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President Obama and more release statements on Robin Williams' death

Following Robin Williams’ death Monday, family, friends, colleagues, and those who respected him have responded, releasing statements about the the late actor. READ FULL STORY

President Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, and more remember Maya Angelou

President Barack Obama is one of many who have offered words about Maya Angelou’s death, calling Angelou “a brilliant writer, a fierce friend, and a truly phenomenal woman” in a statement released today.

After news broke that Angelou died Wednesday at the age of 86, Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Quincy Jones, and more released statements reacting to the celebrated poet’s death. Read them below, and check back for updates throughout the day:

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Daniel Craig, Steve Carell, and more celebs in PSA against sexual assault -- VIDEO

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Daniel Craig and Steve Carell are joining President Obama in urging men to stand up against sexual assault.

So are Benicio Del Toro, Dulé Hill, Seth Meyers, and Vice President Biden, who appear in the White House-sponsored PSA “1 is 2 Many.” In the clip below, the celebrities ask men to recognize the violence happening against “our sisters and our daughters, our wives and our friends.”

“If she doesn’t consent, or can’t consent, it’s rape. It’s assault,” says Del Toro. Adds Carell: “It’s a crime. It’s wrong.”

They encourage anyone witnessing an act of sexual assault to say something or help the victim, becoming part of the solution, not the problem.

“This is about respect. It’s about responsibility,” says Biden.

Watch the full video below:

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President Obama talks 'Scandal,' 'House of Cards,' and healthcare on 'Ellen' -- VIDEO

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President Barack Obama earned two titles November 6, 2012: President, and the man behind the most re-tweeted tweet of all time. But, as we now know, Ellen DeGeneres and company broke that record at this year’s Oscars with their celeb-filled selfie that now holds that title. “I thought it was a pretty cheap stunt myself,” Obama told Ellen when she rubbed it in his face. At least he’s still President?

Obama went on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in an episode airing Thursday to continue his media tour promoting healthcare to young people — one past stop includes Zach Galifianakis’ Between Two Ferns. But Obama didn’t only talk healthcare: We also got to hear his thoughts on his two daughters getting tattoos.

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President Obama visits 'Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis' -- VIDEO

The most important meeting President Obama ever takes might be on Funny or Die’s Between Two Ferns.

In the clip, host Zach Galifianakis apologizes for canceling on the President earlier — Galifianakis’ mouse pad broke and he had to buy a pair of diabetic shoes for his aunt —  but thankfully, their schedules finally aligned. Watch their sit down below. READ FULL STORY

State of the Union 2014: President Obama's tough talk

Remember the President Obama who used to preach “lower the temperature” civility and “work together” collaboration from the lectern during State of the Union speeches? Well, that guy didn’t show up last night to deliver our constitutionally mandated report card. Instead we got a tough-talking, battle-hardened chief executive who repeatedly promised to act alone to further his goals, when and where he can, whether or not he has the support of Congress. READ FULL STORY

Miley Cyrus, President Obama among 'GQ' least influential list

Dennis Rodman is at the top of a list no one wants to be on. He’s been named GQ‘s No. 1 least influential celebrity of 2013.

The 52-year-old former basketball player who has visited Kim Jong Un in North Korea was selected as the top pick in the magazine’s third annual list of the least influential celebrities, which also includes twerking pop star Miley Cyrus, President Barack Obama, and celebrity chef Paula Deen. GQ called Rodman a “Q-list celebrity willing to commit borderline treason just to hang out with a dictator who himself aspires to be a Q-list celebrity.”

Rodman said this week he’s preparing to return to North Korea late next month for an exhibition basketball tour.

Deen, whose cooking empire imploded this year after she admitted to having used the N-word to describe black employees, came in at No. 2 on the list behind Rodman, while former sexting U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner took the No. 3 spot.

“He’s the saddest lecher in American politics, and that’s saying something, because they’re all lechers,” the magazine said.
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Damian Lewis on when Obama finds the time to watch 'Homeland'- LISTEN

When Homeland star Damian Lewis met President Obama for the first time, he literally pinched himself out of disbelief.

Lewis sat down for a chat with EW Radio’s Faith Salie and Julie Cunningham and discussed meeting the President, who has admitted he’s big fan of Homeland. Lewis also gave listeners his best Obama impression when talking about when the President can actually find the time to watch TV.

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Does Senator Ted Cruz know what 'Green Eggs and Ham' is about?

America: Where anything goes in a filibuster.

Last night — as part of Senator Ted Cruz’s filibuster protesting the Affordable Care Act — the Texas Republican read aloud from the Dr. Seuss favorite Green Eggs and Ham.

Of course, as many on Twitter have already pointed out, the point of this kids’ book is that the main character didn’t think he liked something because he hadn’t tried it before, but then he did, and he loved it. No relevant message to Obamacare there!

Cruz also gave Ashton Kutcher and Duck Dynasty a shout-out during his time at the podium. Perhaps the senator is really just looking for a career change and thinks pop culture blogger sounds like fun.

Check out Cruz trying his hand as an audiobook reader below:
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After Obama's Kimye comments, Kris Jenner defends her right to 'have nice things' -- VIDEO

Kris Jenner is unhappy with the leader of the free world.

Recently, when President Barack Obama was interviewed by David Blum of Kindle, he mentioned that the idea of the American Dream has shifted. “There was not that window into the lifestyles of the rich and famous,” the president said. “Kids weren’t monitoring every day what Kim Kardashian was wearing, or where Kanye West was going on vacation, and thinking that somehow that was the mark of success.”

Momma K was none-too-happy about her daughter and the father of her granddaughter being singled out as examples of extreme fame and wealth (you’d think she would love that, right?). She took to her new talk show to respond to Obama, because clearly he’s a fan.

“I wasn’t aware that we could only set the bar so high, and that we could only dream so big,” Jenner said. “I was taught, dream big, work hard — and you could have whatever you wanted.

“Well, Kanye West, first of all, doesn’t go on vacation,” she continued. “Kim Kardashian is the hardest-working young lady in the world. She never sleeps; she never stops; she never slows down and [she] works so hard for what she’s got.”

Then she goes on to explain how beneficial she and her offspring are to the economy — because their empire of fame employs hundreds. (We thank you, our noble benefactors, for this tiny morsel of generosity.) Jenner also points out that the president has an even bigger house than she does! She calls being the president of a nation rife with problems and discontent a “wonderful fabulous life.” She also doesn’t think it’s a bad thing that her family wants to do their best (at what exactly?) and “have nice things.”

Is she totally oblivious, or is she just really terrible? Watch the clip and decide for yourself:
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