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Glenn Beck sticks Obama figurine in jar of pee, calls it art -- UPDATE

Get it? It’s a commentary on… something. And an indication that 25 years later, outrage manufacturer Glenn Beck is still feeling salty about Andres Serrano’s “Piss Christ.” Also: he’s very well-hydrated. Update: Beck’s artwork has been removed from eBay, where he was attempting to auction it off for $25,000; the website said in a letter that it does not allow the sale of bodily waste or references to bodily fluids in listings.

Okay, some background: On Tuesday, Beck got wind of a painting hanging in a community college’s art gallery that depicts President Obama crucified on the presidential seal, wearing a suit, a tie, and a crown of thorns. Though artist Michael D’Antuono originally made the image — called “Truth” — years ago, it hasn’t been displayed until now due to “public outrage,” in Fox News’s words.

On his radio program, Beck said that he actually believes D’Antuono has the right to make and exhibit “Truth,” even though he doesn’t see anything Jesus-like in Obama: “I think it’s offensive,” Beck explained, not at all self-righteously. “I don’t think it’s close to reality, but whatever floats your boat… That document [the Constitution's First Amendment] says I can’t stop him, and the spirit of that document is that I shouldn’t try.”

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Morgan Freeman lends his heavenly voice to pro-marriage equality ad -- VIDEO

Forget Jermaine Paul — Morgan Freeman actually is The Voice. The Oscar winner’s deep, soothing, eminently reasonable articulation could convince anyone of just about anything. So advocates of marriage equality should be pleased to hear that Freeman has lent his golden pipes to a national TV ad for the Human Rights Campaign, a civil rights organization for LGBT Americans. (On the other hand, conservatives who praised the Freeman-narrated March of the Penguins for supposedly advocating right-wing values might find themselves feeling miffed at this news.)

Check out the feel-good spot below, then allow yourself one brief moment to imagine that stately Freeman really is our president — or, you know, the Almighty:

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President Obama officially pardons 2012 National Thanksgiving Turkey

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: I’m talking, of course, about the day before Thanksgiving, when the President has to take time out of his I’m sure incredibly busy schedule to officially pardon a turkey (I guess this makes it OK for the rest of America to eat a ton of them tomorrow?)

Anyway, the day can be counted on for a little last-minute holiday hilarity. Joined by first daughters Malia and Sasha, President Obama officially pardoned one Cobbler and Gobbler this afternoon. Sorry, Gobbler. Cobbler won a White House poll about which of the two would be the 2012 National Thanksgiving Turkey, with 2,789 votes. Yes, that does mean that over 5,000 people actually had a preference that they voted on. And you thought election season was over weeks ago!

I have to wonder what people who aren’t Americans think of this weird tradition (it allegedly started with Abraham Lincoln’s son, and then became an official event in 1989). Although I suppose it’s not any stranger than everything else about Thanksgiving, what with the Pilgrims and the hurting of the Native Americans, and now the football and the relatives.

People reports that President Obama encouraged his daughters to pet the wild turkey before he pardoned it. Sasha went for it, but “Malia looked horrified and refused.”

Smart girl.

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Jon Stewart on Petraeus scandal: 'I am the worst journalist in the world' -- VIDEO

Who could have seen General David Petraeus’s fall from grace coming? Well, anyone who watched Petraeus biographer Paula Broadwell on The Daily Show last winter may have had an inkling that something fishy was going on — Broadwell spent seven minutes lavishing praise on her subject, hinting strongly that she and the director of the CIA were unusually close.

Of course, hindsight is 20/20. While interviewing Broadwell, Jon Stewart had no idea that the author was actually discussing her relationship with her adulterous lover on national TV: “The whole time, I was just staring at how defined her arms were and trying to think of another version of my classic ‘I’m an asthmatic old Jew’ jokes!” he exclaimed on The Daily Show last night. Clearly, says Stewart, he’s “the worst journalist in the world.” Good thing he’s got that whole “comedy” thing to fall back on.

