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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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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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'The Wire' creator David Simon takes on Koch brothers over newspaper sale

David Simon, the former Baltimore Sun police reporter who co-created The Wire and Treme for HBO, has witnessed the demise of the American newspaper industry up close. He took a buyout from the Sun in 1995 when he concluded the downsized paper was heading in the wrong direction, and he spent an entire season of The Wire dramatizing the paper’s missteps after corporate out-of-towners took charge.

Toss in his self-described “left of the Democratic Party” political views, and it shouldn’t be any surprise that he’s not fond of the idea of the Sun and the rest of Tribune Company’s newspapers being sold to Koch Industries, the billion-dollar conglomerate run by conservative businessmen Charles and David Koch.

In a new web video, Simon urges people to sign a Working Families petition protesting the potential sale, which has been rumored for several months. “When I heard that the Koch brothers — bless their hearts — were interested in purchasing newspapers, and the Baltimore Sun, my alma mater, in particular, I thought, well, that’s kind of the last nail in the coffin,” Simon says in the video. “It’s not enough for [the Kochs] to lobby government. It’s not enough for [the Kochs] to influence elections. There’s an awful lot of capital that’s already introduced into our electoral process. Newspapers, the Fourth Estate, are supposed to be outside of that. … Ultimately, the only chance that democracy has, if you ask me, is that somebody stands on the outside of some of the excess and the fraud and basically calls foul. That doesn’t happen if the newspapers represent a particular ideology.”

Watch the entire video below:
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Jim Carrey takes aim at gun enthusiasts in 'Cold Dead Hand' -- VIDEO

Jim Carrey’s new Funny or Die video ”Cold Dead Hand” could be described as biting social commentary, incendiary liberal nonsense, dumb and dumber, funny, bizarre, or any mixture of the above. The master impressionist pulls double-duty, playing the late Charlton Heston on the set of Hee-Haw and then fronting Lonesome Early and the Clutterbusters (with the band Eels) for a country song spoofing gun enthusiasts.

It’s all pretty provocative, with lyrics like: ”The angels wouldn’t take him up to heaven like he planned, cause they couldn’t pry that gun from his cold dead hand” and ”Only the devil’s true devotees could profiteer from pain and fear.”

In a press release Carrey said, ”I find the gun problem frustrating and ‘Cold Dead Hand’ is my fun little way of expressing that frustration.”

Carrey also took to Twitter yesterday saying, ”Gun folks are afraid that control won’t stop with large magazines. Their nervousness is far less important than the safety of our children,” ”’Cold Dead Hand’ is abt u heartless motherf%ckers unwilling 2 bend 4 the safety of our kids,”’ and much more.

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Mitt Romney's '47 Percent' filmmaker breaks his silence tonight -- VIDEO

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Just in time to truly capitalize on the scorching-hot pop culture phenom that is Mitt Romney, the guy who filmed the Republican presidential candidate’s campaign-changing “47 Percent” video is finally coming clean tonight.

We won’t know the filmmaker’s name until this evening’s edition of MSNBC’s The Ed Show, which will feature an exclusive interview with 2012′s very own Deep Throat. Still, a few facts about the guy are out there already: He worked as a bartender at Romney’s now-infamous May 2012 fundraiser, he previously worked at a Clinton fundraiser, and the contrast between those two events partially inspired him to make the video in the first place.

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Lena Dunham did go all the way with Obama on the ballot after all...

President Obama carried New York by 27 percentage points, but that doesn’t mean that every vote in the Empire State didn’t count — especially if you are the “voice of a generation” and made a campaign plea for first-time voters to go all the way with Obama at the ballot box. Last Wednesday, a blogger for the website Room Eight claimed that Lena Dunham had failed to vote, based on their review of New York City voter files.

Well, Dunham’s not having any of it. She popped up on Twitter this afternoon to correct the rumor, explaining that she actually flew back to New York to cast her vote at her old polling place rather than deal with the frustrating absentee ballot system:

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Watch Obama and Clinton's mutual love-fest on '60 Minutes' -- VIDEO

– barely enough time to scratch the surface of their complicated personal and professional relationship,” he said.

But 30 minutes ended up giving the president and his top diplomat plenty of time to sing each other’s praises — expressing their mutual professional admiration, enthusing about their close friendship, and stopping just short of braiding each other’s hair on camera. Here’s a sampling of quotes from their love-fest:

Obama: “I just wanted to have a chance to publicly say ‘thank you,’ because I think Hillary will go down as one of the finest secretaries of state we’ve had. It has been a great collaboration over the last four years. I’m going to miss her.” READ FULL STORY

Jon Stewart vs. Stephen Colbert: Who had the best inauguration jokes? VIDEO

Comedy Central’s crack fake news team kicked off four more years of Obama jokes last night, when the president’s second inauguration provided a wealth of material for both The Daily Show and The Colbert Report.

Jon Stewart began the evening with a discussion of the day’s main event: Michelle Obama’s awesome new bangs. He also hit on the inauguration itself — which featured an Obama screw-up that must have made Mitt Romney spit out his milk, George Stephanopoulos proving that all tall people look the same to him, and a presidential address that detailed “a healthcare plan designed to kill your white grandparents. Kill ‘em dead!” Pretty solid stuff, though not quite as notable as the fact that the show welcomed Supreme Court justice Sonia Sotomayor just hours after she swore in Vice President Biden. (Someone give The Daily Show‘s guest booker a raise, stat.)

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