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I went on Chinese State TV to sing and dance. The makes me and the Chinese government cringe—for different reasons.

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The Veep Is More Popular Than the President

How the worst job in Washington became television's favorite role

If Joe Biden really wants to get the most out of his time as vice president, he should sign a development deal instead of forming an exploratory committee. On television, the Naval Observatory is the hottest real estate since Melrose Place—far more popular, even, than that mansion over on Pennsylvania Avenue.

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Miley's Twerking Wasn't Racist

It's not right to call her VMA performance minstrelsy

Many of the people clutching their pearls over Miley Cyrus’s gluteal gyrations at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday don’t want the America they claim to want.

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Bradley Cooper: Beefcake Thespian

How the "Silver Linings Playbook" star became a serious actor

It’s a real shame that the planned big-screen production of Paradise Lost, which was to feature Bradley Cooper as Lucifer, will never see the light of day. It might have been the perfect role for the 38-year-old actor, who’s nominated for Best Actor at this Sunday’s Oscars for his work as in Silver Linings Playbook.

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Before Sunrise

When President Obama arrives in Tokyo on Friday, he will confront a country that seeks to be an ally of the United States. For Japan has never been an American ally. It was first a rival, then an enemy, and finally, after it lost the war it foolishly started with the U.S., it became a protectorate, not an ally.   The distinction matters. An alliance is an institution negotiated between two sovereign governments in which each agrees to a series of reciprocal obligations that have the force of law.

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Forty years ago, the rumor that Paul McCartney had died, and that the Beatles had covered up his death while for some reason scattering clues of it in their albums, leapt from the counterculture to the mainstream, where it briefly transfixed millions. The key event in the rumor going viral was a Michigan Daily article by student Fred LeBour. Michigan Today recounts the story: On the morning of October 14, the university community awoke to the shocking and incredible report that one of the world's most popular and beloved entertainers was no more.

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The NYT has a short piece today that gives us yet another reminder of why it's so much fun to tell lawyer jokes.

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This week, "Sesame Street" kicks off its fortieth season on air. But the TV show's transition to middle age hasn't been entirely smooth. Conservative bloggers are blasting an episode in which Oscar the Grouch, who lives in a garbage can, described the fictional "Pox News" channel as "trashy." (Presumably he would know.) And the show has flirted with politics before: Politicians guest-star, and international versions of it cover topics like HIV in South Africa and ethnic strife in Ramallah.

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Critics have complained that a drug industry got a sweetheart deal when it struck a bargain with the White House and Senate Finance Committee over health care reform. There’s new reason to think those critics were right. It comes from an October forecast by IMS Health, a respected global research and consulting firm. The report, which IMS distributed to clients and which a source provided, projects that the drug industry will see average annual growth of 3.5 percent between 2008 and 2013. Back in March, IMS had projected no growth at all during that same five-year stretch.

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A number of people have noted the off-script hilarity of Michael Steele's response on Roland Martin's show when the host suggested that white Republicans are "afraid of black folks": You're absolutely right. I mean, I've been in the room and they've been scared of me. But, for my part, I find equally funny a subsequent moment when Michael Steele began to launch into a parody of white people--in classic, uptight-nasal, Eddie-Murphy-in-"White Like Me" mode--but, sadly, thought better of it after just one syllable.

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