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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

Rove holds Fox News hostage, is ultimately defeated by those traitorous statistics he once loved so much -- VIDEO

Fox News called the presidential election for Barack Obama at 11:18 p.m. And that’s when things got interesting. Karl Rove — former Bush sidekick, GOP rainmaker, and Fox News contributor — thought that Fox had called the all-important swing state of Ohio too early. He was so vociferous in his complaints that Fox News actually begin to doubt itself, and what followed amounted to a televised existential crisis for one of our nation’s most popular news networks. Host Megyn Kelly left the network’s neon-bunker election HQ and walked through the blank hallways of Fox News — at one point, she apologized because her earpiece apparently stopped working — and talked to the Decision Desk, an impressive-looking crowd of Boys in the Back Room. READ FULL STORY

Bob Dylan predicts Barack Obama 'in a landslide'

Bob Dylan says he thinks President Barack Obama is going to win a landslide.

Dylan made the prediction Monday night midway through the song “Blowin’ in the Wind” during a concert in the battleground state of Wisconsin. READ FULL STORY

Newark Mayor/American hero Cory Booker sends what may be history's greatest tweet

If you’re a citizen of the Internet, you’re familiar with Cory Booker — Newark’s take-charge mayor, famous for personally shoveling one constituent’s driveway in 2010 and pulling another out of a burning building this spring. Since Hurricane Sandy hit, the social media-savvy politician has been busier than ever, inviting victims to watch DVDs at his house, delivering blankets to Newark residents who lost power after the storm, and otherwise working tirelessly to aid relief efforts.

It seems like Booker is everywhere, fixing problem after problem with the sheer force of his awesomeness… which may be why Irish account executive Lee Daly thought it’d be a good idea to ask the mayor if he could fix a pothole in Daly’s hometown. His facetious request inspired what might be the best tweet ever tweeted:

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PopWatch Planner: An election, Bond, a 'Twilight' battle in late night, and new 'Top Chef'

Soon, you can look forward to a life free of pesky presidential political ads interrupting your favorite shows – well, for the next fours years anyway. This week of course, brings the much-anticipated election, along with live Daily Show and Colbert to get you through it, the premiere of Top Chef’s new season in Seattle, and an event certainly sexier than the election — Bond, James Bond.

Have a great week!
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Mitt Romney: Late-night's most wanted

I’m not a right-winger, but I blame it all on Bill Clinton!

Back in June 1992, when the Arkansas governor’s first serious presidential bid was still in doubt, he popped up on Arsenio Hall to toot “Heartbreak Hotel” on his saxophone. It was his campaign’s effort to “go right to the people,” and by all measures, it worked. To be fair, Clinton wasn’t the first candidate to make a guest appearance on the tube to connect with voters — John F. Kennedy visited Jack Paar in 1960 and Richard Nixon mangled a punchline on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In in 1968 — but once Clinton showed up on in his shades and belted out an Elvis tune, the power of television took over. Not only did he seem so much younger than his competition — George H.W. Bush and Ross Perot — but he seemed like a guy you’d want to be pals with. READ FULL STORY

Obama answers young voter questions for MTV, addresses same-sex marriage, climate change

Image Credit: MTV

With the election a mere 12 days away, President Barack Obama’s media blitz continued today when he answered young voter questions on MTV.

In the half-hour special, MTV News correspondent Sway Calloway sat down with with the President in the Oval Office (one of three interviews Obama is conducting at the White House today) to ask questions submitted via Facebook. READ FULL STORY

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