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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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Obama explains his debate performance: 'I was just too polite'

Saturday Night Live blamed altitude sickness and regret at missing out on his wedding anniversary. Jon Stewart blamed his “mouth language.” But President Obama himself has another explanation for his lackluster performance in last Wednesday’s presidential debate: “I think it’s fair to say I was just too polite,” he told a Houston radio host this morning. And the POTUS has no intention of letting that happen again.

The titular host of the Tom Joyner Morning Show was frank with POTUS this morning, bluntly asking him, “What happened at the debate?” Here’s Obama’s full response:

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Jim Lehrer on his debate performance: 'I'm very upbeat about it'

There’s one thing Jim Lehrer won’t shut the f— up about — his performance as moderator at last week’s presidential debate. Though he’s been widely criticized for letting the candidates disregard time limits and not asking more pointed follow-up questions, Lehrer is happy with how the debate turned out: “I thought the format accomplished its purpose, which was to facilitate direct, extended exchanges between the candidates about issues of substance,” he said in a statement last Thursday.

And last night, Lehrer echoed his comments again in an interview with the Associated Press. “I may be seeing something that’s not there, but I can’t imagine emerging from this experience — I’m talking about myself — with any permanent scars,” Lehrer, said, adding, “I’m very upbeat about it, and I don’t have any second thoughts.”

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Before their 'Rumble,' Jon Stewart and Bill O'Reilly duke it out -- VIDEO

In just one day, Jon Stewart and Bill O’Reilly will go head to head for their historic “Rumble in the Air-Conditioned Auditorium” debate. Two men will enter George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium; two men will leave, one slightly before the other. Stewart boasts that by the end of the night, O’Reilly will be “saying my Haftorah.” His opponent counters that the Daily Show host is tiny and unintimidating — no match for his Fox News-approved stature.

In short, it’s going to be a night to remember. And if you’re still not convinced, check out O’Reilly’s guest appearance on The Daily Show last night — a seven-minute stretch of genial ribbing, bragging, and the occasional questionable joke. (O’Reilly quips that his followup to Killing Lincoln and Killing Kennedy will be Killing Colbert. Stewart’s audience isn’t so into that.) Get your “Rumble” preview right here:

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Revisiting the 'American Idol' vs. 'The Voice' debate

When NBC’s rival singing competition The Voice returned in February, I felt like I was the only Idol fan left in America. Media outlets championed NBC’s chair-spinning competition, with its flashy format — an audition style that’s admittedly superior to Idol‘s — and sass-spewing judges, Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton. “The Voice is more relevant, more meaningful, more compelling and more entertaining right now,” said Alex Strachan of the Montreal Gazette. “After a decade, we no longer believe in the Idol factory,” wrote EW’s Mark Harris. Those barbs stung me (an American Idol junkie) personally — these critics’ concerns had me worried that the freight train of Idol might be chugging to a stop. The Voice briefly legitimized this fear by pulling ahead in the coveted 18- to 49-year-old demographic and beating the Fox stalwart in the ratings race.

Still, I stuck with Idol this season, and I’m glad I did. After three months of watching, I remain convinced that American Idol is a viable singing competition — with the best vocals of any show on TV. American Idol kept its focus on the contestants and their singing, and over the course of the spring, it reclaimed its title as the highest-rated television show on television.

Here’s why Idol reigns supreme:

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Michael Bay’s 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' gets support from series co-creator

Transformers must seem like a cakewalk right about now. The saga of Michael Bay’s vilified Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot — which will feature an “alien race” origin story for the heroes — continues to mutate, with two people involved in early iterations of the franchise now lending their support to Bay.

Peter Laird, one of the comic book’s co-creators, posted a statement on his blog addressing the fan uproar about the story change, which was only exacerbated after Michael Bay instructed Turtles fans to “chill” and “relax.” In a post, Laird encouraged fans to “swallow the ‘chill pill’ Mr. Bay recently suggested they take, and wait and see what might come out of this seemingly ill-conceived plan.”

“It’s possible that with enough truly creative brainpower applied to this idea, it might actually work,” he continued. “I’m not saying it’s probable, or even somewhat likely… but it IS possible. However, as I have pondered this further, I have realized that in one way it IS truly a genius notion.” READ FULL STORY

Mitt Romney botches 'Seinfeld' reference during debate, Jason Alexander tweets back

During his opening statement at Tuesday’s Republican Presidential Debate on CNN, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney dropped in a non sequitur Seinfeld reference. “I want to restore America’s promise, and I’m going to do that…” began Romney, but before he finished his statement, the audience began applauding, to which Romney remarked, “As George Costanza would say, when they’re applauding, stop.” Watch below. READ FULL STORY

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