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Republican candidates. Will they ever learn?

The band Silversun Pickups wants Mitt Romney to quit using their song "Panic Switch" at events, firing off a cease and desist letter to make sure he does.

According to frontman Brian Aubert, Romney has been using their 2009 single (below) without asking for permission ... not that he would've received it:

Mitt Romney at the Olympics

"We don't like people going behind our backs, using our music without asking, and we don't like the Romney campaign. We're nice, approachable people."

"We won't bite. Unless you're Mitt Romney!"

Aubert also notes that the candidate's illegal use of the song is ironic, because "he is inadvertently playing a song that describes his whole campaign."

The letter notes that in 2008, GOP nominee John McCain was sued by Jackson Browne for using his hit song "Running on Empty" without permission.

That was just one of many such examples, so many in fact that the GOP promised to "respect and uphold the rights of artists and to obtain permissions."

Don't hold your breath there. Perhaps Romney and Paul Ryan should rely on a steady diet of Toby Keith, Ted Nugent and Dave Mustaine from now on.

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Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine says President Barack Obama somehow "staged" the recent Colorado shooting as part of a conspiracy to ban guns. Seriously.

In comments that may put even Ted Nugent to shame, Dave suggested that Obama was behind the massacre perpetrated by James Holmes ... and a lot more.

At a Tuesday, August 7 performance in Singapore, Mustaine told the crowd, "Back in my country, my president ... he's trying to pass a gun ban."

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"So he's staging all of these murders, like the 'Fast And Furious' thing down at the border ... Aurora, Colorado, all the people that were killed there ... and the beautiful people at the [Wisconsin Sikh temple]."

The rocker continued, "I don't know where I'm gonna live if America keeps going the way it's going because it looks like it's turning into Nazi America."

One major hole in Mustaine's "theory" (besides basic facts): Obama has not made any push for gun control in the wake of these tragedies.

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Kelsey Grammer, the star of Boss on Starz, suggested last night that he may have been snubbed by the Emmys because of his Republican leanings.

Grammer's role as a ruthless Chicago mayor won him a Golden Globe, yet he isn't even among the 2012 Emmy nominees, which Jay Leno was puzzled by.

The Tonight Show host asked Grammer why that was. His response:

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“It may have to do with several things, honestly, but I think it’s possible… I mean, I am a… I’m a declared out of the closet Republican in Hollywood."

“Do I believe it’s possible that some young person, young voting actor - or even older voting member for the Emmys - would sit there and go ..."

"‘Yeah, that’s a great performance, but ooooooooooooh, I just hate everything he stands for?’ [Cue sarcasm.] I don’t believe that’s possible.”

Grammer has won Emmys for Cheers, Frazier, and even The Simpsons, but he claims he only publicized his political views after his last win (2006).

The rebuttal to Grammer’s comment is that no matter how good he is on Boss, it's on Starz, and only has around 300,000 viewers per episode.

It’s possible liberal voters don’t care for his politics, but how many even know that about him, let alone care? Enough to cost him an Emmy nod?

Also, if any voters snubbed Kelsey for personal reasons (a big if), wouldn't his ugly, public split with Camille Grammer be a more likely reason?

You be the judge: Think Kelsey is snubbed because of his views?

 

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An excerpt of an interview with Hillary Clinton in Kyrgyzstan is generating major buzz over her response to a moderator's question about  - what else - her fashion sense.

Here's the transcript of the exchange ...

    MODERATOR 1: OK. Which designers do you prefer?
    CLINTON: What designers of clothes?
    MODERATOR 1: Yes.
    CLINTON: Would you ever ask a man that question? (Laughter.) (Applause.)
    MODERATOR 1: Probably not. Probably not. (Applause.)

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Owned. The exchange, posted on Tuesday by Boston Review, has been shared thousands of times online, even though it actually took place back in 2010.

Clinton's awesome response has garnered widespread praise among women, though to be fair, 99 percent of the town hall-style interview was focused on the ever-turbulent global political and socioeconomic climate, foreign and domestic policy.

Nevertheless, we wouldn't recommend asking such trivial questions, future moderators. Have you seen the texts from Hillary Clinton? She runs the world.

Chelsea Clinton in Vogue? More topical, but probably still out of bounds.

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Chelsea Clinton is featured in the new issue of Vogue magazine.

In it, she muses that like her famous parents - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton - she may seek office too one day.

"Before my mom's campaign I would have said no," Chelsea said.

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However, "If there were to be a point where it was something I felt called to do and I didn't think there was someone who was sufficiently committed to building a healthier, more equitable, more just, more productive world?"

"Then that would be a question I'd have to ask and answer."

Clinton, 32, who married investment banker Marc Mezvinsky in 2010, said her celebrity is "something I could continue to ignore or it was something I could try to use to highlight causes that I really cared about," she told Vogue.

