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President Obama officially pardons 2012 National Thanksgiving Turkey

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: I’m talking, of course, about the day before Thanksgiving, when the President has to take time out of his I’m sure incredibly busy schedule to officially pardon a turkey (I guess this makes it OK for the rest of America to eat a ton of them tomorrow?)

Anyway, the day can be counted on for a little last-minute holiday hilarity. Joined by first daughters Malia and Sasha, President Obama officially pardoned one Cobbler and Gobbler this afternoon. Sorry, Gobbler. Cobbler won a White House poll about which of the two would be the 2012 National Thanksgiving Turkey, with 2,789 votes. Yes, that does mean that over 5,000 people actually had a preference that they voted on. And you thought election season was over weeks ago!

I have to wonder what people who aren’t Americans think of this weird tradition (it allegedly started with Abraham Lincoln’s son, and then became an official event in 1989). Although I suppose it’s not any stranger than everything else about Thanksgiving, what with the Pilgrims and the hurting of the Native Americans, and now the football and the relatives.

People reports that President Obama encouraged his daughters to pet the wild turkey before he pardoned it. Sasha went for it, but “Malia looked horrified and refused.”

Smart girl.

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'Clueless' star Stacey Dash explains why she supported Mitt Romney

TMZ calls the 1,344-word pro-Romney missive Stacey Dash sent them earlier this week a “rant,” which isn’t totally fair. The letter is coherent, if rambling — and while Dash’s reasoning sometimes seems convoluted, she’s expressing thoughts that might be familiar to anyone who’s ever felt their political views shifting with age.

The actress apparently wrote most of her letter on Tuesday, 10 hours before the election’s results were revealed. She starts out by disclosing that she voted for Barack Obama in 2008:

I hadn’t known anything about him until he earned the Democratic nomination. He’s brilliant, understated, ethical, a great husband and father. President Obama will always be remembered as one of the greatest leaders this United States of America has ever known.

And the moderate Republican is still a fan of the president, praising him for achievements like “repairing the infrastructure of our highways, bridges and train rails” and the Claims Resettlement Act of 2010. The truth is, Dash doesn’t hate Obama — she just likes Romney better. “My vote for Romney isn’t a vote against Obama,” she writes, bolding her words for emphasis. “That’s not how full participants in the democratic process operate. We vote for candidates and we vote for issues.” READ FULL STORY

Your Hidden Gems of Election 2012!

CNN definitely coordinated its “true blue state” shade with the exact color of Anderson Cooper’s icy hot eyes, right? RIGHT?

Who says EW.com’s Hidden Gems franchise needs to be limited to Dancing With the Stars coverage? Usually me, but I’m feeling democratic today. I’ll be compiling fun screenshots of election coverage throughout the night, so go ahead and send in the screen gems — noteworthy quirks that are not necessarily the main focus of the telecast — you notice yourselves. READ FULL STORY

Skipping election coverage? Find out what else is on TV tonight

Excited for New Girl tonight? Or Happy Endings? Or New Normal? Well, prepare to be disappointed – it’s wall-to-wall election coverage, of course, which means all the usual suspects won’t be on the major networks’ air.

While I could easily write a post about why you should watch the results pour in – pundits doing their pundit thing! CNN is lighting up the Empire State Building! (Really!), finding out the next president! — for those that would rather discover the big news via a quick tweet, I’ve got you covered. I scoured the television listings and if you’re as sick of Obama/Romney as this four-year-old, try one of these programs instead.

Sons of Anarchy and Covert Affairs will have new episodes tonight at 10 on FX and USA, respectively, and for the trashy reality fans, Lifetime will show Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition at 9 p.m. ET. For those that want to get their political history on, but in a less serious way, check out Chef Race: U.K. vs. U.S. on BBC America at 10 p.m. ET. The teams reportedly meet up in Abraham Lincoln’s hometown.

If you don’t mind the repeats, Bravo is running back-to-back Real Housewives episodes. It’s the Atlanta crew at 8 p.m. ET, followed by Beverly Hills at 9 p.m.. For more reruns, Full House is showing all night long on Nick and USA is rolling out  Law and Order: SVU double header before the new Covert Affairs.

Trying to forget Lindsay Lohan’s Romney endorsement? Georgia Rule is on E!.

