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Here's Beyonce's new limited edition Pepsi can.  

Love it, right?!

The All-American superstar scored a $50 million deal to promote the soft drink.  So expect to see more of Beyonce on Pepsi cans, advertisements and in-store displays.

The singer, who sang At Last for President and Mrs. Obama's first inaugural dance, made headlines during the 2012 presidential campaign when she and husband Jay-Z hosted a fundraiser for the president.  No word yet on whether she or Jay will have a role in the president's second inaugural festivities.

What we know for sure is that you can catch Bey on New Year's Eve performing at the Wynn Hotel in Vegas.  Can't make it Sin City? Or can't pay a mint for tickets? Well then you can watch Beyonce's Pepsi-sponsored half-time show during the SuperBowl.


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Obama for America - Virginia posted this photo of BD Wong to Facebook.  Wong appears to be standing outside of an Obama campaign office, just 38 days before the election.  The post asks supporters to volunteer for the campaign before time runs out.

Virginia is a battleground state again this election cycle.  Prior to Obama's 2008 victory in Virginia, Virginia had not been won by a Democratic presidential candidate since President Lyndon Johnson won the state in 1964.

We love, love, love Wong as Dr. George Huang on one of our fave TV shows, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit!  Wong has also had roles in the HBO series Oz and the movie Jurassic Park
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Jay-Z and Beyonce hosted a fundraiser for President Obama at Jay's swank 40/40 club in New York, and Beyonce was smitten by President Barack Obama!  Just look at her gushing at the President in this photo that Jay posted to facebook.  

Adorbs!  How can anyone not love Bey?

And what do we think of Bey's hair, dress, and makeup? Stunning, stunning, and stunning. She wore a curve hugging, red Oscar de la Renta dress and side swept, 1940s glam styled curls.

One hundred people paid forty grand apiece to chill with President Obama, Beyonce and Jay.  Hey, if I were part of the 1%, I'd drop forty gees for this event too, even if for no reason other than Vanity Fair described it as "better than George Clooney's."

Guests mingled and sipped champagne in Jay's newly renovated (to the tune of $10 million) club.  "To Jay and Bey, thank you for your friendship," the President said. "Beyonce could not be a better role model for my girls."


So the guitarist in Rage Against the Machine,  Paul Ryan's favorite band, called Ryan an "extreme fringe right wing nut job." Sometimes love isn't mutual.

Read guitarist Tom Morello's op-ed on Paul Ryan in Rolling Stone over here.




Jimmy Fallon's first job made his grandmother cry! 


WTF was he doing, right? Doesn't sound funny all. 

Check the vid to see.





Jimmy Fallon's first job made his grandmother cry! 


WTF was he doing, right? Doesn't sound funny all. 

Jimmy dishes the deets in this White House video.





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Taylor Swift in Rodarte. Photographed by Mario Testino for Vogue.


Taylor Swift talks to Vogue about musicians, fashion designers, and of course, guys.  But who really makes her see stars? Political and charitable advocates Caroline and Ethel Kennedy (JFK's daughter and RFK's widow). 

"The only time in my life I have been starstruck was meeting Caroline and Ethel Kennedy," the singer songwriter tells Vogue. "I got to spend the afternoon with Ethel a couple of weeks ago. She is one of my favorites because you look back at the pictures of her and Bobby and they always look like they are having the most fun out of everybody. You know, eleven kids, all these exotic animals on their property.  I've read a lot about them."

She keeps the compliments coming. "Sometimes you see these people who are just so - God - so affected by all of [their success], where ambition has taken precedence over happiness.  But when I meet people who really embody this serenity of knowing that they have had an amazing life - James Taylor, Kris Kristofferson and Ethel Kennedy...." She smiles her twinkly-eyed smile. "They just seem to be so effervescent."

Check Taylor out on the cover of Vogue's January 2012 issue, which is on news stands now.  And yep, that's her pictured above - sporting a new look with straight hair and all - in a Rodarte blue chiffon dress paired with jeans.

Piers Morgan's interview with actress Charlize Theron aired Friday. In addition to chatting about her new movie Young Adult and her hunt for a new man, the actress gave viewers a glimpse into her political background and views:

  • Charlize has voted only twice in her life: once for Nelson Mandela and once for Barack Obama. (C'mon, Charlize, you gotta start voting more often!)

 

  • She wants Democrats to do more. "I wish Democrats would put more action into what they tell people," she told Piers. (Hmm.. in what way, we wonder.  Wish she had gone into more detail on this one.)

 

  • Charlize doesn't think people should be able to go all willy nilly with gun ownership.  "I don't think anyone should have a semiautomatic weapon for anything," she said.  Sadly, the actress is no stranger to gun violence.  In 1991, she saw her mother shoot and kill her father, who was drunk and shooting at Charlize and her mom.  The actress notes that this tragic experince may have influenced her views on gun control.

 

  • She is so in favor of gay marriage.  "I think love is love, and we should all have the same rights."

 

  • Charlize, an immigrant from South Africa, noted that her first language is Afrikaans and she still struggles with her English sometimes.

 

You can check out the trailer for Charlize's new film, Young Adult, below. 

Actress Jennifer Garner graces the cover InStyle's January issue.  Inside, the five months pregnant actress is so stunning in a three page fashion spread that she nearly makes a baby bump the must-have fashion accessory of 2012.

In addition to movies, marriage and children, Jennifer dished a bit on politics and whether a political career is in her future.

On husband Ben Affleck, who is an outspoken Democrat: Will he run for office?

Every four years the subject seems to come up. I don't know the answer. I don't know what'll spark him, but he's really into doing what he's doing right now. Maybe if he could just be plopped into office without running? He'd be really good at it.

On whether she'll run for office herself.  Afterall, she was asked by some in her home state of West Virginia to run for the U.S. Senate when Sen. Robert Byrd retired.

 It's been made so unattractive. And it doesn't fit in with my life right now.

So nope, she has no plans to run.  She's enjoying life as an actress, producer, wife and mom-in-chief way too much for that.

 

President Obama announced Wednesday that he will appoint pop star Shakira to the President's Advisory Council on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.

Shakira has been an education advocate since 1995, when she founded the Barefoot Foundation to operate schools and education projects in Columbia, South Africa and Haiti.

In 2010, Shakira and her Barefoot Foundation formed an alliance with the World Bank to create educational programs for children across Latin America. She also served as the 2008 Honorary Chair of the Global Campaign for Education's Global Action Week and a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund in 2003.

Shakira is a founding member of  Latin America in Solidarity Action, a coalition of artists and business leaders seeking to promote integrated early childhood public policies.

 

 

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Left to Right: Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Five Executive Producer Kristin Hahn, and actress Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston was in Washington, D.C. Monday promoting breast cancer awareness.

Dressed in a black turtleneck and jeans, the actress met Dr. Jill Biden, Second Lady of the United States, and Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, in Alexandria, Virginia (my hometown!).  Together they toured the breast cancer center at iNova Alexandria Hospital (where I used to be a candystriper).

The women then headed over to the Ronald Reagan Building for a reception and screening of Five, a Lifetime anthology of five short films that chronicle the experiences of five breast cancer patients. Jennifer executive produced the movie and directed one of the short films.  (Demi Moore and Alicia Keys also directed films.) 

Later that evening, Jennifer joined boyfriend Justin Theroux, Jeanne Tripplehorne (who plays an oncologist in Five), and Patricia Clarkson (who plays a cancer patient in Five) for dinner at Fiola Da Fabio Trabocchi on Pennsylvania Avenue.  Jennifer had the white truffle pasta.

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Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (Bravo network) star Kyle Richards attended an event for President Barack Obama at The House of Blues tonight.  She live tweeted the event and shared a few photos with fans.  

(Above is a picture she tweeted of her and hubby Mauricio Umansky waiting for the president to arrive. Below isa photo she shared of President Obama at the event.)

Later, Bravo executive and host Andy Cohen announced on Watch What Happens Live that Kyle got to talk to the president:

President Obama: What show are you on?

Kyle: I'm embarrassed to tell you.

President Obama: You can tell me...

Kyle: Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

President Obama: I don't watch that but my wife does.


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Karl_Lagerfeld.jpgPromoting his new, affordable Macy's collection in USA Today, Karl Lagerfeld, the fashion icon best known as the man behind modern-day Chanel and Fendi, dished a bit on Michelle Obama and Kate Middleton.

On First Lady Michelle Obama

"I love Madame Obama, but not in terms of clothes," says Lagerfeld, sipping on Diet Coke, the only caffeine he drinks.  "I like her face, the cleverness of her face.  Her face is stronger than the clothes."

(Somewhere Mrs. Obama must be thinking, "Thanks.... I think.")

On Kate Middleton, now more formally known as Princess Catherine or The Duchess of Cambridge

Kate Middleton's wedding dress was "a very perfect choice for the circumstances - even if the other sister (Pippa) got more attention." 

(Indeed, Lagerfeld is a master of the backhanded compliment.)

Kate, he continues, "has a perfect figure, but she has to play 'decent' so she cannot be a wild fashion thing.  Kate Moss has more fun."



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The Obama family (l-r: Malia, Sasha, President Obama and Mrs. Obama) watch the World Cup.

President Obama watched the Women's World Cup with his family on Sunday.  

After Japan bested the U.S. team, the president tweeted mad props for Team USA: Couldn't be prouder of #USWNT after a hard-fought game. Congratulations to Japan, Women's World Cup Champions.  

See the rest of the President's tweets (most recent appear first) below:

  1. Incredible performance from #USWNT, no matter what happens. Now on to penalties. Let's win this.
  2. Tough. Gotta bear down now. Let's go #USWNT.
  3. Score is now 2-1 thanks to a beautiful goal by Abby Wambach. #USWNT
  4. Headed into overtime with a score of 1-1. Go Team USA!#USWNT
  5. Remember the quarter finals: this team is indomitable. 1-1 with 10 to go. Let's go, #uswnt
  6. Amazing goal from Alex Morgan. 1-0 USA! #USWNT
  7. So close! Brilliant strike by @AbbyWambach#USWNT
  8. Incredible perseverance by Lauren Cheney -- welcome to Alex Morgan. #USWNT
  9. RT @petesouza Photo of the Obama family watching the World Cup women's soccer game: bit.ly/oUkYmU
  10. Great first half from Team USA -- keep it up in the second!#USWNT
  11. "I'm thinking: Score a goal, be a leader, let's get this done." - @AbbyWambach#USWNT. Game starts in half an hour, and we'll be watching!
  12. To the women of our national soccer team: Sorry I can't be there to see you play, but I'll be cheering you on from here. Let's go. -BO



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What's it like when "he" calls, and "he" is President Barack Obama?

Actress Olivia Wilde dishes in the April 2011 issue of Cosmo:

"He was calling to thank me for traveling to Iowa in October 2007 to volunteer for the campaign. I was very professional the whole time we spoke, then I hung up the phone -- or so I thought -- and started squealing for about 15 seconds. I later found out from a friend who was with him that he listened to the shrieking and laughed the entire time.

OMG!  Would you not DIE?!







President Barack Obama made Time Magazine's Top 10 list of most popular celebrities on Facebook.  Bested only by Lady Gaga and Vin Diesel (what?), the prez is ranked number 3 with 9,861,349 fans.  Since the list was published Tuesday, the Obama's fan count increased and is now over 10 million and counting.

Other celebs on the list (in rank order, starting with #4) are Megan Fox, Dr. House (Hugh Laurie), Linkin Park, Lil Wayne, Cristiano Ronaldo, Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift. 


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Actress Rosario Dawson was in DC Wednesday night to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Voto Latino.  Voto Latino is a non-profit organization that works to get out the Latin vote.
It's a done deal.  

