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Republican debate on CNN draws 5.5 million viewers

CNN’s presentation of the latest Republican debate delivered a healthy 5.5 million viewers Tuesday night.

The showdown in Las Vegas moderated by Anderson Cooper was the second most-watched debate this season, second to Fox News coverage of the Sept. 22 debate (6.1 million). Still, last night’s debate was up 51 percent from CNN’s coverage of the Tampa Debate on Sept. 12. In the cable news network 25-54 demo, 1.7 million viewers tuned in.

For more, check out Ken Tucker’s take on the debate here.

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ESPN yanks Hank Williams Jr. song permanently from 'Monday Night Football'

Looks like the apology from Hank Williams Jr. didn’t count for much: ESPN has decided to permanently cut the singer’s song “All My Rowdy Friends” from Monday Night Football. “We have decided to part ways with Hank Williams, Jr,” ESPN said in a statement. “We appreciate his contributions over the past years. The success of Monday Night Football has always been about the games and that will continue.”

Interestingly, Williams took to his own website to say it was his decision to leave the network. “After reading hundreds of e-mails, I have made MY decision,” he wrote. “By pulling my opening Oct 3rd, You (ESPN) stepped on the Toes of The First Amendment Freedom of Speech, so therefore Me, My Song, and All My Rowdy Friends are OUT OF HERE. It’s been a great run.” READ FULL STORY

Hank Williams Jr. apologizes for Obama-is-Hitler remark, again, with Some creative Capitalization

Hank Williams Jr. has already apologized for equating President Obama to Hitler on Fox & Friends, but the country singer just reiterated his sentiments with an apology message posted to his personal website.

The note makes liberal use of unnecessary capitalization, possibly for emphasis, but probably mostly because, as he says at the end, “This was Not written by some Publicist.”

Here’s the statement from Hank Williams Jr.: READ FULL STORY

Hank Williams Jr. pulled from ESPN after comparing Obama to Hitler

You may be ready for football, but ESPN is not ready to let Hank Williams Jr. open tonight’s game after his incendiary comment about President Obama on Fox News.

The country singer criticized the president’s recent “golf summit” with Republican House Speaker John Boehner. The singer told Fox & Friends that the meeting “would be like Hitler playing golf with [Israeli leader] Benjamin Netanyahu.”

Williams’ voice is famously used to open Monday Night Football, asking viewers “are you ready for some football?” ESPN released this statement: READ FULL STORY

HBO doc tracks the death of Don't Ask, Don't Tell -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP

“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the policy barring gay people from serving openly in the military, should be history on Sept. 20. That’s when President Obama’s repeal of the law is scheduled to go into effect — and when a documentary on the controversial policy, The Strange History of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, premieres on HBO. The film, by directors Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato (The Eyes of Tammy Faye), tracks the 17 years it took to overturn the policy — starting with President Clinton’s signature signing into law in 1993 and ending with Obama’s repeal in Dec. 2010. Along the way, it tells the history of gay people in the military as well as the stories of some of the estimated 60,000 gay and lesbian Americans currently on active duty. HBO will air a sneak preview of the doc from midnight to 1:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 19, and then will premiere the film at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20. You can watch an exclusive clip of it below:  READ FULL STORY

Obama's job creation speech draws 31 million

President Obama’s address to a joint session of Congress detailing his job creation agenda drew more viewers than his foreign policy speeches during the past year.

Obama’s speech delivered 31.4 million viewers Thursday night across 11 networks. Overall, Obama’s TV audiences have declined during his presidency. But last night’s viewership is higher than his previous recent policy speeches on Libya in March (25.6 million) and on Iraq in August, 2010 (29.2 million). The rating was lower, as one might expect, than Obama’s speech last May announcing the death of Osama bin Laden (56.5 million) and is also lower that January’s State of the Union Address (42.8 million). READ FULL STORY

George W. Bush recalls how New Yorkers greeted him on his first post-9/11 visit -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

In an exclusive first look from National Geographic Channel’s George W. Bush: The 9/11 Interview, the former president recalls his first visit to New York City after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. “I remember the West Side Highway was lined with our fellow citizens,” Bush says with a warm smile. “It was a real sign of solidarity. As [then New York mayor] Rudy [Giuliani] pointed out, it’s a unique moment. ‘Most of them didn’t vote for you,’ is what he told me.” Check out the full clip below:  READ FULL STORY

Roseanne Barr: 'I am running for President'

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Move over Donald Trump.

