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Michelle Obama on Letterman: Top 10 reasons to watch the DNC

On this, the final day of the Democratic National Convention, even die-hard wonks are feeling some political fatigue. For the past few weeks, it’s been nothing but “we built it”-this and “yes we can, again”-that and endless “Invisible Obama” jokes — and the volume of discourse will only increase as November inches closer. Even so, First Lady Michelle Obama thinks you should tune in to the DNC tonight… and not just because her husband’s giving a speech.

Last night, David Letterman had Obama read off her Top Ten reasons to watch the convention. Consider it before you decide whether to watch the president’s speech tonight — and remember, you don’t have to be a Democrat to enjoy balloons!

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DNC or VMAs? We help you choose

Tonight, you could gawk at one of the year’s biggest pageants, a spectacle featuring bold-faced names performing for an audience of celebrities and fashion victims… or you could watch the Video Music Awards. Nailed it!

True, MTV has moved up the VMAs so they don’t conflict with President Obama’s speech in the 10 p.m. hour. But watching the awards instead of the convention would still mean missing big moments like a speech from noted politician Eva Longoria, remarks delivered by World’s Least Boring Man John Kerry, and countless Joe Biden reaction shots. Then again, if you pick the convention, you risk not knowing which stars are pregnant and which ones are draped in snakes or desperation or whatever.

Decisions, decisions! Luckily, EW is here to help determine which major television event is right for you. Here’s our handy-dandy guide:

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Democratic National Convention, day 2: Top 15 faces of people waiting to hear Bill Clinton

There is little doubt that former President Bill Clinton’s speech during Wednesday night’s Democratic National Convention was nothing less than a barn-burner. “Loose and ebullient, sprinkling his text with ad libs, Clinton reminded viewers what a powerful speaker he is, and how his pleasure in speechifying can be contagious,” wrote EW’s Ken Tucker. “Obama has his work cut out for him [Thursday] night to top this.”

Clinton’s oratory had the added effect of blasting away the cobwebs from an evening of speeches from non-professional speakers that ranged from agreeably engaging to stilted and bland — in marked contrast to the DNC’s first night of expertly choreographed and electrically delivered addresses. One need only look over the faces of the convention crowd Tuesday night to get a sense that many attendees were pretty much just waiting for the evening’s headliner to show up already. Forthwith, I give you the top 15 faces of people biding their time for Bill Clinton, rating their state of political lethargy ranging from 1 (fifth season of The West Wing) to 10 (five-hour C-SPAN broadcast about sorghum futures). Enjoy!  READ FULL STORY

Remember Obama Girl? She's back ... sort of -- VIDEO

It was only a matter of time. Who could forget the original “Crush on Obama”? It was the biggest viral hit of the 2008 election — written by the “real” Obama Girl Leah Kauffman, but performed by Barely Political sex kitten Amber Lee Ettinger, who got much of the praise for the cheeky original music video.

Fast forward to this week, and Kauffman is reclaiming the Obama Girl title with a new (well, sort of) track “Still Got a Crush on Obama” — creative, no? The tune is familiar to say the least, but the lyrics are new. Some of the lines that may make the President blush:

I like your immigration policy/I’d let you stay inside my country
You pulled out of the war in Iraq/I want you back
Back in ‘08 until you get all eight/You’re still the sexiest candidate
Your word and your speeches still get me hot and speechless.

The new video has yet to hit the first rendition’s viral level — the June 2007 video still gets daily hits on YouTube and currently has over 25 million views. “Still Got a Crush” had several media hits today, but still has a long way to go before hitting that milestone.

Kauffman also made a video explaining why she made the new video, saying it came “from a place of sincerity.”

Check out the new video below and then relive the 2008 election with “Crush on Obama.”
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Kal Penn, Joe Biden try on aviators and fist-bump -- VIDEO

You know what can make any face a #sexyface?

