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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

Jay-Z backs Obama's stance on same-sex marriage


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Since President Barack Obama's historic declaration that he believes same-sex couples should be legally allowed to married, he has
raised $15 million for his campaign and welcomed a flood of support from celebrities and liberal politicians alike. Add Jay-Z to the pro-Obama camp. The rap mogul told CNN he's with Obama on this issue. "I've always thought [the fight over same-sex marriage] was something that was still holding the country back," he said. "What people do in their own homes is their business and you can choose to love whoever you love. That's their business. [It]

is no different than discriminating against blacks. It’s discrimination plain and simple.” READ FULL STORY

'Newsweek' versus 'Time': Which cover is more controversial? -- POLL

The past week bore witness to two bold stances that made for a pair of controversial covers. President Barack Obama took a historic stand on the issue of same-sex marriage, telling ABC’s Robin Roberts, “I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.” Personal politics were also brought to the forefront on a Time cover that showed one mother breastfeeding her 3-year-old son. (Time is owned by Time Inc., the publisher of EW.)


Bristol Palin responds to Obama's gay marriage announcement by dissing 'Glee'

Memoirist and reality-show bronze medalist Bristol Palin took to her blog yesterday to offer the world some thoughts on what she views as a double standard regarding President Obama’s expression of support for gay marriage. In her response, Palin focused exclusively on a throwaway comment made by Obama (“focusing on a throwaway comment” being the primary rhetorical methodology in the current political era).

At one point in his carefully-worded discussion, the president noted that one reason his position on gay marriage had evolved was his conversations with his daughters. Apparently, Malia and Sasha have schoolmates with gay parents — schoolmates who have not yet turned into heroin-addicted devil-worshipping goat-people. Palin took issue with that decision-making process, claiming that whenever a Christian conservative female runs for office, she faces questions about taking orders from their husband. “So let me get this straight,” she writes. “It’s a problem if my mom listened too much to my dad, but it’s a heroic act if the President made a massive change in policy position that could affect the entire nation after consulting with his teenage daughters?” READ FULL STORY

Opinion: Obama set for Hollywood fundraiser after voicing support of same-sex marriage -- What would Jed Bartlet have done?

Follow politics long enough — or even just a week — and you’re bound to come to the cynical conclusion that there’s no such thing as a coincidence, especially during an election year. President Obama announced yesterday that he’d gone “through an evolution on this issue” of same-sex marriage and now believes that his previous halfway stance — that civil unions were sufficient for gay couples — was no longer enough.

“When I think about members of my own staff who are incredibly committed, in monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together. When I think about those soldiers or airmen or Marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf, and yet, feel constrained — even now that Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is gone — because they’re not able to commit themselves in a marriage,” Obama told ABC’s Robin Roberts. “At a certain point, I’ve just concluded that for me personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.”

Liberals rejoiced, with celebrities and Democratic politicians expressing their gratitude and excitement in Twitter posts and TV interviews . Fox’s Shepard Smith welcomed the president to the 21st century and described opponents of same-sex marriage as being “on the wrong side of history.” And yet my own enthusiastic approval of Obama’s semi-reversal was tempered by its timing. Thursday, one day after his historic announcement, the president is at George Clooney’s house raising a record fundraising haul from the Hollywood elite. READ FULL STORY

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