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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.”

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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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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

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