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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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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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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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Jimmy Kimmel's 'Kill Everyone in China' skit to get White House response

ABC and Jimmy Kimmel have already apologized for airing a segment on Kimmel’s late night show that had a child suggest “Kill everyone in China” as a way to lower U.S. debt. (You can check out video of the segment here.)

Unsurprisingly, immediately tons of people were upset with the supposed-to-be-humorous suggestion, so much so that a WhiteHouse.gov petition asking the White House to shut down Jimmy Kimmel Live! has reached over 100,000 signatures since it was formed Oct. 19. READ FULL STORY

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