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Julian Assange granted asylum by Ecuador

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been holed up in London’s Ecuadorean Embassy since June, waiting for the South American nation to respond to his request for asylum. Today, Ecuador came through: It granted Assange asylum, guaranteeing him protection from arrest as long as he’s on Ecuadorean territory, writes the New York Times.

Of course, in order to get to Ecuador, Assange will have to leave the embassy — and Britain has no intention of letting him. Britain’s highest court ruled last year that Assange must be extradited back to Sweden, where he will be questioned about an alleged rape and an alleged molestation.


Kelsey Grammer: I was snubbed for an Emmy because I'm a Republican

Kelsey Grammer won this year’s Golden Globe for Best Actor for his starring role in Boss, the Starz drama about a ruthless Chicago mayor, so you might be wondering why the Emmys failed to even nominate him. Jay Leno wondered, so he asked Grammer what he thought of the slight when the actor visited The Tonight Show last night. “It may have to do with several things, honestly, but I think it’s possible… I mean, I am a… I’m a declared out of the closet Republican in Hollywood,” said Grammer. He went on to say, “Do I believe it’s possible that some young person, young voting actor — or even older voting member for the Emmys — would sit there and go, ‘Yeah, that’s a great performance, but ooooooooooooh, I just hate everything he stands for?’ [Cue sarcasm.] I don’t believe that’s possible.” Watch below:


What's the 'Jersey Shore' cast's secret? They're political animals -- VIDEO

You know that moment in Who Framed Roger Rabbit when innocent Baby Herman reveals he’s actually a lecherous middle-aged dude in a baby’s body? (Click here if you’re scratching your head in confusion.) Well, the following Funny or Die video is sort of like the reality TV equivalent of Baby Herman’s transformation.

The clip, a collaboration between the comedy site and MTV’s election-focused Power of 12, purportedly proves that Snooki, The Situation, and the rest of the Shore gang are actually well-informed members of the electorate — when shooting’s over, at least. If you’ve ever yearned to watch Snooki peruse Mother Jones, see Ronnie’s biography of French thinker Maurice Duverger, or hear JWoww mispronounce “hegemony,” then this is the video for you. And don’t x out prematurely; the segment’s very best joke is also its last.


Ice-T speaks out on gun control: 'If somebody wants to kill people, they don't need a gun to do it'

After the horrific shooting in Colorado on Friday, the national conversation has turned toward our gun laws, and whether or not stricter gun control rules should be in place. And when a celebrity shares an opinion on something as controversial as firearms, it’s sure to create a few headlines.

On one side of the issue, there’s rapper/actor Ice-T, who said in an interview over the weekend, “The right to bear arms is because it’s the last form of defense against tyranny,” and “If somebody wants to kill people, they don’t need a gun to do it.” After the interview, he followed-up on Twitter, writing, “If you go into the jungle…. Will you NOT get eaten because you’re a vegan??”

Earlier, Jason Alexander drew his own headlines when he tweeted on Saturday, “I cannot understand support for legality of the kind of weapon in this massacre. It’s a military weapon. Why should it be in non-mil hands?” READ FULL STORY

With 'Amercia' blooper, Mitt Romney is just asking for Internet mockery

Copyeditors have it rough. They spend countless hours examining minutia — but nobody acknowledges their work unless they make a mistake. So I feel for whoever was responsible for checking over Mitt Romney’s “With Mitt” iPhone app, which lets users customize photos with a variety of pro-Romney messages.

The majority of these messages — “I’m a Mom for Mitt,” “Obama Isn’t Working,” “American Greatness” — are unobjectionable, at least for members of the GOP. But one of them misspells “America” as “Amercia.” And even though tons of media outlets have already pointed out the blooper, as of 12:30 (when I downloaded the app), it still hadn’t been corrected.

“Amercia,” of course, is catnip to Internet mischief makers.  READ FULL STORY

Alec Baldwin goes on anti-Republican Twitter rant, calls them 'lying thieves'

Alec Baldwin plays a staunch conservative on 30 Rock, but his personal politics are famously liberal, as demonstrated by a fusillade of anti-Republican tweets yesterday. Baldwin let his opinion loose on some 870,000 followers as he took to Twitter from the Cannes Film Festival, where he wrote, “Away from the noise and vulgarity of the U.S. election. I gotta tell you. It’s been nice.” Only a few hours later, Baldwin blasted the Republican party in a series of tweeted heats (sorry, heated tweets):

Some complain on Twitter about Obama.

You wanna go back? To Bush? Cheney? Paulson? Rumsfeld? Unfunded wars? Death of U.S. soldiers and innocent civilians for oil? READ FULL STORY

'The Real World': 20 years later, seven strangers who made their mark

The Real World is running our country. Literally. Twenty years to the day after Mary-Ellis Bunim and Jonathan Murray’s landmark MTV show debuted, its impact on American culture (not just pop) is pretty spectacular to behold. Sure, we could just discuss our favorite episodes and characters, but that wouldn’t get to the crux of the issue: This show actually matters. No, I’m not talking about its subsequent 26 seasons (26!) or its Kardashian-like spawning of spin-offs and D-list celebrities. I’m talking about the fact that The Real World is in Congress (U.S. Representative Sean Duffy, of the Boston season, right), in the court system, in cinemas, and of course on TV. Below, check out how the first major reality TV show still has a very Real impact.

Sean Penn attacks media, world for abandoning Haiti

Sean Penn had some harsh words at a press event for his Haiti: Carnival in Cannes fundraiser on May 17, TheWrap reports. “The reason we have Haiti fatigue is because there was never a commitment in the first place,” Penn said.  “It’s not only celebrities who went for a day. It’s the whole f—ing world. It’s all of you.”

Penn also called on President Barack Obama to step in once again. “It is time for our formidable and elegant president to stand side by side with the new president of Haiti.” READ FULL STORY

Jimmy Kimmel cut Rick Santorum joke from his White House Correspondents' Dinner speech

Jimmy Kimmel didn’t spare many feelings at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner last month. During his address, the late night host took aim at President Obama, New Jersey governor Chris Christie, attendee Lindsay Lohan, and Keith Olbermann, among others. But there’s one target who escaped Kimmel’s crosshairs: former presidential candidate Rick Santorum.

During a visit to Howard Stern’s Sirius XM show this week, Kimmel revealed that he ultimately decided to nix a joke that referenced Santorum’s actions after the death of his infant son. The line: “Newt Gingrich’s campaign is so dead, Mitt Romney wants to baptize it and Rick Santorum wants to put it in a jar and show it to his kids.”


Obama's convention speech to cast long shadow over MTV's awards show

The President of the United States is due a certain amount of deference when it comes to television appearances — and everything else, really — but Barack Obama has a habit of inadvertently big-footing his way on the tube. Take, for instance, his impromptu press conference to announce the death of Osama bin Laden: he went live with his speech just as Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice finale was nearing its climax on the east coast. Obviously that was a coincidence, but it’s far from the only time POTUS has frustrated the networks.

Fans of The Bachelorette were just about to see Constantine bail on Ashley when the president interrupted to talk about the debt ceiling last July. A Cougar Town episode was postponed when the prez’s January 2011 speech about the Tucson shootings ran long. And Bones nearly had to scrap its 2009 season finale because of one of the president’s early state-of-the-economy chats.

But now, he’s simply gone too far! President Obama is scheduled to accept the Democratic nomination for a second term on Sept. 6 — the same night as MTV’s Video Music Awards. READ FULL STORY

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