Move over Kate Gosselin; Sarah Palin is TLC's newest reality TV star.

Palin just sold to Discovery Networks (TLC's parent company)  what some call a reality show and others call a "documentary series" about Palin and the state of Alaska.  The show, currently titled "Sarah Palin's Alaska," will be produced by Mark Burnett, who is best known for producing "The Apprentice" and "Rock of Love."  

Discovery reportedly paid Palin an amount just shy of $1 million per episode for the eight episode series. (Now that's money!)

Sarah isn't the only shining star in the Palin family.  Her daughter, Bristol, whose teenage pregnancy made headlines when her mother was a vice presidential candidate, will debut her acting chops to play a pregnant teenager (now, is that really acting?) on ABC's "The Secret Life of the American Teenager." 

Best. argument. ever.



From Oprah.com:

In June 2009, married South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford went missing. Five days later, he surfaced and confessed he traveled to Argentina for a secret rendezvous with a woman he calls his soul mate. His wife, Jenny Sanford, has filed for divorce and is now telling her story in her new book, Staying True. She tells Oprah about discovering the affair, her decision to file for divorce and how this ordeal has affected her family.  Here's the vid.


 


Colombian pop star Shakira stopped by the White House Monday to meet with President Obama and Veep Joe Biden.  The singer, who is a long-time children's advocate,  discussed early childhood development issues with the president and veep. 


Shakira was in Washington on behalf of the ALAS Foundation, a nonprofit coalition of Latin artists, a nonprofit coalition of Latin artists, business leaders and intellectuals that promotes public policies in support of early childhood education in Latin America.  Shakira is also a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF and the founder of the Barefoot Foundation, which focuses on creating access to education for children.


After her White House visit, Shakira headed to the World Bank to announce the World Bank's Early Child Development Program, which will spend $300 million on children's educational programs in Latin America and the Caribbean. 


Above, check out the video of Shakira's World Bank appearance and watch her discuss child development issues with Greta Van Susteren on FOX News over here.


 


 

 

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Will Prez Obama put an end to this?  Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt share a smooch.

Us Magazine reports that an anonymous source told the publication - okay, this is starting to sound a little iffy already - that Angelina Jolie isn't digging President Obama.

According to Us Magazine's "Deepthroat," Angie "hates" Obama and thinks he's "all smoke and mirrors."

Deepthroat also alleges that Angie's dislike of Obama is causing problems in her love life, as her boyfriend, Brad Pitt, is a supporter and distant cousin of the president. 

"They get in really nasty arguments about it all the time," reveals Deepthroat. "She doesn't respect Brad when it comes to politics, but, in the end, this won't tear them apart."

 

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The President's Committee on Arts and Humanities just got a little more fashionable.  Sarah Jessica Parker and Vogue editor Anna Wintour are new members of the Committee.

Other celebs just named to the Committee are Forrest Whitaker, Alfre Woodard, Edward Norton and Yo-Yo Ma.

According to its website, the Committee works with "the three primary cultural agencies - National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) - to initiate and support key programs; to recognize excellence in the fields of arts and humanities; and to encourage private-public partnerships around those disciplines." 

The Committee was established in 1982.

 

Nicole Kidman on Hill.jpgNicole Kidman testified before before the House Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Wednesday.  She asked for $1 billion to help combat violence against women around the world.

Ms. Kidman wore a black pant suit, nutral makeup and her hair styled in large, loose curls. 

If you think two fashionistas fist fighting over the last pair of stiletto Mary Janes at a Jimmy Choo sample sale is bad, you ain't seen nothin' yet.  The White House and Fox News are seriously going at it.


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Talk about star power.  According to just-released White House visitors logs, Obama met with several celebs at the White House during the first six months of his presidency.  Here's a list of some of the celebs who dropped in on 1600 Pennsylvania Ave:

Jay Z (Shawn Carter)

George Clooney

Hill Harper

Brad Pitt (William Pitt)

Denzel Washington

Serena Williams

and, of course, Miss Oprah Winfrey

 

See for yourself over here.

Oh, and by the way, we should note that Obama is the first president to release visitors logs.

 

 

 

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When it comes to helping children and families with AIDS, Nigel Barker is a "top model" advocate.  Barker, who is best known as a photographer and judge on America's Top Model, is a longtime supporter on the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and champion for public policies that help children with AIDS. 

Barker recently accompanied  the foundation's president and CEO, Pam Barnes, to Capitol Hill for an advocacy visit with Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY).  Barker and Barnes spoke with the congresswoman about the foundation's policy work; programs in Africa preventing HIV transmission from mothers to infants; and treating children, mothers, and families living with the virus.

Barker was also shooting material for an upcoming documentary about the foundation's history and current efforts to eradicate pediatric AIDS. He recently traveled to Tanzania filming clinics suppoted by the foundation and talking to mothers and children with AIDS. The documentary is scheduled to have its premiere at an event in DC sometime in the fall.

The Candies Foundation announced Tuesday that Bristol Palin is their new ambassador.  Candies, a popular teen apparel company, started the foundation in 2001 to fight teen pregnancy.  Palin became preganant with her son Tripp when she was seventeen years old.

As ambassador, Bristol will promote abstinence as a means of teen pregnancy prevention, although she has said in the past that abstinence is "not realistic" for teens. "I am so happy to have this opportunity to work with The Candie's Foundation on spreading the message of teen pregnancy prevention. I feel that I could be a living example of the consequences of teen pregnancy," Palin said in a statement released by the foundation.  "If I can prevent even one girl from getting pregnant, I will feel a sense of accomplishment."

Last year, the Candies Foundation ran a public service announcement that warned about the teen pregancy "epidemic" and featured pictures of Palin and Jamie Lynn Spears, who is also a teen mother.   


 


First Lady Michelle Obama was a hit at the Kennedy Center Spring Gala, receiving a standing ovation even though she never appeared on stage.  She enjoyed the event with her mother and longtime girlfriends Valerie Jarrett (Special Advisor to President Obama)  and Desiree Rogers (White House Social Secretary).  Gala guests included Vera Wang and Paris Hilton.

Ben Affleck appeared on Hardball to talk about his new movie State of Play, in which he plays a congressman caught up in a bunch of drama.  He also talked about the dying newspaper business and the likelihood that Texas will secede from the union (the governor of Texas recently mentioned the possibility).  

 

Oscar de la Renta.jpgOscar de la Renta said all this bitchy stuff about Michelle Obama's style, like, "You don't...go to Buckingham Palace in a sweater."  Not nice, Oscar the Grouch!  

Some famous designers are ticked that Mrs. Obama chooses girl-next-door brands like J.Crew and lesser known designers like Jason Wu, rather than allowing the big wig fashion designers to dress her.

 

Levi Johnston, Britol Palin's ex-fiancee and father of her baby boy, talked to Tyra about his relationship with Bristol.  He said that the couple practiced safe sex "most of the time" and that their baby Tripp was probably conceived as a result of some sort of "wardrobe malfunction."  He also said that Sarah Palin must have known about their sexual relationship, because "moms pretty are smart," and he and Bristol sometimes shared a bedroom.

Here's a preview:

 


How did Sarah Palin respond to news of Levi's chat with Tyra?  Um, we guess you could say she was slightly pissed.    She released this statement through a family representative:


Bristol did not even know Levi was going on the show. We're disappointed that Levi and his family, in a quest for fame, attention, and fortune, are engaging in flat-out lies, gross exaggeration, and even distortion of their relationship.


Bristol's focus will remain on raising Tripp, completing her education, and advocating abstinence.  It is unfortunate that Levi finds it more appealing to exploit his previous relationship with Bristol than to contribute to the well being of the child.


Bristol realizes now that she made a mistake in her relationship and is the one taking responsibility for their actions.

Levi's comments could be damaging to Sarah Palin, who promotes abstinence only education and is expected to run for office again in the future. If she knew that her own teen daughter was sexually active while insisting that abstinence only education works, well, some voters might feel that she's got some 'splainin' to do.

The show will air on April 6.

Portia de Rossi apologizes for marrying CoverGirl  and comedian Ellen.  Should she be forgiven?

 


Shout out to Wishire & Washington, which is where we found this one. And an extra loud shoutout to @maegancarberry who got us hooked on that blog.

Big and Rich.

Is that the name of a band or the description of a dream husband? (That. was so. bad. Just tasteless really.)

Anyway, Big and Rich is an American country duo comprised of Big Kenny and John Rich.  One member of the duo, Rich, is known for his politics as much as his music.  He openly supported John McCain during campaign '08, and even wrote a song - Raisin' McCain - for him. 

Now Rich is publicly expressing his opinion again with song.  He ain't happy about the corporate bailouts that the auto and banking industries received from the U.S. government. Oooh, he's pipin' hot about it! And when a country singer gets mad, he doesn't get even...he gets to writing music.  (Well, if he writes a crappy song and you have to listen to it, then we guess it's fair to say that he gets even. But Rich usually writes good songs.) Anyway, here's the fruit of Rich's displeasure: Shutting Detroit Down .

 

 

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Martha Washington's "after" portrait. Forensic anthropologists used a1796 portrait of Martha to generate an image of what she would have looked like in her 20s. Inspired by that image, artist Michael Deas painted this portrait of her.

"This just in: Martha Washington was hot.  Or at least hotter than we thought," says Brigid Schulte, staffwriter at The Washington Post.

For over 200 years, America's first first lady Martha Washington has been portrayed in history books as a dumpy, frumpy and plump old bore. Turns out, though, that Martha was actually more bombshell than bore, more First Fashionista than First Frump, and more Carrie Bradshaw than Edith Bunker.  Simply put, she was hot to trot.

Here's a thing or two that most folks don't know about Martha:

  • When it came to dating, George wasn't Martha's only game.  She had another suiter, who wrote of her beauty and his hope to "arouse a flame in her breast."  (Steamy!)  
  • Martha was a successful businesswoman.  She managed the five plantations that she inherited from her first husband and negotiated to get the highest prices for her tobacco.
  • Martha read chick lit (known as gothic romance novels in her day).
  • Martha wore shoes that were considered highly fashionable in her day.  Her purple sequined heels (below) would bring Jimmy Choo to his knees.

For more on Martha and her hotness, check out Shulte's Post article here and her online discussion with readers over here.

 

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O Michelle!

 

Michelle Obama O Magazine.jpgIn an interview featured in O Magazine, Michelle Obama tells Oprah what she knows for sure. A sneak peek is over here, but you have to pick up the magazine (on newsstands March 17th) to get full scoop.

 

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Brad Pitt (center) on the Hill with House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC).

...lookin' sha-mokin' hot!!!!

Oh, and lobbying....

Brad dropped in on Prez Obama at the White House to chat him up about continued efforts to rebuild New Orleans post-Katrina.  Then he swung by the Hill to touch base with House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi about the same thing.  Brad's "Make It Right" foundation builds homes for residents of New Orlean's lower 9th Ward who lost their homes in Hurricane Katrina.

Watch this bit of political porno below. (He talks!   Giggle.)

 

 

 

NY Post chimp cartoon.jpgMusic star John Legend put The New York Post on blast for publishing a cartoon (above)depicting two cops standing over the bleeding body of a chimp that they've just shot to death.  Critics of the cartoon claim that the dead chimpanzee was meant to represent President Barack Obama in a racist fashion (chimps have historically been a derrogatory symbol of African Americans) , as the caption on the cartoon reads "They'll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill."  Barack Obama is widely viewed as the "spokesperson" for the stimulus bill.

