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The Colbert Report, the late-night fake news Comedy Central program hosted by Stephen Colbert, has suspended production for at least two days this week.

The recent home of relentless parodying of super PACs and the campaign finance system didn't air a new episode last night and tonight will be a repeat as well.

“Due to unforeseen circumstances, the show will air repeat episodes on both Wednesday, February 15 and Thursday, February 16,” Comedy Central said.

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Albani would not comment on the specific reasons for the suspension, saying Comedy Central was “not providing any additional details at this time.”

According to Third Beat Magazine, which covers comedy, Colbert’s audience received a notification email announcing the cancellation of live taping.

“Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have canceled our taping for the date of your ticket reservation, February 15, 2012,” the email read.

It is expected that the suspension of production will not be indefinite, and that the show should return soon, but no further information is available.

Colbert’s super PAC, meanwhile, has over $800,000 on hand after raising $219,000 last month, almost entirely from small donors, heading into Super Tuesday.

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Whitney Houston will officially rest in peace this Saturday afternoon in New Jersey, as her loved ones gather for a funeral in Newark and millions gather around their computer to watch a live stream.

But the circumstances surrounding this ceremony have been anything but peaceful.

As Houston's family continues to battle with Bobby Brown over whether or not the singer will attend, Governor Chris Christie has been forced to address his state's decision to honor the artist by flying all government flags at half-staff.

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“What I would say to everybody is there but for the grace of God go I,” Christie said in response to complaints that New Jersey is turning a drug addict into a role model.

Other objections to the move emanate from those who believe this sort of memorial should be reserved for members of the military, first responders and elected officials.

“I am disturbed by people who believe that because her ultimate demise - and we don’t know what is the cause of her death yet - but because of her history of substance abuse that somehow she’s forfeited the good things that she did in her life,” said the governor during a briefing in northern New Jersey. “I just reject that on a human level.”

The funeral raises two questions, both of which we ask of readers below:

SHOULD FLAGS BE FLOWN AT HALF-STAFF?

 

SHOULD THE FUNERAL BE STREAMED ONLINE?

 

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Monica Lewinsky has tried to keep a low profile after her role in President Bill Clinton's impeachment scandal, but she's become a trending topic of discussion again.

All thanks to PBS' two-part, four-hour documentary, titled Clinton.

The documentary, which premieres Monday as part of PBS' "American Experience" series, sheds new light on Clinton's Oval Office affair with his then-23-year-old intern through interviews with some of Clinton's closest advisers.

Some of whom had never spoken publicly about the affair until now.

Monica Lewinsky, Bill Clinton

Among the former White House staffers appearing on film are Secretary of Labor Robert Reich and Clinton's former reelection campaign manager, Dick Morris.

In the film, Morris reveals, "When the Lewinsky scandal broke the President paged me and I returned the call. And he said to me, 'Ever since I got here to the White House I've had to shut my body down, sexually I mean."

"But I screwed up with this girl. I didn't do what they said I did, but I may have done so much that I can't prove my innocence.'"

Though she plays a huge role in the story of Bill Clinton's presidency, Monica Lewinsky herself was not interviewed for the movie. Producer Barak Goodman said that, “We felt it would tilt [the documentary] toward sensationalism.”

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In an interview with Music Radar this week, Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine dished on his support for Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum.

Seriously, he did. Here's one major quote:

"I was completely oblivious as to who Rick Santorum was, but when the dude went home to be with his daughter when she was sick, that was commendable."

Santorum, Megadeth

"Also, just watching how he hasn't gotten into doing the horrible, horrible attack ads like Mitt Romney's done against Newt Gingrich, and then the volume at which Newt has gone back at Romney… You know, I think Santorum has presidential qualities."

"I'm hoping that if it does come down to it, we'll see a Republican in the White House next year ... and that it's Rick Santorum."

A spokesman for Rick Santorum's presidential campaign, which came to life with three wins last week, has not responded to a request for comment.

For Mustaine, who hopes "whatever is in the White House next year is a Republican," candidates Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich just don't cut it.

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Samuel L. Jackson is making news for some candid remarks about President Barack Obama and why he supported him in 2008. What did the actor say exactly?

That he pulled the lever for Obama because of his race.

In an interview with Ebony, Jackson said, "I voted for Barack because he's black. 'Cuz that's why other folks vote for other people, because they look like them ... That's American politics, pure and simple. [Obama's] message didn't mean [bleep] to me."

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Jackson then went on to drop the n-word many times discussing Obama, telling the magazine, "When it comes down to it, they wouldn't have elected a [bleep]."

"Because ... what's a [bleep]? A [bleep] is scary. Obama ain't scary at all. [Bleeps] don't have beers at the White House. [Bleeps] don't let some white dude, while you in the middle of a speech, call [him] a liar," he said, referring to Joe Wilson's famous outburst.

"A [bleep] would've stopped right there and said, ‘Who the f--k said that?' I hope Obama gets scary in the next four years, 'cuz he ain't gotta worry about getting re-elected."

There you go. The only thing missing is a Snakes on a Plane reference.

Provocative word choice aside, Jackson's point appears to be that some people vote based on race, and that Obama won because while he is black, he does not fit negative African-American stereotypes. For more on the subject, see Rock, Chris.

