Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Circulating on the web on Tuesday was an old video of then-Senator Joe Biden appearing on the PBS game show, “Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?” In the show kid contestants would try to win prizes by using their knowledge of geography to track down the fictional crook. The clip is from Nov. 8, 1993, where the game show’s host Greg Lee receives a phone call from a certain Delaware senator.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday that he was working on a "big surprise" for the Republican National Convention, although the real estate mogul remained coy about what was in store. “Today I am working on my 'big surprise' for the @RNC convention. Everyone will love it,” he tweeted. Trump adviser Michael Cohen said the reality television star would play a "unique and interesting" role in Tampa. Trump tweeted last week that he had turned down an offer to speak at the convention, and his name did not appear on the first wave of convention speakers released by the Republican National Committee.” More from The Hill’s Twitter Room.
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President Obama was trying to do some damage control for the First Lady. In an Iowa radio interview, he tried to set the record straight on his wife's ribbing of Gabby Douglas for eating McDonalds after her gold medal win (video above)."You know, the truth is the first lady was teasing Jay Leno, not Gabby, because Gabby can afford anything because she’s so fit," Obama said in an interview with KSTZ-FM in Des Moines. "But the first lady’s been getting on Jay Leno a little bit about getting some exercise." He also talked about back to school shopping for Sasha and Malia. "I've got to admit, Michelle doesn’t trust me with all that stuff. She's just better organized than I am," Obama said. "My general theory is, you know, they look fine. You know, why do they need new stuff?" he asked. More from Politico’s 44.
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Peanut butter and honey sandwiches are the preferred campaign trail food for Mitt Romney. The Hill’s Twitter Room says, “Romney and his new running mate Paul Ryan have kept up a rigorous campaign schedule since Romney's VP announcement on Saturday, but thanks to Romney's personal assistant the world knows they had time to stop for a sandwich. Garrett Jackson, Romney's "body man," tweeted the first picture of Romney and Ryan together before the announcement. And he later tweeted a photo of Romney teaching Ryan his method for his favorite snack. Follow Jackson for more inside-the-bus tweets @dgjackson.
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As part of first lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" initiative, she is hosting children from across the nation at the White House for a kids' "State Dinner." The dinner is actually a luncheon, and 54 children who submitted winning healthy lunch recipes are attending with their parents. "Following the luncheon, the kids will be treated to a performance by Big Time Rush, and will have the opportunity to visit the White House Kitchen Garden," the White House said in an announcement Wednesday. The winners -- one child from each state, the three territories and the District of Columbia --submitted recipes for everything from fish tacos to "Bunny Bisque and Secret Service Super Salad." More from Politico’s 44.
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Sen. John McCain’s daughter thinks Vice President Joe Biden’s “unchained” comment was “stupid.” Meghan McCain ripped the VP on Tuesday for saying that Wall Street and Mitt Romney will put Americans “back in chains." "I'm so sick of this BS from him," she told KTAR radio, "I cannot stand Joe Biden because I think stupid is worse than being mean." She went on, "It's ridiculous and it's ignorant. ... If I were Obama I would've never picked Joe Biden in the first place. I think he's an idiot. And I know people think it's cute because he's like crazy grandpa or whatever and they like his gaffes but I think it's offensive." More from Politico’s Click.
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President Obama has finally become the most influential person on Twitter. Reuters reports, until recently, Justin Bieber was more influential than Barack Obama-- at least in the world of Klout, but not any more. “Klout said on Tuesday it has overhauled its Website and rejigged its algorithms, mostly by pulling in data from Wikipedia entries, to better reflect a person's status in the real world. As a result of the new algorithm, President Obama's Klout score has finally topped Beiber's, four years after Klout launched. The social media analytics company now sucks in 12 billion bits of data every day from social networks including Facebook, Google Plus and Tumblr, up from 1 billion just months ago. As part of the revamp, most users will see a bump in their scores.” More from Reuters.com.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
In a new web video released Tuesday, the Obama campaign announced the launch of DJs for Obama. "DJs are about motivation, inspiration, celebration. That's why I think it makes such perfect sense to not only celebrate this man, but to motivate people to reelect him," said New York City's DJ Cassidy. They've enlisted a number of DJs for the effort including Steve Aoki, rapper-turned-DJ D-Nice and DJ Rashida, who tours with Cee Lo Green. The DJs are encouraging other artistic types to use their talents to help the campaign. "If you're a painter, paint a campaign poster, if you're a sewer, sew a campaign t-shirt. Use what you have to contribute," DJ Cassidy says in a campaign video announcing the initiative (video above). "Four years is great. Eight is what we need." More from Politico’s 44.