Here's John Legend's letter to the editor, published in Friday's New York Post:

Dear Editor:

I'm trying to understand what possible motivation you may have had for publishing that vile cartoon depicting the shooting of the chimpanzee that went crazy. I guess you thought it would be funny to suggest that whomever was responsible for writing the Economic Recovery legislation must have the intelligence and judgment of a deranged, violent chimpanzee, and should be shot to protect the larger community. Really?

Did it occur to you that this suggestion would imply a connection between President Barack Obama and the deranged chimpanzee? Did it occur to you that our president has been receiving death threats since early in his candidacy? Did it occur to you that blacks have historically been compared to various apes as a way of racist insult and mockery? Did you intend to invoke these painful themes when you printed the cartoon?

If that's not what you intended, then it was stupid and willfully ignorant of you not to connect these easily connectable dots. If it is what you intended, then you obviously wanted to be grossly provocative, racist and offensive to the sensibilities of most reasonable Americans. Either way, you should not have printed this cartoon, and the fact that you did is truly reprehensible. I can't imagine what possible justification you have for this. I've read your lame statement in response to the outrage you provoked. Shame on you for dodging the real issue and then using the letter as an opportunity to attack the Rev. Sharpton. This is not about Sharpton. It's about the cartoon being blatantly racist and offensive.

I believe in freedom of speech, and you have every right to print what you want. But freedom of speech still comes with responsibilities and consequences. You are responsible for printing this cartoon, and I hope you experience some real consequences for it. I'm personally boycotting your paper and won't do any interviews with any of your reporters, and I encourage all of my colleagues in the entertainment business to do so as well. I implore your advertisers to seriously reconsider their business relationships with you as well.

You should print an apology in your paper acknowledging that this cartoon was ignorant, offensive and racist and should not have been printed.

I'm well aware of our country's history of racism and violence, but I truly believe we are better than this filth. As we attempt to rise above our difficult past and look toward a better future, we don't need the New York Post to resurrect the images of Jim Crow to deride the new administration and put black folks in our place. Please feel free to criticize and honestly evaluate our new president, but do so without the incendiary images and rhetoric.

Sincerely,

John Legend

Rupert Murdock, Chairman of The New York Post, apologized Tuesday for the decision to run the cartoon.

Elisabeth Hasselbeck defended Sarah Palin against Ashley Judd's attack on her wolf killing policies. "A lot of these vocal celebrities ...get very loud about these animal killings.... Is [Judd] as loud about the 260,000 kids that are killed in abortions each year?" asked Hasselbeck.

As usual, Elisabeth and the other ladies on The View didn't see eye to eye on the topic at hand.  When Whoopi Goldberg and the other ladies suggested that Hasselbeck had gone too far with her comments, she retorted, "What is this the socialist table here?"

Watch the battle here.


Sarah Palin and your typical environmentalist - not exactly BFFs.  Actress, animal lover and environmental advocate Ashley Judd (in cahoots with Defenders of Wildlife) is taking potshots at Palin for her stance on wolf killing.  "I am outraged by Sarah Palin's promotion of aerial wolf killing - this cruel, unscientific and senseles killing has no place in America," Judd said.

You can watch Judd's video attacking Palin here.  Then check out articles by the Associated Press and Reuters if you would like more info.

Since the release of Judd's video, Palin has defended her policy as animal control. "Alaskans depend on wildlife for food and cultural practices which can't be sustained when predators are allowed to decimate moose and caribou populations," Palin said in a statement. "Our predator control programs are scientific and successful at protecting vulnerable wildlife."

How does Miss America rate Obama's suits, Daschle's glasses and Blago's hair?  Politico's Patrick Gavin checked in with her (Katie Stamm) at The Washington Press Foundation's Annual Dinner to find out.

 

Beautiful


 


Jennifer Hudson sang our National Anthem at the SuperBowl on Sunday.

O Mag_december_2008.jpgOprah's column in the holiday issue of O Magazine:

The economy is in flux, and so are we. For years I've noticed that the universe speaks to us in whispers. If we ignore the whispers, we get pebbles of warning.  If we still don't pay attention, we get bricks of problems, and if we're really hardheaded, eventually the entire brick wall comes crashing down. This is a pattern I've seen repeated so often in every area of life that I know for sure when you don't pay attention to the pebbles, it's just a matter of time before the bricks show up.

Our nation's financial crisis is the brick wall that's going to force us to deal with the reality of what truly matters. And to face the spiritual crisis of figuring out who we are and who we choose to be.

Our spending and greed for material things that we think will define us have been forcibly put in check. We have a wake-up-call opportunity to get real and be real with others by finding ways to show love, give love, be love without spending a lot of money. It's a chance for us to look beneath the surface, into the culture of excessive more, more, more-ness that got us into this mess.

It will take more than a bailout to get us on the right track. We need a shift in the way we think about our lives. We may have to search deeply to recognize what matters. Sometimes when I ask people what it would take to make them happy, they don't know what to say. They forge an answer about family and friends, and yet their lives are about everything else.

Everything in life has meaning. The bigger the fall, the greater the lesson.

Barn's burnt down -

Now I can see the moon.

-Masahide (17th century poet)

Oprah

 

 

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We hear that Oprah Winfrey is searching for a home in Washington D.C. (Yay! We loves us some Oprah!)

Word is she's looking at buying a mansion in Georgetown for chump change. (Chump change = $50 million in Oprah's book.)

See Oprah's potential new crib below.  You can check out the inside  over here. Or if you're in DC and you really want to be nosey, we suppose you could do a driveby....

Oh don't act like all uppity, like you've never done a driveby before!  At least once (and you know it's been more than once), you and your girls have giggled on by some cute boy's house because you "just happened" to be in the neighborhood. (Note: neighborhood = anywhere within a 12 mile radius of said cute boy's home).

 

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Read her latest news here.

So what's this brou ha ha over Proposition 8, and why did someone make a musical about it?

It all started when the California Supreme Court ruled that gay marriage is a-okay, opening the gates of matrimony to same-sex couples.  Gay rights opponents were appalled, so they came up with Proposition 8: a California ballot initiative that sought to change the California state constitution to restrict marriage to boy-girl couples only.

Prop 8 passed with flying colors (presumably not rainbow colors) and gays could marry no more...   Hence the drama. 

Gay and gay friendly Americans were angry and offended, so they began to protest.  Some picketed, others wrote articles, and one - Academy Award and Tony Award winner Mark Shaiman - created a musical with an all-star cast, great show tunes and dancing.  Fabulosity aside, the gist of the musical is this: Prop 8 = hate.

Asked by Keith Olberman how the muisical came about, Shaiman said "As you can tell from the video, it clearly all started when I was born really, really gay...."

 

The Brit is back

After a bit of a hiatus (to say the least), Britney Spears performed on Good Morning America this morning.

Today is her 27th birthday, by the way.

 

Here's a peek inside of Barack Obama's Chicago headquarters.  As far as campaign offices go (usually dark, filthy, cramped hovels in leaky basements), these offices are very, very nice and well organized.

 


Obama is Good-looking, his Office is Not from Julia Allison on Vimeo.

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Open doors.jpgBarack Obama's historic win and acceptance speech brought back memories of this other historic first. So moving.  And the year was 2002. Watch here.

There's been a lot of controversy about shady robocalls lately, but it turns out that John McCain isn't behind all of them...

 

In case you missed it, here's Michelle Obama on Jay Leno.  Yellow outfit purchased online at J.Crew.

 

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Elisabeth Hasselbeck introduced Sarah Palin at a rally in Tampa this weekend. 

"As you can see, Sarah Palin sure is a woman who knows how to dress," Hasselbeck said. "I'm actually personally most impressed, you know, by her accessories, like the flag pin that she wears...."

We noticed that Hasselbeck's speech style, intonation and mannerisms  are almost identical to Sarah Palin's.  Shared speech coach, perhaps? If we weren't watching Hasselbeck, we would think Palin was speaking.  Just an observation...


Anyway, Hasselbeck did well, looked great and got a warm reception from the crowd.  Here's a clip of her speech.


 


Whassup in 2008?

Ever wonder whatever happened to the whassup guys from the Budweiser commercial?  Yeah, we never cared either. But here's an update on them anyway...

 

Elisabeth Hasselbeck View site.jpgElisabeth Hasselbeck will join Sarah Palin on the campaign trail this weekend.  The McCain/Palin campaign hopes that Elisabeth will help attract more women to the ticket. 

We thought that's what Palin was for, but she hasn't been as effective as the campaign would like.  A recent ABC News/Washington Post poll shows that 56% of women say they question McCain's judgement because he picked Palin as his running mate.

Elisabeth represents the lone conservative voice on The View.  She recently spoke against the media's focus on Sarah Palin's $150,000 new wardrobe with, "Are you looking into Joe Biden's supposed botox shots in his forehead?"  Ouch.

Photo from ABC.com.

Natalie Portman wants you to vote early for a change.  She filmed this video in Cincinati, Ohio at her grandma's house for voteforchange.com. Voteforchange.com is supported by the Obama campaign.

 

Why should Tina Fey have all the fun?  Katie Couric gets in the game with her best Sarah Palin impression.

 

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel say it's good to think outside the box, but it's not good to vote that way. Here's their "vote in the box" song and dance for Barack Obama:

 


Hat Tip: Maegan Carberry

"You know who's not invited to my party?" Madonna asked fans at her October 6th concert in New York City.  "Sarah F*cking Palin!"

And she was just getting started. We're not going to get into detail, but uh, let's just say we don't think Madonna will invite Palin to a girl's night out anytime soon.

Watch and then we'll reconvene below. [Bonus track: Madonna cussed a fan out for not enjoying her show enough before she even got started with Palin.]

 


Flashback to high school. If Madonna and Sarah got in a fight in the school cafeteria, you're money would be on... ?

Seriously. What do you think about Madonna's attack on Sarah Palin? Appropriate or no?

 

Pink White House.jpgJulia Allison must be so excited!  The White House is pink!

Paris Hilton is surely pleased as well.  Afterall, she was first to suggest painting The White House pink back in August, when  she released a "campaign attack ad" targeting rivals John McCain and Barack Obama. (Yep, Paris is running for president.  Kind of.)

The White House was lit pink Tuesday night to commemorate breast cancer awareness. Explained First Lady Laura Bush at the lighting ceremony, "In recognition of the mothers, daughters, sisters and wives who struggle with this disease, we're lighting the White House in pink, which is the color of the cause.  May our lights tonight shine as beacons around the world, a signal of the United States' commitment to saving lives from breast cancer."

Now that's hot.

Nobody's saying TGIF today more than Gov. Sarah Palin

After performing poorly in a series of  interviews with Katie Couric that looked a lot like this, the pressure was on her to perform well in her first nationally televised vice presidential debate Thursday.  Republicans were worried, some conservatives wanted her pulled from the ticket, and David Letterman had his jokes. And public opinion on whether she could out debate Biden?  When pigs fly! Or wear lipstick! 

Expectations of her couldn't have been lower.

In the end, Gov. Palin survived the debate.  Was she asked questions that she couldn't answer?  You betcha!  She just simply announced that she wasn't going to answer the question and promptly changed the subject.  That technique wouldn't work for us, but she managed to pull it off. 

And Sen. Joe Biden...  Well, Biden delivered a solid performance.  He showed that he has much more experience and a far greater understanding of the issues than Palin, but that's nothing to write home about, is it?  It's not really news.  Who didn't know that?  

We were hoping for a good show...  a Palin fumble, a Biden gaffe, a sucker punch...  something, anything good to talk about at the office water cooler or the local watering hole the next day.

But the candidates delivered  none of that kind of excitement.  Biden just held his own and Palin met (minimal) expectations.  So our thoughts on the debate can be summed up like this: Eh.