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Mitt Romney eked out a narrow win in Maine's Republican caucuses, state party officials announced Saturday, beating Ron Paul by approximately three percent.

The victory, however slim, offers the candidate a boost after three straight losses to Rick Santorum last week. How far it will carry him remains to be seen.

The former Massachusetts governor earned 39 percent of the vote, while Paul took 36 percent, his strongest showing by share of the vote so far in the campaign.

Paul also finished second to Romney in neighboring New Hampshire.

Romney and Paul

Santorum got 18 percent of the vote in Maine and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who has faded since winning South Carolina, had 6 percent.

While the Maine results don’t immediately offer any convention delegates to Romney, they give him renewed momentum - at least according to Romney, who said:

“The voters of Maine sent a clear message that it is past time to send an outsider to the White House, a conservative with a lifetime of experience in the private sector, who can uproot a culture of taxing, spending, borrowing and endless bureaucracy.”

The Maine results are based on votes cast at 84 percent of municipal caucuses that have been conducted to date; the rest will be held by March 20.

The state’s delegates to the Republican convention will be allocated in May. Because the results aren't officially complete, Paul did not concede defeat.

“It’s almost like we could call it a tie,” he told supporters.

Again, Maine's party officials have declared Romney the winner. However, with 16 percent of the caucuses - many in counties where Paul is poised to do well - postponed due to inclement weather, it's still possible for Paul to overtake him.

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Welcome back to the first annual Tournament of THG: Couples Edition, where fans vote on the most popular celebrity couple in the entire universe!

The concept is simple: Pick your favorite of the two pairs in each poll. Done. YOUR VOTES will determine the winners of this tournament showdown.

Tournament of THG Couples Bracket

So far in round one, Robsten is cruising, while Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel and Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds both hold narrow advantages.

Today's battle: The President and the First Lady of the United States against TomKat! An unconventional matchup, we know. But a good one!

Cast your VOTE BELOW for your favorite couple of the two:

And the Winner is?

    Who's your favorite celeb pair, TomKat or the Obamas? Cast your vote now in this first round matchup and help us crown THG's Top Celebrity Couple! View Poll »

    Poll is now closed! Here are the results:

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    Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert is truly one of a kind.

    More than a comedian who reports the news, Colbert makes himself (or a farcical version of himself) the news, mainstreaming political satire like no one else.

    Now, he's actually being used for political purposes.

    In a new TV ad, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi takes aim at Colbert’s Super PAC, suggesting that their former friendship has been torpedoed by the faux-conservative pundit’s refusal to disclose the complete sources of his funding:

    Pelosi is in on the joke - and Colbert’s thinly-veiled campaign to expose the abuses of Super PACs - of course. She's been pushing hard for the Disclose Act.

    The bill was introduced to expose the sources of “secret money from special interests” in electoral campaigns. A Super PAC, or political action committee, can receive and spend unlimited sums of cash on behalf of whomever they chose.

    Colbert has been pointing out the absurdities of this system by starting his own Super PAC, which has labeled Mitt Romney a serial killer and now supports Herman Cain, who dropped out of the Republican presidential race months ago.

    The details are spelled out on a Stop Colbert Facebook page.

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    CNN's Roland Martin announced last night that he will meet with GLAAD in the wake of his suspension from the network over his "regrettable," homophobic tweets.

    Martin was suspended by CNN indefinitely Wednesday afternoon after the controversy surrounding Tweets he fired off during Super Bowl XLVI Sunday evening.

    Among other things, he said that people should "smack the ish" out of any male fans of a David Beckham underwear commercial. Controversy erupted quickly.

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    CNN, which was also criticized for its delayed response, took three days to respond to the calls by GLAAD and others to fire Martin or to address his tweets.

    When it did, it called the statements "offensive" and against what the network stands for, adding that Martin would be off the air "for the time being."

    Martin did not directly address his suspension Wednesday. But he tweeted two messages to his followers (above) detailing his plans to meet with GLAAD.

    For its part, GLAAD lauded CNN's stand on Martin but also welcomed the political analyst's apology and offers to meet with and work with the group.

    Does the suspension go far enough? Should Martin be fired?

     

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    Roland Martin may have been joking about Super Bowl-related topics with some off-color Tweets Sunday night, but his bosses at CNN definitely didn't find it funny.

    The political contributor has been suspended by the network after his remarks - most notably about David Beckham's H&M underwear ad - were called homophobic.

    Gay-rights powerhouse GLAAD pushed hard for CNN to fire Martin. That did not happen, but disciplinary sanctions were taken, and his return date is not clear.

    Roland Martin Tweet

    In a statement, CNN said:

    "[Martin's] tweets were regrettable and offensive. Language that demeans is inconsistent with the values and culture of our organization, and is not tolerated."

    "We have been giving careful consideration to this matter, and Roland Martin will not be appearing on our air for the time being."

    Martin fired off the controversial tweet (above) during the Super Bowl.

    In another, he wrote, "Who the hell was that New England Patriot they just showed in a head to toe pink suit? Oh, he needs a visit from #teamwhipdatass."

    Martin tried to backpedal by issuing an apology Monday.

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