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It's always 'Sunny' in the White House: Meet the Obamas' new dog -- VIDEO

Looks like there’s a second First Dog! The Obamas announced Monday that Sunny has joined fellow Portuguese Water Dog Bo at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

According to the White House website, “Sunny is the perfect little sister for Bo — full of energy and very affectionate — and the First Family picked her name because it fit her cheerful personality.”

See a video of Sunny and big bro Bo in action below:
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Obama talks al Qaeda, Trayvon Martin, Edward Snowden on 'Leno' -- VIDEO

President Obama’s sixth appearance on The Tonight Show yesterday saw the Commander-in-Chief covering a variety of topics, from goofy stuff like his bromance with John McCain — “That’s how a classic romantic comedy goes; initially, you’re not getting along, and then you keep bumping into each other…” — to a trifecta of heavy topical issues: a recent spate of embassy closures across the Middle East and North Africa, the NSA and Edward Snowden, and Trayvon Martin.

The conversation began lightheartedly enough, with Jay Leno asking Obama about his recent birthday party and whether Michelle teases his graying hair. Leno then seamlessly steered the conversation toward this weekend’s embassy closures, which came in the wake of a terrorist threat that seems to have originated from al Qaeda. The threat was “significant enough that we’re taking every precaution,” Obama noted, adding that though progress has been made, “this radical, violent extremism is still out there, and we’ve got to stay on top of it.”

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Diane Lane is playing Hillary Clinton in NBC miniseries. Let's cast everybody else!

Even NBC can’t resist some ’90s nostalgia — only this time, it’s with a political twist.

At TCA over the weekend, NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt announced that the network will air a four-hour miniseries about Hillary Clinton, starring Diane Lane as the former First Lady and Secretary of State. The program, expected to air before Clinton announces a decision about running for President in 2016, will document the time between 1998 and present-day. It’s not based on any particular book and Clinton will not be involved, Greenblatt said. Courtney Hunt (Frozen River) will write and direct the project.

Academy Award-nominee Lane is certainly a buzzy choice for a TV part, and her casting, along with the headline-ready, sure-to-be-controversial subject matter, is part of NBC’s play at “big event” programming that HBO and other cable networks are more typically known for. It’ll be interesting to see who they cast in other notable roles, including husband President Clinton and former-rival-turned-co-worker President Obama. READ FULL STORY

Sorry, 'New York Post' -- we're more disappointed in you than Anthony Weiner

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Postie. Postie. (Can I call you Postie?)

What happened, dude?

When Anthony Weiner’s first cybersex scandal broke two years ago, your professional punsters went into overdrive. Your June 2, 2011, cover offered a delightful double-header: “Battle of the bulge: Weiner Exposed.” Five days later, you went with something a little classier: “Naked Truth,” superimposed on that now-famous image of Weiner’s bare torso. On June 8, you urged Weiner to “Fall on [His] Sword”; on June 10, you noted that Weiner planned to “stick out” his congressional term. (The cover story’s first line: “He’s taking a hard line.”)

On it went, for what seemed like weeks: “Obama Beats Weiner.” “Weiner’s Rise and Fall.” “Weiner’s Second Coming.” Even after he resigned from Congress and retreated from the spotlight, you couldn’t resist the opportunity to poke fun at Weiner: “A little Weiner,” you crowed when his son Jordan was born. “Weiner shows off his little one,” you blared when he posed with the kid last summer. (Points off for redundancy, but we admire the effort.)

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Elisabeth Hasselbeck's greatest hits on 'The View'

In the past 12 years, Elisabeth Hasselbeck has matured (?) from the poster child for abs and pigtail buns (seriously so cute) on Survivor to one of the most outspoken yet least informed clangy kitchen utensils on the planet. Now that she’s officially leaving The View for Fox News, here’s a roundup of some of her most memorable and controversial moments. Consider it the worst greatest hits album of all time. READ FULL STORY

Eliot Spitzer discusses return to politics on 'CBS This Morning'

If nothing else, it’s fuel for Saturday Night Live (and The Good Wife). Eliot Spitzer, the former governor of New York who resigned in 2008 following a prostitution scandal, has announced plans to run for New York City comptroller. The kicker: Among his opponents is Kristin Davis, the madam who served jail time in the wake of his scandal.