If you missed the action (or nonaction), watch the debate video and read the transcript over here.

Bill Clinton on where he stands.

 

 

The Obama/McCain debate, SNL style...

 

Sooo.... Not a good day for Wall Street. Not a good day for the economy.  Not a good day for shoe shopping.  Just all around not a good day.

We need a little pick me up, so we're going to take the advice of reader Fatfighter and revisit the Saturday Night Live skits from this weekend.

First up, Tina Fey as Sarah Palin and Amy Poehler as Katie Couric.

 

Har dee har har

The economy sucks, so we thought we'd tickle your funny bone to make you feel better.  In this David Letterman clip, Chris Rock gives Bill Clinton the heads up that Hillary lost.

 

 

So, did Chris have you rolling on the floor, laughing your ass off?  Or did you take offense to his comments? 

Do you think the Clintons support Barack Obama for real or just in public because they "have" to?  Holla in the comments, yo.

U.S. Senators better prepare for an avalanche! Oprah Winfrey asked her millions of viewers today to call, write and email their U.S. Senators and tell them to "vote yes on Senate Bill 1738--The PROTECT Our Children Act."  If passed, The PROTECT Our Children Act will fund additional law enforcement support to catch child sexual predators.

"We need to put pressure on our U.S. Senators to bring [the Act] to the floor," Oprah said on her show. "And we don't want them to just bring it to the floor; We want them to pass it."

Oprah has posted the contact information for every U.S. Senator on her website, along with a pre-written letter in support of the bill that viewers can just sign and send to their senators.  You can visit Oprah's web page dedicated to passing the bill right here.

Oprah, known for her philanthropic efforts as well as her media success, is a long-time supporter of child advocacy causes.

 


 

Tina Fey returned to Saturday Night Live this past Saturday to play Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin.  The message of the skit was that Palin is no Hillary Clinton when it comes to experience and capability to run a nation.

In the skit, Clinton (played by Amy Poehler) says that she doesn't agree with the Bush Doctrine. Fey's Palin pipes in, "I don't even know what that is!" The pun was a reference to Palin's recent interview with ABC News, during which she appeared to have never heard of the Bush Doctrine when asked about it by anchorman Charlie Gibson.

Sarah Palin's response? "She thought it was quite funny, particularly because she once dressed up as Tina Fey for Halloween," her spokesperson Tracey Schmitt told CBS News.

If you didn't catch the show, watch below.  It was hoo-larious!

 

 

Actor Matt Damon is totally freaked out that John McCain chose Sarah Palin as his running mate.  

At 72, McCain is no spring chicken. Damon fears that if McCain wins the presidency, he'll kick the bucket while in office and Palin will become president. "You do the actuary tables and there's a one-out-of-three chance, if not more, that McCain doesn't survive his first term and it will be President Palin . . . It's like a bad Disney movie," he said. 

Why would the Disney movie be so bad?  According to Damon, Palin is wholly unqualified to lead the country.  " 'I'm just a hockey mom from Alaska.' And she's the president," he said. "And it's like she's facing down Vladimir Putin and using the folksy stuff she learned at the hockey rink. It's absurd. It's totally absurd."

He continued, "I don't know why more people aren't talking about how absurd it is. It's a really terrifying possibility,"


A Democat and Barack Obama supporter, Damon contributed $4,600 to Obama's campaign and $28,500 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

(This post - especially the video - is dedicated to my sister Jen, who thinks Matt Damon is dee-lish!)

Boy George released a video for the pro-Obama Yes We Can song.  It features Amy Winehouse and David Bowie.

 


Uhh... We just don't know what to say.... Thoughts? Tell us in the comments.

 

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Jude Law at a press conference in Kabul.  Photo from here and creditited to Shah Marai, AFP/Getty images

Actor Jude Law is in Afghanistan to promote peace.  From the Associated Press:

Jude Law is visiting Afghanistan to promote peace in the war-ravaged country.

Together with director Jeremy Gilley, the Oscar-nominated Law has returned to Afghanistan to help maintain momentum for Peace Day -- an annual day on Sept. 21 urging a global cease-fire and nonviolence.
 
The United Nations General Assembly adopted Peace Day in 2001, following a lobbying campaign by Gilley which he documented in the film "Peace One Day."
 
"When I left Kabul last year, I was hugely moved not by the conflict that I have read so much about, but by the people's courage and the people's sense of hope," Law told reporters in Kabul on Monday.
 
"It seemed that they really want to make this day, the Peace Day, work. And they did," Law said. "People recognize the day, because they recognize that lives could be saved."
Noted for his roles in movies such as "The Talented Mr. Ripley" and "Cold Mountain," Law helped Gilley produce his second documentary film, called "The Day After Peace."
 
The documentary, which also features former U.N. chief Kofi Annan, the Dalai Lama, Angelina Jolie, Annie Lennox and Jonny Lee Miller, charts the way Peace Day can be used as a focus for lifesaving activity, Gilley said.
 
Law said the movie "was the most important film I have been part of."
 
Law and Gilley, who arrived in Kabul on Sunday, are to meet President Hamid Karzai, top NATO and U.N. officials, and members of the aid community.
 
Last year, they traveled and filmed in treacherous areas of eastern Afghanistan to help promote the day, on which they hope weapons will fall silent, allowing help to reach those most in need.
 
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You. Complete. Me.

Ever since Barack Obama announced just before the DNC Convention that Sen. Joseph Biden (D-Del) was his vice presidential pick, tongues have been wagging about what Biden adds to the ticket:

Experience: Obama faces attacks for his limited time serving in the Senate.  He will have been in office just 4 years when (and if) he becomes president in January 2009. Biden has served in the U.S. Senate for 36 years.

Foreign relations expertise: Biden is an expert on national security and chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.  He voted to authorize the use military force in Iraq in 2002 but has since become a vocal critic of the war.

Age:  Biden is no spring chicken.  At 66, his silver haired appearance could make older voters feel more comfortable with voting for the ticket.  Obama, the young cat on the ticket, is only 47.

Average Joe: Biden, a white guy, hails from a working class backround in Pennsylvania.  He's expected to help Obama appeal to white, working class voters nationwide. Also, unlike most of the other Senators, Biden is not a multimillionaire.  He and his wife Jill have just $365,000 in assets or less. Joe's an average Joe.

He's green: No, not the inexperienced kind of green or the rich kind of green but the hugging and kissing all over trees kind of green.  He has a strong environmental record and earned an 83% lifetime voting score from the League of Conservation Voters.

Catholicsm: Biden is Catholic.  He is expected to help Obama win the white, Catholic voters that he lost to Hillary Clinton in the primary. 

Tough guy on crime: Biden was a chief sponsor of an anti-crime bill that passed in 1994.  He can help defend the ticket against GOP attacks saying that Obama is soft on crime.

Attack dog: Biden will not stand for a bunch of what our girl Niecy from Clean House would call a bunch of foolishness and mayhem. Act out, and he will call you out.  Thinking of stepping to Biden? You betta check yo'self before you wreck yo'self.

Family story: Biden lost his wife and young daughter in a car crash in 1972, one month after his election to the Senate.  Remarried, Biden takes the Amtrak train home from Washington D.C. to Delaware every night, so that he can be with his family.

 

You had me at hello.

You've seen this before. Two people in your circle of friends - a boy an a girl - are always totally flirting with each other when your group goes out.  Then when they finally hook up, everybody's like, "Well duh, we all saw that one coming."  That's how Obama's advisers describe Obama's selection of Biden for veep. Even though Obama was mum about who was most attractive to him as a veep candidate, people say they always knew he was interested in Biden. David Axelrod, Obama's senior strategist, told The Washington Post that Obama's veep search "always pointed in Biden's direction."

Biden totally played hard to get during the VP selction process.  He denied courting the veep slot, said he didn't want the job, and claimed he would accept it only reluctantly to help his party's ticket if asked. 

Whatev!  

We know Obama and the idea of being veep had Biden at hello. He was just playing hard to get, giving Obama a little chase.  Biden obviously was reading The Rules and applying them to his political career.  And it worked.  Obama and Biden made their first appearance together as a "couple" on the Saturday prior to the DNC convention.  Wonder if Obama called Biden by Wednesday for that Saturday date?

Watch a "pre-enactment" of the Obama/Biden courtship above, with Tom Cruise as Obama and Renee Zelwegger as Biden.

 

If Barack Obama were Paris Hilton, who would be his Nicole Richie?  Obama says he's chosen his new BFF, but he's keeping mum about it.

 

This month's Harper's Bazaar features Tyra as Michelle Obama.  And a delicious hottie named Roman as Barack Obama.

 

Carrie Bradshaw_flag_logo.jpgWhen it comes to picking a president, ever wonder WWCD (what would Carrie do)? Well, here's where she stands on the issues.

Carrie on the Economy:

"I like my money right where I can see it... hanging in my closet."

Carrie on Technology:

"I don't believe in email. I'm an old-fashioned girl. I prefer calling and hanging up."

Carrie on Civil Rights:

"Maybe the best any of us can do is not quit, play the hand we've been given, and accessorize with the outfit we've got."

Carrie on Violence in Film and Television:

"Welcome to the age of un-innocence. No one has breakfast at Tiffany's, and no one has affairs to remember."


Carrie on Housing and Urban Development:

"Beauty is fleeting, but a rent-controlled apartment overlooking the park is forever."

Carrie on Animal Rights:

"You can't be friends with a squirrel! A squirrel is just a rat in a cuter outfit."

Carrie on Marriage:


"If you're single, after graduation there isn't one occasion where people celebrate you. Hallmark doesn't make a 'congratulations, you didn't marry the wrong guy' card. And where's the flatware for going on vacation alone?"

Since Polichicks is more than just politics as usual, we interrupt today's postings for some breaking news:

THE NEW SEASON OF THE HILLS STARTS AUGUST 18TH!

Here's a preview.

 

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Heidi Montag and Lauren Conrad at the White House Correspondent's Dinner in April 2008.  Getty Images photo from here.

And while we're on the topic of The Hills, turns out Lauren Conrad is a Republican just like her frenemy Heidi Montag. While at the White house Correspondent's dinner last April, Conrad clapped enthusiasticlly when a reporter from New York magazine asked her if he should vote for a Republican.  When he asked if he should vote for a Democrat, she wrinked her nose. 

Frenemy Heidi endorsed John McCain earlier this year, and the senator responded that he "never misses an episode of The Hills."

As we said before, Meghan McCain recently met Heidi Montag of The Hills for lunch at The Ivy in Santa Monica, CA.  Paparazzi extraordinaire, TMZ.com, captured the two on video in the restaurant's parking lot.  

Now this is funny: the paps didn't recognize Meghan and focused their attention on Heidi, often cutting Meghan out of the shot.  The joke was on them though, because they missed their money shot, a candid interview with the first daughter wannabe.

 

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Meghan McCain and Heidi Montag outside The Ivy on the Shore in Santa Monica, CA. Photo from US Weekly (uhh.. over here).

Meghan McCain and Heidi Montag did lunch recently at The Ivy on the Shore in Santa Monica, CA.

Polichicks reported earlier that Heidi Montag, LC's frenemy on The Hills, endorsed John McCain for President.  To that, McCain responded: "I'm honored to have Heidi's support, and I want to assure her that I never miss an episode of The Hills."

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Clint Eastwood got a makeover!  He's softened his Dirty Harry style to adopt a look that's more When Harry Met Sally. He is so not afraid of his feminine side!  Above, Clint models his pastel pink McCain cap in a photo with Cindy McCain at a campaign event. 

