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Boosted by a poll showing him leading Jon Huntsman in South Carolina, Stephen Colbert kicked off his Comedy Central show Thursday by bringing out his lawyer, Trevor Potter, to discuss the logistics of a possible presidential run.

The first order of business: Colbert's Super PAC. A candidate can't run a political action committee, even if said committee supports said candidate and raise unlimited funds.

“Can I run for president and keep my Super PAC?” Colbert asked. Potter replied, “No... A candidate cannot run a Super PAC. That would be coordinating with yourself.”

Colbert: “But... I love my Super PAC. And I love money.”

Trevor explained that someone else could take over the Super PAC, as long as it that person and Colbert do not coordinate strategy. Seriously, this is the law.

Who better to do the job than Jon Stewart!

“I’m honored,” he said, signing documents and holding hands for a “super activation.” With Stewart at the helm of Colbert’s Super PAC, what's Steve's plan?

“I am proud to announce I am forming an exploratory committee to lay the groundwork for my possible candidacy for the President of the United States of South Carolina!”

Colbert, a native of the Palmetto State, previously offered to fund the upcoming January 21 Republican primary in exchange for its naming rights.

He's got our vote. Colbert/Stewart 2012?

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Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai condemned a video depicting what appears to be four U.S. Marines urinating on the dead corpses of Taliban fighters.

A presidential statement described the video as "completely inhumane" and called on the U.S. military to punish the Marines involved in the despicable act.

The U.S. Marine Corps said Wednesday it is investigating the video, which went viral earlier this week, but has not yet verified its origin or authenticity.

The case has been referred to the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, the Navy's worldwide law enforcement organization (which inspired the show NCIS).

The Afghan Ministry of Defense also condemned the actions as "shocking." The NATO-led security force in Afghanistan said the following in a statement:

"This disrespectful act is inexplicable and not in keeping with the high moral standards we expect of all coalition forces."

The International Security Assistance Force said the acts "appear to have been conducted by a small group of U.S. individuals apparently no longer serving in Afghanistan."

None of the statements have identified the personnel or explained why the ISAF thought they had left the country. More as the story develops ...

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Angelina Jolie has spent plenty of time in Washington, D.C., as a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador, but yesterday, she visited the White House with Brad Pitt.

There, they enjoyed a private meeting with President Barack Obama!

The leader of the free world and Hollywood's most famous couple dissected the New Hampshire primary. Kidding. They discussed a cause dear to Angelina's heart ...

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The plight of women caught up in war zones - such as the one depicted in her film The Land of Blood and Honey - and how the U.S. can get involved combating mass violence against civilians in troubled areas was Brangelina's reason for visiting.

Pitt, who has consulted with Obama regarding his plans for the redevelopment of New Orleans' hurricane-ravaged Lower Ninth Ward, talked about that as well.

You have to respect the couple's commitment to these causes. No word on whether Secret Service confiscated Brad Pitt's cane before he met with Obama.

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Looks like Kelly Clarkson has company.

Two weeks after the inaugural winner came out in support of Texas Congressman Ron Paul in the 2012 presidential race, the candidate nabbed another star endorsement:

The X Factor's Nicole Scherzinger!

@NicoleScherzy wrote on Twitter: “For the first time ever a politician isn’t lying to us. WAKE UP AMERICA! Ron Paul 2012 I Love this Guy #RonPaulRevolution!”

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Hopefully Nicole won't experience anything like the backlash against Kelly Clarkson for weighing in on a heated political campaign, but it's always a possibility.

Kelly was criticized by some of her fans, but also lauded for the move by many Paul supporters - a particularly vocal lot - so there was also an upside for her.

Ron Paul finished second in this week's New Hampshire Republican primary and a strong third in the previous week's Iowa caucus, both won by Mitt Romney.

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Ron Paul may have finished second in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday, but to hear him tell it, he - and more importantly liberty - was a big winner.

“I think the intellectual revolution that’s going on now to restore liberty in this country is on its way, and there’s no way they’re going to stop the momentum that we have started,” said Paul after his second strong outing in as many states.

In an energetic speech to supporters, he laughed off criticism that he's "dangerous" (except to the status quo, in which case he accepts the label) and thanked the Manchester Union-Leader for not endorsing him (the paper backed Newt Gingrich).

Even on a night that saw Mitt Romney win, Paul showed why his campaign has caught fire, and showed no signs of slowing down heading into S.C.:

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Stephen Colbert may not have succeeded in buying the naming rights to the South Carolina Republican primary, but he is polling at a respectable 5 percent.

Seriously, he is. That's tied with Rick Perry and ahead of Jon Huntsman.

