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'Parks and Recreation': Senators John McCain, Barbara Boxer, and Olympia Snowe in D.C. episode

From Pawnee to D.C.! NBC comedy Parks and Recreation will head to our nation’s capital to shoot an upcoming episode that will include cameo appearances by U.S. senators John McCain, Barbara Boxer, and Olympia Snowe. The episode’s plot revolves around newly elected city councilwoman/all-around fan of politics Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) journeying to Washington, D.C. to visit her boyfriend, Ben (Adam Scott), who had accepted an offer in the season 4 finale to work on a congressional campaign. While she is there, Ben invites her to attend a cocktail party, where they will cross paths with the aforementioned politicians.

Ben and Leslie won’t be the only Parks characters seen inside the Beltway. Andy (Chris Pratt) will join Leslie on her trip so he can see his wife, April (Aubrey Plaza), who is now working with Ben.

The episode will air Sept. 27 as part of season 5, which begins Sept. 20.

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President Obama visits 'The View'

A day after making a historic move in declaring his support for same-sex marriage, President Barack Obama has booked an exclusive interview with The View. POTUS will sit down with Barbara Walters and the rest of the panel next Monday as part of the show’s “Red, White & View” campaign. The interview will air the next day, May 15. It’s Obama’s fourth time on the show (and second appearance as President). “We promise to let him get a word in edgewise,” joked Walters.

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Joe Biden credits 'Will and Grace' in his (sorta) endorsement of gay marriage; the stars respond

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The political world is all a Twitter today, debating whether Vice President Joe Biden actually did endorse gay marriage on NBC’s Meet the Press this morning when he said he was “absolutely comfortable with…men marrying men, and women marrying women.” (If he did, the statement is beyond the Obama Administration’s stated policy opposing gay marriage, but supporting equal marriage rights for same-sex couples.) What is crystal clear, though, is Biden’s endorsement of NBC’s Will & Grace as one of the biggest reasons American public opinion has moved steadily in the direction of approving same-sex nuptials.

“When things really began to change is when the social culture changes,” Biden told Meet the Press host David Gregory. “I think Will & Grace probably did more to educate the American public than almost anybody’s ever done so far. People fear that which is different. Now they’re beginning to understand.”  READ FULL STORY

Keith Olbermann fires back at Jimmy Kimmel over White House Correspondents Dinner jokes

At Saturday night’s White House Correspondents dinner, Jimmy Kimmel pointed his wit at some of the most powerful Americans in the country. Most of them were just a few feet away, including the President of the United States. Fortunately for Kimmel, everyone took his barbs pretty well — President Obama gritted his teeth and was a good sport, giving as well as he got. But one man who wasn’t in the room did not especially appreciate being the butt of several jokes. “I’d like everyone to look under your seats,” said Kimmel. “Under each one you will find a copy of Keith Olbermann’s resume…. The thing about Keith Olbermann is… he’s so likable…. Keith Olbermann burned more bridges than the Arsonist of Madison County. He has more pink slips than Marcus Bachmann.”

Scan to the 18:40 of Kimmel’s performance to watch the relevant bits. READ FULL STORY

George H.W. Bush to be featured in HBO documentary

As politicians go, George H.W. Bush is a fairly private person. Unlike Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, or even his son George W. Bush, the United States’ 41st president has never written an autobiography or memoir — though Bush did publish a volume filled with personal letters, diary entries, and memos in 2000.

But come June, we’ll get an inside look at Bush’s story. Reuters writes that the former president is the subject of an upcoming HBO documentary, aptly named 41. In the doc, Bush reflects on his life thus far, including his experiences as an aviator in World War II, his time as the director of the CIA, and his presidency, which lasted from 1989 to 1993. The movie was filmed over the course of 17 months at both Bush’s presidential library in Texas and his summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine.

