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State of the Union 2014: Joe Biden Watch and other colorful distractions

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Another State of the Union address down, and your Uncle Joe has proven it once again: Vice President Biden is God’s gift to live TV screen-grabbers. READ FULL STORY

Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin count down to 2014: 5 outrageous things that happened before midnight

It’s out with the old and in with the new – year that is. And for the seventh year in a row, silver fox journalist Anderson Cooper and the feisty and funny Kathy Griffin hosted their annual New Year’s Eve count down live from Times Square on CNN. Griffin sent Cooper a shirtless tweet before the telecast, hinting at some familiar wild antics like in year’s pasts. Would 2013 end differently? Yeah, we didn’t think so either. EW counted down to Midnight with the CNN odd couple and here are five of the most outrageous things that happened on air.
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Paula Deen's sons defend her, call racism charges 'extortion' and 'character assassination' -- VIDEO

Ever since Paula Deen admitted to using racial slurs in a deposition filed last week, her butter-soaked empire has been slipping through her fingers. The Food Network elected not to renew the celebrity chef’s contract when it expires at the end of this month; Smithfield Foods is dropping her as a spokesperson; QVC is reviewing its business relationship with her. Somewhere, Anthony Bourdain is smirking and lighting a cigar.

But at least Deen can count on the support of two staunch defenders: her sons Jamie and Bobby, who are Food Network personalities in their own right. Allegations of Deen’s racism are “simply not true,” Bobby told CNN’s Chris Cuomo this morning.

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It's a 'New Day' for CNN: Did you catch the net's revamped morning show?

Don’t expect CNN’s New Day to revolutionize its genre. “We are not reinventing the wheel,” the show’s executive producer Jim Murphy told USA Today this weekend. “It’s a morning news program.”

That said, the program — which premiered this morning, airing from 6-9 a.m. ET and replacing Soledad O’Brien’s Starting Point — does represent a sort of fresh start for CNN. Its hard-news, centrist focus exemplifies new CNN president Jeff Zucker‘s approach to broadcasting; as Murphy explained, “You won’t see cooking and dancing and things like that.” Of course, that doesn’t mean that New Day is or will be totally immune to fluff. For proof, check out this introductory video, which paints anchors Chris Cuomo and Kate Bolduan and news anchor Michaela Pereira as fun-loving quirkmeisters (Kate is “kooky and loud!” Chris has a daughter named Cha-Cha!) who always put their families first.

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Wolf Blitzer asks tornado survivor about religion, she has quick response -- VIDEO

While wrapping up an interview with an Oklahoma tornado survivor in Oklahoma, Wolf Blitzer asked what he probably thought was a straightforward question.

“I guess you gotta thank the Lord right? Did you thank the Lord for that split second decision?” he said.

The woman hesitantly responded, “I’m actually an atheist.” In the end, she thoughtfully added, “We are here! And I don’t blame anybody for thanking the lord.”

Watch the clip below:

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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

Michelle Shocked apologizes for anti-gay remarks on 'Piers Morgan,' sort of -- VIDEO

Michelle Shocked’s rambling, quasi-coherent appearance on Piers Morgan Tonight this Monday wasn’t nearly as, well, shocking as Alex Jones‘s — but it did inspire nearly as many furrowed brows.

The born-again alt-folk singer stopped by the show in order to apologize for and clarify anti-gay remarks she made at a concert March 17. (A sample: “When they stop Prop 8 and force priests at gunpoint to marry gays, it will be the downfall of civilization, and Jesus will come back… You can go on Twitter and say, ‘Michelle Shocked says God hates f—s.’”) While Shocked began by unequivocally admitting that she “made a mistake,” her explanation soon went off the rails.

“If I had the chance to go back and do it again, I don’t think I would have taken the audience up on their choice. I had presented an entire performance, and I had framed it as truth, and then I came back out for an encore, and they requested reality,” Shocked said, as though she were explaining that 2 plus 2 is 4. “And what has consequently taken place ever since then is my manifestation of how little I think of reality. I know that it’s a stock in trade for a lot of the media to just present things like that’s how it really is, but I don’t think the audience was ready for the consequences of that. And I surely have not been happy with it.”

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Ted Nugent to Piers Morgan: Leave gun owners alone! -- VIDEO

In Ted Nugentland, President Obama is “an evil, dangerous man who hates America and hates freedom” — and so is Piers Morgan, the CNN host who’s become an object of conservative ire since he began his gun control crusade in December. So when Morgan interviewed Nugent yesterday — at a gun store, naturally — sparks flew pretty much immediately.

Nugent accused the Brit of having an unreasonable vendetta against guns. When Morgan tried to say that he cares about “all deaths,” Nugent laid into him even more: “I don’t think you do. I think you’re obsessed with guns. Ninety-nine percent of the gun owners of America are wonderful people that you are hanging around with here today, perfectly safe, perfectly harmless, wonderful, loving, giving, caring, generous people. Would you leave us the hell alone?!”

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Volkswagen teases Super Bowl ad, explains why it doesn't star Jar Jar Binks -- VIDEO

If Volkswagen’s “The Force” commercial is the original Star Wars and last year’s “The Dog Strikes Back” spot is The Empire Strikes Back, then logically, a Return of the Jedi-style ad should have wrapped up the trilogy this year. Instead, the company elected to go in an entirely different direction with their 2013 Super Bowl offering… though the new spot does carry a whiff of The Phantom Menace.

The ad features a smiley white dude named Dave who tries to cheer up his dour coworkers by spouting “don’t worry, be happy”-esque platitudes in a thick Jamaican accent. Why’s Dave so happy? Because he drives a VW, of course — which gives him “a different take on life,” according to Volkswagen America marketing officer Tim Mahoney.

Shortly after playing a clip of the ad, CNN’s Soledad O’Brien asked Mahoney whether the company worried about how people would react to a non-Jamaican person speaking like Dave does — even noting that the commercial immediately made her think of the much-maligned Caribbean stereotype Jar Jar Binks.  READ FULL STORY

Inaugural Balls: The Obamas and Bidens dance, but so do Piers Morgan and Chris Tucker

The Obamas had their first dance to a Jennifer Hudson cover of “Let’s Stay Together,” and the Bidens were serenaded by Jamie Foxx singing “I Can’t Stop Loving You.” But there was another dance to watch during the inaugural balls: That of CNN’s indoor coverage, which had to juggle politics and a party. The tone was set early when Piers Morgan and Erin Burnett tried to interview San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro and Rep. Joaquin Castro while Rihanna’s “Please Don’t Stop the Music” blared in the background. Ultimately, Piers just gave up:

Piers: By the way, I’ve never met any Latino that can’t dance, so are you guys gonna be — [Julian and Joaquin laugh and say he just met his first two].

Erin: Pierce’s first highly inappropriate comment of the evening.

Piers: That’s not inappropriate. I never have.

In case you were wondering, I’d say Piers’ second inappropriate comment came when he segued from a taped interview with performer Stevie Wonder to a live chat with the Black Eyed Peas will.i.am by referring to him as “almost as big a legend now in the music world as Stevie Wonder.” READ FULL STORY

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