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Now that we know Paul Ryan, is Mitt Romney’s choice for VP, the bigger question becomes, who will play him on “Saturday Night Live”? Entertainment Weekly’s Hillary Busis has a few guesses: “My money’s on Taran Killam, a versatile performer who’s poised to break out now that Kristin Wiig is moving on to greener pastures. Killam’s ridiculous Michael Cera impression proves that he can capture the essence of a public figure without mimicking him. Killam’s also got serious competition in another SNL MVP: Bill Hader, who may be the show’s best impressionist since Darrell Hammond.” More from EW.com.
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Congressman Paul Ryan’s “Hey Girl” Tumblr is getting a lot of attention these days. Yeas and Nays writes, Emily Zanotti, “The 30-year-old head of a Chicago-based communications and advertising firm along with Lyndsey Fifield and Lindsey Dodge, had all read an April New York Times story about the Wisconsin congressman. “Somehow we got talking about how awesome Paul Ryan would look shirtless, in a river, catching catfish,” Zanotti told Yeas & Nays. From that came the Tumblr blog “Hey Girl, It’s Paul Ryan,” a site filled simply with sultry Ryan pictures, stamped with phrases like, “hey girl, unlike the debt our love will never hit the ceiling.” More from Yeas and Nays.
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Last week we told you about a group of military families who were not fans of NBC’s new reality show. Now, a group of Nobel Peace Prize winners have taken a stand against the show, “Stars Earn Stripes,” which features former first dude of Alaska Todd Palin, the AP reports. Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the other Nobel laureates protested in an open letter that the show, "Stars Earn Stripes," glorifies war and armed violence. The series, which premiered on Monday night, pairs celebrities with inactive U.S. military personnel for simulated military challenges.” More from Politico’s Click.
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Chelsea Clinton isn’t ruling out a future in politics, or at least that’s what she told Vogue magazine. Politico says, “The former first daughter, who has long avoided the press, let journalist Jonathan Van Meter follow her around “for weeks” for a new profile in the magazine’s September issue. From the piece: People around Chelsea have noticed a change in her, too. “As she’s been exposed to the foundation and to what her father’s doing with his post-presidential life,” says Hillary Clinton’s deputy chief of staff, Huma Abedin, “I think a light switched on: This is the legacy I’m going to inherit.” More from Politico’s Click.
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will be hanging out with Jimmy Fallon and the Roots crew later this week. According to NBC, Pelosi will discuss her 25th anniversary in Congress, along with the upcoming presidential and congressional elections. The Hill says, “Pelosi is a veteran of the late night comedy circuit, having appeared most recently on "The Colbert Report" in February. During that appearance, Pelosi advocated for the Disclose Act that would have increased transparency for election spending.” You’ll have to wait until Friday to see if the Dem leader slow jams the news. More from the Hill’s In the Know.
Monday, August 13, 2012
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Former Congressman Anthony Weiner is moving on up. The New York Post says, he has made a giant upgrade in the housing department. ”After selling his "875-square foot two-bedroom Forest Hills condo," Weiner and wife Huma Abedin are now renting a "2,120-square-foot, four-bedroom, 3.5-bathroom apartment" on Park Avenue. The new crib happens to be owned by big-time Democratic donor Jack Rosen, but a spokesman for Hillary Clinton insists that the Weiner-Abedins are paying "market rate," which the Post's "real-estate sources" peg at "at least $12,000 to $14,000 a month." More from the Post.
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A year and a half after the tragic shooting in Arizona, former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords has returned to Tucson. NY Mag says, “She had been receiving intensive treatment in Houston, but her husband Mark Kelly said that she's progressed to the point that she can do therapy in Arizona. “You know, it’s time for her to get back to as much of a normal life as possible after this type of catastrophic injury,” Kelly said. “Obviously, a big thing for her is to come home.” More from their Daily Intel blog.
TMZ caught up with Congressman Paul Ryan over the weekend. They say, “There should be no doubt that Rep. Paul Ryan is up for the rigors of a presidential campaign ... because the wannabe VP has a crazy workout regimen. As TMZ first reported, our sources in DC say Ryan works out at the House gym every morning at 6:00 AM and his routine is "fierce." When we asked him about his workout routine, the Congressman from Wisconsin named two of the most popular -- and most difficult -- workout plans around—P90X and Insanity.” See the video at TMZ (or above).