 

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Jennifer Lopez, flanked by aides, on Capitol Hill. Photo from Faded Youth Blog.

Jenny from the block was Jenny on the Hill last Wednesday, as the star made an unannounced visit to Sen. Barack Obama's Capitol Hill office.  Sen. Obama wasn't there, so J.Lo met with his staff for an hour and a half.  J.Lo and Obama's staff are mum about what the meeting was about.

(We digress to say... Peep the Birkin she's carrying.  Nice!)

See also: J.Lo: The new Obama girl? [Faded Youth Blog]

While we were surfing People's site, we found Ashton Kutcher's account of partying with the Bush twins.  Circa 2003.  It's over here.

 

Hilla American Eagle vote T shirt.jpgLauren Conrad, Audrina Partridge and Whitney Port from The Hills are sporting the American Eagle Outfitters Declare Yourself T-shirt above.  You can buy one over here.

L.C., Audrina and Whitney are promoting voter registration, as well as Declare Yourself, Seventeen and MTV's "In the Time It Takes" video contest.  Read all about it over here


 


Michelle and Barack Obama (mostly Michelle) were on Rachael Ray about a week ago.  Rachael tried to play it impartial, but her sparkly eyes and beaming smile totally gave her away as an Obama supporter.  She just ate the Obamas up!


Highlights:


Michelle and Barack have date night once a week.


Rachael implied that she loves her dog Isaboo more than the Obamas love their kids.  You know the Obamas talked about that later. (But in Rach's defense, she was clearly star struck and these things just happen when you're star struck.)


The Obamas first dance was was to "Unforgettable" (presumably the Nat King Cole version, but if not, they're not as cool as we thought).


Michelle walked down the aisle to a Stevie Wonder song at their wedding.


Michelle said she watches what the kids eat. (Ugh! That probably means no sugar cereals.  As in no Lucky Charms and no Cocoa Puffs. And worse, no prizes in the box!)


At the end of the interview, Michelle fondly reached for Rachael and said, "Girl...."  Michelle is so regular, and we love it!


 

We're back!  Thank you for your patience. And here's your Daily Polichicks for Tuesday.

Campaign '08:

Superdelegates 101: Here's all you need to know about them. [NPR]

And more important, here's what to wear to the voting booth. [MTV News]

Cindy McCain's "McCain family recipies" from The Food Network and Rachael Ray.  How do you steal from Rachael Ray? [The Huffington Post]

Republican Congressman from Kentucky calls Barack Obama a "boy." WTF? [AP]

Pro-life Pennsylvania lawmakers endorse pro-choice Barack Obama. [The Washington Post]

Hillary Clinton's Top 3 Mistakes on the campaign trail. [Marie Claire]

John McCain is in luck. Hills star Heidi Montag, who endorsed the senator earlier this month, has promised to register to vote "this week."

 

Obama wins!!!!!!!

No, not the election.  Jon Stewart's "Dick Move of the Week" award.

 

 

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A U.S. soldier watching American Idol in Iraq.  Photo credit: MTV News.

So when they're not...er....kinda busy, what do American soldiers do in Iraq?  Well, watch American Idol, of course!  Duh! 

You can see what the troops think about last week's show over here.

 

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The Hills star Heidi Montag and fiance Spencer Pratt give a shout out to John McCain.  Photo from Heidi's MySpace page.

The Hills star Heidi Montag told Us Magazine that she is so totally behind John McCain for president.  When her fiance, Spencer Pratt, warned her about making an endorsement, she replied, "I don't think anybody cares who Heidi Montag votes for."

See.  She is smart.

John McCain happily accepted Montag's endorsement saying, "I'm honored to have Heidi's support and I want to assure her that I never miss an episode of 'The Hills,' especially since the new season started."

Seriously.  This is not some kind of two days after April Fool's Day joke.

 


 


Hillary Clinton might want to make a 3 a.m. call to 50 Cent.  After months of standing behind Clinton, 50 tells MTV News that he's now an undecided voter.


 


The stars of Stop Loss, a drama about a soldier who returns from Iraq only to find that he has to go back, talked to real U.S. troops to prepare for their roles.  Ryan Phillippe shares what he learned from the toops in the video above.  Co-stars Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt also share their experiences with the troops here.

Recording star Sarah McLachlan recorded this public service announcement for the ASPCA. She asks, "Will you be an angel for a helpless animal? Every day innocent animals are abused, beaten and neglected, and they're crying out for help."

 


Here's how you probably remember Sarah best, performing her hit song "Adia."

Actresses Hayden Panettiere and Rosario Dawson, cyclist Lance Armstrong and recording star Josh Groban talk to Larry King about why everyone should vote.  So watch them here and vote!

Elton John will perform at Radio City Music Hall to raise money for Hillary Clinton.

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cear_scarlet_natalie_v.jpgScarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman are on the cover of W Magazine this month.  In an interview inside the magazine, the two actresses reveal that they are as different as Mary and Anne Boelyn, the sisters they portray in The Other Boelyn.  One major difference?  Their politics.  Scarlett supports Barack Obama, while the undecided Natalie seems to be leaning toward Hillary Clinton

Right now, though, fighting the rumour mill is less important for Johansson than fighting for her presidential candidate of choice, Barack Obama.  She spent several days in Iowa in January, working the phone banks on his behalf and talking to high school and college students about the importance of caucusing.  "I will continue stumping for Obama until he's elected," she declares.  "The past eight years have been painful for a lot of people.  We're in a state of emergency."

A fellow political junkie, Portman is still struggling to decide betwen Obama and Hillary Clinton.  She can't help remembering how impressed she was when she met the latter, who was sponsoring a FINC-backed bill that went before the Senate.  "I met about 10 representatives that day and Hillary was by far the sharpest.  Did you read Gloria Steinem's op-ed piece?" Portman asks, citing Steinem's January 8 column about Clinton in the New York Times. "Hillary's just so experienced."

Here's Black Eyed Pea's frontman Will.i.am's latest video supporting Barack Obama.  The video, titled We Are the Ones, features celebrities Jessica Alba, Ryan Phillippe, George Lopez, Kerry Washington, Regina King, and the voice of Macy Gray.

Will.i.am previously produced Yes We Can, a viral video sensation that was viewed over 5 million times on YouTube. Yes We Can features celebrities John Legend, Scarlett Johansson, Common, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kate Walsh, Tatyana Ali and more.

Campaign '08

As a career woman, you're dammned if you do (have feelings) and damned if you don't. That's how Cosmo editor Kate White (love her!) sums up Hillary Clinton's campaign dilemma. [Forbes]

Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are sweatin' Nevada voters.  Just days before the primary, polls show them in a statistical tie. [CNN]

If you can't say something nice, then your name is probably Karl Rove. He hates on Clinton and Obama on the regular. [CNN]

 

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 Former Congressman Mark Deli Siljander (R-MI) totally sold out the United States.  He has been indicted for helping raise money for Al Quaeda. [AP]

U.S. abortion rates are the lowest since 1976 [The Washington Post]

Mean Girls 2.   A girl robbed a Girl Scout selling cookies, after filling out her name and address on the cookie order form. And she didn't think she'd get caught.  If America had better schools, our theives would be smarter. [ParentDish]

Who needs men?  A captive shark gave birth and a baby daddy was nowhere to be found.  The single mother hadn't had a date (or any exposure to a male shark) in six years , but that turned out to be just a bump in the road to motherhood. [National Geographic]

 

Entertainment and Lifestyle News

And they said it wouldn't last...  Eddie Murphy and Tracey Edmonds proved wrong all naysayers who doubted their marriage would.  It did last... a whole 2 weeks. [Fox News]

The Big O gets bigger.   Oprah reaches 30 million viewers a week on the Oprah Show, but that's not enough.  A 24 hour network would have a way bigger audience, so Oprah will launch her OWN  (Oprah Winfrey Network) with Discovery Communications in 2009.  [The Chicago Tribune]

 

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Diane von Furstenberg walks the runway at her Fall 2007 show. Photos credit: Style.com.

Four reasons designer Diane von Furstenberg heart Hillary Clinton:

  • She believes Hillary will do the best job in the White House.
  • She thinks Hillary is intelligent.
  • She thinks Hillary has both a "micro and macro" management style.
  • She thinks Hillary "truly cares."

Four reasons we heart Diane von Furstenberg:

Diane von Furstenberg Bow Shoulder DressDiane von Furstenberg Printed Chiffon Top Diane von Furstenberg Printed Cover-UpDiane von Furstenberg Stone-Print Wrap Cover-Up

Photo credit, all four photos: Bergdorf Goodman.

Top left: Bow Shoulder Dress in macaroon (green)/cream stripes with pink/taupe/yellow abstract floral print.
$575. Top right: Printed Chiffon Top in macaroon with cream stripes. Sabrina neckline; red/yellow/purple smocked top. Sleeveless. Pleated front. 100% silk. $198. Bottom left: Printed Cover- Up in fuchsia/orange/white abstract coral print.V neckline; keyhole front with bow. Three-quarter sleeves. $195.  Bottom right: Stone Print Wrap Cover-Up in black/white/tan abstract stone print. V neckline; cap sleeves. Surplice bodice with tie. $210. All by Diane von Furstenberg and available at Bergdorf Goodman.
 
 
 

Like many Americans, Alicia Keys has not yet decided who she will support in the upcoming presidential election.  Photo credit: aliciakeys.com.

Is your favorite celebrity supporting Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama?  Here's the rundown, as reported by the Examiner:

Sen. Barack Obama could have done some serious fundraising at the Warner Theatre on Saturday night, as nearly every VIP at the BET Honors was a full-fledged Obama supporter. We asked the celebrities for their 2008 candidate, and here’s the rundown:

In the Obama camp: Tyra Banks, Ne-Yo, Blair Underwood, Rahim Vaughn, Cedric the Entertainer, Hill Harper and Chingy. Some even explained.

Mario Van Peebles: “We need someone who can position us anew globally … someone who can bring about deep change. … He’s the one person I know who’s exciting. … He’s smart, and this brother also gets the street! I think he can do it!”

Wyclef Jean (although he conceded that Sen. Hillary Clinton was a close second): “Obama is like the voice of the new generation.”

Cornel West: “Many of us are fighting for him … but it’s getting tense … it’s heating up!”

Kerry Washington: “I’m actually going to go campaign for him down in South Carolina soon.”

In the Hillary camp:

Vivica Fox
: (“We never should have been over in Iraq in the first place. … I’d love to bring them home.” And why not a Republican candidate, Vivica? “They had eight years, and they screwed it up!”)

On the fence:

Alicia Keys (“I’m still deciding”); Richard Parsons (“It’s too early,” but “there are some very interesting candidates”); and Brian McKnight (“leaning toward Obama”).

Staying mum: Jill Scott.

 

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French President Sarkozy's former First Lady Ceclia and new First Lady Carla sport identical diamond rings, both gifts from the president. Photos from the Daily Mail.

French President NIcolas Sarkozy and former supermodel Carla Bruni's relationship is moving so fast that we can barely keep up with it. The pair began dating in October, right after Sarcozy and his former first lady Cecilia divorced.  So here's the rundown, as fast as we can:

  • Last week, Sarkozy announced in a press conference that his relationship with Carla is serious and that he expected to marry her.
  • Sarcozy gave Carla the SAME RING that he gave his second wife Cecilia.  
  • On Friday, it was reported that Carla is pregnant with the First Child (not her first child, just the First Child).
  • And the latest word? The lovebirds are now married!  They secretly ran off to city hall last Thursday and tied the knot! 

