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Watch Hillary Clinton's surprise appearance on 'Colbert'

On The Colbert Report Tuesday, Stephen Colbert revealed that he’s midway through former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s much-talked-about memoir, Hard Choices. He had some complaints. First: “This is book is 656 pages of shameless name dropping.” (Hillary Clinton meets with everyone from Aung San Suu Kyi to Bono.) Secondly: “There is no way on earth one woman can be in so many places at once.”

Guess who showed up next.

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Stephen Colbert unveils his new project: 'TheSarahPalinChannel.com'

What is Sarah Palin’s latest endeavor, exactly? Well, “it’s a safe space where like-minded folks can hear things they already agree with from someone whose opinion they already know”—at least, according to Palin superfan Stephen Colbert, who devoted a good chunk of Tuesday’s Report to dissecting the new news network.

In fact, Colbert went on, Palin’s entrepreneurship has inspired him to start his very own vanity online channel: “Stephen Colbert’s Angry Echo Chamber,” which costs just $9.94 a month (vs. the members-only Palin Channel’s $9.95) and addresses only the most important issues of the day, and of the night (such as “where did the sun go?”). The best part, though, is the Angry Echo Chamber’s URL: TheSarahPalinChannel.com.

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Video: Hillary Clinton refuses to take Jon Stewart's presidential bait

Hillary Clinton’s new book, Hard Choices, is “an incredibly complex and well-reasoned eyewitness view” to the former Secretary of State’s four-year term holding that office, Jon Stewart declared on The Daily Show Tuesday. “And I think I speak for everybody,” Stewart continued, turning to his guest, “when I say no one cares. They just want to know if you’re running for president.”

Clinton, naturally, replied with her trademark Hillary laugh—then quipped, “You know, Jon, I was going to make an announcement. But I saw—I mean, you kind of spoiled it for me. So I’m just going to have to reconsider where I go do it.”

Which means that she’s totally running for president in 2016. Right? Riiiiight? Even though absolutely all signs point to “yes,” the ex-First Lady refused to come out and formally throw her hat into the ring… though she did give a few loaded answers to the “career aptitude test” Stewart asked her to take.  READ FULL STORY

Bill and Hillary Clinton musical coming to NY

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Fans already got You’re Welcome, America: A Final Night with George W. Bush; now the Clintons are getting their moment in the New York stage spotlight.

Clinton: The Musical will make its New York stage premiere as part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival. The show description: “It’s hard enough being president by yourself. Bill Clinton’s problem is that there are two of him. Literally. Clinton follows two Bill Clintons and Hillary on their quest to save their presidency, change America and prove that ‘politics is show business for ugly people.'” READ FULL STORY

George H.W. Bush celebrates 90 with one more skydive

Some habits are hard to kick: cigarettes, a bad diet, jumping out of airplanes.

USA Today reports that former president George H.W. Bush went skydiving Thursday to celebrate the arrival of his 90th birthday–the same way he marked years 80 and 85. Aided by an ex-military jumper, Bush touched down near his home in Maine around 11:15 am.

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Jimmy Fallon and Chris Christie dig up some dad dances on 'Tonight'

Get your khakis pressed and hike your belt up high, because it’s time for some Father’s Day fun.

On Thursday’s edition of Tonight, Jimmy Fallon revived his popular Evolution of Dance franchise once again, bringing in New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to help him work through “The Evolution of Dad Dancing” — from the “Oh, Stop It! I’m Not Embarrassing You” to the “Dance You Do At A Springsteen Concert.”

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Texas politician spoofs 'Frozen' in campaign ad -- VIDEO

Is nothing sacred?

In hindsight, it was only a matter of time before some politician figured out that a majority of the world is obsessed with “Let it Go” from Frozen. That man is incumbent Texas lieutenant governor David Dewhurst, who recently released a (pretty painful) “Let it Go” cover attacking his opponent.

Man, if four-year-olds could vote, he’d have the election in the bag. Watch below: READ FULL STORY

Will this year's White House Correspondents' Dinner achieve normalcy? We hope not

For those of us who don’t get invited to the White House Correspondents Dinner (and are 100 percent bitter about it), the majority of the event’s fun comes from hearing which random trainwreck celebrities show up each year. Did Lindsay Lohan pop in again? What about Ozzy Osbourne?

So the bad news for all of us stuck at home on May 3 — again, totally bitter — is that 2014’s dinner is looking disappointingly normal. For starters, Joel McHale is serving as the evening’s entertainer, which sets a healthy, funny tone for the night. And whom will McHale be entertaining? The Wrap reports that Rosario Dawson, Julianna Margulies, David McCallum, Gloria Estefan, Sofia Vergara, Tony Goldwyn, and Madeline Stowe will be in attendance. Somebody call the cops, right? Wrong.

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Man dressed as Spider-Man is running for political office in India

An unusual new contender has entered India’s general election from South Mumbai. The contender is none other than Spider-Man, the wall-crawling protector of the innocent beloved for his 50-plus years of thrilling comic book antics and also for like maybe half of his movies. Or anyhow, it’s a guy dressed as Spider-Man: As reported by CNN, independent candidate Gaurav Sharma has donned Spidey’s outfit to climb up walls and campaign window-to-window. “People are definitely taking me seriously,” he says, which admittedly sounds unlikely, but maybe outside of America people do take politicians seriously? READ FULL STORY

Obama's toughest 2012 interview: Jon Stewart -- VIDEO

The Daily Show just got major props from the White House.

Obama press secretary Jay Carney told the audience at a George Washington University forum on Thursday that Jon Stewart was the president’s “toughest” interviewer during the 2012 campaign. He offered the compliment despite admitting that the Obama team wasn’t sure that the president should appear on Comedy Central in the first place.

“I remember we had some discussion during 2012 about, well, is it appropriate for the president, the sitting president and candidate, to give interviews with Jon Stewart and others,” Carney recalled. “And the answer was yes, again, because young voters we were trying to reach are more likely to watch The Daily Show than some other news shows. READ FULL STORY

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