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Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert react to debate's Benghazi blooper -- VIDEO

Due to their taping schedules, Comedy Central’s fake news programs couldn’t react to Tuesday’s debates until last night. But The Daily Show and The Colbert Report made up for being a day late with sharp segments that focused on the event’s major moments — binders or no binders.

Both Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert took a few minutes to dissect the debate’s most controversial exchange, which came when the candidates were discussing September’s attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. Governor Romney alleged that President Obama took two weeks to call the incident an “act of terror,” but Obama argued that he had used that phrase in a speech given the day after the attack. Moderator Candy Crowley backed the president when he asked her to look at the transcript of his remarks — though she also said Romney was correct to say that Obama’s administration took two weeks to confirm that the attack was not the result of a spontaneous riot.

Stewart said that Obama had ushered Romney into “some weird, nitpicky semantic trap” — though the president did mention “acts of terror” the day after the attack, the label was applied indirectly. He likened the president’s actions to the Road Runner urging Wile E. Coyote to run toward an apparent doorway that’s really just “paint on a rock.”  READ FULL STORY

Moderator Candy Crowley talks about debate on 'The View'

After handling Gov. Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama last night, the five ladies of The View were easy for CNN’s Candy Crowley.

Crowley stopped by the show this morning to discuss the debate. Right away, Barbara Walters asked her about one of the discussion’s buzziest moments, when Mitt Romney was making a point about when the administration labeled the Libya attacks terror attacks, and Obama said it was the day after. Romney disputed this, and Crowley jumped in to agree with the President – you can watch the whole exchange here.

Today, Crowley said she understood some people might see that as siding with the President, but encouraged people to watch the whole conversation. “Right after I said [the comment agreeing with the President], I then said to Romney, ‘You are right,’” she explained. On The View, she clarified that Romney was correct – or at least there was an argument to be made – regarding his larger point, but she was trying to get the discussion to the bigger point about terror, and didn’t want to get bogged down with “semantics.” “[I wanted] to talk about Benghazi and not about the word,” she said. Crowley added: “People are going to look at this through the prism they look at it through.”

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Election MemeWatch: Romney's 'binders full of women' is the new Big Bird

Gentlemen — and ladies — start your parody Twitter accounts! A consensus has been reached regarding the most viral moment of last night’s second presidential debate. The question that inspired it: “In what new ways do you intend to rectify the inequalities in the workplace, specifically regarding females making only 72 percent of what their male counterparts earn?”

President Obama cited the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in his answer. Governor Romney responded by relaying an anecdote about searching for qualified female candidates for his Cabinet — specifically, he “went to a number of women’s groups, and said, ‘Can you help us find folks?’ And they brought us whole binders full of women.”

Why did this phrase hit a nerve? READ FULL STORY

EW's Morning Bite: And the best sound bite from last night is...

Submitted by Matt Rickman:

“You know, I don’t look at my pension. It’s not as big as yours so it doesn’t take as long.”

President Barack Obama, to Mitt Romney during the second presidential election debate

Check out the rest of your quote submissions from Tuesday, Oct. 16 and come back tonight to share your pick for best sound bite!

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Presidential debate: Candy Crowley feels the heat
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Sarah Silverman's dad takes down critical rabbi: 'You don't f-- with my family'

Sarah Silverman’s father, Donald, isn’t exactly taciturn. Take the comedian’s word for it: “My dad is pretty much fearless, which makes him a natural showman and public speaker. He’s always the one asked to make a toast or a speech,” she wrote in her 2010 memoir. Donald is also the source of his daughter’s famous potty mouth: “When I was three years old, I learned to swear from my father, but he taught me with every intention to do so. It was like he was teaching a ‘cursing as a second language’ course for one.” So it should be no surprise that when a rabbi took aim at Sarah in an article published on The Jewish Press, Donald soon leapt to his youngest child’s defense — using language blue enough to make Sarah proud.

After spying a video for her “Let My People Vote” campaign, Rabbi Yaakov Rosenblatt penned an open letter to Sarah that criticizes her for pursuing a career in comedy instead of getting married and having Jewish babies. Seriously: “Surely you appreciate being alive and surely, if the wonder of your womb were afflicted with your weaknesses and blessed with your strengths, it would be happy to be alive, too,” he wrote. (See, because getting married is “the most basic desire of the feminine soul.”)

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Honey Boo Boo endorses Obama on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' -- VIDEO

President Barack Obama may have lost Lindsay Lohan’s vote, but he gained an endorsement from Honey Boo Boo just in time for tonight’s second presidential debate. Granted, the seven-year-old reality star can’t vote, but she probably wields just as much influence on the populace as Lohan.

