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Mitt Romney admits on 'Live with Kelly and Michael': 'I'm kind of a Snooki fan'

In a completely and totally unscripted sit-down with Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan, Mitt and Ann Romney stopped by to chat a lot about the issues — and then some unimportant stuff, which, this being PopWatch, is really of greater interest to us.

In the Romney Rapid Fire Round, the presidential candidate and his wife took on questions about their guilty pleasures (donuts for her; peanut butter sandwiches for him), who they’d cast as each other in a movie (he flubbed, accidentally saying “Gene Hackman”), and what they wear to bed (“I think the correct answer is, ‘as little as possible,’” he said.)

Among the other notable moments? When Strahan asked whether they preferred Honey Boo Boo or Snooki. The choice was easy for Romney: Snooki! “Look how tiny she’s gotten. She’s lost weight, and she’s energetic. Her spark plug personality is kinda fun,” he said.

Watch the entire interview below. And if you only want to see the smut, skip to the 15:30 mark.

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'Mother Jones' posts full Romney 'secret video'; 47 reasons for late-night comedy writers to celebrate -- VIDEO

Talk about politics as entertainment!

Yesterday afternoon, liberal magazine Mother Jones made waves by posting a “secret video” of Mitt Romney saying indelicate things about some of his potential constituents. Though the mag initially blurred out everything in the video save for Romney’s face and refused to disclose when and where it was recorded, MoJo later revealed that the Republican presidential nominee made his remarks at a private event in Boca Raton this past May.

In the clip, Romney disparages the 47 percent of Americans he claims “will vote for the president no matter what … who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it. … These are people who pay no income tax … [M]y job is is not to worry about those people.” Here’s that initial video:

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Jon Stewart and Bill O'Reilly announce online political debate -- VIDEO

Any observant fan of Jon Stewart’s or Bill O’Reilly’s respective basic cable TV shows knows that these seeming ideological foes actually hold each other in (relatively) high regard. They’re both showmen at heart, delivering a pointed take on the news of the day in an entertaining manner that inspires fierce loyalty in their respective audiences, and they both seem to understand and respect the other’s place in the television landscape.

So it should be no big surprise that Stewart and O’Reilly have announced that they will debate each other in what they’re dubbing O’Reilly v Stewart 2012: The Rumble in the Air-Conditioned Auditorium, or The Rumble 2012 for short. READ FULL STORY

Democratic National Convention, Day 3: 10 lessons learned

CNN’s coverage of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden accepting their nominations at the Democratic National Convention last night (read Ken Tucker’s review of their speeches) taught us 10 things:

1. Some cutaway shots are simply too brief.

“Gentlemen, it’s never been a good bet to bet against the American people.”

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Democratic National Convention, day 2: Top 15 faces of people waiting to hear Bill Clinton

There is little doubt that former President Bill Clinton’s speech during Wednesday night’s Democratic National Convention was nothing less than a barn-burner. “Loose and ebullient, sprinkling his text with ad libs, Clinton reminded viewers what a powerful speaker he is, and how his pleasure in speechifying can be contagious,” wrote EW’s Ken Tucker. “Obama has his work cut out for him [Thursday] night to top this.”

Clinton’s oratory had the added effect of blasting away the cobwebs from an evening of speeches from non-professional speakers that ranged from agreeably engaging to stilted and bland — in marked contrast to the DNC’s first night of expertly choreographed and electrically delivered addresses. One need only look over the faces of the convention crowd Tuesday night to get a sense that many attendees were pretty much just waiting for the evening’s headliner to show up already. Forthwith, I give you the top 15 faces of people biding their time for Bill Clinton, rating their state of political lethargy ranging from 1 (fifth season of The West Wing) to 10 (five-hour C-SPAN broadcast about sorghum futures). Enjoy!  READ FULL STORY

Democratic National Convention, day 1: Recapped by America (on Twitter)

The #DNC was all the rage Tuesday night on the Twitter — as my dad calls it. And if you followed the hashtag throughout the night, a few things became clear as the speeches went on:

1. No matter who wins in November, there will be Mitt Romney Santa Clauses on store shelves.

2. Kal Penn can get anything to trend.

3. Suri Cruise just met her match in the kiddies with ‘tude department.

4. The night was filled with some highly quotable moments.

5. And speeches are so much more interesting when experienced in a community of Tweeting maniacs (#oneofus). In fact, if you followed closely, you probably didn’t have to watch at all. (NOTE: THIS IS NOT AN ADVISED ACTION.)

