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Presidents, politicians, journalists, and... Taylor Swift team up for the ultimate Gettysburg Address -- VIDEO

November 19 marks the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s iconic Gettysburg Address, largely considered one of the most poignant, stirring, and important speeches in American history. And naturally, Civil War buff documentarian Ken Burns wouldn’t let an occasion like this pass by without some sort of commemoration.

Though his 90-minute documentary The Address won’t premiere on PBS until the spring of 2014, Burns has already set up a website called Learn the Address, which encourages “everyone in America to video record themselves reading or reciting the Abraham Lincoln’s famous speech.”

Scads of famous Americans have already taken Burns up on his challenge — including every living president, Lincoln director Steven Spielberg, Bill Gates, and slightly less predictable participants like Alyssa Milano. Which of them best exemplifies Honest Abe’s signature mix of dignity, intelligence, and humanity? Decide for yourself after checking out this handy mashup video. (Hint: It’s not Taylor Swift.)

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It's always 'Sunny' in the White House: Meet the Obamas' new dog -- VIDEO

Looks like there’s a second First Dog! The Obamas announced Monday that Sunny has joined fellow Portuguese Water Dog Bo at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

According to the White House website, “Sunny is the perfect little sister for Bo — full of energy and very affectionate — and the First Family picked her name because it fit her cheerful personality.”

See a video of Sunny and big bro Bo in action below:
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Obama talks al Qaeda, Trayvon Martin, Edward Snowden on 'Leno' -- VIDEO

President Obama’s sixth appearance on The Tonight Show yesterday saw the Commander-in-Chief covering a variety of topics, from goofy stuff like his bromance with John McCain — “That’s how a classic romantic comedy goes; initially, you’re not getting along, and then you keep bumping into each other…” — to a trifecta of heavy topical issues: a recent spate of embassy closures across the Middle East and North Africa, the NSA and Edward Snowden, and Trayvon Martin.

The conversation began lightheartedly enough, with Jay Leno asking Obama about his recent birthday party and whether Michelle teases his graying hair. Leno then seamlessly steered the conversation toward this weekend’s embassy closures, which came in the wake of a terrorist threat that seems to have originated from al Qaeda. The threat was “significant enough that we’re taking every precaution,” Obama noted, adding that though progress has been made, “this radical, violent extremism is still out there, and we’ve got to stay on top of it.”

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Diane Lane is playing Hillary Clinton in NBC miniseries. Let's cast everybody else!

Even NBC can’t resist some ’90s nostalgia — only this time, it’s with a political twist.

At TCA over the weekend, NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt announced that the network will air a four-hour miniseries about Hillary Clinton, starring Diane Lane as the former First Lady and Secretary of State. The program, expected to air before Clinton announces a decision about running for President in 2016, will document the time between 1998 and present-day. It’s not based on any particular book and Clinton will not be involved, Greenblatt said. Courtney Hunt (Frozen River) will write and direct the project.

Academy Award-nominee Lane is certainly a buzzy choice for a TV part, and her casting, along with the headline-ready, sure-to-be-controversial subject matter, is part of NBC’s play at “big event” programming that HBO and other cable networks are more typically known for. It’ll be interesting to see who they cast in other notable roles, including husband President Clinton and former-rival-turned-co-worker President Obama. READ FULL STORY

Watch President Obama call Prop 8 plaintiffs

Prop 8 plaintiffs Kris Perry and Sandy Stier are having the best day ever… and that was before President Obama personally called them to congratulate the couple on their legal victory.

“We’re proud of you guys, and we’re so glad,” the president said on-air on MSNBC thanks to speaker phone. Jeff Zarrillo and Paul Katami, the two other plaintiffs challenging Prop 8, gathered around Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin’s cell phone as well. In the brief remarks, the president highlighted the couples’ courage, and told them they were “helping out a whole lot of people.”

