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Obama answers young voter questions for MTV, addresses same-sex marriage, climate change

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With the election a mere 12 days away, President Barack Obama’s media blitz continued today when he answered young voter questions on MTV.

In the half-hour special, MTV News correspondent Sway Calloway sat down with with the President in the Oval Office (one of three interviews Obama is conducting at the White House today) to ask questions submitted via Facebook. READ FULL STORY

Ne-Yo, Natasha Bedingfield and others tell us to move 'Forward' in musical Obama ad -- VIDEO

This is sure to be a little less controversial than Lena Dunham’s ad.

Ne-Yo, along with Herbie Hancock, Johnny Rzeznik, Delta Rae, and Natasha Bedingfield have released a song/campaign video for President Obama. Like Will.i.am’s 2008 video “Yes We Can,” “Forward” features a chorus with a simple message mixed with verses that also contain Obama soundbites from various events.

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Michelle Obama tells Jimmy Kimmel about her 'undercover' costume -- VIDEO

Jimmy Kimmel and Michelle Obama get along famously — even if the comedian does resent the First Lady’s attempts to replace all corn dogs with cauliflower. Both know what it’s like to try to wrangle uncooperative kids; Obama has even perfected the method of disciplining Sasha and Malia without moving her lips, so that cameras don’t notice it. Both also enjoy Halloween, though Kimmel is convinced that Obama must “force vegetables down [the] throats” of those who visit the White House during its annual spooktacular.

But these pals don’t agree about one important topic: whether the pros of being First Lady outweigh the cons. While Kimmel knows what it’s like to be famous, he’d hate to be that famous — not to mention constantly surrounded by Secret Service. Obama, though, is all in, despite the position’s drawbacks. “When Barack talked about entering the politics … I was very hesitant,” she told Kimmel on his show last night. “Your life is no longer your own. How do you raise your kids? But then I thought about the kind of person that I would want to lead the country, and I felt that to deny him that right would be selfish.”

Check out Michelle’s full appearance — which also includes a few hints about what she wears when she’s trying to go incognito — below.

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Lena Dunham: My first time was with Barack Obama -- VIDEO

Lena Dunham may or may not be the voice of her generation (or a voice of a generation), but she definitely knows how to spin some high-wire deadpan humor. In an ad paid for by President Obama’s re-election campaign, the star and creator of HBO’s Girls begins her pitch with this eyebrow-raising line: “Your first time shouldn’t be with just anybody. You want to do it with a great guy.”

Hey-o!

The video quickly shifts into Dunham explaining her reasons for supporting Obama — health care, birth control, gay rights, women’s rights — and ends with a clear pitch to get the 18-to-29 set to the polls.

It’s a calculated risk: A wryly hip ad that will likely appeal to Dunham’s fans (whose enthusiasm for the democratic process may have waned since the gonzo excitement of the 2008 election), but could equally turn off older voters who like their celeb endorsements more straightforward — like, say, Clint Eastwood’s recent 30-second pitch for Mitt Romney.

Check it out below, and decide for yourself!  READ FULL STORY

Romney is a 'bullsh***er' and 9 other things Obama told 'Rolling Stone'

With the election only 12 days away, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are embarking on the final legs of their campaign tours. Both candidates have plans to appear in battleground states like Ohio and Florida, but they’ve also been paying their dues — Obama especially — to the entertainment beast with recent stints on The Tonight Show, The Late Night with David Letterman and Live! With Kelly and Michael. The latest is Rolling Stone, which, not surprisingly for the historically liberal publication, features a cover-story interview with the President. Conducted by presidential historian Douglas Brinkley — who is staunchly anti-Romney — the interview covers many of the campaign’s familiar talking points: women’s reproductive rights, the economy, Obamacare. But there are indeed some surprises, even for those of us who watched all three debates (or at least saw the highlights). Take a look after the jump at the 10 points that stood out the most.