If Huntsman is hopeful he'll get a bump after his third-place finish in New Hampshire last night ... this is not it. Again, he is trailing comedian Stephen Colbert.

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The survey, by Public Policy Polling (PPP), puts the Comedy Central anchor, who is not (and was never) running, at an even 5 percent, with Perry. Huntsman has 4 percent.

With that projected vote tally, Colbert is in a tie for fifth behind Mitt Romney (30%), Newt Gingrich (23%), Rick Santorum (19%) and Ron Paul (10%), respectively.

Admittedly, many of Colbert’s supporters may be Democrats planning to participate in the Palmetto State’s open primary ... or just saying his name as a joke.

If so, nicely played.

Colbert also happens to be a South Carolina native and very involved in politics, albeit in an absurd way. Who knows, if his Colbert Nation Super PAC starts making some key ad buys, maybe he'll creep into double digits. Watch your back Mitt.

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After finishing a respectable, but still distant third in the New Hampshire primary, is former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman's campaign DOA heading into South Carolina?

A late surge of support carried his percentage of the vote into the double digits, but Mitt Romney won easily and Ron Paul enjoyed a healthy second-place margin.

Still, in his speech Tuesday night he tried hard to portray that result as evidence of a gathering storm of Huntsmentum heading into the next primary January 21.

“Third place is a ticket to ride! South Carolina, here we come!” said the ex-ambassador to China. Sadly, Huntsmentum may soon it a wall in the Palmetto State.

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Mitt Romney got virtually all that he needed out of the New Hampshire primary last night, putting himself on track to claim the Republican presidential nomination.

At the same time, he seems to generate little to no enthusiasm.

As he moves on to South Carolina with his opposition badly splintered and running out of time to stop him, the question becomes whether anyone can actually do it.

With a strong third in Iowa and a strong second in New Hampshire, Ron Paul outperforms all the other anti-Romneys. Yet mainstream media outlets write him off.

This becomes something of a self-fulfilling prophecy as people are less inclined to vote for someone they are TOLD can't win, rather than casting ballots on conviction.

Can the electorate coalesce possibly around Paul? Will Newt Gingrich or Rick Santorum leap back into contention? If not, Mitt way run away with this thing by default.

Somewhat ironically, the principal motivator in many voters' decision to pull the lever for Romney is his perceived ability to beat President Obama in November.

At the same time, many Democrats feel Obama is best positioned to defeat Romney than other candidates and he is actually their preferred opponent of choice.

Will South Carolina deliver a surprise January 21, with Florida to follow? Or will Mitt coast into the GOP convention with an endless string of pluralities and no energy?

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A group of scientists that tracks the likelihood of a global cataclysm announced Tuesday that it has moved its "Doomsday Clock" to five minutes to midnight.

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists said inadequate progress on reducing nuclear weapons and continuing inaction on climate change prompted the switch.

The clock had been at six minutes to midnight for the last two years. It was previously set at five minutes to 12 from 2007-2010. Now back to 11:55 we are.

Doomsday Clock Moved

The group says in a statement that two years ago, there was reason for optimism "that world leaders might address the truly global threats we face."

However, "In many cases, that trend has not continued or been reversed."

The closest the Doomsday Clock has been to midnight was 11:58 in in 1953, when the U.S. and Soviet Union ramped up their thermonuclear arms race.

In 1991, with the fall of the Soviet Union and the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, the clock was at 11:43, its earliest time since its inception in 1947.

Of course, the end of the world's coming December 21, 2012 anyway, so it may matter little in the end. Nuclear standoffs have nothing on the rapture.

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Mitt Romney rolled to victory in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday, becoming the first GOP candidate since 1976 to win the Iowa caucuses and N.H. back-to-back.

“Tonight we celebrate. Tomorrow we go back to work,” said Romney, who turned back a ferocious assault from his GOP rivals in recent days to win fairly handily.

In accepting victory, he delivered a pointed message to his opponents, urging them not to play into President Obama’s hands by trying to destroy his candidacy.

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“In the last few days, we have seen some desperate Republicans join forces with him,” Romney said. “This is such a mistake for our party and for our nation."

"This country already has a leader who divides us with the bitter politics of envy.”

Congressman Ron Paul of Texas came in second place, with approximately 24 percent of the Granite State vote to Romney's 36 percent as of this posting.

Former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman is third, around 17 percent, with Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich tied for fourth, struggling to crack double digits.

Romney leads Ron Paul in nine of the state's 10 counties, with Paul second in each of those and ahead in the 10th. A little over half the votes have been tallied.

The contest now moves to South Carolina January 21. The Palmetto State is considered less welcoming terrain for Romney, though he still leads in polls.

Final N.H. primary results to come after all precincts report.