So I present a recap of last night’s DNC, seen through 30 tweeting Americans — plus a few observations from CNN and Buzzfeed:  READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Planner: 'Breaking Bad,' President Obama, and NFL football

President Obama and the Democrats get their chance to respond to last week’s Republican convention, as their own three-night infomercial kicks off Tuesday night in Charlotte. The Republicans had to deal with a hurricane that spared Tampa but flooded the Gulf Coast. The Democrats have their own sideshow problems: The NFL season kicks off Wednesday night.

If you’re already conventioned out, and the first blitz of football fever makes you twitch, there’s still plenty of top-notch entertainment to consume, beginning with tonight’s Breaking Bad and culminating with the premiere-packed opening weekend at the Toronto Film Festival. READ FULL STORY

InvisibleObama account takes Twitter by storm, despite brief disappearance

Shortly after 10 p.m. Eastern last night, Clint Eastwood took the stage at the Republican National Convention and began arguing with an empty chair meant to represent President Obama. Moments later, an enterprising Twitter user created a novelty account based on the incident: @ClintsChair. That handle didn’t really catch on — but rival account @InvisibleObama did. When I retweeted the account’s first message around 10:21, it had fewer than 100 followers. An hour later, it had amassed tens of thousands — by 10 a.m. this morning, the count was up to 40,000. See, transparency works!

Sometime after 9 a.m. today, Invisible Obama was temporarily suspended; we’re working on finding out why. (It reappeared around 9:40 a.m. with this message: “I’m back. Sorry about that. @Twitter took the invisible thing a little too literally. Now where were we…”) Thankfully, retweets and screenshots mean that this masterpiece’s best jokes were never truly lost. Here are some of my favorites:

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Do Facebook political rants make you want to UnFriend?

This Nov. 17 is National UnFriend Day, the third annual holiday that encourages Facebook users to prune their roster of “Friends” of people they haven’t spoken to in 11 years, but nevertheless grant access to their online vacation photos. But with the Republican National Convention in full swing and the presidential campaign kicking in to high gear, it wouldn’t surprise me if many Facebook users are jumping the gun on the cleansing holiday.

Surely you’ve checked your Facebook account in the past two days to discover posts, links, and status updates related to the convention in Tampa, where Ann Romney, Chris Christie, and Paul Ryan have set the table for Mitt Romney to accept his party’s nomination for president tonight. Facebook is a forum that inspires great personal proclamations, sentiments we might be more reluctant to express in a real, face-to-face conversation. Looking at some of my Friends comments, I can’t decide if Facebook acts as an X-ray machine or a warping funhouse mirror. Some of the comments are so belligerent and obnoxious (and in many cases, misinformed) that one can’t help but feel to urge to… Unfriend. READ FULL STORY

Who should be the mystery GOP convention speaker? Clint Eastwood? Tim Tebow? Hologram of Reagan?

The success of any tightly scripted, live event is certainly measured in ratings, ticket sales, buzz, and — with regard to quadrennial political nominating conventions — voting returns. But the real yardstick for any major pop-culture event comes down to one simple element: The surprise celebrity cameo. Recent examples include James Bond and Queen Elizabeth skydiving into the London Olympics Opening Ceremonies; Tupac Shakur’s hologram at Coachella; and when Jon Hamm popped up to say goodbye to Kristen Wiig on SNL.

Hoping to add itself to that storied list, apparently, is the 2012 Republican National Convention. The latest RNC schedule, released on Monday, notes that before presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney is introduced by Sen. Marco Rubio, the convention will hear remarks from someone — or something — “To Be Announced.” That tantalizing clue lead FoxNews.com today to report via a single unnamed source that actor, filmmaker, and all-around American icon Clint Eastwood is indeed the surprise guest.

Unless it’s football player Tim Tebow.  READ FULL STORY

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