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President Obama visits Leno, jokes about Trump, gets serious about Richard Mourdock -- VIDEO

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President Barack Obama made his fifth appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno tonight. After a lighthearted chat about the MLB World Series and Air Force One, the conversation took a more serious turn over half-way in when discussing women’s health care rights.

Obama, who was fresh-faced despite traveling 5,300 miles in one day, addressed his underwhelming performance during the first presidential debate, crediting his low energy and poor presentation skills for the upset. He also made an effort to crack jokes throughout the night. When Jay compared the debate to his conversations with the First Lady, Obama pointed out a significant difference: “With Michelle, I just concede every point. That’s why we celebrated our 20th anniversary.” READ FULL STORY

Clint Eastwood stars in campaign ad for Mitt Romney -- VIDEO

The American Crossroads super PAC released a new anti-Obama campaign ad today starring Clint Eastwood. With no empty chair to support his argument, the actor abandons improvisation for a more conventional attack approach.

Eastwood narrates over shots of factories and Americans standing in unemployment lines, saying “23 million can’t find full-time work and we borrow $4 billion every single day.” He argues that President Barack Obama should be held “accountable” for not getting the job done and Mitt Romney should be elected in his place to “turn [the country] around fast.”

According to the Los Angeles Times, the commercial is part of a $12.6 million ad campaign backed by Karl Rove’s political action committee that will run in the swing states of Ohio, Iowa, Colorado, Florida, New Hampshire, Nevada, and Virginia.

Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby costar Morgan Freeman recently narrated a campaign commercial with the opposite sentiment on behalf of Obama. Forget the presidential contenders, it’s a battle of the two most recognizable voices in Hollywood.

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Special Olympian writes open letter to Ann Coulter after she calls Obama a 'retard'

In an age when partisanship is starker than ever, poor Ann Coulter has to act more and more outrageous just to get people to pay attention to her. This may explain why the outrage-generating machine sent the following tweet after Monday’s presidential debate:

Oh, and then there was this one:

Eeeesh. While we’d love to just pretend this never happened, Coulter’s offensive words did at least inspire Special Olympics athlete and global messenger John Franklin Stephens to write a moving open letter in response. Stephens hasn’t let his Down syndrome stop him from living life to the fullest — and he, perhaps more than anyone, is the perfect person to point out how wrong Coulter’s tweets were. Here’s the most poignant part of the letter:

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Lindsay Lohan live-tweets debate, relieved that it's over

There are renewed concerns about Lindsay Lohan’s welfare. Her dad recently attempted an intervention, a screenwriter accused her of skipping work, she seemingly can’t drive two blocks without bumping into someone or something, and she still likes the nightlife. So I was relieved yet surprised last night as I settled in with my iPhone for last night’s presidential debate to read a Tweet from Lohan nestled in between ones from my close personal viewing buddies, Chuck Todd, Albert Brooks, and The Fix’s Chris Cillizza. “OMG it is HAPPENING!!!!!!!! The Final Debate!!!!! I’m so nervous!” she wrote.

It was happening and she was nervous. How nervous? Fourteen exclamation points worth! READ FULL STORY

Donald Trump has YUUGE info about Obama that could change the election, claims Donald Trump

So that‘s why Donald Trump’s hair is so fluffy: It’s full of secrets. And tomorrow, he’ll reveal one of those secrets to the world at large.

It’s gonna be yuge.

Trump announced on Fox & Friends yesterday that he knows “something very, very big concerning the president of the United States.” The mogul told TMZ Live that he plans to release said information “around noonish” on Wednesday, though he demurred when asked to give any more information about it — including whether Obama will be happy once Trump’s October Surprise has gone public. So far, Trump’s extremely active Twitter page has remained mum on the issue, though he has opined about Lance Armstrong and his “enemies.”

So, what could Trump possibly have up his incredibly luxurious sleeves?  READ FULL STORY

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