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Steven Seagal would consider running for governor of Arizona, why not

Steven Seagal just had this funny idea that he could be the governor of a state in America. Which is totally an original idea that Steven Seagal had, and not a joke you totally thought of back in 2003 when Arnold Schwarzenegger decided that he wanted to be the governor of California. “Sure, and Steven Seagal will be governor of Arizona!” you probably said, but only after your friends had already made the same joke about Sylvester Stallone/Pennsylvania, Bruce Willis/New York, and Van Damme/North Dakota.
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Mitt Romney accepts apology from MSNBC host who joked about his black grandson -- VIDEO

January’s first few weeks are the perfect time to let go of past slights and look forward to a bright new beginning. See, for example, former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who said on the latest edition of Fox News Sunday that he had accepted an apology from Melissa Harris-Perry — the MSNBC host who poked fun at Romney’s adopted grandchild Kieran, who happens to be black.

Harris-Perry, who hosts an eponymous weekend news and opinion show on the liberal-leaning network, made the off-color joke last year — that is, a little over a week ago, on Dec. 29. During a segment titled “What’s So Funny About 2013,” Harris-Perry featured the Romney family’s Christmas card — which pictures the clan’s patriarch holding both Kieran and another grandchild.

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Report: Clay Aiken may run for Congress

Could Americans be getting another chance to cast their votes for Clay Aiken?

The answer is “possibly,” according to a new report in the Washington Blade. The article cites anonymous sources who say that the American Idol and Celebrity Apprentice runner-up is “actively considering” a bid to represent North Carolina’s 2nd congressional district, which is currently represented by Republican Renee Ellmers. (Aiken would run as a Democrat.)

According to the Blade, Aiken has been meeting with both pollsters and political figures including strategist Betsy Conti, who’s worked previously with Al Gore. The filing deadline for the district’s primary is Feb. 28. READ FULL STORY

Cheers to 2013! Ring in the new year with pop culture-inspired cocktails

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This New Year’s Eve, celebrate in style with themed cocktails based on some of 2013′s most memorable pop-culture moments. Once we pop the cork on our cultural cocktails below, it’ll be likely “We Can’t Stop.” In fact, if you “Take Back the Night” with these themed libations, you’ll be having less than a 20/20 Experience… you’ll probably be seeing “Blurred Lines” (hey hey hey!).  READ FULL STORY

Sarah Palin continues to love the First Amendment, alludes to it in 'Duck Dynasty' defense

If Fox News ever enters the original movie game, I’ve got the perfect premise for its first film: Sarah Palin and Free Speech: A Love Story.

The former Alaska governor just can’t stop bringing up her favorite constitutional amendment — especially when complaining about all the folks using their right to free speech to criticize conservatives for exercising their right to free speech. Or something. (She uses “free speech” and “First Amendment rights” pretty interchangeably, so I’m going to as well. That’s my right as an American.)

Take yesterday, for example, when she wrote a blistering defense of Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson — who was suspended by A&E after making anti-gay comments in a new GQ interview. “Free speech is an endangered species,” Palin wrote on Facebook beneath a photo of her posing with the Duck Dynasty gang. “Those ‘intolerants’ hatin’ and taking on the Duck Dynasty patriarch for voicing his personal opinion are taking on all of us.”

And this, of course, is far from the only time Palin’s gone to that same “free speech” well. Her affair with the First Amendment has been long, torrid, and undoubtedly frustrating for constitutional scholars. Come, let’s take a walk down memory lane:
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George Clooney sends his support to Ukraine protests -- VIDEO

With thousands of Ukrainians demonstrating against the government in the streets of Kiev, George Clooney is lending the movement his star-power with a video message. “You cannot have a democracy when you arrest and harm its peaceful protesters,” he said into a smart-phone camera. “You certainly cannot have a true democracy if you take political prisoners like [former Prime Minister Yulia] Tymoshenko, simply because you disagree with the way they want to govern. So let me just say this to all of you in the square in Kiev, or all around Ukraine: when you look to the West, know that we are looking back at you with great admiration.”

