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Lena Dunham: My first time was with Barack Obama -- VIDEO

Lena Dunham may or may not be the voice of her generation (or a voice of a generation), but she definitely knows how to spin some high-wire deadpan humor. In an ad paid for by President Obama’s re-election campaign, the star and creator of HBO’s Girls begins her pitch with this eyebrow-raising line: “Your first time shouldn’t be with just anybody. You want to do it with a great guy.”

Hey-o!

The video quickly shifts into Dunham explaining her reasons for supporting Obama — health care, birth control, gay rights, women’s rights — and ends with a clear pitch to get the 18-to-29 set to the polls.

It’s a calculated risk: A wryly hip ad that will likely appeal to Dunham’s fans (whose enthusiasm for the democratic process may have waned since the gonzo excitement of the 2008 election), but could equally turn off older voters who like their celeb endorsements more straightforward — like, say, Clint Eastwood’s recent 30-second pitch for Mitt Romney.

Check it out below, and decide for yourself!  READ FULL STORY

President Obama visits Leno, jokes about Trump, gets serious about Richard Mourdock -- VIDEO

Image Credit: Paul Drinkwater/NBC

President Barack Obama made his fifth appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno tonight. After a lighthearted chat about the MLB World Series and Air Force One, the conversation took a more serious turn over half-way in when discussing women’s health care rights.

Obama, who was fresh-faced despite traveling 5,300 miles in one day, addressed his underwhelming performance during the first presidential debate, crediting his low energy and poor presentation skills for the upset. He also made an effort to crack jokes throughout the night. When Jay compared the debate to his conversations with the First Lady, Obama pointed out a significant difference: “With Michelle, I just concede every point. That’s why we celebrated our 20th anniversary.” READ FULL STORY

Clint Eastwood stars in campaign ad for Mitt Romney -- VIDEO

The American Crossroads super PAC released a new anti-Obama campaign ad today starring Clint Eastwood. With no empty chair to support his argument, the actor abandons improvisation for a more conventional attack approach.

Eastwood narrates over shots of factories and Americans standing in unemployment lines, saying “23 million can’t find full-time work and we borrow $4 billion every single day.” He argues that President Barack Obama should be held “accountable” for not getting the job done and Mitt Romney should be elected in his place to “turn [the country] around fast.”

According to the Los Angeles Times, the commercial is part of a $12.6 million ad campaign backed by Karl Rove’s political action committee that will run in the swing states of Ohio, Iowa, Colorado, Florida, New Hampshire, Nevada, and Virginia.

Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby costar Morgan Freeman recently narrated a campaign commercial with the opposite sentiment on behalf of Obama. Forget the presidential contenders, it’s a battle of the two most recognizable voices in Hollywood.

Watch the video below: READ FULL STORY

Special Olympian writes open letter to Ann Coulter after she calls Obama a 'retard'

In an age when partisanship is starker than ever, poor Ann Coulter has to act more and more outrageous just to get people to pay attention to her. This may explain why the outrage-generating machine sent the following tweet after Monday’s presidential debate:

Oh, and then there was this one:

Eeeesh. While we’d love to just pretend this never happened, Coulter’s offensive words did at least inspire Special Olympics athlete and global messenger John Franklin Stephens to write a moving open letter in response. Stephens hasn’t let his Down syndrome stop him from living life to the fullest — and he, perhaps more than anyone, is the perfect person to point out how wrong Coulter’s tweets were. Here’s the most poignant part of the letter:

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Donald Trump has YUUGE info about Obama that could change the election, claims Donald Trump

So that‘s why Donald Trump’s hair is so fluffy: It’s full of secrets. And tomorrow, he’ll reveal one of those secrets to the world at large.

It’s gonna be yuge.

Trump announced on Fox & Friends yesterday that he knows “something very, very big concerning the president of the United States.” The mogul told TMZ Live that he plans to release said information “around noonish” on Wednesday, though he demurred when asked to give any more information about it — including whether Obama will be happy once Trump’s October Surprise has gone public. So far, Trump’s extremely active Twitter page has remained mum on the issue, though he has opined about Lance Armstrong and his “enemies.”