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Mitt Romney’s VP pick delivered a positive bump for his Twitter account. For two days, Romney passed President Obama in positive Twitter conversations, which marked the first time he had done so all week, according to Twitter's Political Index. The Hill writes, “The index, showed Romney's score jumped 25 points on Saturday to 39 and kept ticking up, to 44 on Sunday. Obama's score was 32 on Saturday and 36 on Sunday. Romney had trailed the president's score all the previous week. Twitter also started comparing online conversations around Ryan and Vice President Joe Biden over the weekend. Ryan earned 60 on the Twitter scale Saturday compared to Biden's 37.” More from the Hill’s Twitter Room.
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Julia Child, didn’t just love French cooking, she loved politics and adored former President Bill Clinton, according to her biographer. But she was disappointed when Clinton didn't give her one of the nation's highest honors. “Child received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2003 from President George W. Bush, but the avowed liberal would have much rather received it from Clinton, Bob Spitz, the author of "Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child," told The Hill at a Wednesday discussion at the Smithsonian about the cook's life. And, as it turns out, Child, had ties to another Democratic politician — Sen.Al Franken, but during his SNL days. Franken wrote the infamous "Saturday Night Live" sketch that featured Dan Aykroyd portraying Child. In the skit, Aykroyd acted out a scene from Child's PBS cooking show "The French Chef," cutting his finger but carrying on with the cooking despite the blood squirting everywhere. Child, he added, loved the sketch and showed it to visitors at her home.” More from the Hill’s In the Know.
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A new book about the myths surrounding the life of Thomas Jefferson has been dropped from its publisher. The Huffington Post reports, “Following widespread criticism from a diverse group of scholars, as well as the threat of a boycott by Cincinnati pastors and church leaders, publisher Thomas Nelson has decided to stop selling David Barton's “The Jefferson Lies: Exposing the Myths You’ve Always Believed About Thomas Jefferson” due to factual errors. Casey Francis Harrell, director of corporate communications for the Christian publishing house, told the Tennessean that the publisher had received several complaints about the book and ultimately confirmed the existence of enough errors to cancel it. The book is currently still available through Amazon.com, but Harrell told the newspaper that Thomas Nelson has stopped new shipments and is recalling the book from retailers. More from the Huffington Post.
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To provide electricity access for the more than 1.3 billion people in the world without it, the U.S. government is partnering with a group that knows a little something about wattage: Linkin Park. Politico says, “All six members of the Grammy-winning rock band, which has supported efforts at expanding energy access in the past, met with State Department energy officials on Friday. “Linkin Park described their efforts to support energy access for all through their Power the World initiative and the non-profit Music for Relief,” reads a department press release. “The band expressed their commitment to supporting and inspiring efforts at international development, disaster relief, and particularly, energy access.” More from Politico’s Click.
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You're going to be hearing a lot about the Wisconsin Representative. So Gawker’s partner blogs found an interesting fact you may not know yet. Ryan used to drive the Wienermobile and sell meat products for Oscar Mayer in the upper-Midwest. Jalopnik writes, “At some point we'll have to get into a discussion of Janesville, where's he's from, and the now-defunct GM plant that's there. We'll have to talk about his views on diesel, CAFE standards, the bailout, and all that nonsense. But, so far as we can tell, the most important fact you need to know about the man who could be one heartbeat away from the presidency is that he used to deliver hot dogs. In a truck. Shaped like a giant hot dog.” More from Jalopnik.com.
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With his announcement of Paul Ryan as his running mate, Mitt Romney may be hoping to secure the votes of middle and working class voters. But the Paul Ryan memes are already running rampant. It’s brought the return of the Hey Girl, It’s Paul Ryan Tumblr which pairs ipics of the Congressman with fake quotes declaring everything from his love for you, to how his budget plan works. Political Punch says, “Paul Ryan's name, you see, is conveniently shared by several hunk-tastic Hollywood stars. "OK, so we know it's Ryan, but is it Gosling or Reynolds? #RomneyVP #Ryan," riffed Twitter user @thediscust. And enter Paul Ryan Gosling, which pairs images of Ryan (the politician) with made-up quotes. So far the Tumblr has a few entries. More from ABC and Yahoo.
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
And because we haven’t had enough parody videos this week there’s a new one hitting Mitt Romney for not releasing more of his tax returns. The Agenda Project unveiled a new video starring Romney Girl—aka Miss Swiss Bank Account—declaring her love for Mitt. You can see the full video at HyperVocal.com.
