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Presidents, politicians, journalists, and... Taylor Swift team up for the ultimate Gettysburg Address -- VIDEO

November 19 marks the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s iconic Gettysburg Address, largely considered one of the most poignant, stirring, and important speeches in American history. And naturally, Civil War buff documentarian Ken Burns wouldn’t let an occasion like this pass by without some sort of commemoration.

Though his 90-minute documentary The Address won’t premiere on PBS until the spring of 2014, Burns has already set up a website called Learn the Address, which encourages “everyone in America to video record themselves reading or reciting the Abraham Lincoln’s famous speech.”

Scads of famous Americans have already taken Burns up on his challenge — including every living president, Lincoln director Steven Spielberg, Bill Gates, and slightly less predictable participants like Alyssa Milano. Which of them best exemplifies Honest Abe’s signature mix of dignity, intelligence, and humanity? Decide for yourself after checking out this handy mashup video. (Hint: It’s not Taylor Swift.)

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'Gattaca' fan Rand Paul copies Wikipedia in abortion speech -- VIDEO

In a world… where copy/paste functionality has made plagiarism easier than ever… one woman… will discover that plagiarism… and gleefully point it out on national TV, making a senator from Kentucky look awfully silly.

Ladies and gentlemen, that world… is our world. The senator: Rand Paul, who recently delivered a speech about abortion rights and eugenics that uses the 1997 movie Gattaca as an example of the dark direction he believes our country could be headed. The woman: Rachel Maddow, who revealed Monday night that large swaths of the speech had been lifted directly from Gattaca‘s Wikipedia page.

“In the movie Gattaca — in the not too distant future – eugenics is common,” Paul said in his speech. “And DNA plays a primary role in determining your social class.”

It’s copied nearly word-for-word from the first sentence of Wikipedia’s Gattaca plot summary: “In the not-too-distant future, liberal eugenics is common and DNA plays the primary role in determining social class.”
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'Vampire Diaries' star Nina Dobrev goes topless for Obamacare -- PHOTO

There’s nothing new about using social media to make a political statement — but that doesn’t mean celebs have stopped having fun with it.

The latest trend on Instagram has celebrities posing while holding up the phrase #GetCovered to support the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a Obamacare. Vampire Diaries leading lady Nina Dobrev, however, decided to take the whole political selfie thing one step further. This yoga-lover (who’s no stranger to showing off her ridiculous figure on Twitter) shows her support for coverage by stripping down. It’s a topless political statement — which is the best kind, really.

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Stephen Colbert marries couple on air, with some celeb help -- VIDEO

You know what? Maybe this government shutdown thing isn’t so bad after all.

First, a Top Chef starts giving all government workers (except Congress) free pizza. Then, after national monument closures wrecked dozens of couples’ wedding plans, a beloved TV personality decides to mend one of those couples’ broken dreams in the most delightful way possible.

Turns out that Stephen Colbert — the real guy, not just his TV alter ego — has been an ordained minister since 2011. And on last night’s Colbert Report, he used his magic nuptial powers to unite regular folk Mike Cassesso and MaiLien Le in holy matrimony.

Of course, before the wedding itself, Colbert couldn’t resist hosting quickie bachelor and bachelorette parties on air, complete with shots and strippers. (You won’t believe who he hired to dance for the bridesmaids… or who Colbert found to be Mike’s best man.)

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'Top Chef' alum Bryan Voltaggio giving away free pizza during government shutdown ... except to Congress

Sure, the government shutdown is providing plenty of ace material for the Jon Stewarts and Stephen Colberts of the world. For thousands of frustrated, furloughed government employees across the country, though, it’s not exactly a laughing matter.

Enter Top Chef (and Top Chef Masters) runner-up Bryan Voltaggio, a D.C.-area fixture with four local restaurants to his name. The chef announced today via Twitter that all day long, his Friendship Heights restaurant Range will be giving away free “Government Cheese pizza” — that’s margherita, to those with no imagination — to all government employees with valid ID.

