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Hurricane Sandy, one year later: Chris Christie makes the morning-show rounds -- VIDEO

It’s been one year since Hurricane Sandy battered the U.S. eastern coast, leaving lower Manhattan a dark, flooded wasteland, in addition to uprooting countless residents, inflicting billions of dollars in damage, and killing around 117 people in the U.S.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie made the rounds on the morning shows to discuss the lingering effects of Sandy and the status of recovery efforts in his state, in which tens of thousands of residents are still displaced. Though Christie appeared encouraged by the progress New Jersey has made in assisting almost 30,000 affected residents, the morning news anchors were more skeptical of the recovery effort, grilling Christie on whether more can be done.

On CBS This Morning, Christie told Charlie Rose, “I think we’ve made tremendous progress in the last year,” noting the thousands of people back in their homes and boardwalks rebuilt, “but I also know that we still have a lot more work to do. … My mission is to get all those people back in their homes.” Rose pressed him on the issue of the nearly 26,000 residents who are still homeless. Christie blamed the slow-moving federal government, saying that it took 92 days to dispense aid.
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Kim Kardashian slams Katie Couric over baby gift

Has it ever crossed your mind to take Kim Kardashian’s side in a celebrity feud? Thanks to an Instagram photo uploaded by Kardashian, it might.

According to Kardashian, Katie Couric sent the above baby gift to little North West (still weird!) along with a note that read, in part, “Dear Kim and Kanye, Congratulations on the birth of your baby girl!…And may I humbly suggest you continue the K tradition…Fondly, Katie Couric.” READ FULL STORY

LOL and OMG: The five funniest quotes from Vanity Fair's YOLO oral history

Surprisingly, Vanity Fair’s terrific Oral History of YOLO, is NOT exclusively a bunch of bros yelling “YOLO” before jumping into a coffee table at a frat party (full disclosure: I’ve never been to a frat party).

Using the Lonely Island’s Digital Short as a jumping-off point, the magazine detailed the rise (and death?) of the phrase (word?) that has populated so many hashtagging sprees and been the cause of so many minor injuries.

The biggest revelations from the piece were 1. basically everyone started saying YOLO accidentally 2. it’s still pretty fun to hear academics try to define the zeitgeist using terrible trends. Here are some of our favorite quotes: READ FULL STORY

Robert De Niro will make you cry, when he tears up talking 'Silver Linings Playbook': VIDEO

The men of the Oscar-nominated Silver Linings Playbook appeared on Katie Couric’s syndicated talk show Katie yesterday and discussed director David O. Russell’s very personal ties to the film. Like Bradley Cooper’s bipolar character in the novel-turned-movie, the director’s son Matthew has had the kind of mood disorder that “can pull them down the drain and send the home into a tornado in moments,” Russell said. He got emotional relaying how his son, at age 1o and 11, told him life was so hard he wasn’t sure he wanted to keep going. But it was Robert De Niro who struggled to fight back tears when the conversation turned to Russell’s son’s cameo in the film (as the nosy boy next door), and how De Niro felt an even greater responsibility starring in the movie because he understands what Russell has gone through. Watch the clip below. Russell also reveals that the scene in the movie when De Niro cries was not scripted, and that De Niro also broke down when the two initially met to talk about the script. READ FULL STORY

Katie Couric interviews Manti Te'o: 7 intriguing quotes

Katie Couric nabbed a sitdown with Manti Te’o after Deadspin broke the story that his girlfriend Lennay Kekua, whose death was said to inspire the Notre Dame football player, didn’t exist.

In the interview, Couric spoke with the football star about the scandal, his sexuality and the man who created the fake Internet persona — Ronaiah Tuiasosopo Here are the 7 quotes we found most intriguing: READ FULL STORY

Election 2012: From Brian Williams to Jon Stewart to Shep Smith, how each network covered the election

From Brian Williams on NBC to Shep Smith on Fox, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert on Comedy Central to Katie Couric on ABC, EW took in every corner of the election coverage on Tuesday night (and early Wednesday morning). Here are the highlights!  READ FULL STORY

Taylor Swift dishes about her love life with Katie Couric

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Breakup queen Taylor Swift discussed her own love story today on Katie. The interview, which was taped this Monday before her alleged breakup with Conor Kennedy, acted as a pseudo therapy session, with Katie Couric serving as psychiatrist (Couric even joked about being Lorraine Bracco from The Sopranos).

Wearing her best “awww, shucks, you’re here for me?” face and patterned, hemline dress, the songstress explained that she’s oblivious when it comes to love. “I don’t know how to have a normal relationship because I try to act normal and love from a normal place and live a normal life, but there is sort of an abnormal magnifying glass, like telescope lens, on everything that happens between me and anybody else. So I don’t know how to do that correctly or anything. I don’t really know that much about love, it turns out.” I think her millions of record-buyers would disagree. READ FULL STORY

'Katie' premiere: How did Couric do?

It’s just Katie!

Katic Couric’s new syndicated talk show, Katie, debuted today, and while Couric herself was warm and on-point, her guests left something to be desired. Check out below for our thoughts on the guests and the future.

The Beginning: Couric kicked off her show in a taped little segment where she was in bed awaking from a “dream” that served to catch up viewers on her previous endeavors: The Today show, hosting the CBS evening news, etc. — nothing anyone checking out Katie wouldn’t have already known. In a gag, Matt Lauer woke up next to her and asked her, “Are you ready for this day?” Cue “This Day,” her catchy theme song performed by Sheryl Crow.

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Over $81 million pledged to Stand Up to Cancer following telethon

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Stand Up to Cancer has raised over $81 million since Friday’s star-studded telethon.

ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC dedicated an hour of commercial-free primetime programming to the nationally televised fundraiser, which was executive produced by Gwyneth Paltrow and Tenth Planet Productions’ Joel Gallen. The event, which was also broadcast on over a dozen cable networks, featured appearances and testimonials from Hollywood A-listers Julia Roberts, Matt Damon, Tom Hanks, Michael Douglas, Halle Berry, Samuel L. Jackson, Jessica Biel, Justin Timberlake, Robert Pattinson, and SU2C co-founder Katie Couric, among others. In addition to staffing the phone bank, stars like Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Alicia Keys, and Tim McGraw also performed on air.

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On the scene: Braving the waterworks at the Stand Up to Cancer telethon

They wanted to move us. And oh, did they know how.

The highlight of the Stand Up to Cancer telethon helmed by Gwyneth Paltrow and a cast of A-list celebrities Friday at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles was Taylor Swift’s ode to a cancer victim, a 3-year-old boy named Ronan.

If you’re not getting emotional yet, Swift did it for you. The 22-year-old country singer struggled to hold back tears as she sang the touching ballad she wrote after reading a mom’s blog about losing her little boy to neuroblastoma last year. The song begins, “I remember your bare feet down the hallway, I remember your little laugh…”

The audience of Hollywood elite, cancer survivors, and fans choked up as they listened to this and other testimonies aimed at inspiring donors to give funds to the Stand Up to Cancer organization.

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