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Arizona hosted the 20th GOP debate of this election cycle last night, and what followed was a wide-ranging discussion of issues ... and a familiar personal slap-fest.

It's all the same, only the names change. Wednesday, it was Rick Santorum in the coveted, yet also unfortunate role of the guy Mitt Romney trains his sights on.

Romney and Santorum clashed over the federal government's power in a high-stakes debate that might have been the last in the roller-coaster campaign.

Ron Paul was Ron Paul, defiantly making the case for liberty and getting far too little screen time. Newt Gingrich? He may have effectively called it quits.

The combative, knock-'em-out Newt was AWOL. Instead, the jovial Uncle Newt was back, playing everyone's wingman (and promising $2.50/gallon gas).

It was like mid-to-late 2011 again as Gingrich the enthusiastic, vigorously nodding candidate who would never speak ill of a fellow Republican resurfaced.

Even with his now-infamous media foil, CNN's John King, as the moderator, too. Go figure. A shift in strategy as he looks for a third comeback? Maybe.

He'd surely take it if it happened. But equally likely is that his moment passed, he knows it, and is looking to mend fences with his rivals and America.

The debate was held in the southwestern state of Arizona six days before primaries there and in Romney's native Michigan, which he loves everything about.

Romney still faces skepticism among Republicans who dislike his shifting stances on issues, but it was Santorum being called a "fake" conservative by Paul.

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Cyborg Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is campaigning in Michigan ahead of Tuesday's primary, and boy, does he just love everything about that state!

Mitt's pandering speech last week was remarkable in how forced it sounded, even by his standards, as the Michigan native tried to convince residents he is one of them.

It was a performance reminiscent of Steve Carell in Anchorman, when Will Ferrell's Ron Burgundy asks, "Are you just naming things you see and saying you love them?"

Watch a mashup of that scene and Romney's press conference below:

The trees are the right height. Take note, Michigan Department of Tourism. There's your new tagline if ever we've heard one. "Pure Michigan" was so 2011.

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Whenever he leaves office, President Barack Obama may have a found a new career. Who would have guessed his reelection strategy would involve more singing?

Last month, the Commander-in-Chief sang Al Green at Harlem's Apollo Theater. Then last night, he shared the stage with Mick Jagger, B.B. King and Jeff Beck.

The all-star musical lineup performed in the East Room of the White House, with the President joining in for an ensemble rendition of "Sweet Home Chicago" ...

The full version of In Performance at the White House: Red, White and Blues is set to air on local PBS stations on next Monday, February 27, at 9 p.m. ET.

For most of the evening, Barack and Michelle Obama took in the concert from the audience, swaying in their seats and occasionally getting up to dance.

But after some prodding from Buddy Guy, who referenced Obama's Apollo performance and told him, "You gotta keep it up," the President took the stage.

Taking the microphone offered by Rolling Stones frontman Jagger, Obama sang a few bars - again, surprisingly well - and handed the mic off to B.B. King.

"This music speaks to something universal," Obama said, as quoted by the AP.

"No one goes through life without both joy and pain, triumph and sorrow. The blues gets all of that, sometimes with just one lyric or one note."

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When raging homophobe and Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum rolls into Cumming, Georgia, to a campaign stop, the puns are almost too easy.

Still, this headline, first posted on Buzzfeed, defies description:

Santorum Headline

For more on Rick Santorum, a real "family values" conservative who has shot to the top tier of the GOP race against all odds, just Google Rick Santorum.

It's eye-opening, the etymology of the former Senator's name.

Well played, Internet ... and CUMMING headline writer.

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David Cross once took a hit of cocaine while sitting just a few feet away from President Barack Obama.

The Arrested Development star makes this admission in the March issue of Playboy, referring to the 2009 White House Correspondents Dinner and explaining to the magazine:

“I ducked under the table and did it. It wasn’t like I got high. The jolt was similar to licking an empty espresso cup. It wasn't about that. It was just about being able to say that I did it, that I did cocaine in the same room as the President."

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The White House Correspondents Dinner is an annual event, hosted by comedians such as Seth Meyers and Stephen Colbert, during which the President lets loose with a joke-laden speech that typically takes aim at opponents such as Donald Trump.

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True American heroes simply don't come any truer than George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, the two great Presidents honored with today's national holiday.

Our very first president, Washington led the rebellion over Great Britain, crafting a land of opportunity, where life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are held dear.

Four score and seven years later, Lincoln delivered his vaunted Gettysburg Address, steadfastly vying to preserve the nation his predecessors fought so valiantly for.

The bottom line here is that both were the best of their time, remain legends today, and ranking their achievements and indelible marks is close to impossible.

Comparing 19th and 18th Century fashion, however? You're on it! Vote:

And the Winner is?

They were both A-plus chief executives, but which U.S. President do you love more, Abraham Lincoln or George Washington? That's what we wanna know! View Poll »

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Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar of TLC's 19 Kids and Counting fame are campaigning hard for Rick Santorum, calling the Republican the "Man Of God" to lead the United States.

The ultra religious Duggar family backed the GOP presidential candidate early on, and have been emboldened by the underdog's recent surge to the top of many polls.

“We want a man that honors God to lead our nation,” Michelle Duggar said about the former Senator and why she's supporting him for the Republican party nomination.

Duggar Family, Santorum

NOTE: Give the Duggars Tater Tot Casserole recipe a shot!

“We have been praying to the Lord that if you want the heart of the voters to turn to Rick Santorum then please do so,” she said. “We prayed that more people would take a closer look at him, and more people are getting behind him.”

Jim Bob Duggar said he was impressed with Santorum, who recently gained another celeb endorsement from Megadeth's Dave Mustaine, throughout his career.

“He has a backbone of steel and a heart of gold," Jim Bob said. "He’s the family values candidate with a proven record. He honors life and stands for what is right. He’s on a shoestring budget, but we hope he will go from a pickup truck to Air Force One.”

In the coming weeks, Jim Bob and Michelle will keep spreading love for Santorum. NOTE: Google Rick Santorum for an interesting take on "Spreading Santorum."

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Sarah Palin earned the nickname Sarah Barracuda for her gritty play on the basketball court, not in the political arena - though the quality served her well there as well.

It's no surprise, then, that she's name-dropping popular figures of the moment to stay relevant rooting for another hard-working point guard, New York's Jeremy Lin.

On Fox Business Network yesterday, the ex-Alaska governor flashed a Lin t-shirt and raved about his performance. “All of a sudden, our team is the Knicks,” Palin said.

“Linsanity, man,” she raved. Well put.

Palin and Lin

“I mean, talk about an all-American story where sort of the underdog, you know, but works so hard, just erased all the stuff out there on the periphery in his life."

"Humble, and now look where he is.”

Look where Sarah Palin is too. Four years ago, on the cusp of being the first woman V.P. of the U.S. Now spouting vapid nonsense people have long since tuned out.

A true riches to rags story if ever there were one.

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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.

Chris Christie-Whitney Houston

“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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