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David Mamet wants Jewish-Americans to vote their conscience... for Mitt Romney

Stereotypes being what they are, when a Pulitzer-Prize winning and Oscar- and Tony-nominated writer tackles American electoral politics with his sharp pen, you typically expect to read an essay espousing liberal virtue. Not so with David Mamet. In an op-ed titled “A note to a stiff-necked people” that was recently published in the Los Angeles-based Jewish Journal, the writer of Glengarry Glen Ross, Speed-the-Plow, and The Verdict took fellow Jews to task for supporting Barack Obama. In a series of questions directed at the reliably liberal demographic, Mamet asks if Jewish-Americans are prepared to explain to their children how Obama’s policies will adversely impact them in the future: “Will you explain that whatever their personal beliefs, tax-funded institutions will require them to imbibe and repeat the slogans of the left, and that, should they differ, they cannot have a career in education, medicine, or television unless they keep their mouths shut?”

In the end, he reminds readers that despite what they’ve said to liberal-leaning friends about the presidential race — or felt compelled to say — our secret ballot allows us all to vote our conscience without retribution: “Should you, on reflection, vote in secret for a candidate you would not endorse in public, you will not be alone.” READ FULL STORY

On 'Hannity,' Clint Eastwood proves once more that he's better with a script -- VIDEO

Whether you agree or disagree with what he’s saying, the way Clint Eastwood speaks in his Romney Super PAC ad is impressively straightforward and effective. But when the Oscar winner goes off book — as in his famous appearance at the Republican National Convention this summer — he doesn’t sound quite so concise.

Case in point: Eastwood’s rambling appearance on Hannity last night, in which the Republican celeb reiterated his support for Governor Romney and his disapproval of President Obama. While Sean Hannity had no trouble articulating his own views — “I tried to warn people about who I thought Barack Obama was” in 2007 and 2008, he said — Eastwood’s responses to the host’s questions were rather muddled. For example, here’s the multi-hyphenate’s response when asked why he thinks Obama’s supporters have an emotional attachment to the president: “Well, I just think it’s important — there is — the American people deserve — they deserve the best. And they –  ’cause they are the best. And I’ve been lucky in my career to have their support, and I know a lot of other people have too in other lines of work.”

Not all of Eastwood’s appearance was that bad; he sounded confident and intelligible when praising Romney and Paul Ryan’s bona fides. Still, the following clip is a little tough to watch for anyone who’d rather remember the star in his Dirty Harry glory days.

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Joe Biden reveals top 10 reasons to vote early on 'Letterman' -- VIDEO

David Letterman doesn’t totally get the point of voting early, but Vice President Joe Biden disagrees. Last night, he set aside fervent campaigning and his Trans Am for a few minutes in order to read the “Top 10 Good Things About Voting Early” on Letterman’s show. The takeaway: Early voters get all the perks. Free cheeseburgers! An open bar! Five million bucks from Donald Trump! Why aren’t you voting early right now?!

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Mitt Romney: Late-night's most wanted

I’m not a right-winger, but I blame it all on Bill Clinton!

Back in June 1992, when the Arkansas governor’s first serious presidential bid was still in doubt, he popped up on Arsenio Hall to toot “Heartbreak Hotel” on his saxophone. It was his campaign’s effort to “go right to the people,” and by all measures, it worked. To be fair, Clinton wasn’t the first candidate to make a guest appearance on the tube to connect with voters — John F. Kennedy visited Jack Paar in 1960 and Richard Nixon mangled a punchline on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In in 1968 — but once Clinton showed up on in his shades and belted out an Elvis tune, the power of television took over. Not only did he seem so much younger than his competition — George H.W. Bush and Ross Perot — but he seemed like a guy you’d want to be pals with. READ FULL STORY

Connie Britton fires 'Clear eyes, full hearts' back at Romney campiagn

Mitt Romney has revealed himself to be a fan of Friday Night Lights, quoting versions of the TV show’s “Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose” slogan during campaign speeches and the debates. But even though the author of the book the show is based upon is voting Republican next week, Romney’s attempt to associate himself with the show’s themes has not been appreciated by the show’s principals. Series creator Peter Berg accused him of plagiarizing, and now Connie Britton and executive producer Sarah Aubrey have expressed their dissatisfaction in a USA Today op-ed.

The women look beyond the phrase and examine what the female characters of Dillon, Texas would really think about the issues at stake in the election. “[The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act] makes it possible for women such as the character that I (Britton) played of Tami Taylor — to fight for the same wages as men no matter what they do or where they live, from Dillon to Philadelphia, where Tami was able to pursue her dream job as a college admissions counselor,” they wrote. “Romney actually wants to … get rid of Planned Parenthood — the health care provider that nearly three million Americans rely on for their life-saving cancer screenings, well-woman visits and affordable birth control. Planned Parenthood was well represented on the show, too — Brian “Smash” Williams’ mom worked there, Tami got a pregnancy test there, and, after being abandoned by her parents, Becky Sproles was able to get a safe and legal abortion there.”

Read the entire op-ed below: READ FULL STORY

Lena Dunham amused by reaction to her Barack Obama 'first time' ad

How did Girls creator Lena Dunham’s “Your first time shouldn’t be with just anybody, you want to do it with a great guy” vote-for-Obama ad go over with some conservatives? About as well as you’d expect:

If you missed the video when it was released Thursday, watch it below. 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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Celebs who endorse Romney: Add Meat Loaf to the list

“There has storm clouds come over the United States. There is thunderstorms over Europe. There are hail storms — and I mean major hail storms — in the Middle East. There are storms brewing through China, through Asia, through everywhere.”

Spoken word poetry? Dialogue from a video game that was poorly translated from English to Japanese, then back to English? Nope — those are the actual words Meat Loaf used Thursday night during a Romney rally in Defiance, Ohio.

In a video that has since been taken down, the singer followed his weather report with a straightforward Romney endorsement: “There is one man who will stand tall in this country and fight the storm and bring the United States back to what it should be — Governor Mitt Romney!” And then he wailed a few bars of “America the Beautiful.”

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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

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