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Stephen Colbert unveils his new project: 'TheSarahPalinChannel.com'

What is Sarah Palin’s latest endeavor, exactly? Well, “it’s a safe space where like-minded folks can hear things they already agree with from someone whose opinion they already know”—at least, according to Palin superfan Stephen Colbert, who devoted a good chunk of Tuesday’s Report to dissecting the new news network.

In fact, Colbert went on, Palin’s entrepreneurship has inspired him to start his very own vanity online channel: “Stephen Colbert’s Angry Echo Chamber,” which costs just $9.94 a month (vs. the members-only Palin Channel’s $9.95) and addresses only the most important issues of the day, and of the night (such as “where did the sun go?”). The best part, though, is the Angry Echo Chamber’s URL: TheSarahPalinChannel.com.

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Sarah Palin could be eyeing one of the open spots on 'The View'

Sarah Palin knows a job opportunity when she sees one, whether that’s a place on a ticket as Vice Presidential candidate or space next to Whoopi Goldberg around a talk show table.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter about the pickup of the second season of her Amazing America with Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor said she doesn’t really approve of doing a political talk show, largely because today’s politics are “incorrigibly disastrous.” But, she said, “I hear everyone recently got canned from The View, maybe a show like that needs a punch of reality and a voice of reason from America’s heartland to knock some humble sense into their scripts. You know, someone willing to go rogue.”

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The real Sarah Palin chats with Jimmy Fallon's Vladimir Putin -- VIDEO

Russian president Vladimir Putin is seeking advice from Sarah Palin. At least, Jimmy Fallon’s Putin wants to hear what the “mama grizzly” has to say.

On Wednesday’s episode of The Tonight Show, Fallon mentioned the current tensions in Ukraine, and the recent phone call President Obama had with Putin over Russia’s attempted takeover of Crimea. Little did we know, but there was also a second phone conversation, one between Putin and someone who had predicted his invasion of Ukraine back in 2008: Palin.

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'Brokeback Mountain,' Sarah Palin and Klingons: 10 operas based on pop culture

Opera has always been a reflection of the cultural zeitgeist of Western society. Historical events, popular stories, real people—they’ve all inspired musicalizations which allow patrons to connect directly with cultural moments in artistic ways.

But while opera may have stopped being the most popular art form, it never stopped being a relevant one. Hats off to the contemporary composers who continue to devote themselves to breathing life into the art form (because if they don’t, who will?). Opera is an endangered species, much like pandas or stenographers, and it continues to thrive creatively by reflecting the pop culture moments—movies, novels, reality stars—that you perhaps didn’t expect to be made operatic.

You may not have known that there’s a Brokeback Mountain opera opening January 28 in Madrid. Or that New York City Opera ended its decades-long run with an opera about Anna Nicole Smith. In fact, there are a slew of recent pop culture-inspired operas you might not know about: READ FULL STORY

Sarah Palin continues to love the First Amendment, alludes to it in 'Duck Dynasty' defense

If Fox News ever enters the original movie game, I’ve got the perfect premise for its first film: Sarah Palin and Free Speech: A Love Story.

The former Alaska governor just can’t stop bringing up her favorite constitutional amendment — especially when complaining about all the folks using their right to free speech to criticize conservatives for exercising their right to free speech. Or something. (She uses “free speech” and “First Amendment rights” pretty interchangeably, so I’m going to as well. That’s my right as an American.)

Take yesterday, for example, when she wrote a blistering defense of Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson — who was suspended by A&E after making anti-gay comments in a new GQ interview. “Free speech is an endangered species,” Palin wrote on Facebook beneath a photo of her posing with the Duck Dynasty gang. “Those ‘intolerants’ hatin’ and taking on the Duck Dynasty patriarch for voicing his personal opinion are taking on all of us.”

And this, of course, is far from the only time Palin’s gone to that same “free speech” well. Her affair with the First Amendment has been long, torrid, and undoubtedly frustrating for constitutional scholars. Come, let’s take a walk down memory lane:
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Martin Bashir doesn't really want someone to crap in Sarah Palin's mouth -- VIDEO

Ah, the glamor and dignity of the 24-hour news cycle!

Some background: On Nov. 9, Sarah Palin compared the national debt to human slavery at a big fundraiser. Naturally, her remarks provoked quite a bit of outrage — particularly from Martin Bashir, who called Palin a “world class idiot” on his MSNBC show Friday.

But Bashir didn’t stop there. “It’s hardly surprising that [Palin] should choose to mention slavery in a way that is abominable to anyone who knows anything about its barbaric history,” he continued. “So here’s an example.” He went on to quote a first-person account written by plantation overseer Thomas Thistlewood in 1756, which reports that upon being caught eating sugarcane, a slave named Darby was “well flogged and picked.”

Oh, and after that, the overseer “made Hector, another slave, sh– in his mouth.”

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Did Tina Fey do Sarah Palin on 'Inside the Actors Studio'? You betcha -- VIDEO

Dear James Lipton: Please never stop asking your guests to answer questions in character, especially if they have a background in improv comedy. (And especially especially if they’re voice actors.)

The dignified host of Bravo’s Inside the Actors Studio asked guest Tina Fey to revive her famous Sarah Palin impression when she stopped by his show earlier this week. Thankfully, Fey obliged, slipping into her winky take on the ex-governor like it was a warm, comfy elk skin coat. What followed was a too-short sequence that allowed Fey to show off both her best-known impersonation and her quick thinking. When asked her opinion on gun control, for example, “Palin” said without skipping a beat that she believes “that if everybody had guns, there would be fewer guns in the stores.”

Watch on, you crazy mavericks:

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President Barack Obama, Sarah Palin, and Steve Jobs join Bartlett's club

So much has changed since we last heard from “Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations,” a decade ago.

Barack Obama was a state legislator. Sarah Palin was mayor of Wasilla. Steve Jobs had just introduced a portable music player called the iPod.

And digital books were a relic from the dot-com bubble.

The 18th edition of the venerable reference work has just been released, the first for the electronic age and a chance to take in some of the new faces, events and catchphrases of the past 10 years. General editor Geoffrey O’Brien says he has expanded upon the trend set by his predecessor, Justin Kaplan, of incorporating popular culture into an anthology once known for classical citations. Shakespeare and the Bible still reign, but room also has been made for Madonna and Michael Moore, Justin Timberlake and Jon Stewart.

“I also added a great many quotes that originated in other languages. So I would say the new edition has a more international scope,” says O’Brien, an author and critic and editor in chief of the Library of America, which publishes hardcover volumes of canonical American authors. 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

Jimmy Kimmel apologizes to Bristol Palin for Sarah Palin jokes, almost means it -- VIDEO

Bristol Palin and her Dancing With the Stars partner Mark Ballas visited Jimmy Kimmel Live last night after being voted off the reality competition. Kimmel thanked her for being such a good sport and making the obligatory appearance, considering he’s made “one or two” jokes about Sarah Palin over the years.

“I’m here for my apology,” Bristol responded. When she didn’t accept Kimmel’s halfhearted “I’m sorry,” he gave her permission to insult his own mother.

The highlight of the interview, however, was Kimmel’s poetic introduction of Bristol (“Like a majestic wild moose suddenly felled by a rifle’s blast, tonight our next guest’s dream of dance domination fell to earth with a tragic thud”), which was likely a jab at her mother’s use of wildlife metaphors to describe last week’s vice presidential debate. So much for that apology.

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