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With V.P. nominee Paul Ryan energizing the Republican base and Joe Biden trying to rile up ... well, everybody, President Obama campaigned for reelection at the Iowa State Fair yesterday, making his case to voters the old-fashioned way:

Giving away free beers at the Budweiser tent.

President Obama in Iowa

Barack actually yelled to the crowd, "Hey, everybody who's over 21, you gotta buy a beer!" Obama then bought 12 - two for himself, 10 for people in line behind him.

Obama's appearance was a poorly-kept secret, drawing thousands of fans, and creating security nightmares at the Hawkeye State's popular annual event.

But come on, a free beer from the Prez? Totally worth it.

Watch a couple of videos of his visit after the jump ...

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Vice President Joe Biden raised eyebrows at a Virginia campaign rally today when he said Mitt Romney and his economic ideas would "put y'all back in chains."

Of the Republican ticket and newly-minted VP nominee Paul Ryan's budget plan, Biden said: "They’ve said it. Every Republican’s voted for it."

"Look at what they value. Look at their budget and what they’re proposing. [Romney] said in the first 100 days, he’s going to let the big banks once again write their own rules – unchain Wall Street ... They’re going to put y’all back in chains."

While Biden likely meant that Americans would be shackled, metaphorically, by corporate greed, his words conjured up more provocative imagery.

Romney spokesperson Andrea Saul said “The comments made by the vice president are not acceptable in our political discourse and demonstrate yet again that the Obama campaign will say and do anything to win this election."

Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter didn't back down.

"I think [President Obama] probably agrees with Joe Biden's sentiments," Cutter said. "He's using a metaphor to talk about what's going to happen."

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Former Alaska Governor and V.P. nominee Sarah Palin will not speak at, or even attend, the Republican National Convention, she confirmed in a statement.

"This year is a good opportunity for other voices to speak at the convention and I'm excited to hear them," Palin, the star of the 2008 convention, said.

"Everything I said at the 2008 convention about then-candidate (Barack) Obama still stands today," the 48-year-old professional celebrity added.

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Palin’s apparent decision to steer clear of the convention marks a stark contrast from four years ago, when she took the presidential race by storm.

Accepting the GOP Vice Presidential nomination, she electrified the party faithful and received widespread praise from previously skeptical pundits.

That also turned out to be her high water mark, however, and her absence from this year's event may indicate what a polarizing figure she's become.

Sources connected to both Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney's camps said she backed out of the RNC altogether after not being offered a speaking slot.

She said she supports Republican presidential candidate Romney and his running mate, Congressman Paul Ryan, but is focusing her efforts elsewhere.

Big Republican names such as Chris Christie, Condoleezza Rice, John McCain, Marco Rubio and even Rick Santorum will speak at the convention.

Romney will officially be nominated on August 30.

Who do you want to win in 2012:

 

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People really want to see Paul Ryan shirtless apparently.

The newly-minted 2012 Republican V.P. nominee has inspired a wave of searches for his sculpted bod, according to a hilarious new Google infographic.

Since Mitt Romney announced Ryan as his running mate on Saturday, the most popular search keywords after Paul's name were "Vice President."

Makes sense ... but "Shirtless" was a close second:

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"Wiki," always a funny search term in that one could simply go on Wikipedia and type in his name, was third, followed by "Budget" coming in fourth.

The 42-year-old Congressman, who's married and has three kids with Janna Ryan, is certainly younger and better looking than most people in politics.

He's also "fierce" about working out and goes to the U.S. House gym at the crack of dawn every morning. Paul surely has an impressive six pack.

Good luck finding pictures of it online, though.

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No authentic photos of Ryan's already legendary abs or chest can actually be found using Google ... we looked. If you can prove us wrong, do tell.

Better yet, if you have your own, send those in! The American people demand to know ... about entitlement reform and balancing the federal budget.

And Paul Ryan shirtless. Make it so, Internet. Make it so.

UPDATE: We now have a Paul Ryan shirtless pic!

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Janna Ryan, the wife of U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, has quickly and predictably been thrust into the national spotlight since her husband, a Wisconsin Congressman, was announced as the Republican nominee for Vice President by Mitt Romney.

Here are a few things to know about the 43-year-old Janna:

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1. Janna Ryan is 43, and married Paul in 2000. She is stay-at-home mom raising three young children in Wisconsin, Elizabeth, Charles and Samuel (above).

2. Ryan, whose maiden name was Little, grew up in Madill, Oklahoma. Both of her parents spent their careers as successful lawyers in private practice.

A town in Oklahoma, Little City, is named after her family. Like her parents, Janna has a law degree, having graduated from George Washington in 1998.

3. Her family has strong political - and Democratic - connections; Her uncle, David Boren, served as a Democratic governor of Oklahoma and later as its U.S. senator.

Boren's son, Dan Boren, is Janna's cousin and a member of House of Representatives. A Blue Dog Democrat, he has often voted across party lines.

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