So, what could Trump possibly have up his incredibly luxurious sleeves?  READ FULL STORY

EW's Morning Bite: And the best sound bite from last night is...

Submitted by KR:

“Well, governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets.”

–President Barack Obama during the final presidential debate, in response to Mitt Romney’s comment that the U.S. Navy has fewer ships now than it did in 1916

Check out the rest of your quote submissions from Monday, Oct. 22 and come back tonight to share your pick for best sound bite!

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Michelle Obama talks guilty pleasures on 'Live! With Kelly and Michael'

Funnily enough, the First Lady’s appearance on Live! this morning wasn’t quite as serious as her husband’s appearance on The Daily Show last night. In the segment, which was taped Thursday, hosts Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan questioned Obama about everything from what she carries in her purse to her husband’s underwear — when asked whether she prefers the president to wear boxers or briefs, Obama jokingly answered, “None of the above.”

There was some substance to the chat, though. Obama shared the anxiety she feels watching her husband participate in presidential debates — “I compared it to the Olympic parents watching their kids on that balance beam,” she said. Ripa asked whether Obama has ever tried to help the president with answers during debates; Obama responded, “They really caution you to be quiet and I try to follow the rules so I don’t get in trouble.”

But hey — back to the fun stuff!  READ FULL STORY

President Obama on 'Daily Show' talks debates and Libya, but not '50 Shades of Grey' -- VIDEO

President Obama may have been all smiles for his sixth appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart earlier tonight, but the conversation, for the most part, was far from a joke.

Stewart did start on a light note, teasing the President on his poor first debate performance. He showed the president two photos of Michelle Obama – one angry-looking from after the first debate, and one grinning after the second – and told him he was making a scrapbook and wondered if Obama could tell him which photo was after which. “Cute. Cute, Jon,” Obama said with a laugh.

After that, Stewart dove into harder topics. In the first of two segments, Obama touted his record, and stuck to talking points about the auto industry and inheriting a bad economy. Most interestingly, Stewart asked him what the stronger case was: an “affirmative case” for a second Obama term, or a negative case for a Mitt Romney administration. Obama predictably said both. “We have a very strong story to tell whether it is on social issues such as ending Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, or on economic issues that matter for middle-class families,” he said. He continued, on the other side of the equation: “You want a president in the Oval Office who’s going to say, ‘No, we’re not going to amend our constitution for the first time to restrict rights for gay and lesbian couples,’” a line that was met with some of the loudest applause of the night. READ FULL STORY

Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert react to debate's Benghazi blooper -- VIDEO

Due to their taping schedules, Comedy Central’s fake news programs couldn’t react to Tuesday’s debates until last night. But The Daily Show and The Colbert Report made up for being a day late with sharp segments that focused on the event’s major moments — binders or no binders.

Both Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert took a few minutes to dissect the debate’s most controversial exchange, which came when the candidates were discussing September’s attack on the American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya. Governor Romney alleged that President Obama took two weeks to call the incident an “act of terror,” but Obama argued that he had used that phrase in a speech given the day after the attack. Moderator Candy Crowley backed the president when he asked her to look at the transcript of his remarks — though she also said Romney was correct to say that Obama’s administration took two weeks to confirm that the attack was not the result of a spontaneous riot.

Stewart said that Obama had ushered Romney into “some weird, nitpicky semantic trap” — though the president did mention “acts of terror” the day after the attack, the label was applied indirectly. He likened the president’s actions to the Road Runner urging Wile E. Coyote to run toward an apparent doorway that’s really just “paint on a rock.”  READ FULL STORY

EW's Morning Bite: And the best sound bite from last night is...

Submitted by Matt Rickman:

“You know, I don’t look at my pension. It’s not as big as yours so it doesn’t take as long.”

President Barack Obama, to Mitt Romney during the second presidential election debate

Check out the rest of your quote submissions from Tuesday, Oct. 16 and come back tonight to share your pick for best sound bite!

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