isn't the case.  However, I do enjoy the episodes that showcase the family's teenagers.

These kids are smart, mature, and seem to think for themselves.  While Logan is Kody's mini-me, Janelle's daughter Madison totally speaks her mind.  They didn't ask to be brought into this lifestyle.  Being a teenager is hard enough, but being a teenager with three extra moms, a bed-hopping dad, and a gajillion half siblings–I can't imagine!

However, in Sunday's episode, Meri's daughter Mariah reveals that she wouldn't want her life any other way, and the seventeen-year-old is looking forward to the day when she has her own sister wives.  

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