Both presidential campaigns have been busy buying domain website to use in future attacks. According to USA Today, “There is no website at theapologistinchief.com or agingrockstar2012.com yet, but these are two of dozens of web addresses Mitt Romney's presidential campaign has purchased and could use to tweak President Obama. One of the sites the Romney campaign bought this spring is "o-the-amateur.com" a frequent theme Republicans use to suggest Obama does not have the expertise to manage the economy. The Obama campaign, so far, has primarily launched websites that promote the president or defend attacks against him. However, the purchase of some domain names such as Mittbot.com, indicate the attacks could be on the horizon.” Find the full story at USA Today.
Want to know who will be taking the oath of office in January? Perhaps this psychic adviser can help. BuzzFeed video guru, Andrew Kaczynski posted a number of videos of Tony Leggett, a self-described “international inspirer, life coach, and psychic healer/adviser” doing hand readings of all the presidential candidates. Now the candidates clearly didn’t volunteer their palms for this experiment, but somehow Leggett was able to analyze Romney, Obama, and a few others (Obama video above). More from BuzzFeed.com.
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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was burning up the dance floor in South Africa Tuesday night, busting a move during a wild foreign reception. The New York Daily News says, “Clinton — who seems to be letting her hair down more and more in what she say will be her last year on the job — was one of the guests of honor at a dinner in Johannesburg. When a jazz singer began crooning at the reception, the former First Lady appeared to be the first one out of her seat and onto the dance floor, judging from the video filmed by The Associated Press. More from the New York Daily News.
The case of Jersey Shore wants to make sure you get out and vote. Politico says, “The MTV reality stars have taped a video for Funny or Die, urging participation in the 2012 election." A slew of curse words and political theory disputes later, the cast encourages young voters to "flex their political power" in the 2012 election. MTV"s "Power of 12" campaign is said to target the younger generation , much like their Rock the Vote and Chose or Lose partnerships. More from Business Insider.
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Thursday, August 2, 2012
The Hill’s writing about a new board game called The Presidential that lets players see if they have what it takes to win office on Election Day. In the strategy competition, which its creators call the first mainstream board game centered on the U.S. presidential election, Republicans and Democrats go head to head trying to paint the country red and blue and win 270 electoral votes. On each turn, players must decide whether to campaign or fundraise, and can get tripped up or gain momentum along the path to the White House. The $35 game is being sold online and at the Smithsonian.” Check it out at The Hill’s In the Know.
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Spotted at Tuesday's Nationals-Phillies game:Vice President Joe Biden. A White House official confirmed the VP's attendance. Biden attended with his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, and a number of wounded veterans. Biden showed up to watch Nats ace Stephen Strasburg take on the last-place Phillies. Biden's office tweeted that the VP was rooting for the visiting Phillies, who went on to beat the Nationals 8 to 0.
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President Barack Obama sent a congratulatory tweet to U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps who won his 19 Olympic medal at the London games on Tuesday. “Congrats to Michael Phelps for breaking the all-time Olympic medal record. You’ve made your country proud. –bo,” . “Thank you Mr. President!!” Phelps . “It's an honor representing the #USA !! The best country in the world!!” Speaking in Mansfield Ohio, he congratulated Phelps again and all the athletes on Team USA. More from Politico’s Click.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
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Anne Hathaway, Aaron Sorkin and Joanne Woodwood have come aboard to co-host Harvey Weinstein’s Aug. 6 fund-raising dinner for President Obama. Page Six says, “Vogue editor Anna Wintour is also hosting the $35,800-per-head event at the Westport, Conn., home of Weinstein and his wife, designer Georgina Chapman. Wintour and Weinstein teamed for an Obama dinner last year at the movie mogul’s townhouse where guests included Gwyneth Paltrow, Alicia Keys and Quentin Tarantino. More from the New York Post’s Page Six.
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Monday, July 30, 2012
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Wednesday, July 25, 2012
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As you know, a few Senators made cameos on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” when the show recently filmed in D.C. Patrick Gavin asks, “But behind every politician is a great staffer, right? Avital Barnea, a Presidential Management Fellow with the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, will also be featured on the program — the only Capitol Hill staffer to do so, she claimed. Barnea said that she responded to the “Parks and Recreation” casting call after reading about it on POLITICO. ”I initially cast it off, but upon casually mentioning the opportunity to a colleague, was encouraged to apply,” she said via email. “So, I emailed my photo and biographical information to the casting company.” Check it out at Politico.com.