America’s favorite mother-daughter duo, Mama and Honey Boo Boo — a.k.a. Here Comes Honey Boo Boo‘s June Shannon and Alana Thompson — dropped by Jimmy Kimmel Live last night and discussed politics. After some small talk about couponing and nicknames, a very restless Honey Boo Boo (she must have forgotten to drink her go-go juice) said she would vote for Obama over Mitt Romney after learning that Romney preferred Jersey Shore‘s Snooki over her. You’d better redneckognize, Romney.

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Presidential debate: Candy Crowley feels the heat

When CNN’s Candy Crowley was announced as the moderator of the second presidential debate back in August, she was lauded for being the first female to be selected for that honor since ABC’s Carole Simpson in 1992. That seemed to be enough of a historical footnote to recognize her role as referee — typically a thankless, forgettable role that is rightfully overshadowed by the rhetorical combatants. But after Jim Lehrer was roundly criticized for being a pushover in the first debate and Martha Raddatz seemed to respond to his passive performance by asserting herself more boldly in the vice-president’s debate, there’s suddenly a lot of pressure on Crowley to strike the right balance.

Her job won’t be easy. The format of tonight’s debate is town-hall style, meaning she’ll have to juggle questions from audience members as well as the more freewheeling back-and-forth between the candidates. Adding to her challenge are rival camps who have united in their insistence that she limit her input once the debate begins. Perhaps fearing a Raddatz-style grip, Democrats and Republicans have negotiated behind the scenes and attempted to dictate a hands-off policy to Crowley. READ FULL STORY

President Obama's opinion on Nicki Minaj vs. Mariah Carey is revealed at last

Stop pretending, America. You can pay lip service to topics like the economy, Iran, and Medicare ’til the cows come home — but we all know that what you really want is for both presidential candidates to weigh in on Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey’s feud.

The hard truth: Mitt Romney has been too busy rhapsodizing about Snooki to voice his opinion on this crucial question. Romney’s opponent, however, has tackled it head-on.

The president recently called into a local Miami radio show and spent nearly nine minutes gabbing with host Michael Yo about hard-hitting issues — how great Florida is, whether Joe Biden would ever shave his head, the usual. But the most important question came at the interview’s very beginning: “There’s an elephant in the room,” Yo said gravely. “A lot of people are upset, but: Can you repair the relationship with Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj on American Idol?”

Finally, some substance! Obama answered without even hesitating:  READ FULL STORY

The best of 'Saturday Night Live' political debates, from Chevy Chase to Tina Fey

On Thursday night, as Joe Biden got his Irish on and Paul Ryan hydrated like a camel during their contentious vice-presidential debate, you just knew that Saturday Night Live‘s writers were foaming at the mouth. In fact, when Saturday night’s show opened with a debate sketch, some of the best punchlines were verbatim quotes from the candidates themselves.

In recent years, SNL‘s debate sketches have become less cartoonish and more straight-forward mimicry — mostly because the candidates are more ripe for satirical study. Four years ago, Tina Fey skewered Sarah Palin with many of the Alaska governor’s own words. (Granted, “And I can see Russia from my house,” was pure Fey.) Twelve years ago, Darrell Hammond’s Al Gore was such a sharp parody that the candidate’s campaign staff made the vice president watch in order to bring attention to his annoying sighs and negative body language.

Ahead of tomorrow night’s crucial presidential debate at Hofstra, track the evolution of SNL‘s debate history. READ FULL STORY

Rosie Perez blasts Romney for saying 'it would be helpful to be Latino' -- VIDEO

Mention of Mitt Romney’s “47 percent” remark was absent from the first presidential debate (though Joe Biden sought to rectify that when he had his chance), but the “secret video” is still an issue in this election — especially if you’re a member of a Democratic PAC. Actress Rosie Perez just recorded an ad that focuses on a different part of that secret video: the moment when Romney quipped that if his Mexican-born father had had Mexican parents, he would “have a better shot at winning this.” Romney followed that line with this one: “And I say that jokingly. But it would be helpful to be Latino.”

The new video cuts from the laughter of Romney’s bigwig donors to Perez’s own laughter. In a voice dripping with sarcasm, she notes that the Republican candidate is completely right: “Hispanics represent 17 percent of the population and account for less than 2 percent of all elected and appointed officials. The advantage is obvious!” From there, the star of Do the Right Thing mockingly names all of the U.S.’s Latino presidents — Jorge Washington, Jorge Bush — and makes fun of Mitt for being rich. Watch it below:

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