Following an interview that ran in Sunday’s New York Times, Spitzer appeared on CBS This Morning to further discuss his decision. Watch the chat below. Asked why he thinks people should trust him or like him, he had his response ready: READ FULL STORY

An Edward Snowden movie already? Sort of! -- VIDEO

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We all knew an Edward Snowden movie was coming; we just didn’t know it would be this soon. Four Hong Kong filmmakers posted a five-minute film about Snowden’s mission to expose the U.S. government’s mass surveillance program — clearly they didn’t waste any time (is this story even close to being over yet?).

While Snowden’s saga is still in progress, the amateur filmmakers wanted to strike while the iron was hot. “To be the first one to really do anything about it … it was quite invigorating,” cinematographer and editor Edwin Lee told AFP.

The short film — called Verax, which means “truth-teller” in Latin and was the codename Snowden used when communicating with journalists — uses amateur actors and was shot at a clip (filming lasted just four days), but hey, they were here first! Check it out for yourself below:
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Bert and Ernie celebrate landmark SCOTUS decisions in next 'New Yorker' cover -- PHOTO

Sesame Street‘s official party line on Bert and Ernie is as follows: “Bert and Ernie are best friends. They were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves. Even though they are identified as male characters and possess many human traits and characteristics (as most Sesame Street Muppets do), they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation.”

Uh huh. Sure, guys. Just don’t tell that to the New Yorker, which just revealed its next cover — a piece called “Moment of Joy” that pictures two “roommates” looking awfully snuggly as they watch a certain major news event play out on TV.

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Who should play Edward Snowden?

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You know it’s coming.

The moment you saw The Guardian‘s riveting video interview (below) with the 29-year-old kinda-hot globe-trotting NSA leaker, you knew: Sooner or later, there is going to be a movie about Edward Snowden.

It might be in theaters. It might be on HBO. It could be a Silkwood-like tragedy or an All the Presidents Men-style procedural drama. But there will be something. Because everything about this story, so far, is Hollywood-bait. There’s a timely controversial issue (digital privacy), real-life spy on the run, high-tech snooping and that classic based-on-a-true-story trope: One man — allegedly an idealist — battling the system.

Most of all, there’s Snowden himself — Hero? Traitor? Or just, as Snowden says, ‘an American’? Take any side you like, but there’s no denying Snowden has been a surprisingly articulate spokesperson for his own cause and has generated a flurry of “Team Edward” online admirers. Plus, how many real-life whistleblowers ditch a hot pole-dancing girlfriend?

So let’s cast this as-yet-nonexistent movie. Here’s some names we thought of: Daniel Radcliffe, Aaron Paul, Ryan Gosling, Tobey Maguire, Alexander Skarsgard, Jamie Bell, Eric Balfour, Elijah Wood, Josh Radnor and Justin Timberlake. Also, we should add Shia LaBeouf, since he apparently already revealed this surveillance program years ago. (One request to producers: Let Jesse Eisenberg sit this one out, okay?)

Vote in our poll below. You can also make your own suggestions by filling out our comment form … or just type it into Google or Facebook and we’ll ask the NSA what you searched for.
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Hillary Clinton just launched your new favorite Twitter account

Sure, her first foray into micro-blogging wasn’t catalyzed by Stephen Colbert. But between her iconic avatar (which should look familiar), her Tumblr-baiting first tweet (which gives a shout-out to Texts from Hillary co-creators Adam Smith and Stacy Lambe), and her certifiably awesome bio (“Wife, mom, lawyer, women & kids advocate, FLOAR, FLOTUS, US Senator, SecState, author, dog owner, hair icon, pantsuit aficionado, glass ceiling cracker, TBD…”), Hillary Clinton’s brand-new Twitter account has her husband’s beat. Maybe that wouldn’t be the case if he were still using @PrezBillyJeff as his handle.
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