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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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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

President Obama visits 'Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis' -- VIDEO

The most important meeting President Obama ever takes might be on Funny or Die’s Between Two Ferns.

In the clip, host Zach Galifianakis apologizes for canceling on the President earlier — Galifianakis’ mouse pad broke and he had to buy a pair of diabetic shoes for his aunt —  but thankfully, their schedules finally aligned. Watch their sit down below. READ FULL STORY

Bill Nye defends evolution in Kentucky debate

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TV’s “Science Guy” Bill Nye and the leader of a Kentucky museum who believes in creationism debated a question Tuesday that has nagged humankind: “How did we get here?”

Ken Ham, the founder of the Creation Museum, believes the Earth was created 6,000 years ago and that the Bible tells the factual account of the universe’s beginnings and the creation of humans. Nye said he, and the rest of the scientific community, believe the Earth was created by a big bang billions of years ago and people have evolved over time.

“I just want to remind us all there are billions of people in the world who are deeply religious, who get enriched by the wonderful sense of community by their religion,” said Nye, who wore his trademark bow tie. “But these same people do not embrace the extraordinary view that the Earth is somehow only 6,000 years old.”
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'Mitt': 10 Things we learned about Mitt Romney from Netflix documentary

Politics aside, Mitt Romney is a pretty remarkable guy. It takes a lot for anyone to run for president of the United States even once, but the former Massachusetts governor tried twice, and now both of those campaigns are the subject of the new Netflix documentary appropriately titled Mitt. 

There are many things we already knew about the Republican nominee and his large Mormon family, but the doc takes the viewer behind the scenes of some of the most critical and personal moments in both of Romney’s runs. From every high and low and “47 percent” comment, we see more behind his signature smile and coiffed hair. The film isn’t really political at all, choosing instead to focus on the pressures of a high-profile man in the most intense time of his life. Here are 10 things we learned from the film:
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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

Hillary Clinton is Barbara Walters' Most Fascinating Person of 2013 (and the past 20 years)

When Barbara Walters’ “Most Fascinating People” TV special first aired in 1993 (with a producer-mandated 12 nominees, rather than 10, Babs noted in a cheerfully bitter tone), its No. 1 spot went to a the newest first lady on the scene, Hillary Clinton. And apparently, Clinton has lost none of that luster, as she was once again named Walters’ Most Fascinating Person of 2013 — and of the last 20 years — on Wednesday night’s ABC special.

Most of the conversation focused on whether the former secretary of state could confirm the growing speculation that she’ll be running for president in 2016. But Clinton bobbed and weaved, telling Walters, “I haven’t made up my mind…I will look carefully at what I think I can do, and make that decision sometime next year.” Clinton did say that, were she to be elected president, husband Bill could possibly go by the title “first mate.”

Clinton shared some lovely sentiments about leaving a legacy “of integrity and service,” and it was all a (very) slight hint at the 2016 election, but it was also almost exactly what she said when she made 2012’s Most Fascinating list…but without all the snarky hair stuff. Barbara made sure to note that, this year at least, she did not ask Clinton about her personal grooming habits.
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