Check out Stewart’s charmingly self-deprecating reaction to the scandal here:

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'Clueless' star Stacey Dash explains why she supported Mitt Romney

TMZ calls the 1,344-word pro-Romney missive Stacey Dash sent them earlier this week a “rant,” which isn’t totally fair. The letter is coherent, if rambling — and while Dash’s reasoning sometimes seems convoluted, she’s expressing thoughts that might be familiar to anyone who’s ever felt their political views shifting with age.

The actress apparently wrote most of her letter on Tuesday, 10 hours before the election’s results were revealed. She starts out by disclosing that she voted for Barack Obama in 2008:

I hadn’t known anything about him until he earned the Democratic nomination. He’s brilliant, understated, ethical, a great husband and father. President Obama will always be remembered as one of the greatest leaders this United States of America has ever known.

And the moderate Republican is still a fan of the president, praising him for achievements like “repairing the infrastructure of our highways, bridges and train rails” and the Claims Resettlement Act of 2010. The truth is, Dash doesn’t hate Obama — she just likes Romney better. “My vote for Romney isn’t a vote against Obama,” she writes, bolding her words for emphasis. “That’s not how full participants in the democratic process operate. We vote for candidates and we vote for issues.” 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

Twitter reaction to Obama win: Trump goes on tirade, RuPaul tells Romney to 'sashay away'

Celebrities from both sides of the aisle agreed on one thing this election: Twitter was their site of choice to express their political beliefs, enthusiasm for the election and excitement or disappointment about the results. Donald Trump started out a long tirade of tweets with a call for revolution, but that particular tweet was deleted. He continued his rant with quotes from George Washington and slams on the electoral college system. But other reactions were more supportive of the President, from Andy Cohen’s “mazel” to the “most retweeted tweet ever” from Obama himself, below a selection of tweets after the networks announced the re-election of President Obama.
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Election 2012 poll: What's your favorite TV coverage gimmick?

Apologies for the quality of the above screengrab. It’s a screenshot of NBC’s electoral map on the iconic ice rink at Rockefeller Plaza — or, as NBC has been calling it on election night, Democracy Plaza. When each state breaks for Barack Obama or Mitt Romney, a crew brings out a color coded overlay of the state and installs it on the ice. NBC anchor Brian Williams calls this crew “Ice Team Zebra.” Journalism, y’all!

In fact, several networks have unfurled a high concept gimmick to illustrate the evening’s ongoing results. NBC has also placed two window washer carts on the facade of 30 Rockefeller Plaza, one each measuring Obama and Romney’s electoral college votes. CNN, meanwhile, is representing the electoral college via lights at the top of the Empire State Building, as well as “ballot cams” at polling places throughout the country. ABC, meanwhile, has given veteran journalist and current daytime talk show host Katie Couric the job of social media expert, so she’s basically ABC News’ Ryan Seacrest. The more staid CBS News has taken to saying a state is “leaning” or “likely” for a presidential candidate before calling for him outright. And pretty much everyone has some kind of giant Minority Report-style touchscreen map.

Which one is working best for you? Vote in the poll below, and then sound off in the comments!  READ FULL STORY

Your Hidden Gems of Election 2012!

CNN definitely coordinated its “true blue state” shade with the exact color of Anderson Cooper’s icy hot eyes, right? RIGHT?

Who says EW.com’s Hidden Gems franchise needs to be limited to Dancing With the Stars coverage? Usually me, but I’m feeling democratic today. I’ll be compiling fun screenshots of election coverage throughout the night, so go ahead and send in the screen gems — noteworthy quirks that are not necessarily the main focus of the telecast — you notice yourselves. READ FULL STORY

'The Guardian' presents the election, in awesome graphic novel form

Love politics, but hate having to wade through piles of boring text to get the information you crave? The Guardian has the solution: a virtual graphic novel that perfectly summarizes the 2012 presidential election.

This piece has everything — a timeline of events stretching back to the 2008 Republican primaries, cartoons that expertly convey Obama’s weariness, Romney’s determination, and Rick Santorum’s innate goofiness, and nifty little animations that are activated by a simple downward scroll. Perhaps the best part: “Texts from Hillary” makes an appearance. Really, just stop reading this and scroll through the whole thing.

Leave it to the American wing of a British company to come up with the coolest thing we’ve seen this election cycle. Is it too late to lobby for the U.S. to rejoin the U.K.?

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