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Sean Penn and Kid Rock spar over politics ... drink to freedom

Among celebrities, you’d be hard-pressed to find two people with more divergent political persuasions than Sean Penn and Kid Rock. Penn, who won an Oscar for his portrayal of a gay-rights advocate in 2008′s Milk, is an open and vehement Democrat — his work with social and political causes is nearly as extensive as his filmography. Kid Rock, on the flip side, is a guitar-totin’ Skynyrd devotee who supports the troops, NASCAR, and Mitt Romney. A match made in heaven? I think not.

But this unlikely duo have released a funny 10-minute NSFW PSA calling for an end to destructive partisan antagonism. It’s an undeniably strange clip — yes, they do talk about penis size. But the message is clear: quit demonizing your political rivals and actually work toward something. Watch the video after the jump for a heartening celebration of compromise in the face of extreme difference.

Or at least, watch it so you can see Sean Penn and Kid Rock go on a sun-soaked California man date. And talk about their penises. READ FULL STORY

Is 'Laughing Joe Biden' the Democrats' 'Big Bird' moment?

Sorry, Big Bird. The Internet is leaving you for an older man.

After last night’s Vice Presidential debate, the Internet and the media have found new fodder in the blinding grin of the nation’s 69-year-old Vice President Joe Biden. The veep’s exaggerated guffaws and smirks at Paul Ryan’s assertions and figures arguably drew as much or more attention as the substance of the candidates’ conversation. (The Internet has already gifted us with Twitter accounts like @LaughingJoeBiden and @MalarkyJoe.)

While supporters were thrilled his aggressive demeanor, Biden’s critics found him rude and cranky, combining for an Internet buzz not dissimilar to what happened to Big Bird last week after Mitt Romney said during his Debate that he would cut funding for PBS. (Remember when @FiredBigBird was a thing for a hot second? PBS supporters came out in droves, while Michelle Malkin declared the next morning that Democrats were “hiding behind Big Bird.”) READ FULL STORY

Unemployment drives Lindsay Lohan to endorse Romney. No, seriously.

In September, onetime hope and change advocate Lindsay Lohan asked Barack Obama to cut her taxes — and the president had the nerve not to respond to her perfectly reasonable request. As though he’s got other things to worry about! Now it looks like LiLo is taking Obama’s snub to heart: Last night, she revealed that she’s changing her political allegiance to Mitt Romney.

“I think unemployment is very important for now, so as of now I think [my vote] is Mitt Romney,” she told a group of reporters, including a few from Fox News. Evidently, Lohan also has other, more mysterious reasons for endorsing the Mittster — but she’s keeping them under wraps for now. “It’s a long story, but you’re going to have to wait for that,” she explained yesterday. When contacted for comment, Lohan’s publicist declined to elaborate any further.

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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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Jimmy Fallon visits 'Mister Romney's Neighborhood' -- VIDEO

Did you know that if Mitt Romney gets elected and cuts PBS’s funding, he’ll effectively be canceling his own series? That’s right — unbeknownst to most people, Massachusetts’s ex-governor has been hosting a children’s show on PBS called Mister Romney’s Neighborhood. Late Night with Jimmy Fallon unearthed a clip last night, and it really is a gem.

Romney has a knack for explaining tricky concepts like “wallet” (“Do you know what money is? I’m guessing no, because you’re watching public television”) and “choke,” a.k.a. what his mailman Mr. Obama did at the debate last week. And he really seems more approachable when he arrives home each day and trades his suit jacket in for a different suit jacket. Come, join the Republican candidate in his house and on a trip to the land of make-believe, the magical world where he and Paul Ryan find most of their facts:

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Mitt Romney quotes 'Friday Night Lights': 'Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose' -- VIDEO

Ann Romney is a big fan of Modern Family — but it seems like her husband’s more of a Friday Night Lights kind of guy. The former governor of Massachusetts quoted the TV series’ Coach Taylor in a speech today, though he didn’t single out Kyle Chandler’s character by name.

After telling an audience about a cancer-stricken boy named David Oparowski, Romney slipped in the money quote: “I saw some years later a phrase that seemed to capture my memory of David Oparowski: Clear eyes, full heart, can’t lose.” (On the show, the “hearts” were generally plural.)

And Romney didn’t stop there: “This is something that we share in this country,” he continued. “Men and women of clear eyes, full hearts, and America can’t lose.” Check out the video below:

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Celeb justice league, including Kevin Bacon & Meryl Streep, unite for reproductive rights PSA

Will we ever get tired of watching PSAs stuffed with brief appearances by multiple celebrities? It’s not likely, as long as they’re as entertaining as this new ad from the Center for Reproductive Rights.

The clip promotes their Draw The Line campaign, which urges American to sign the “Bill of Reproductive Rights” — and it stars celebs like Kevin Bacon, Lisa Kudrow, Sarah Silverman, and Audra McDonald furiously responding to remarks made by Georgia State Rep. Terry England while an imitation Mission Impossible theme plays. If you’ve ever yearned to hear Martha Plimpton exclaim “forced vaginal WHAT?” in outrage, this is the PSA for you. Watch it here:

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New Obama ad mocks Romney's Big Bird remark; 'Sesame Street' does not approve -- VIDEO

President Obama’s reelection campaign knows not to look a gift Muppet in the mouth. For nearly a week, the left has been making hay out of Mitt Romney’s pledge to cut PBS’s funding — and now Obama for America has followed in the DNC’s wingprints, releasing an ad that mocks Romney for vilifying public broadcasting. Update: Sesame Street has disavowed the Big Bird ad on its website, writing,”Sesame Workshop is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization and we do not endorse candidates or participate in political campaigns. We have approved no campaign ads, and as is our general practice, have requested that the ad be taken down.”

Whether you’re a Democrat or a Republican, you’ll probably be amused by this faux-serious clip. “Bernie Madoff. Ken Lay. Dennis Kozlowski,” a sonorous movie trailer voice intones as pictures of the aforementioned crooks flash onscreen. “Criminals. Gluttons of greed. And the evil genius who towered over them?” That’d be Big Bird. After all, Mr. Snuffleupagus’s best pal is eight feet tall.

Yes, he’s big. He’s yellow. He’s “a menace to our economy.” Then comes the kicker: “Mitt Romney knows it’s not Wall Street you have to worry about — it’s Sesame Street.” It isn’t fair to pretend like Romney’s entire platform is centered on demolishing Big Bird’s nest, but hey — at least some fun has come out of that exaggeration. Watch the new ad below:

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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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Dionne a Democrat? As if! 'Clueless' actress Stacey Dash takes heat for endorsing Romney

Democrats outnumber Republicans in California’s 30th congressional district — which represents rich L.A. suburbs like Santa Monica, Malibu, and Beverly Hills — 48 percent to 26 percent, according to the Los Angeles Times. But there’s one high-profile resident of the Fightin’ 30th who isn’t afraid to voice her support for Mitt Romney: Dionne Davenport, fashionista and graduate of Beverly Hills’ Bronson Alcott High School. Or, at least, Stacey Dash, the actress who played Dee in the big screen and TV versions of Clueless.

Fresh off the pages of EW’s Reunions Issue, Dash made waves yesterday when she tweeted a Romney endorsement. “Vote for Romney,” she wrote, calling the candidate “The only choice for your future.” Dash included a photo of herself posing against a giant American Flag backdrop at the end of her message.

The reaction on Twitter was swift and snarky.  READ FULL STORY

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