 

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What nutcases are wearing now.  Photo credit: Review Journal

Why does Hillary Clinton keep getting the short end of the stick when it comes to celebrity endorsements?  Barack Obama gets Oprah, and Hillary gets stuck with Roseanne Barr.  Anyway, much to Hillary's chagrin, Roseanne announced her endorsement with this rant against Barack and Oprah on her blog (printed as written, with spelling errors and all):

barak obama

is an empty suit selling "hope" in lieu of Truth. Oprah Winfrey helped to elect Arnold Swartzenegger. I have no doubt that she voted her purse by doing this, as she is a large land owner in California, and that ilk fears Dems because they do not want to pay their "fair share" of Cali tax. Oprah has given us Swartzenegger and Dr. Phil. If that was not offensive enough to decent thinking people, now she brings us Obama. He has no ideas, no plan and nothing to add other than the cynical pacification of the masses with bedtime stories about hope, while calling Unions "special interest groups" that need to be done away with.
Obama votes with Bush constantly funding this terrible endless war. Oprah, you play the race card and the gender card too.
You are a closeted republican and chose Barak Obama because you do not like other women who actually stand for something to working American Women besides glamour, angels, hollywood and dieting!
When Americans find out that Obama backs right wing corporate racist anti worker bullshit, they will not vote for him, and the victory will go to the most racist right wing republican ever.... Mccain, who is a fascist! That the culinary service workers in vegas have promised barak their vote,( he is anti union in his votes) over edwards, who is a pro-union man, just proves how stupid americans are and how they can be tricked so easily by the color of a person's skin...exactly what MLK hated!
Obama doesn't even back reproductive rights for any woman! It is historical that Oprah Winfrey, beloved of women, chooses a flashy man with small credentials over a seasoned woman politician with 35 years of experience...and sells that to the female demographic who look to her for inspiration!

She backpedalled in a follow-up post:

I am so sorry for sounding like I don't like Oprah or Obama. I do. Oprah has been a force for good for a long time, and I just got carried away with my preference for Hilary over Obama. I think she is smarter and better than he is, but either of them is better than any Republican, and will get my vote no matter who ends up on top. I got upset because I felt Oprah was adding to the divisiveness in this country. I am sorry Oprah, I really do admire and love you for all the good you do and have done in this country and the world at large. I am just so worried about another Republican getting in, my stomache hurts and I can't sleep, and I go over the top sometimes!

  

On today's Oprah Show, Oprah shared this letter writing tip that she got from President Bill Clinton:

When you write a note to someone, limit it to one page.  That way, if the recipient decides to frame it, the note is easy to frame because it's on just one page.

File this handy tip under "solutions to problems only Oprah and Bill Clinton have."

 

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Carla Bruni and French President Nicolas Sarkozy share a cuddle.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy confirmed in a press conference Tuesday that, indeed, c'est l'amour between him and singer/former supermodel Carla Bruni.  Sarkozy, 52, and Bruni, 40, have been an item since meeting at a party 2 months ago, a few of weeks after Sarkozy's divorce.  Rumor has it that the couple will marry on February 9th.

Love songs?  Check out the latest tunes by Carla here.

 

  Gavin Neusome_Jennifer Siebel.jpgSan Francisco Mayor Gavin Neusom, 40, and actress Jennifer Siebel, 33, are engaged.  Neusom was previously married to lawyer and TV commentator Kimberly Guilfoyle for almost 5 years.  They divorced after Neusom admitted to an affair with a former staff member's wife.

Here's to the power of you.  Make your dreams come true.

 

Patti LaBelle

 

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Country music stars Faith Hill and Tim McGraw.

Faith Hill told US Weekly that she just might become First Lady of Tennessee one day.  Her husband Tim McGraw is thinking about running for governor. 

"Tim has talked about maybe running for office, and I know how passionate he is about things," Faith says. "When he says he really wants to do something, he'll do it. I can't imagine what it would be like to be the First Lady of Tennessee, but who knows? I don't rule it out. It's dangerous to say never."

Gubernatorial aspirations are nothing new to McGraw. The country music star, who is a Democrat, told Esquire back in 2006: "I just think as governor of the state, there would be a lot more opportunities to make some decisions and change some things." 

McGraw has also considered representing Tennesseans as Senator McGraw.  Back in 2004, he told Time magazine: "I want to run for the Senate from Tennessee."

Hill and McGraw live in Nashville, TN with their three daughters. 

 

 

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Jamie Lynn Spears.  Photo credit: Exposay.com.

Everybody knows by now that 16 year old Jamie Lynn Spears,star of Nickelodeon's Zoey 101 and kid sister of Britney Spears, is pregnant.  She plans to have the baby, and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is glad.

He told CBS News:

"It's a tragedy when a 16-year-old who is not really prepared for all the responsibilities of adult life is going to be now faced with all the responsibilities of honest-to-goodness adult life. I respect it."

"Apparently, she's going to have the child and I think that is the right decision, a good decision, and I respect that and appreciate it. I hope it is not an encouragement to other 16-year-olds who think that is the best course of action."

"But at the same time I'm not going to condem her. There'll be plenty of people in line to do that and I always look for the shortest lines. I just hope that she will make another right decision and that's to give that child all the love and kindness and care that she can."

 

 

 

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 Magic Johnson and Bill Clinton at a rally for Hillary.  Photo credit: Keith Bradford for Reuters.

 

Magic Johnson says he supports Hillary Clinton because the lady is a champ.  Barack Obama, he implies, is not. 

"You don't want somebody in there that is young or a rookie at politics," said the former Los Angeles Lakers star at a pep rally for Hillary in Iowa. "We want somebody in there that knows what they're doing because this job is so huge."

Johnson is the third major celebrity to endorse Clinton after Oprah announced her plans to campaign for Obama. (Oprah campaigned for Obama weekend before last.) Madonna and Barbra Streisand announced their support a couple of weeks ago.

So will Madonna + Barbra + Magic = Oprah? 

Nope. Not even close.

 

Jamie Lynn on OK.jpgBritney Spears' parents are expecting their third grandchild, but Britney's not pregnant.  Her 16 year old little sister, Jamie Lynn Spears, is. 

Jamie Lynn is the star of Nickelodeon's popular teen show Zoey 101.  Her "baby daddy" is her 19 year old boyfriend, Casey Aldridge.

Jamie Lynn and her mom, Lynne Spears, did a tell all interview with OK! magazine about the pregnancy.  The interview will appear in the December 31st issue.

821,810 American teens become pregnant every year.

 

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Spike Lee walks the red carpet with his wife, attorney and author Tonya Lewis Lee, at the 2007 Oscars.

Here's what Spike Lee has to say about the focus of the 2008 presidential campaign:

"It's been very interesting too look at some of these presidential debates, and the Gulf region never comes up.  Don't forget about the Americans who are down there still struggling because they've been abandoned.  Again."

Brad Pitt, Wynton Marsalis and Harry Connick, Jr. , are also thinking about the folks in New Orleans.

Hat Tip for Spike Lee quotation: Essence Magazine

 

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Marchesa designer Georgina Chapan and producer Harvey Weinstein walk the red carpet at the premiere of Oceans 13 at the 2007 International Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France.  Photo credit: Pascal le Segretain, Getty Images Europe. 

Every woman has faked it. Admit it, you know you have.  And your man didn't notice.  But if he did notice, he would he even care anyway?

Yes, says movie mogul/Halston owner/Project Runway producer Harvey Weinstein. There are sensitive men out there who do care, and he's of them.  To stop the fakers, Weinstein wants Congress to get all up in your bedroom..bedroom closet, that is.. and pass the Design Piracy Prohibition Act to prevent the manufacture of (and indirectly, use of) fake designer handbags, dresses and other products. 

You see, the drama all started when a clothing manufacturer bragged that he was going to copy a Marchesa dress designed by Weinstein's fiancee, Georgina Chapman, straight off the red carpet.  Under current U.S. law, it's okay to copy a design, so long as you don't copy the designer's trademarked logos.  When Weinstein learned that Chapman's dress could be copied and she couldn't do jack to stop it, he got a serious attitude - serious! - and began work to change U.S. law.

Under the proposed Design Piracy Prohibition Act, fashion designers would have copyright protection of their designs for three years.  Congress and fakers be warned, Weinstein says he's not effing around: "I might not know how to sew a dress and I might not know how to design a piece of jewelry, but I'm pretty good at a street fight and I bet you I get this bill passed." 

It's on now.

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This one's a real screamer! Gucci in python at Neiman Marcus for $3,690. 

See also:

www.CounterfeitChic.com

 

 


If you weren't one of the 70,000 people at the Oprah/Obama rallies this weekend or one of the millions of people who saw the news coverage, the Obama campaign wants to make sure that you know that Barack is  Oprah's "most favoritest" thing.  The campaign sent out an email yesterday evening asking recipients to forward a video with excerpts of  Oprah's and Obama's remarks at the rallies to all of their friends. 


Interesting is that the email about Oprah's endorsement came from "Obama from America," rather than Oprah herself.  A personal email messsage from Oprah urging us gals to vote for Obama would be powerful with a capital P.  Either the Obama campaign is holding the Oprah email card for later use (most likely), or Oprah has determined that an endorsement of that kind is more than her brand can handle (less likely... O can do almost anything). 


View the video that came with the Oprah email above.  Read the email in it's entirety after the jump.


 


 

 

EvaMendes_Mazur_5162962_Max.jpgEva Mendes is the latest celebrity to pose nude for PETA.  "I want people to know that there are options—that killing a poor animal and wearing it isn't cool ... respecting all life forms is cool," the actress told PETA in an interview.

Eva's PETA campain follows the nude video campaign that Alicia Silverstone did for the animal rights group.  You can view Eva's poster here.

 

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So while were on the topic of the Sex and the City vote...

Filming on the new Sex and the City movie is done!  Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda and Samantha will be in theaters back in our lives this spring.  You can view the trailer here and catch up on the latest Sex and the City news at  the Sex and the City movie blog

Also, if you would like to - drumroll please! - attend the premiere of the movie, the Alzheimers Association is auctioning off tickets to the premiere and VIP passes to the after party.  Make a bid!

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Madonna and husband Guy Ritchie at the premiere of his new film Revolver

So Hillary Clinton's latest BFF is Madonna. Women's Wear Daily caught up with Madge and her husband Guy Ritchie at the premiere of his new film Revolver. Let's eavesdrop on the conversation.

WWD: Hillary or Obama?

Madge: Hillary

WWD: Because?

Madge: Because I've gotta support the girls.  And because I'm a big fan of the Clintons.

The madge dash to Hillary's side comes as no surprise.  TMZ.com predicted that Madonna would support Hillary back in August, when she spent over two hours with Bill Clinton at his foundation's headquarters. You can watch TMZ.com's video of Madonna's visit - well, at least video of her walking in and out of the building - here. (Bill Clinton is the only person in the world who can keep the paps away from his office.  Now that's power.)

See also:

Madonna and Guy Step Out, Support Hillary [The Huffington Post]

Longtime friend of Bill and Hillary Clinton, Barbra Streisand,  announced last week that she will endorse Hillary Clinton for president.  The endorsement comes in response to Oprah's announcement that she will campaign in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina for Barack Obama. Streisand hopes that her endorsement will help bring the Clinton campaign back to the way they were - ahead in the Iowa. 

Money Babs has made financial contributions to the presidential campaigns of all three democratic frontrunners: Barack Obama, John Edwards and Hillary Clinton.

 

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Actress Robin Weigert in publicity photo from robinweigert.com.

