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Obama's same-sex marriage announcement, provoked, defined, and dissected by TV

President Obama’s Wednesday declaration that “I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married” was uttered on television (to ABC News) and was provoked at least in part by Vice President’s Joe Biden’s TV remarks last Sunday, on NBC’s Meet The Press, that initially raised the subject to a Presidential level.

The New York Times reports today that, according to several sources, Biden’s words accelerated the President’s announcement, which he’d planned to make… also on television: On The View next Monday. (We’ll see what the View gals have to say about that, later this morning.) READ FULL STORY

'Politics is weird and creepy': MSNBC's Rachel Maddow and Fox News' Shepard Smith agree on Gingrich, Romney

Last night, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow reached across the political-cable-news aisle to play a delightful clip of Fox News’ Shepard Smith and his reaction to Newt Gingrich’s I’m-outta-here, I-kinda-support-Mitt-Romney, grrr-grrr-I’m-furious press conference, and Romney’s statement on that endorsement. READ FULL STORY

Jimmy Kimmel and President Obama at the White House Correspondents' Dinner: Jokes about Mitt, Hillary, and dogs, dogs, dogs

“What’s the difference between a pitbull and a hockey mom?” asked President Obama during last night’s annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner, doing a variation on Sarah Palin’s old campaign line. His answer? “The pitbull is delicious.”

Both Obama and the celebrity roaster, Jimmy Kimmel, returned repeatedly to the recent “news” that as a child, the President sampled dog meat. In the world of Washington politics and social humor, this was joined to Mitt Romney’s now-legendary gesture of traveling with his dog crated on the top of his car to create a lot of Saturday-night, post-dinner, bi-partisan canine joshing. The President went so far as to put together a fake ad that featured his own dog in a spot about the secret “dog socialism” he’s planning to institute should he get a second term in office. READ FULL STORY

New GOP ad slams Obama as 'celebrity President'; Dems slam Romney as 'Mad Men' fan: VIDEO

Just as I predicted, fans of Mitt Romney took one look at President Barack Obama’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon appearance and quickly cobbled together an ad that blasts Obama as “the biggest celebrity in the world” and asks, “After four years with a celebrity President, is your life any better?” READ FULL STORY

Barack Obama on 'Jimmy Fallon' review: The President slow-jammed the news. Did he upstage Mitt Romney's victory night?

President Barack Obama slid smoothly onto Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Tuesday night to slow-jam some news to the late-night host’s youthful audience.  READ FULL STORY

'Mad Men' season premiere review: Don Draper plays hunger games

Mad Men got off to a very slow start on Sunday night, as though daring you to become absorbed in it again, but as the two hours proceeded, the show launched at least four rather magnificent set-piece scenes that remind you not just how good the series can be, but also how different it is from anything else TV has seen. The themes of the evening could not have been more simple and direct: Everyone is insecure; everyone wants to find his or her place in the world. Have I written enough now to pause for a new paragraph and insert the obligatory SPOILER ALERT: DON’T READ FURTHER UNLESS YOU’VE WATCHED THE SEASON PREMIERE OF MAD MEN? Ah, good… READ FULL STORY

David Letterman: Rick Santorum 'won't appear on our show' out of fear

Before he brought out Michelle Obama as his first guest last night, David Letterman spent his post-monologue desk time ruminating on the vagaries of booking guests during an election year. He said some presidential candidates refuse to appear on his show. Prodded by Paul Shaffer to name names, Letterman said, “Rick Santorum won’t appear on the show. They’re afraid, afraid I’m going to chase ‘em around the theater with a hammer.” READ FULL STORY

Two 'Game Change' reviews: The ballad of Sarah Palin, in prose and on video

Game Change is based on a small portion of the best-selling book of the same name by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin: the portion that eviscerates the John McCain campaign’s selection of Sarah Palin to be his running-mate in the 2008 presidential campaign. Indeed, while Palin herself has said watching this HBO production (premiering on March 10) would be “a waste of time,” she need not fear for erosion to her reputation. She is impersonated here with mimicry of the high order by Julianne Moore; she is portrayed as a devoted mother, and a plucky, if stressed-out and carb-deprived, campaigner. READ FULL STORY

Politics on Tuesday TV: Rick Santorum 'Breaking In' as Mitt Romney goes up 'The River'

While the broadcast networks were airing new episodes of The River and the return of Breaking In (hoo boy, even Megan Mullally came off badly in that Christian Slater-led stinker; poor her), the real fascination was in the tight Ohio primary fight between Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, and President Obama’s press conference earlier in the day.

Both Fox News Channel and MSNBC said in various ways that the narrowness of the Ohio race was an important indication of problems for Romney going forward. Both channels pointed out the disparity in what the candidates had spent in the state — roughly $12 million by Romney; roughly $1 million for Santorum. Michael Moore, popping up on (where else?) MSNBC, asked what does it mean about Romney’s chances “if he can’t beat the guy who forgets to file the papers [in Virginia]?”  READ FULL STORY

One Million Moms hate 'Archie' comics and gay marriage

The conservative organization One Million Moms wants Toys R Us to stop stocking an Archie comic book that features a gay wedding. In the story, the character Kevin Keller gets hitched to Clay, whom he met in a military hospital after being wounded in the armed services. The marriage occurs in Life With Archie #16, featuring a cover depicting the nuptials, and featuring a banner saying, “Just Married.” READ FULL STORY

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