Aviators. At least, that’s what Kal Penn probably wants you to believe, based on this clip from his exclusive interview with Vice President Joe Biden, as part of promotion for Live from Charlotte, a live-stream of President Obama’s nomination acceptance, featuring stars like Elizabeth Banks and Olivia Wilde and hosted by Penn.

The live-stream will also feature the full interview with Biden, as well as an interview with Michelle Obama. No word on how many Harold & Kumar jokes will happen during their respective chats.

Check out a clip – where Biden shows that he’s never without aviators – below:

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Obama calls an indisposed Kal Penn in new DNC promo — VIDEO
Democratic National Convention, day 1: Recapped by America (on Twitter)
Democratic Convention review: Michelle Obama professed ‘love'; Kal Penn made a Clint Eastwood joke

Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman, and Kerry Washington to speak at the DNC

Yes, but will they argue with furniture?

The Democratic National Convention’s Thursday schedule is still top-secret — but according to CNN, Golden Globe nominee Scarlett Johansson, Oscar winner Natalie Portman, and EWwy favorite Kerry Washington will address the floor together. The news network also says that the actresses will follow a performance by The Foo Fighters. Political conventions: sounding more and more like the VMAs every day!

Each member of the trio has been a vocal supporter of Obama since 2008. Portman recently spoke in favor of the president at the Nevada Women Vote 2012 Summit in Las Vegas. Her Other Boleyn Girl costar Johansson held a fashion-themed Obama fundraiser with Vogue‘s Anna Wintour in February. And Washington wrote an impassioned opinion piece about the election for News One this summer, urging supporters to volunteer for Obama’s campaign. Her character on Scandal also has a very, er, special relationship with the show’s fictional president.

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Michelle Obama faces the nation at the DNC -- PHOTOS

Now that we know where Michelle Obama got her dress and shoes for her speech on the first day of the Democratic National Convention, it’s time to examine her facial expressions from the evening. Here are 10 of her best faces — and what we’re calling them.

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David Letterman: Top 10 Questionable Claims by Paul Ryan

Last presidential election cycle, David Letterman locked horns repeatedly with Mama Grizzly Sarah Palin, and ultimately ended up apologizing for joking about her family. But that experience didn’t make him gun-shy when it comes to ribbing Republican vice-presidential candidates. Paul Ryan might not be able to see Russia from his house — as Tina Fey, not Palin once said — but he’s facing increased scrutiny due to his many claims — both important and trivial — that have proven flimsy when examined closely. Last night, Letterman dedicated his Top 10 list to Questionable Claims by Paul Ryan. My favorite? No. 6: Was inspiration for Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer.”

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Democratic National Convention, day 1: Recapped by America (on Twitter)

The #DNC was all the rage Tuesday night on the Twitter — as my dad calls it. And if you followed the hashtag throughout the night, a few things became clear as the speeches went on:

1. No matter who wins in November, there will be Mitt Romney Santa Clauses on store shelves.

2. Kal Penn can get anything to trend.

3. Suri Cruise just met her match in the kiddies with ‘tude department.

4. The night was filled with some highly quotable moments.

5. And speeches are so much more interesting when experienced in a community of Tweeting maniacs (#oneofus). In fact, if you followed closely, you probably didn’t have to watch at all. (NOTE: THIS IS NOT AN ADVISED ACTION.)

So I present a recap of last night’s DNC, seen through 30 tweeting Americans — plus a few observations from CNN and Buzzfeed:  READ FULL STORY

Betty White to speak at DNC? Petitioners want it to happen

From Cleveland to Charlotte?

A petition on Change.org has over 7,000 signatures urging Betty White to introduce the President Obama before his own remarks Thursday night at the Democratic National Convention.

“Governor Romney can have Clint Eastwood and his improvisational skills because President Obama has the one and only Betty White!” the petition reads.

In addition, the Facebook group “Bring Betty White to the DNC” has over 28,000 people hoping that White will make Democrats’ — and fans’ — day. The 90-year-old White endorsed Obama for re-election in May.

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