The Jeffrey Roth-directed doc will premiere June 14 — two days after Bush turns 88 years old. READ FULL STORY

The Week in 'American Idol': Haley Reinhart blossoms, Clay Aiken takes a stand, and more

Next Wednesday (April 25), Roger Taylor and Brian May of Queen will perform in a group number with the top 6 finalists on a Queen-themed performance show.  Season 5, the year of Taylor Hicks, was the last time American Idol featured Queen songs. On next Thursday’s results show, the official touring Queen tribute, The Queen Extravaganza, will perform the classic hit “Somebody to Love.” Katy Perry and season 10 alum Stefano Langone will also appear. (Listen to Langone’s new single “On A Roll,” featuring New Boyz and Rock Mafia, at RyanSecrest.com.)

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Current American Idol champ Scotty McCreery has been nominated for two Billboard Awards, including Top New Artist and Top Country Album, for his platinum selling debut, Clear as Day.  Season 4 winner Carrie Underwood is set to perform. READ FULL STORY

President Obama will be on 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' April 24

Even though Jimmy Fallon was embarrassingly bested by President Barack Obama’s wife Michelle during a fitness contest back in February, he’s not holding any grudges against the First Family. Fallon tweeted earlier this morning, “The President of the United States!?!?! @BarackObama see you Tuesday!!! #obamaonfallon.” No word on whether he’ll address Ted Nugent’s recent run-in with the Secret Service, but you can imagine how he might react by checking out the Obama expressions clips in Late Night‘s archive of Obama videos.

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange interviews Hezbollah leader in TV premiere -- VIDEO

The opening episode of Julian Assange’s new talk show featured an interview with militant leader Hassan Nasrallah, whose Syria-backed Hezbollah militia is considered a terrorist organization in the United States and Europe.

The half-hour segment aired on Kremlin-backed broadcaster RT Tuesday and featured questions about Israel, Lebanon, Syria, theology and encryption. Nasrallah, who is rarely seen on English-language television, largely stuck to well-established positions.

But he did reveal that his group had been in touch with opponents of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

He said that Hezbollah had “contacted elements of the opposition, to encourage them, to facilitate dialogue with the regime.”

Speaking through a translator, Nasrallah claimed that Hezbollah had been rebuffed.

“You have an opposition that is not prepared for dialogue … all it wants is to bring down the regime,” he said. READ FULL STORY

Robert Redford making 'All the President's Men Revisited' for Discovery

It’s been 40 years since the Watergate scandal revealed to a horrified American public that politicians are not particularly trustworthy. More importantly, it’s been 36 years since All the President’s Men — the film adaptation of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein’s investigative milestone — convinced a generation that handsome journalists with fantastic hair could make a difference if they could only type harder. To celebrate, Robert Redford is getting the President’s gang back together. As regaled by the New York Times, Redford recently met up with the the real-life Woodward and Bernstein, along with their iconically crusty former editor Ben Bradlee (played by the iconically crusty Jason Robards in the movie.) READ FULL STORY

Eliot Spitzer tanks in Keith Olbermann's old time slot

After the sudden, inglorious exit of rabble-rousing pundit Keith Olbermann from Current TV last Thursday, Viewpoint With Eliot Spitzer debuted the next night in Olbermann’s former time slot to ominous ratings. The former New York governor’s program scored only 47,000 viewers total, slightly more than a quarter of the network’s March average for that time slot. In the make-or-break 25-54 demographic, Viewpoint landed only 10,000 viewers. The network previously bungled promotion for the show when they encouraged fans to follow Spitzer on Twitter. Spitzer does not have a Twitter account.

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Former Palin staffers rail against 'Game Change': HBO responds

An AP report emerged today that former aides of Sarah Palin are bitterly speaking out against HBO’s upcoming film Game Change for its “sick” portrayal of the one-time Vice Presidential candidate. The network has stepped forward to say, “We stand by our movie and we hope that people will withhold any judgment until they have viewed the film.”  READ FULL STORY

Pat Buchanan and MSNBC part ways

aren’t really appropriate for national dialogue, much less the dialogue on MSNBC.”

“My days as a political analyst at MSNBC have come to an end,” Buchanan wrote yesterday in a lengthy post on The American Conservative website, titled “Blacklisted, but not Beaten.” “After 10 enjoyable years, I am departing, after an incessant clamor from the left that to permit me continued access to the microphones of MSNBC would be an outrage against decency, and dangerous.”

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