Former sitcom star Roseanne Barr says she’s running for president. Barr made the announcement during the taping of Thursday’s Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

“I am running for President of the United States,” Barr said to cheers (preview video below).

According to a Tonight Show insider, Barr then claimed, “I’m totally serious,” and explained, “‘Cause I want to be part of the debates, because I want to represent the tax payer. In fact, I’m choosing the tax payers as my vice president.” READ FULL STORY

MSNBC suspends Mark Halperin for Obama remark

MSNBC took immediate action today by suspending senior political analyst Mark Halperin after he used a vulgarity to describe President Obama during today’s Morning JoeHalperin was addressing President Obama’s Wednesday press briefing with host Joe Scarborough when he asked, “Are we on the seven-second delay?” Assuming that he could speak freely, he then said, “I thought he was a d–k yesterday.” Watch it below. READ FULL STORY

Keith Olbermann cuts show short for Rachel Maddow

Keith Olbermann responded to complaints that his 63-minute show on Current TV was forcing viewers to choose between his show and that of his protege, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow. Olbermann’s new program doesn’t go head-to-head with Maddow’s program, but its final three minutes overlap with the first three of Maddow’s at 9 p.m. Three days after essentially saying, “Too bad, it’s a competition,” Olbermann reversed course. “At @current we’ll soon have a 9 PM companion commentary show to mine,” tweeted Olbermann. “But in the interim there is no reason for me to be overlapping with my friend Rachel, nor to ignore the wishes of those who’ve been so loyal to both of us for so long. We’ve heard you: as of tomorrow night Countdown finishes at 9. Bonus stuff will instead go to Countdown Online. Thanks for upsiding my head on this :)”

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Tracy Morgan apologizes to Nashville audience for homophobic tirade

Tracy Morgan, who’s spent the last week apologizing for a homophobic rant that culminated in him saying that he’d stab his own son if he acted gay, returned to the scene of the crime, so to speak, to apologize to the Nashville audience that attended his notorious performance. Morgan met with offended audience members at the Nashville Convention Center this morning, and later told reporters, “I just wanted to take this opportunity to help and not hurt,” according to the Associated Press. Video after the jump. READ FULL STORY

President Obama on Weinergate: 'If it was me, I would resign'

It’s one thing for the political opposition to call for your resignation after a sex scandal, but Anthony Weiner, the married New York congressman who tweeted racy pictures of himself to various women on the web, is running out of friends. Several powerful Democrats previously called for Weiner to step down, and on Today this morning, the President himself told Ann Curry that “If it was me, I would resign.”

President Obama was there to discuss the sluggish economy, but to no one’s surprise, Curry led with the Weiner scandal. Obama seemed prepared and well aware that his verdict might well doom the congressman, who intends to return to his duties after seeking rehabilitation help. “When you get to the point where, because of various personal distractions, you can’t serve as effectively as you need to, at the time when people are worrying about jobs, and their mortgages, and paying the bills — then you should probably step back,’’ Obama said. Take a look at the interview. READ FULL STORY

Michelle Obama to appear on 'iCarly'

First Lady Michelle Obama will appear on an upcoming episode of Nickelodeon’s iCarly to promote Joining Forces, an initiative aimed at increasing awareness and support for military families, according to the Associated Press. In the episode, which will likely air in January, Obama gets involved after two of Carly’s friends break some rules so that she can have have a web chat with her dad, who’s in the military serving overseas. “The First Lady discovers it and comes to have a chat with them in the most positive way possible,” network president Cyma Zarghami said Wednesday.

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