Earlier, President Obama released a statement, saying, “I applaud the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act.  This was discrimination enshrined in law.  It treated loving, committed gay and lesbian couples as a separate and lesser class of people.  The Supreme Court has righted that wrong, and our country is better off for it.  We are a people who declared that we are all created equal – and the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.”

Watch the phone call below — and prepare to tear up when a thrilled Katami jokingly invites President Obama to his upcoming wedding:
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White House Correspondents' Dinner: Watch Kevin Spacey's 'House of Cards' parody and Steven Spielberg's 'Obama' -- VIDEO

Last night’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner features two different spoof videos featuring extensive celebrity/politico cameos. First up came House of Nerds, in which Kevin Spacey’s utterly corrupt House of Cards politician took the screen opposite probably-corrupt real-life politicians like John McCain, Valerie Jarrett, Michael Bloomberg, and a lot of other people who almost certainly have more important things to do. Bonus: There’s an NBC joke! Watch the video: READ FULL STORY

White House Correspondents' Dinner: President Obama on NBC, 'The Bible,' and Taylor Swift. Plus: Conan O'Brien's best jokes

C-Span insistently stamped the hashtag “NerdProm” on their coverage of this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, but the annual political roast looked more like Washington’s answer to the Golden Globes. By which I mean, there were several pointed jokes and untold gallons of booze. Conan O’Brien was the official comedy diplomat of the night — a return trip for the late-night host, who slung jokes in President Clinton’s direction back in 1995. But O’Brien was overshadowed by his opener: President Barack Obama, who took the opportunity to make several jabs at NBC, CNN, and even Taylor Swift. Read on for the best zingers by the former Tonight Show host and the Commander-in-Chief of these United States. READ FULL STORY

President Obama finally weighs in on Jay-Z and Beyonce's Cuba trip

The ongoing media saga surrounding Jay-Z and Beyonce’s trip to Cuba continued this morning on Today, with President Barack Obama finally weighing in on whether he or the White House gave the couple clearance to travel to the island nation.

Never one to take criticism lying down, Jay-Z released a track called “Open Letter,” rhyming that “Obama said, ‘Chill you’re going to get me impeached’ / You don’t need this s**t anyway, chill with me on the beach.”

This seemed like news to the president.

“I wasn’t familiar that they were taking the trip,” the president said in an interview with Savannah Guthrie that aired Wednesday. “My understanding is I think they went through a group that organizes these educational trips down to Cuba. You know, this is not something the White House was involved with. We’ve got better things to do.”

Indeed, it was revealed that the Treasury Department and not the White House authorized the excursion as an educational and cultural exchange. Prior to the reveal of that fact, a variety of Republican legislators, including Sen. Marco Rubio, threatened to open investigations into the couple’s trip. 21 Jump Street director Phil Lord was also, um, not especially pleased with the rapper’s jaunt.

Check out Obama’s remarks on Jay and Bey’s trip below.

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President Obama makes his March Madness picks -- VIDEO

President Obama has turned against Nate Silver!

…in his NCAA Tournament bracket.

The president shared his Barack-etology picks for this year’s Final Four with ESPN’s Andy Katz, and he went against top-seeded Louisville, who famed numbers-cruncher Silver considers the favorite to win the tournament. To be fair, Obama didn’t exactly go out on a limb, picking Silver’s second choice, Indiana, to beat Louisville in the finals in Atlanta. In fact, the president seems to have a keen appreciation for the numbers that Silver tabulates, since they each selected three of the same four teams to reach the Final Four.

Watch the President below, as he cops to his Big-10 bias, sends Notre Dame home early for their horrible neon green uniforms, and explains who Joe Biden wants to see go all the way. Orange you going to take a guess? READ FULL STORY

Uh, History Channel's 'Bible' devil looks awfully familiar

Are the creators of History Channel’s The Bible trying to tell us something? Here’s a photo of actor Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni as Satan in “Hope,” one of two episodes that aired last night:

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