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Magic Johnson: 'I'm going to pray for Donald Sterling' -- VIDEO

Magic Johnson took the high road when responding to another round of shocking comments made about him by disgraced Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

One day after Sterling slammed the NBA legend’s battle with HIV and community outreach efforts, Johnson told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that he is praying for the embattled owner, calling the ongoing incident “sad.”

On Monday, Sterling sat down with Cooper for his first public interview since being banned for life from the NBA; that decision was handed down by league commissioner Adam Silver after a recording of Sterling making racist comments was leaked to TMZ. The conversation in question involves the 80-year-old billionaire scolding alleged mistress V. Stiviano, instructing her not to “promote” images of herself with black people — including Johnson — or bring black people to Clippers games. When Cooper brought up Johnson in his conversation with Sterling, the real estate mogul went on another controversial rant.

“What kind of a guy goes to every city, has sex with every girl, then he catches HIV? Is that someone we want to respect and tell our kids about?” Sterling asked Cooper in Monday’s interview. “I think he should be ashamed of himself. I think he should go into the background. But what does he do for the black people? He doesn’t do anything.” READ FULL STORY

Benham brothers respond to anti-gay criticism: 'We love homosexuals' -- VIDEO

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David and Jason Benham have no hard feelings toward HGTV after the network canceled their series, Flip It Forward, amid reports that the brothers are “anti-gay, anti-choice extremists.”

During an interview with Erin Burnett on her CNN show OutFront, the brothers said they actually feel bad for HGTV and believe the network was “bullied” and “pushed into” the decision to cancel their show, which was slated for an October premiere.

The pair were not given a specific reason for the cancellation, but the controversy started when David’s 2012 interview with conservative radio host Janet Mefferd came to light. “We have abortion on demand; we have no-fault divorce; we have pornography and perversion; we have a homosexuality and its agenda that is attacking the nation; we have adultery; we have all of the things…while the church sits silent and just builds big churches,” he said.

When asked if he stood by those words, David told Burnett: “Never have I ever spoken against homosexuals as individuals and gone against them. I speak about an agenda…that is seeking to silence the voices of men and women of faith. That’s what all this is about.” READ FULL STORY

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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