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Phil Robertson has been suspended indefinitely from A&E's Duck Dynasty amid the intense backlash over his recent anti-gay comments in GQ.

The family patriarch is famously outspoken and never affair to ruffle feathers (excuse the pun), but these remarks were particularly eyebrow-raising.

Many were offended, but others are attacking A&E, saying Phil Robertson's anti-gay comments are merely statements of his religious and personal beliefs.

Sarah Palin was one of many fans to take to social media in response, charging that the Duck Dynasty star's suspension is an attack on freedom of speech:

“Free speech is an endangered species. The ‘intolerants’ hatin’ and taking on the Duck Dynasty patriarch for voicing his personal opinion are taking on all of us.”

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal also voiced support for his embattled constituent:

“Phil Robertson and his family are great citizens of the State of Louisiana."

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Barbara Walters had a diverse group of people to choose from in selecting her 21st and likely final Most Fascinating Person from this year. So who was it?

There was Jennifer Lawrence, a blessing with her great acting and great quotes, an A-list movie star who somehow feels like everyone's BFF.

There's new parents Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, the Duck Dynasty cast (also in the news thanks to Phil Robertson), and obviously Miley Cyrus.

None of them topped the last though. That honor goes to ...

Hillary Clinton! She was the first person selected by Barbara Walters when she began her series of specials 21 years ago, so it was a fitting choice.

Yet also somewhat of an odd one, as Clinton stepped down as Secretary of State early this year and has been almost entirely out of the spotlight.

In any case, Barbara Walters says she's retiring after this year, making this the final Most Fascinating special. As for Clinton retiring? A lot less clear.

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Loretta Fuddy, the director of Hawaii's Department of Health who verified President Obama's birth certificate, died in a small plane crash this week.

A commercial plane carrying Fuddy went down off the coast of the Hawaiian island Molokai Wednesday. The respected state health official was 65.

Fuddy is best known nationally as the Hawaii official who verified and approved the public release of Barack Obama's birth certificate in 2011.

Fuddy said the documents "prove the fact that he was born in Hawaii." Naturally, birthers weren't about to let her tragic death pass without mockery.

Early reports indicate that the plane she was in suffered catastrophic engine failure, and that the other eight passengers on board were rescued.

Naturally, many Tweets, comments, and web posts from the "movement" quickly insinuated that Fuddy's death in the Cessna crash was no accident.

Some implied that the White House was "tying up loose ends," or that those with ties to Obama's past tend to have a "shortened life span."

And, of course, the King of the Birthers, Donald Trump, weighed in:

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Funeral selfies are all the rage these days. Even world leaders are getting in on the new craze, as we saw this week at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service.

Yes, President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt snapped one, as seen below.

Michelle Obama? Not impressed.

Obama Selfie at Mandela Funeral

The photo shows the three smiling for a smartphone as the First Lady of the U.S. stares into the distance, likely not approving of funeral selfies.

A series of hilarious follow-up photos show Obama laughing along with Thorning-Schmidt and touching her arm before turning inexplicably somber.

After all, Nelson Mandela died Friday and now "belongs to the ages," as Obama himself says. Does a man of such gravitas deserve more respect?

Emily Post, the renowned etiquette expert, says it's never okay to take selfies at funerals. Do you agree? Or are we making too much of a lighter moment?

Funeral selfies: Bad taste or good fun?

 

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Martin Bashir has resigned from MSNBC in the wake of the controversy he started when he advocated doing something very unpleasant to Sarah Palin.

Almost three weeks after his shocking on-air trashing of Palin, he finally stepped down from the network. A steep price to pay, yes, but deservedly so.

At issue was Palin comparing America’s Chinese debt to slavery, and her insistence that her claim was not racist. Bashir tried to make light of this, and failed.

He essentially advocated that someone use her mouth as a latrine, but didn't even word it as nicely as that. His resignation statement was appropriately contrite:

"After making an on-air apology, I asked for permission to take some additional time out around the Thanksgiving holiday," Bashir said.

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CBS has ordered 60 Minutes correspondent Lara Logan and her producer to take a leave of absence after a review of their botched story on Benghazi.

The show's October 2013 story focused on the raid on the U.S. embassy in that Libyan city last year, and Logan relied heavily on a marginal source.

60 Minutes interviewed a security contractor who said he was at the U.S. mission in Libya the night it was attacked and tried to fend off the attackers.

However, questions were raised about whether the source was lying.

A CBS internal report obtained by the AP this week found that the reporter and network did a poor job vetting the story, for which Logan has apologized.

CBS Chairman Jeff Fager, who is also the 60 Minutes executive producer, asked Logan and her producer, Max McClellan, to take a leave of absence.

The length of time of her time off the air has not been determined.

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President Barack Obama was heckled by a protester during his speech on Monday in San Francisco, and he tried to use the incident as a teachable moment.

An immigration reform activist began shouting for Obama to use executive orders to halt the deportation of America's undocumented immigrants.

"You have the power to stop deportations!" yelled the heckler.

Instead of allowing the Secret Service eject the activist, the Commander-in-Chief flipped the script instead and made a point about the limits of authority.

"Actually, I don't and that's why we're here," Obama replied.

Obama motioned for the Secret Service to let him stay, praising "the passion of these young people [who] feel deeply about the concerns of their families."

Then he tried to explain the position he's in as President.

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Toronto residents are praying that Rob Ford's days in office are numbered.

But if this is accurate, the mayor need not worry: two porn companies have already offered him a fall-back job.

Rob Ford Photo

According to TMZ insiders, Vivid Entertainment is among the porn producers angling to get Ford naked on camera, with star Brandy Aniston actually hoping to co-star with the rotund, crack-smoking politician.

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Give Trey Radel credit.

As much credit as you can give a congressman who was caught purchasing cocaine from an undercover police officer, that is.

A day after news of Radel's drug possession arrest went public, the Florida politician accepted full responsibility for his actions and announced in a press conference that he is taking a leave of absence.

"I have no excuse for what I've done," Radel told reporters Wednesday. "And I'm not gonna sit here trying to make any excuses for what I've done. I let down our country, I've let down our constituents, I've let down my family, including my wife and even though he doesn't know it, I've let down my 2-year-old son."

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Move over, Rob Ford.

Trey Radel is coming after your drug-based political headlines.

The Florida congressman was arrested yesterday and charged with cocaine possession after federal law enforcement officers caught Radel allegedly purchasing drugs from an undercover agent on October 29.

The congressman was informed that evening that the charge would be forthcoming.

In a statement, Radel did not mention whether or not he would resign, but did acknowledge an "extremely irresponsible choice" and added that he will seek treatment for substance abuse.

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