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Today marks the 150th anniversary of the historic Gettysburg Address by President Abraham Lincoln, one of the most famous speeches of all time.

On the Civil War battlefield in Pennsylvania, Lincoln's speech symbolized his presidency and the sacrifices made by Union and Confederate forces.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, Civil War historian James McPherson, U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and others spoke to mark the 150th anniversary.

“Lincoln’s timeless words embodied and galvanized us as a nation," Congressman Scott Perry, R-Pa., said at the event held on the same hallowed ground.

"Everything we’ve achieved since that time was born out of the sacrifice of the soldiers that fought here and the patriots that followed in their footsteps."

Lincoln's Gettysburg Address was first delivered nearly five months after the major battle that left tens of thousands of men wounded, dead or missing.

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Last week, Sarah Palin compared the national debt to slavery, saying both are examples of one being "beholden to a foreign master."

It wasn't the ex-governor's finest hour.

But this controversial statement was quickly overshadowed by Martin Bashir's critique of Palin, as the MSNBC analyst referred to the former Vice Presidential candidate as a "world class idiot" and added that someone should shove feces in her mouth.

On air, Bashir recounted an excerpt from an 18th century plantation owner that mentioned how the man used to deal with unruly slaves, specifically one named Hector who the owner "flogged and "pickled" and then put "shit in his mouth."

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Over the weekend, Saturday Night Live ran a skit that parodied Rob Ford.

But, really, there's no greater parody of the Toronto Mayor than the man himself.

During a city council meeting on Monday, the politician - who has admitted to smoking crack during a drunken stupor - knocked over a councilwoman on the way to helping his brother, who had entered into a verbal confrontation with a spectator.

Watch the bizarre incident take place now:

Ford immediately apologized for his action, but then sat by as the council voted to strip the embattled mayor of many of his powers, while cutting the budget of his office by 60%.

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Saturday Night Live, which always has its finger on the pulse of pop culture and current events, has the cure for Barack Obama's recent political depression.

Paxil: Second Term Strength.

With the health care woes seemingly worsening by the day, more than a few people might sign up for this drug ... provided it has a website that works.

Here's Jay Pharoah in the SNL spoof of an anti-depressant for Obama:

Other must-sees from Saturday Night Live this weekend:

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The Hawaii State Senate has passed a bill legalizing gay marriage, making it all but official that the island paradise will now be a same-sex wedding destination.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie, who called lawmakers to a special session for the bill and has supported gay marriage, has said he would sign the measure.

It will allow thousands of gay couples living in Hawaii, and even more tourists to marry in the Pacific Ocean state starting on Monday, December 2.

Senators passed the bill 19-4 with two lawmakers excused.

More than half the chamber's lawmakers spoke in support of the bill, with many urging the public to come together to heal divisions within the community.

It will also benefit the state economically. An estimate from a University of Hawaii researcher it could boost tourism by $217 million over the next three years.

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CMA Awards hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood tore into ObamaCare during their comedic and musical intro on Wednesday night's telecast.

The duo poked fun at Miley Cyrus, Luke Bryan, and Dolly Parton, but their best jabs may have come at the faulty Affordable Care Act website's expense.

After the country crooner “injured” himself Twerking, Paisley said he might enroll. “I started signing up last Thursday and I’m almost done,” quipped Carrie.

The duo then went on to try getting Paisley signed up for health insurance, launching into a parody song spoofing the ACA's infamously problematic roll-out.

It was pretty funny. Check out the routine below:

Other highlights from the 2013 CMA Awards:

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A 20-pound carp lost his bid for a seat on the Ann Arbor, Mich., city council, according to a report. He had been campaigning in the city, home to the University of Michigan.

Despite some quality signage and news coverage, it was not to be.

MLive reports that the carp was focusing the bulk of his campaign efforts on the 4th Ward, where Democrat Jack Eaton was the only candidate on the ballot.

Eaton, for his part, said that something smelled fishy here.

His residency status was an issue, as was his character, as the carp was relocated from a city park pond to a nearby river for being destructive to vegetation.

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Portland, Maine, voters approved legalizing recreational marijuana for residents 21 and older. The measure passed with around 70 percent support Tuesday.

As such, Portland becomes the East Coast city to legalize pot.

Adult residents may now possess up to 2.5 ounces of weed.

The measure does not permit the recreational purchase or sale of marijuana, nor does it permit its use in public spaces like parks. But other than that? Legal.

"Most Portlanders, like most Americans, are fed up with our nation's failed marijuana prohibition laws," said David Boyer of the Marijuana Policy Project.

"We applaud the voters of Portland for adopting a smarter marijuana policy, and we look forward to working with city officials to ensure it is implemented."

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Democrat Terry McAuliffe was elected governor of Virginia in a race over Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli that was as close as it was bitter.

McAuliffe topped Cuccinelli in a surprisingly razor-thin 47-46 percent victory to become Virginia's next governor, ending a divisive, polarizing campaign.

McAuliffe's win breaks a long Virginia tradition going all the way back to 1977 of voting for a governor from the opposing party of the sitting U.S. president.

Virginia, unlike most states in America, only allows one term as governor, so a new individual is chosen to lead the Commonwealth every four years.

Virginia was one of two U.S. states choosing governors Tuesday, along with New Jersey, where popular Republican Gov. Chris Christie was re-elected.

A slew of local elections also took place, including elections for big-city mayors (Bill de Blasio will lead New York City) and various state ballot initiatives.

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Chris Christie was re-elected as New Jersey governor in a landslide Tuesday, posting a 60-39 percent victory over his challenger, state Sen. Barbara Buono.

For months, the popular Republican held a sizable lead in the polls as Buono failed to get her campaign off the ground. He never gave an inch.

Chris Christie was re-elected with widespread support from men, women, independents, members of his own party, and even three in 10 Democrats.

"I'm the luckiest guy in the world," Christie said, flanked by his wife Mary Pat and their four children, during his acceptance speech in Asbury Park, N.J.

The Democratic challenger, Buono, won the votes of liberals, African-Americans, and young voters, but that was not nearly enough to stop Christie.

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