Emmy-nominated actress Robin Weigert, who is best known for her role as Calamity Jane on HBO's Deadwood, talked to Capitol File about election 2008.  So who does Robin think should be the next president?  "I've gone back and forth a lot on this,"  she said.  "I think Obama is an incredibly inspiring speaker and person.  At the same time, I'd be excited to see Hillary Clinton as president.  I think she'd be incredibly good at the job.  Ultimately, I want someone who can galvanize the country."

You can watch Robin in NBC's new series called Life.  She also plays David Duchovny's sister in the movie Things We Lost in the Fire, which stars Halle Berry and Benicio Del Toro.

Robin is from Washington, D.C., where she attended school at Sidwell Friends.

 

Jennifer Garner_faces of influenza.jpgActress Jennifer Garner wants you to get a flu shot.  She is the new national Faces of Influenza spokesperson for the American Lung Association's Influenza Prevention Program.

"Women play an important role in a family. It's our job to take care of those we love, that's why I make sure my family is protected against influenza," Jennifer says.

Many people don't know how serious influenza can be. They think it's like having alergies or getting the common cold.  It's not. Each year, approximately 226,000 people in the U.S. are hospitalized and an average of 36,000 die from the disease and its complications.  2 out of 3 Americans are recommended to get the influenza vaccine, but many do not because they aren't aware that they need it.

"Look around, and you'll see someone in your life who should receive an influenza vaccination. There's the couple with young children, like my husband (Ben Affleck) and I, or your parents, who are over 50 years of age, or your friend who will be pregnant during influenza season. It's also likely you know someone living with a serious medical condition, like asthma, COPD, heart disease, or diabetes. My own father has heart complications."

You can see one of Jennifer's public service announcements for the Faces of Influenza campaign here.

Borat.jpgBorat Sagdiyev (Sacha Baron Cohen) supports Barack Obama for president.  He told Reuters:

"I cannot believe that it possible a woman can become Premier of US and A - in Kazakhstan, we say that to give a woman power, is like to give a monkey a gun - very dangerous. We do not give monkeys guns any more in Kazakhstan ever since the Astana Zoo massacre of 2003 when Torkin the orang-utan shoot 17 schoolchildrens. I personal would like the basketball player, Barak Obamas, to be Premier."

See also:

Borat 4 Barack [PerezHilton.com]

Borat -- With Colbert Out? -- Backs 'Obamas' for President [Editor & Publisher]

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14,000 dolphins are killed every year in Japan for food.  Japanese fisherman see nothing wrong with this and believe that dolphins should be treated like any other fish that's caught and eaten by humans. They say that eating dolphin is a part of Japanese culture, and foreigners ought to stay out of it.


Hayden Panettiere disagrees.  The Heroes star left Hollywood behind, joined other dolphin rights activists in Japan, and confronted Japanese fisherman in the water as they began the dolphin slaughter.  The fishermen used a long pole to push Hayden and her pals away, and sadly, not one dolphin - not even the little baby dolphin that Hayden said looked at her - was saved.  Hayden returned to shore and sobbed on the beach.

Hayden is a spokesperson for savethewhalesagain.org.

Video below.


 


 

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Ashley Judd, actress and YouthAIDS Global Ambasador, with YouthAIDS founder Kate Roberts

Actress and activist Ashley Judd will hit the political talk show circuit today to drum up support for programs that fight youth AIDS.  She will talk about the youth AIDS problem on Fox News Sunday and This Week.

More than 12 million people under the age of 25 are infected with HIV and more than 50 percent of all new infections occur among 15- to 24-year-olds.  "There is an extraordinary, compelling, urgent problem," Ashley told CNN.

Ashley is a Global Ambassador for YouthAIDS, a nonprofit organization that uses pop culture to market safe sex practices to youth.  YouthAIDS programs promoting AIDS prevention have reached more than 60 million youth in 60 countries.

Ashley has traveled to 10 countries in her role as Global Ambassador for YouthAIDS. She told CNN, "I have the opportunity to visit the everyday, unsung, unheralded heroes around the world, who are working in public health in extreme conditions, grossly underfunded, and celebrate them.  And then go to governmental bodies and heads of state and to the media and say, 'Oh my gosh! Wait until you hear about this amazing grassroots program that I just saw in Cambodia.'" 

You can watch Ashley discuss her work with YouthAIDS here .  Watch her and other celebrities (Christina Aguilera, Cindy Crawford, Beyonce Knowles, Kelly Rowland, LL Cool J and Salma Hayek) participate in an ALDO/YouthAIDS awareness campaign at the end of this entry.

In addition to her work promoting AIDS prevention, Ashley is very politically active. She is a pro-choice advocate and gives speeches and attends rallies in support of the cause. She has made financial contributions to Democratic candidates, and she supported former Tennessee Congressman Harold Ford, Jr., by appearing at a  "Women for Ford" event during his U.S. Senate campaign.

Drew Carey Big Photo.jpg"Ahaaaaa.... Smell that smell.  That's the smell of freedom," said Drew Carey, as he walked into Farmacy while filming a video on marijuana use and the war on drugs.  Farmacy is a store in California where you can buy marijuana legally, as long as you have a doctor's note. (Hmmm.  Good to know... uh, in case we ever get hurt or something.) 


Anyway, Carey wants to legalize marijuana for medical use.  Okay, Carey really wants to legalize weed for any use, but his first battle is to push the federal government to legalize medical marijuana. 


“I think it’s clear by now that the federal government needs to reclassify marijuana," Carey said in the video. "People who need it should be able to get it – safely and easily." 

Carey interviewed several people in the video who use marijuana for medical purposes, including Bill Lehey, who is a self-described gun-toting, right-wing Republican. "If you want my gun, you better take it off my dead body," Lehey said. He also said that he supports legalizing marijuana for medical purposes, because he needs it to treat backpain. He said that sometimes his back hurts so much that it wakes him up at night. "Two puffs" of weed, and he's sleeping like a baby.

This video is part of The Drew Carey Project, a Reason.tv video series in which Carey plans to address the political issues of the day, such as traffic congestion and immigration. You can watch it below.

 

Senior Editor at The New Republic, Michelle Cottle, wrote an article profiling Jeri Thompson, wife of GOP presidential candidate Fred Thompson.  Jeri gets a lot of attention in the press for being attractive, blonde, and 24 years younger than her husband.

Cottle portrays Jeri as a woman who always has a strategy (and the ability to execute it) to get what she wants, whether that be a man, a job, a hot handbag or a fly shoe.  Ain't nothing wrong with that. 

Cottle also offers a peek into the more "soap opera like" aspects of the Thompsons' life together, such as Fred's womanizing, Jeri's public battles with his other girlfriends in the gossip columns, Jeri's financial difficulties, and Jeri's past either living with or being married to (no one is sure) another man. 

Drama.

 

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Sen. Larry Craig. AP Photo.

In an interview with Matt Lauer, Sen. Larry Craig called out frienemy Gov. Mitt Romney (MA) for not supporting him after he was arrested in a public men's room for soliciting sex from an undercover cop. Sen. Craig had served as Senate liason for Romney's presidential campaign, but he resigned when the news of his sex scandal broke.  At that time, Romney said that he was disappointed in Craig's "disgusting" behavior

"I was very proud of my association with Mitt Romney," Craig told Lauer. "... And he not only threw me under his campaign bus, he backed up and ran over me again."

Hmm.  We beg to differ.  We would say that Romney threw Craig under his campaign bus, backed up, ran over him again, hopped out of the bus to check to see if Craig was really dead, got in a few licks while Craig lay flattened on the ground, then backed up his bus again a few times just to make extra sure that Craig was super dead. 

Alas, Romney's efforts failed, and Craig lived to file an appeal today to overturn a judge's refusal to allow him to withdraw his guilty plea in the case. And, of course, bring about even more negative publicity to the Republican party by doing an interview with Matt Lauer about the scandal, which will air Tueday night on Matt Lauer Reports and Wednesday morning on Today

 

 

Brad Pitt_Parade_Robert Ascroft for Parade.jpgParade Magazine recently suggested to Brad Pitt that he run for president.  The response?

"Oh, my God!" Pitt says in surprise. "I never thought about it. I have no desire at this point. Maybe I serve better by not going through that door." He laughs. "George should do it!" he says, offering up pal Clooney. "He'd be quite good. I think Ben Affleck should run."

Just as long as Brad doesn't endorse John Edwards.... That would cause a problem at home with girlfriend Angelina Jolie.

 

 

 

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Britney Spears walks her dog on the red carpet at the Billboard Music Awards in 2004. Credit Eric Jamison/AP

PETA wants Britney Spears to lose custody of her dogs, because the organization fears for the animals' safety.  PETA contacted Britney's ex-husband, Kevin Federline, and begged him to take custody of her pups.  Brit Brit recently lost custody of her two children to K-Fed.

Wonder if Alicia Silverstone will get naked in a PETA video again to support of Brit Brit's pooches...

(We'd post the link to the naked Alicia video, but for some reason our blog software is not working so well today.  So just search for Alicia Silverstone at the top of this blog and the video will come up.  You know you want to see it. And yes, your butt is bigger than hers.)

See also:

PETA pleads with K-Fed to take custody of Britney's pooches too [Yahoo! News]

PETA wants Britney Spears to lose custody of her dogs as well as her kids [AP]

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Academy Award winning actress and activist Emma Thompson is speaking out against sex trafficking by promoting the London exhibit "Journey in Trafalgar Square," which traces the life of an Eastern European sex worker.  Watch the video (about 2 min long) here.  It's appalling to hear what sex workers slaves go through.

In addition to her political activism, Emma Thompson is known for her roles in the films Howard's End, The Remains of the Day and Sense and Sensibility.

USA Today ran a story today about Jeri Thompson's "debut" as a potential first lady.  Thompson gave her first interview to Sean Hannity on the Fox News Channel last night.  She appeared with her husband (who did most of the talking) and their two children.  Watch below.

 

When Hardball host Chris Matthews appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart to plug his new book, Life's  a Campaign, Jon Stewart totally trashed his book for the entire segment.  And Matthews didn't like it (although, strangely enough, he laughed through all of the insults).

Good for ratings? Yep.  Good for book sales? Not so much.

James Denton, who plays hearthrop Mike Delfino on Desperate Housewives, says that he is "desperate" for "the kind of change that John Edwards is offering - the kind of change that America deperately needs."  He also says that Edwards is desperate for cash and asks for contributions.  If you are desperate to see for yourself, the video is below.

 

 

 

 

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Everybody's sweating the polichicks!  Politicians are doing all they can to book appearances on daytime talk shows to reach us.

So on that note, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will appear on The View tomorrow to discuss her role as the first woman Speaker of the House, children's health insurance (she's fighting for it!), Iraq, and the news of the day.  The interview will air live, and the Speaker will appear as the first guest on the third segment of the show.  The View airs at 11 a.m. EST on ABC.

Be sure to watch!

Tyra asked Barack to send a message to her brother and his fellow troops who are stationed in Afghanistan.  The clip below aired today on the Tyra Show.

When asked who would play him in a movie, Barack Obama said that he would like Denzel Washington to play him but admitted that Will Smith would be better because of the ears.

The clip below aired today on the Tyra Show.

Looking for his future in a crystal ball, Barack Obama exclaimed, "I see the White House right there!" The clip below aired today on the Tyra Show.

 

Fran Drescher Wikipedia.jpgFran Drescher, best known for her TV role on The Nanny, would rather watch politics than other people's kids.  Word is that she has her eye on the senate seat that Hillary Clinton will vacate if elected president.  A cancer survivor, Drescher entered the political scene as a cancer advocate and has worked with both Democrats and Republicans to pass legislation that will help educate women and health care professionals about early cancer detetection. 

