Your Daily Guide to Trending Topics

Every day there are some topics that are trending. Since many of them don’t make sense, we provide easy contextualization. Also, this way, you won’t actually have to know anything about anything.

Cory Booker
People are searching Google for information about Booker, the highly visible mayor of Newark, NJ and something of a political Next Big Thing, who dimmed his ascending star Sunday with an appearance on Meet the Press. Booker, a staunch Democrat, made comments about President Obama’s strategy of taking on Mitt Romney’s work a Bain Capital, seemingly equating it with the attacks on Obama (especially those care of billionaire Joe Ricketts). “I have to just say, from a very personal level, I’m not about to sit here and indict private equity,” Booker said. “To me, it’s just we’re getting to a ridiculous point in America, especially that I know I live in a state where pension funds, unions and other people are investing in companies like Bain Capital. If you look at the totality of Bain Capital’s record, they’ve done a lot to support businesses, to grow businesses. And this to me, I’m very uncomfortable with.” Nice knowing you, Cory!

Billboard Music Awards
It’s not the Grammys, it’s not the VMAs, it’s not even the American Music Awards, this one—which aired last night and is topping Google Trends—is presented by Billboard, the folks who actually keep track of how well music sells. Crazy, right? Hosted by Julie Bowen and Ty Burell, the evening reportedly featured an underwear-clad performance from LMAFO, Katy Perry attending with her grandmother as her date, Jordin Sparks and John Legend did a tribute to Whitney Houston and the late Houston’ daughter, Bobbi Kristina, accepted an award on her behalf. What people are looking for are, of course, mostly videos. So check the best part of the night out below.

Emily Maynard
Why, Yahoo! users, why? The most-searched term on your favorite site this morning is “Emily Maynard,” as in the jilted former contestant on The Bachelor, who is now returning to TV in The Bachelorette to give finding love on camera another show. “I had a million reservations about being the Bachelorette,” she said in a recent interview before going on to explain why she would do something like this to herself (and her six-year-old daughter). “You know, they had asked me to do it previously and I said no to anyone who would listen. I told everybody I would never do it – never in a million years.”

Dharun Ravi
Another hot Yahoo! topic is Mr. Ravi, the former roommate of Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi. Clementi jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge after discovering that Ravi was spying on him during intimate moments via webcam. In March, Ravi was convicted on counts of bias intimidation, invasion of privacy, witness tampering, hindering apprehension and tampering with evidence. Ravis’ sentencing will happen today. He faces up to 10 years in prison and possible deportation to his native India.

Nothing too serious is happening over at Twitter. There are your normal #MondayMorning trends and also this, a list of things that the video game Grand Theft Auto has taught its users.





Morning Links: Charlize Theron Adopts a Baby Boy, Kanye West Wants to Marry Kim Kardashian

● One healthy, African-American baby boy from the United States named Jackson has got a brand new adoptive mom: Charlize Theron. How lucky! [Us]

● Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s iTunes account, chocked full of Chris Brown and Blake Shelton, offers a softer side of the embattled dictator. [Guardian]

● Comedy Central will begin airing Community reruns in 2013 so that your little brother can love it, too. [Vulture]

● Nick Gordon insists that he’s not dating his sort-of-sister Bobbi Kristina. "We’re just close — just going through her mom’s passing and grieving together," he says, explaining recent photos of the two holding hands and sharing unusually intimate moments. [Huff Post]

● Rumor has it that Kanye West is obsessed with Kim Kardashian and "would marry her," but we think he probably just likes her shoes. [Bossip]

● New Orleans police have an issue out for the arrest of Russell Brand after he threw a photographers iPhone through a window in — as he dubiously put it — "tribute" to Steve Jobs. "I cannot bear to see anyone use an iPhone irreverently," he said. [TMZ]

Morning Links: Bobbi Kristina Trusts Oprah, Lady Gaga Hits 20 Million Twitter Followers

● Bobbi Kristina has entrusted Oprah with her first interview since Whitney’s death becasue, she says, Oprah "was loyal to my mom, and never did my mother wrong, or made her look bad. She always looked out for my mom." Their talk will air Sunday. [TMZ]

● Tina Fey was supposed to help Lindsay Lohan deliver her opening monologue on Saturday Night Live but pulled out at the last second because her kids were sick — or because she’s tired of defending her Mean Girls co-star, depending on who you ask. [NYDN]

● The Barenaked Ladies will provide the score for Delta Chi Fraternity in the upcoming adaptation, Animal House: The Musical. [ArtsBeat]

● Lady Gaga became the first person to hit 20 million twitter followers. Followers number 19,999,998 or 19,999,999 or even 20 million — where have you been? [NME]

● Details about The Canyon, the microbudget, L.A. based noir film Brett Easton Ellis supposedly wrote for porn star James Deen, are begining to emerge. [Playlist]

● Odd Future debuted the second track off their collective album, The OF Tape Vol. 2, and "Rella" followup, "NY (Ned Flander)" last night. The predictably weirdo video is directed by none other than Tyler himself under his Wolf Haley alias. [RapRadar]