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The Obama administration will either rue the day it created an online petition system or look at it as one of its signature accomplishments. A little of both, perhaps.

The latest hilariousness to come out of said program is a petition to "authorize the production of a recurring television program featuring Vice President Joe Biden."

Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton

We've seen a petition to classify Westboro Baptist Church as a hate group, for Texas to secede from the union, and for the U.S. to deport Piers Morgan.

Now people want VP reality TV.

"Vice President Joe Biden has a demonstrated ability to bring people together, whether at the negotiating table or at the neighborhood diner," states the petition.

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The son of U.S. Sen. Rand Paul was arrested for underage drinking and disorderly conduct after being arrested at Charlotte's Douglas International Airport.

William Hilton Paul was arrested following a flight from Kentucky to North Carolina, according to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office in Charlotte.

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Authorities did not say whether William Paul, of Bowling Green, Kentucky, was believed to have been drinking on the airplane or at the airport.

The senator's office released a statement:

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The White House is weighing a far broader approach to curbing U.S. gun violence than just reinstating a ban on assault weapons, according to reports.

The Washington Post states that V.P. Joseph Biden is seriously considering measures that would require universal background checks for gun buyers.

Movement and sale of weapons would be tracked through a national database.

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The measures would also strengthen mental health checks and stiffen penalties for carrying guns near schools or giving them to minors, the Post said.

The Post reports that approach is generally backed by law enforcement leaders.

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Mitt Romney's final vote total in the 2012 presidential election has been tallied, and the Republican challenger received - wait for it - 47 percent of the vote.

Yes, it took this entire time to finalize it (you just didn't hear about it because it wasn't close), and Romney came in almost exactly at the 47 percent figure.

47.2 percent to be exact.

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Many will find the number appropriate and ironic, as Romney made waves when a secret video of him talking with donors surfaced late in the campaign season.

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Proving that some things never change, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) introduced a bill to repeal Obamacare on the first day of the 113th Congress.

It's an effort that has been tried repeatedly by House Republicans, only to fail, or ultimately be shot down by the Senate, controlled by Democrats.

Some estimate that 33 (34 now) such bills have been introduced.

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Glenn Beck Tweeted earlier this week, "Before Al-Jazeera bought Current TV, TheBlaze looked into buying it but we were rejected by progressive owners."

Amazingly, this is 100 percent true.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Beck's The Blaze approached Current about buying the struggling channel last year, but was turned down on ideological grounds.

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Beck was reportedly told that "the legacy of who the network goes to is important to us and we are sensitive to networks not aligned with our point of view."

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton remained hospitalized Wednesday for treatment of a blood clot in her head, as daughter Chelsea tweeted from her bedside.

After being photographed looking visibly distraught outside the hospital, Chelsea wrote that she was grateful to be starting the new year with her family.

Hillary and Chelsea Clinton

"Wishing all a healthy & happy 2013," Chelsea, 32, wrote.

"Grateful to be starting the new year with my family."

Former President Bill Clinton has been spotted driving to and from his wife's side at New York-Presbyterian Hospital for much of the past 48 hours.

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Worst. Negotiators. Ever.

Donald Trump is slamming the GOP over the fiscal cliff deal that lawmakers reached in the last 48 hours, saying Republicans "may be the worst negotiators in history."

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The real estate mogul's harsh words concerned the last-minute compromise reached by V.P. Joe Biden and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

The U.S. Senate passed legislation to avert the fiscal cliff - a series of tax increases and budget cuts set to take place January 1 - on New Year's Eve.

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On the heels of the Senate's last-minute fiscal cliff deal, agreement to stave off the harshest and most immediate consequences of the cliff won approval in the House.

The House voted 257-167 for it. President Barack Obama said he would sign the law, the battle over which foreshadowed more fights with Congress over spending.

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Passed over the objections of many conservative Republicans, the legislation takes steps toward resolving the combination of automatic tax hikes and spending cuts.

Those cuts were to take effect January 1, but the new bill preserves tax rates as they were at the end of 2012, except for those earning more than $400,000.

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A full two hours after a midnight deadline, the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed a deal Tuesday to avert the feared fiscal cliff of tax increases and spending cut.

The bipartisan bill passed 89-8.

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Budget cuts will be put off for two months and income tax cuts for individuals earning less than $400,000 or couples earning less than $450,000 are preserved.

The measure now goes to the U.S. House where it faces an uncertain future in the GOP-controlled body. However, the Senate's margin of passage sends a message.

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