So yes, avoiding OhioWatch 2012 will be difficult. In addition to all the main broadcast channels,  Comedy Central will air Daily Show/Colbert live at 11 p.m. ET, hopefully with news to announce.

Beyond that, a DVD of the first season of Homeland or Downton Abbey was made for nights like this.

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'The Guardian' presents the election, in awesome graphic novel form

Love politics, but hate having to wade through piles of boring text to get the information you crave? The Guardian has the solution: a virtual graphic novel that perfectly summarizes the 2012 presidential election.

This piece has everything — a timeline of events stretching back to the 2008 Republican primaries, cartoons that expertly convey Obama’s weariness, Romney’s determination, and Rick Santorum’s innate goofiness, and nifty little animations that are activated by a simple downward scroll. Perhaps the best part: “Texts from Hillary” makes an appearance. Really, just stop reading this and scroll through the whole thing.

Leave it to the American wing of a British company to come up with the coolest thing we’ve seen this election cycle. Is it too late to lobby for the U.S. to rejoin the U.K.?

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Vote! Google's new Doodle wants you to

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It’s voting — with a Google twist.

The latest homepage icon for the search giant got a red, white and blue twist today in honor of the election. The colored paper ballots spell out “Google” as they are fed through a vote counter.

The best part? When you click on any part of the icon, it takes you to the search results for “Where Do I Vote” and you can enter your address and find out exactly where your polling place is. Great news for procrastinators the morning of the election — or those of us who just need a quick reminder. It also gives you all the information about whether you’re eligible, voter laws in various states, and registration requirements. It’s so easy!

What are you possibly waiting for (those of you that are U.S. citizens and 18 and older)? Remember: If you don’t vote, you can’t tweet about voting.

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Celebrities rock the vote, urge you to do the same via Twitter

Merry Election Day! If your polling place is like mine, it took just eight minutes or so to participate in the democratic process this morning. If you live in Staten Island, New Jersey, Fairfax, Va., or any number of other places, voting might be a little more difficult. But no matter how long your wait or how bitter the cold, it’s important to cast a ballot — because if you don’t, you’ll be disappointing the dozens of celebrities who appeared in political PSAs this year. And do you really want to be responsible for making Selena Gomez and Jonah Hill cry?

Now that the day of reckoning has finally come, politically-minded celebs are out in full force urging normals to vote. They’re also putting their millions where their mouths are, voting themselves and then bragging about doing so on Twitter. (Unless, of course, they’re underage.) And then there are those who are treating the whole thing like a joke — just what we’d expect from Comedy Central’s best and brightest. Here are a few of our favorite Election Day tweets from boldfaced names:

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Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler endorse Obama -- VIDEO

Still trying to make up your mind between Obama and Romney? What are you waiting for, undecided voters?

Over the weekend, a couple more celebrities came out of the (Holly)woodwork to make their case to you on the eve of tomorrow’s election.

First up, Will Ferrell, who donned a Ron Burgundy-esque retro suit while he explained that he would do anything — draw you a tattoo, dance, eat garbage — if you vote for Obama.

What are you waiting for? It’s a slam dunk: READ FULL STORY

On 'Hannity,' Clint Eastwood proves once more that he's better with a script -- VIDEO

Whether you agree or disagree with what he’s saying, the way Clint Eastwood speaks in his Romney Super PAC ad is impressively straightforward and effective. But when the Oscar winner goes off book — as in his famous appearance at the Republican National Convention this summer — he doesn’t sound quite so concise.

Case in point: Eastwood’s rambling appearance on Hannity last night, in which the Republican celeb reiterated his support for Governor Romney and his disapproval of President Obama. While Sean Hannity had no trouble articulating his own views — “I tried to warn people about who I thought Barack Obama was” in 2007 and 2008, he said — Eastwood’s responses to the host’s questions were rather muddled. For example, here’s the multi-hyphenate’s response when asked why he thinks Obama’s supporters have an emotional attachment to the president: “Well, I just think it’s important — there is — the American people deserve — they deserve the best. And they —  ’cause they are the best. And I’ve been lucky in my career to have their support, and I know a lot of other people have too in other lines of work.”

Not all of Eastwood’s appearance was that bad; he sounded confident and intelligible when praising Romney and Paul Ryan’s bona fides. Still, the following clip is a little tough to watch for anyone who’d rather remember the star in his Dirty Harry glory days.

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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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