They're sweating us, polichicks!  We've talked a lot about how the presidential candidates are all hitting the daytime talk shows that target female audiences.  They've been on Ellen, The View, Oprah, Rachel Ray, and others.

Well, Barack Obama is no different.  He wants us too!  Watch him on the Tyra Show today at noon.  Tyra Banks says that this is "the most important interview that I have ever done" and has dedicated the entire hour to Barack.

 

Porn star Jenna Jameson told PR.com that she likes Hillary Clinton for president, even though Hillary's "pretty conservative for a Democrat." 

John Edwards is all over MTV.com.  Former America's Top Model contestant, Kim Stolz, is following him on the campaign trail and posting a campaign diary there.  Read it and watch her inteview Edwards here.  (First question, "Okay, so why Iowa?") You can ask John a few questions yourself during the MySpace/MTV Presidential Dialogues session with him on Thursday at 12 EST.

Given all the hoopla about Barry Manilow's catfight with Elisabeth Hasselbeck and all the excitement over Alicia Silverstone's nude PETA commercial, we might as well re-vist another catfight classic: Alicia Silverstone v. Elisabeth Hasselbeck.  In this clip, Alicia Silverstone walks on The View stage (moments after the infamous Elisabeth v. Rosie fight) and totally disses Elisabeth.  Seems a lot of Hollywood celebrities have issues with Elisabeth's conservative political views (though we think there has to be more to it than that... like maybe she's not-so-nice off camera or something like that).

Enjoy the clip.  Meow.

 

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For those of you who enjoyed Alicia Silverstone's nude video for PETA ("Uh, she's definately not wearing any fur..." commented one viewer), PETA has also posted a special message from Alicia on its website. 

 

Alicia Silverstone, who is a vegan and best known for her role the film Clueless,  filmed this PETA commercial totally in the buff.   It will air only in Houston, TX.   It's hot and steamy, so don't let any kiddies near your computer see it.

 

Tonight, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Joe Biden,
chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, will be featured
in an encore broadcast of The Late Show with David Letterman on CBS-TV.

The show originally aired on July 31, 2007, the publication date of
his book, Promises To Keep. Tune in or TiVO this interview with
Senator Biden!

To learn more about Sen. Biden, visit www.JoeBiden.com

In the latest issue of Time (September 24, 2007), 50 Cent reaffirms his support of Hillary.

Q: Are you endorsing a particular candidate in the '08 election?

A:  No, but I like Hillary.  I think she was already our president once.  [Laughs.]

 

Singer Barry Manilow cancelled his scheduled appearance on The View Tuesday, because he doesn't like Elisabeth Hasselbeck , who is known for her conservative political views.  He told CelebTV.com, "...I will no longer be on The View tomorrow as scheduled.  I made a request that I be interviewed  by Joy, Barbara or Whoopi, but not Elisabeth Hasselbeck.  Unfortunately, the show was not willing to acommodate this simple request, and I bowed out.  It's really too bad, because I have always been a big supporter of The View, but I cannot compromise my beliefs."  He told TMZ.com, "I strongly disagree with her views.  I think she is dangerous and offensive.  I will not be on the same stage as her."

Is he for real?  We like Barry, after all, he does write the songs that make us polichicks sing, but this is so third grade first grade.

Watch the pettiness below. Meow.

 

Roll out the red carpet!  The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that Jon Stewart will host the 80th Academy Awards show,  which will take place on February 24, 2008, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood.

Jon Stewart is best known as the funny host of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart." He hosted the 78th Academy Awards show in 2006. 

See also:

Academy to Invite Jon Stewart Back as Oscar Host [NY Times]

Jon Stewart Will Host Academy Awards [AP]

 

Wendy Chavez (real name Wendy Ellis) is a former prostitute who claims that she had a paid sexual relationship with Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) for 4 months.  In response to Vitter's denial (he claims that he only had sex with prostitutes in Washington DC), she has produced the results of a lie detector test that indicate that she is telling the truth.  She held a press conference with Hustler publisher Larry Flynt to discuss her relationship with Vitter and the test results.  Read more and watch the press conference here.

Here's an AP video about Oprah's Saturday fundraiser for Barack Obama.  Stevie Wonder performed and Hollywood's biggest stars were in attendance. 

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America's favorite Bill was on David Letterman last night. Here's a clip. 

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halleberryforobama.jpgAfter months of press and blogger speculation, actress and Obama fan Halle Berry has confirmed that she and her model boyfriend Gabriel Aubrey are expecting: "Yes, I am three months pregnant! Gabriel and I are beyond excited, and I've waited a long time for this moment in life. Now the next seven months will be the longest of my life!"

 

Clinton and Oprah_center_20070903_306x178.jpgPresident Bill Clinton will be on Oprah today at 4 EST to share his new passion: giving.

Q is a Hill Fan.  So here's his endorsement video.  Right here.

The most phenomenal of phenomenal women, Dr. Maya Angelou, poetically endorses Hillary Clinton here.

 

AR560x560,50 cent_50 official website.jpgHillary Clinton just scored an endorsement from rapper 50 Cent (ne Curtis James Jackson).  "I'd like to see Hillary Clinton be president," MTV News reports 50 told Rap-Up Magazine. "It would be nice to see a woman be the actual president and ... this is a way for us to have Bill Clinton be president again, and he did a great job during his term."

50, who shares a birthday with George W. Bush, also revealed his opinion of the president. "[Bush] has less compassion than a regular human being," he said. Seems Fiddy also thinks G-Dub is a punk. "Me and George Bush are so different. ... I actually go to war, when I go to war. Bush just sends [people] to war."

 

George Clooney beard.jpgGeorge Clooney is the hottest political commentator we know!  Read his "analysis" of the Demoratic primary below.

From the Associated Press (as published in The Chicago Tribune):

Obama's Lika A Rockstar

Barack Obama has the aura of a rock star, says George Clooney, who also had some kind words for other Democratic presidential candidates.

"You've been in a room once in a while with a rock star. He walks into the world, and he takes your breath away. I'd love him to be president, quite honestly," the actor told reporters Friday at the Venice Film Festival, where his legal thriller "Michael Clayton" was premiering.

Clooney, who banked a check for Obama at a private $1.3 million fundraiser in Beverly Hills last February, praised the U.S. senator for speaking out early against the Iraq war.

But with more than a year until the election, Clooney also said he liked Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and former Sen. John Edwards -- and pondered whether former Vice President Al Gore might vie for the presidency again.

"It could be interesting," he said.

The politics of war was in the air at Venice, with two U.S. films competing for the Golden Lion dealing with the impact of the Iraq conflict.

Clooney -- who said he made "Syriana" and "Good Night, and Good Luck," out of anger that he was labeled a traitor for questioning the decision to go to war -- told reporters he thinks change is coming.

He said he believes Americans are now in the process of fixing the mistakes of the last few years.

Fixing things, "that's what Americans have been really good at," he said.

 




Hillary Clinton was quite the comedian on Letterman last night.  Watch her "Top Ten Campaign Promises" here and see her confront David Letterman for making fun of her pantsuits here.

Hillary Clinton's campaign sent out the alert below to let everyone know about Hillary's and Bill's upcoming appearances on Letterman, Oprah and Larry King.  Make sure you watch!

Mark your calendars and set your Tivos and VCRs -- you don't want to miss Hillary's two upcoming TV appearances! Tonight she'll be making her seventh appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman -- her first as a candidate for president. And this coming Tuesday, September 4, she'll be Ellen's guest on the season premiere of the Ellen DeGeneres show.

Ellen is soliciting questions from her viewers to ask of Hillary, and we want to turn it around on her. So if you have a question for Hillary to ask Ellen, submit it here:

http://www.hillaryclinton.com/questionsforellen

Also on September 4, you can catch President Clinton on both the Oprah Winfrey Show and the Late Show, talking about his new book Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World. He'll also be on CNN's Larry King Live on September 5.

Check the links below for full listings:

  • August 30: Hillary on Letterman - Listings
  • September 4: Hillary on Ellen - Listings
  • September 4: Bill Clinton on Oprah - Listings
  • September 4: Bill Clinton on Letterman - Listings
  • September 5: Bill Clinton on Larry King - Listings
Make sure you don't miss them!

Bill Clinton is such a sensitive man.  Watch him laugh, cry and share with Oprah on her September 4th show.  He will be on to give his first interview about his new passion!  Oprah's show airs at 4 p.m. EST on ABC.

TMZ is reporting that Oprah wants out-of-town guests for her Barack Obama fundraiser to stay at the San Ysidro Ranch.  One little snafu... there's a wedding there the day of her fundraiser, and many of the guest rooms are already booked. 

Oprah's people have tried to get the bride to move her wedding, but she won't budge.  Well, of course not.  It's her wedding! You know, that (hopefully) once-in-a-lifetime event that little girls dream of (and sometimes plan) from birth?

All sentiments aside, Oprah got her way. "The wedding party did cancel a few rooms -- but we didn't charge a cancellation fee because there was such a demand for rooms that weekend," said the hotel manager.

If you're one of the lucky 1500 of O's closest friends who will be at the fundraiser, you'll be kicking it with Beyonce, Jamie Foxx, and [insert deep, wishful sigh here] George Clooney.  All are expected to attend.

 

Sen. Barack Obama Barackstar was on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart last night.  You can watch it here.

Common, Mos Def and Talib Kweli have all given shoutouts to Barack Obama.  Get the rundown here.

Hat Tip: hiphopx.com

 

Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain was on Jon Stewart last night to promote his new book, Hard Call.  As always, McCain's performance was personable and funny.  Not to be outdone, Stewart couldn't resist teasing the senator about his falling-apart-at-the-seams presidential campaign. 

 

 

Magic Johnson.jpgEarvin "Magic" Johnson will team up with co-hosts Quincy Jones and Berry Gordy to host a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton on September 14 in Los Angeles.  In a statement, Johnson said Clinton "has the experience and knowledge to help lead our country."

 Just days earlier on September 8, Oprah Winfrey will host a fundraiser for Barack Obama at her Montecito estate.

 

unhcr_jolie.jpgAngelina Jolie is so over the press spreading rumors about her.  Sure, she's used to the press accusing her of drinking blood, being a homewrecker, engaging in wild and freaky sexual activity, and well, frankly being a wierdo...  but when the press reports that she supports John Edwards for president, well, that's where she has to draw the line!  In defense of her reputation, Jolie released the following statement:

''There are many false stories that circulate about me, but the one I feel I need to address, because it is about such an important topic, is that I have not decided to endorse John Edwards, or any other presidential candidate. Like many Americans, I am learning more about the candidates' records and positions but at this time I have not yet made an endorsement."

Do. Not. Say. Angie. Likes. John. Edwards.

 

 

 

  oprah-xm-satellite-radio.jpg Oprah Winfrey, who has called presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama "my favorite guy" and "my choice," will host a swank fundraiser for him at her Montecito estate.  This is sure to be among the most talked-about events of the election season.  Who wouldn't want to kick it with Oprah, Barack and a bunch of A-list celebrities in Oprah's posh mansion?!  We are so there!

Tickets are $2,300 per person, which is the maximum amount that an individual can contribute to a primary election.  An individual can give a federal candidate up to a total of $4,600 in an election cycle, $2,300 for the primary election and $2,300 for the general election.  There are also perks for guests who raise money for the event in addition to writing their own check. Guests who raise $25,000 will get into a VIP reception, and those who raise $50,000 will get into a VIP dinner.

This is the first time that Oprah has officially endorsed an White House candidate. As Oprah is one of the most influential celebrities with a fan base of millions who trust her opinion and watch her show everyday (us included), her endorsement of Obama is likely to be worth far more to the campaign in exposure than any amount of money raised.

 

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