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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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PopWatch Planner: Obama's second inauguration, 'Movie 43' and more

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President Barack Obama will take his second oath of office. Find out what else is on our pop culture radar this week below!

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Stephen Colbert's sister running for Congress in South Carolina, as a Democrat

What will the Colbert Nation make of this?

Elizabeth Colbert-Busch, one of Comedy Central star Stephen Colbert’s older sisters, will run for Congress in her home state of South Carolina — as a Democrat — according to a report from local newspaper the St. Andrews Patch. This is Colbert-Busch’s first foray into politics; she’s previously worked for various administrative departments at Clemson University. The race for the traditionally Republican seat in the state’s First Congressional District — which runs along the Atlantic coast — is a hotly contested one, with ex-governor Mark Sanford one of several Republicans vying for the seat.  READ FULL STORY

President Obama announces inauguration speakers

President Obama has selected Myrlie Evers-Williams, widow of slain civil rights icon Medgar Evers, to deliver the invocation at his public swearing-in on Jan. 21, which also happens to be Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Evers-Williams is a former chair of the NAACP and has written several books about her and her husband’s civil rights work. Medgar Evers was shot and killed at his Mississippi home in 1963 by a white supremacist, sparking national outcry. His murderer was finally convicted in 1994, after new evidence was brought to trial. The story was also turned into the 1996 film Ghosts of Mississippi, with Whoopi Goldberg portraying Myrlie Evers.

The Washington Post reports that this is “the first time a woman, and a layperson rather than a clergy member, has been chosen to deliver what may be America’s most prominent public prayer.” Evers-Williams will be joined by conservative evangelical pastor Louie Giglio, founder of the student-focused Passion Conferences, who will give the benediction. READ FULL STORY

Video mocks celeb participants of gun control PSA

One gun rights supporter who took issue with a recent celebrity-filled gun control PSA has posted a now-viral video response that puts the spotlight on what he calls a “hypocritical industry.”

Late last month, Mayors Against Illegal Guns posted a video PSA on YouTube that featured a host of famous faces — including Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm, Beyonce, Michelle Williams, and Amy Poehler –  calling for stricter gun control laws, and it has, to date, received over 6.3 million views. Just days ago, YouTube user “Mike Hunt,” who declined to provide his real name and claims not to have any affiliations, posted his own video — a parody of the original that was edited to include many of the same actors in fictional gun-filled situations. READ FULL STORY

Ukrainian politician aims anti-Semitic slur at Mila Kunis

Seems like there’s exactly one person in the world who doesn’t love Ted star Mila Kunis: Ukrainian politician Igor Miroschnichenko, who recently called the actress a “zhydovka” in a Facebook post.

The term, according to Simon Wiesenthal Center deans Rabbi Marvin Hier and Rabbi Abraham Cooper, means “dirty Jewess” — and is an “insidious slur invoked by the Nazis and their collaborators as they rounded up the Jews to murder them at Babi Yar and in the death camps.”

Yikes. It’s also a way for Miroschnichenko to imply that the actress — who was born in Ukraine and moved to Los Angeles with her family when she was seven years old — isn’t really Ukrainian because she’s Jewish.

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President Obama is 'Time' Person of the Year

time-person-of-the-year-obamaBarack Obama has been named Time Magazine’s “Person of the Year” for a second time, following his initial selection in 2008. In a blog post, Time managing editor Richard Stengel explains that Obama was chosen because he is a cultural figure as well as a political one: “There has been much talk of the coalition of the ascendant — young people, minorities, Hispanics, college-educated women — and in winning re-election, Obama showed that these fast-growing groups are not only the future but also the present,” he writes. “If his win in 2008 was extraordinary, then 2012 is confirmation that demographic change is here to stay.”

The president beat out 15-year-old Pakistani activist Malala Youfsafzai, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, and Italian CERN physicist Fabiola Gianotti for the annual honor. Visit Time‘s site for a long interview with Obama, which covers everything from his love for Lincoln to his dream of “just moving to Hawaii and opening up a t-shirt shack on the North Shore.” (And, of course, a bunch of more serious stuff.)

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President Obama speaks at Newtown memorial service — VIDEO

Joe Scarborough reverses his stance on gun control -- VIDEO

MSNBC host Joe Scarborough has always been an advocate for the right to bear arms. On today’s Morning Joe, the former Republican Congressman himself noted that he “received the NRA’s highest ratings over four terms in Congress.” But the horror in Newtown has caused Scarborough to rethink his views on gun control.

As he explains in an impassioned 10-minute monologue, he used to view the gun debate as a question of individual rights versus government control; post-Newtown, he considers it a matter of public safety. Scarborough also takes time in his monologue to excoriate the prevalence of violent images in pop culture — in addition to decrying gun lobbyists, he also explains that “Entertainment moguls don’t have an absolute right to glorify murder.”

It’s an interesting speech that’s the opposite of fire-breathing — watch the video below. READ FULL STORY

Glenn Beck sticks Obama figurine in jar of pee, calls it art -- UPDATE

Get it? It’s a commentary on… something. And an indication that 25 years later, outrage manufacturer Glenn Beck is still feeling salty about Andres Serrano’s “Piss Christ.” Also: he’s very well-hydrated. Update: Beck’s artwork has been removed from eBay, where he was attempting to auction it off for $25,000; the website said in a letter that it does not allow the sale of bodily waste or references to bodily fluids in listings.

Okay, some background: On Tuesday, Beck got wind of a painting hanging in a community college’s art gallery that depicts President Obama crucified on the presidential seal, wearing a suit, a tie, and a crown of thorns. Though artist Michael D’Antuono originally made the image — called “Truth” — years ago, it hasn’t been displayed until now due to “public outrage,” in Fox News’s words.

On his radio program, Beck said that he actually believes D’Antuono has the right to make and exhibit “Truth,” even though he doesn’t see anything Jesus-like in Obama: “I think it’s offensive,” Beck explained, not at all self-righteously. “I don’t think it’s close to reality, but whatever floats your boat… That document [the Constitution's First Amendment] says I can’t stop him, and the spirit of that document is that I shouldn’t try.”

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Obama's victory speech and Romney's concession speech -- Watch them here

Soon after the major networks declared that President Obama was re-elected to a second term, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney spoke to his supporters in Boston and gave a short but well-received and gracious concession speech. President Obama followed with a powerful victory speech in front of crowds in Chicago. Watch both speeches below. READ FULL STORY

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