The video was posted by Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko, the famous boxing brothers. Vitali is a member of the Ukrainian parliament and has presidential ambitions. Wladimir is the heavyweight champion and also had a cameo in Clooney’s 2001 movie, Ocean’s Eleven.

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White House turns National Thanksgiving Turkey pardon into 'The Hunger Games'

This year, the White House decided to spice up the annual ceremony pardoning a select turkey and naming it the National Thanksgiving Turkey. While the ceremony is on Wednesday, you can vote via Twitter and Facebook to choose which turkey should be granted the pardon. Voters can choose between Little Monster Caramel and “proud strutter” Popcorn. While the White House most likely intended to merely augment social media engagement, the campaign more resembles how a Capitol resident would enjoy watching tributes fight to the death in The Hunger Games.

The results for the victor are not as dramatic as it seems — both turkeys will be pardoned. Nevertheless, the implications of choosing which turkey should “win” brings questions on what would happen if a turkey should “lose.” Many Americans will eat turkey for Thanksgiving, but it’s not like we want to choose which turkey to save and which one to slaughter, especially via social media. The White House’s intense campaign is at once hilarious, bizarre, and horrifying. Effie Trinket would be proud.

Check out the new Arena below:
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Toronto mayor Rob Ford defends himself on 'Today': 'I was very, very inebriated' -- VIDEO

Toronto mayor Rob Ford must be in a drunken stupor to still be using his “drunken stupor” excuse.

In a Today show interview that aired Tuesday morning, Matt Lauer crossed the border to speak with the embattled politician, who was joined by his councilman brother, Doug Ford. But the Toronto mayor, red-faced and whiny, spun a familiar tale of drunken reasoning and utter refusal to admit that his drug and alcohol issues make him grossly unfit to serve his city.

“You have brought disgrace to this office, and you know that’s true,” Lauer said.

“I’m embarrassed,” Ford admitted. “Not just myself, my family, my friends, my supporters, the whole city. I take full responsibility for that. We’ve all made mistakes, Matt. I’m not perfect. Maybe you are, maybe other people are. I’ve made mistakes. I admitted to my mistakes.” But admission to Ford apparently is repeating the same “drunken stupor” excuse for smoking crack cocaine. Lauer called it “a game of semantics.”

“The best excuse I heard you give for using that crack cocaine,” Lauer said, “was ‘I was in a drunken stupor.’ And I’m wondering, is that supposed to make anybody feel better?”
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Martin Bashir doesn't really want someone to crap in Sarah Palin's mouth -- VIDEO

Ah, the glamor and dignity of the 24-hour news cycle!

Some background: On Nov. 9, Sarah Palin compared the national debt to human slavery at a big fundraiser. Naturally, her remarks provoked quite a bit of outrage — particularly from Martin Bashir, who called Palin a “world class idiot” on his MSNBC show Friday.

But Bashir didn’t stop there. “It’s hardly surprising that [Palin] should choose to mention slavery in a way that is abominable to anyone who knows anything about its barbaric history,” he continued. “So here’s an example.” He went on to quote a first-person account written by plantation overseer Thomas Thistlewood in 1756, which reports that upon being caught eating sugarcane, a slave named Darby was “well flogged and picked.”

Oh, and after that, the overseer “made Hector, another slave, sh– in his mouth.”

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Who should play crack-smoking Toronto Mayor Rob Ford in the inevitable movie? -- POLL

If there’s one thing I enjoy more than listening to crack-smoking Toronto mayor Rob Ford talk about recently purchasing illegal drugs or that time he didn’t tell a female staffer he wanted to have oral sex with her, it’s thinking who I will one day hear saying this stuff when the inevitable movie about his time in office gets made. (My pitch? “It’s Bob Roberts on crack — literally.”)

The name that first popped into my head was that of ex-Mad TV cast member Will Sasso, partly because he is himself Canadian and partly because I happen to believe he is an underrated comic actor, but mostly because he’s bald. Of course, there are many other options.

Who do you think would make for a good Rob Ford? Please do vote below. The good news: Whoever you vote for, you won’t end up with a crack-smoking mayor. (Unless, of course, you live in Toronto. Sorry, Toronto!)
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