Wait a sec — did I say all government employees? Because there’s one category that Voltaggio deemed ineligible for his generous giveaway:
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Government shutdown: The best late-night and celeb reactions

Faster than you can say “meme,” the Internet was aflutter with commentary on today’s government shutdown. Ranging from the angry to the silly to the tweetable, here are the best reactions:

The best late-night government roasting (in addition to Stewart and Colbert’s “Rockin’ Government Shutdown Eve“): “Our government may be shutting down in a few hours. So folks, get ready for absolutely no noticeable difference,” Conan O’Brien said on Monday’s Conan. “All this drama is very confusing to all the hookers in D.C. They don’t know whether they have to go to work tomorrow either,” Arsenio Hall said on The Arsenio Hall Show.
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Stewart and Colbert celebrate 'Rockin' Government Shutdown Eve' -- VIDEO

“For those just joining the story in progress, our government is going to shut down in 57 of your Earth minutes,” Jon Stewart declared around 11:03 p.m. ET last night. To mark the occasion, both he and his networkmate Stephen Colbert kicked off their shows with segments celebrating “Rockin’ Government Shutdown Eve” — though naturally, each comedian put his own spin on the material.

Stewart indulged in his trademark righteous indignation, sniping at Republican explanations for the shutdown – “‘it’s an unconstitutional takings of God-given American–’ it sounds like ‘a bullsh—ing of random patriotic buzzwordies’” — and comparing the GOP to a losing football team that threatens to shut down the NFL if they’re not awarded more points. (“What I’m saying,” Stewart continued, “is, wouldn’t it be nice if the united states congress aspired to the maturity and problem-solving capacity of football players?”) The Daily Show host ended the bit with his very favorite Willy Wonka clip — words that Republicans should heed, since they’re coming from “a small business owner.”

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Jennifer Hudson channels Olivia Pope in 'Scandalous' PSA -- VIDEO

In a new Funny or Die PSA, Jennifer Hudson is a fashionable fixer, solving D.C.’s most salacious issues all while looking fantastic in a white trench coat. Sound familiar?

While Hudson’s Scandalous problem-solver is vying to join the ranks of Scandal superwoman Olivia Pope, people keep coming to her with easily fixable health care issues. The PSA aims to raise awareness about how the Affordable Care Act works. The Obama White House has tapped other A-list stars, such as Oprah Winfrey and Alicia Keys, to help spread the word about the ACA.

Check out Hudson’s PSA below:
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Does Senator Ted Cruz know what 'Green Eggs and Ham' is about?

America: Where anything goes in a filibuster.

Last night — as part of Senator Ted Cruz’s filibuster protesting the Affordable Care Act — the Texas Republican read aloud from the Dr. Seuss favorite Green Eggs and Ham.

Of course, as many on Twitter have already pointed out, the point of this kids’ book is that the main character didn’t think he liked something because he hadn’t tried it before, but then he did, and he loved it. No relevant message to Obamacare there!

Cruz also gave Ashton Kutcher and Duck Dynasty a shout-out during his time at the podium. Perhaps the senator is really just looking for a career change and thinks pop culture blogger sounds like fun.

Check out Cruz trying his hand as an audiobook reader below:
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'The Daily Show': Jon Stewart makes his triumphant return -- VIDEO

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As of Sept. 3, Stephen Colbert’s worst nightmare is finally over. Jon Stewart, once and future fake news maven, has emerged from the Jordanian desert to take his rightful place at the Daily Show‘s anchor desk. (Sure, John Oliver did a great job filling in for his boss over the past 12 weeks — but as Colbert noted on his own show tonight, there’s just something morally reprehensible about getting news from someone with an English accent.)

Of course, Stewart’s transition from Hiatus Jon to Business-as-Usual Jon wasn’t entirely smooth. READ FULL STORY

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