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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.

    Martin Tweets

    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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    Rick Santorum's Colorado and Missouri caucus wins put a nice dent in Mitt Romney's aura of inevitability, but didn't come close to overtaking him in the delegate count.Mitt Romney Picture

    On the other hand, he has just 87 of 1,144 delegates needed to win the GOP nomination, with more than 80 percent of the U.S. still awaiting a chance to be heard.

    Take away Florida's winner-take-all primary - one of only two such races so far - and his total would be even less impressive. Take a look at the delegate count so far:

    Delegates 2/8

    The "non-binding" states allow their delegates, or a portion of them, to change their minds regardless of the election results, though they are unlikely to do so.

    Some delegates are also "unpledged," meaning they are not tied to election results, which is why not all of the totals in the table above (by Real Clear Politics) add up.

    Jon Huntsman won two delegates in New Hampshire, but is no longer in the race. As for the first contest, Iowa, CNN offers a different tabulation altogether.

    It's confusing, to say the least, but offers an indication of where things are headed after last night, and looking ahead to the Super Tuesday elections on March 6.

    Missouri's primary yesterday was non-official, so it is not included above. That state holds its caucus March 17, at which point delegates will actually be awarded.

    Maine's caucuses are a week-long affair, concluding this Sunday. Arizona and Michigan are the next primaries on the Republican schedule, both set for February 28.

    Washington votes March 3, with Georgia, Tennessee, Ohio, Alaska, Virginia, Oklahoma, North Dakota, Idaho, Massachusetts and Vermont all casting ballots March 6.

    Below is the aggregate and state-by-state popular vote as of today. By this measure, Romney's lead is even less significant, as he's won well under half the votes:

    Pop. Vote 2/8

    The question remains: Can Santorum, Newt Gingrich and/or Ron Paul mount a serious offensive in the coming weeks that will make this a race beyond March 6?

    Right now, it's still wide open, but with hundreds of delegates up for grabs on or before that date, a Romney sweep could finally propel him ahead of the field.

    He would still be a long way from clinching the Republican presidential nomination, but from a financial and momentum standpoint, that may be his opponents' last stand.

    If no candidate makes it to 1,144 by the end of the primary season this summer, the winner would be brokered/decided at the Republican National Convention.

    Wouldn't that be something ...

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    Rick Santorum won the Minnesota and Colorado caucuses and a non-binding primary in Missouri on Tuesday night, an unexpected sweep that raised fresh questions about Mitt Romney’s ability to win the Republican presidential nomination.

    On the flip side, it may help Romney inadvertently.

    With Santorum emerging as competition to Newt Gingrich as the principal alternative to Romney, voters continue to veer among candidates but have not coalesced behind one consistently, often leaving Romney ahead almost by default.

    Rick Santorum Pic

    Gingrich has won one state, South Carolina. Santorum has now won four, including Iowa. Romney won New Hampshire January 10 and then back-to-back victories in Florida and Nevada that had led to predictions that he was inevitable.

    Not so fast.

    The results on Tuesday shook the political world, though it is an open question whether they are a momentary embarrassment or a prolonged setback Romney.

    Romney goes into the next round of primaries and caucuses much better financed than his opponents in what will be much more of a nationwide campaign.

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    Prop 8 has been overruled in California, as the 9th Circuit Court stated today that the state's ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional.

    The decision has been met with mostly cheers Hollywood (Woohoo!! Die Prop 8 Die!!!! Tweeted Olivia Wilde), but with one big jeer by one major player in D.C. Likely Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney has just released a statement that reads:

    Prop 8 Fan

    “Today, unelected judges cast aside the will of the people of California who voted to protect traditional marriage. This decision does not end this fight, and I expect it to go to the Supreme Court. That prospect underscores the vital importance of this election and the movement to preserve our values. I believe marriage is between a man and a woman and, as president, I will protect traditional marriage and appoint judges who interpret the Constitution as it is written and not according to their own politics and prejudices.”

    Romney easily defeated Newt Gingrich in the Nevada primary over the weekend and it will take the political comeback to end all political comebacks for anyone other than Mitt to take on Barack Obama this November.

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    The 9th Circuit Court in California struck down Proposition 8, the state's voter-passed ban on gay marriage, ruling that it violates the rights of gay Californians.

    The Court's crucial 2-1 vote concluded that the law violates the 14th Amendment rights of gay couples in California to equal protection under the law.

    This morning, the Court wrote:

    "Proposition 8 serves no purpose, and has no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California, and to officially reclassify their relationships and families as inferior to those of opposite-sex couples."

    Prop 8

    The Circuit Court backed up District Judge Judge Vaughn Walker, who ruled in 2010 that  California has no "rational basis" to single out gays as ineligible for marriage.

    The group fighting for Proposition 8, which passed in 2008 after thousands of gay couples had already married, appealed Walker's decision arguing that it should be vacated because Walker is gay and has a long-time same-sex partner.

    That ruling was called a "grand slam" by gay rights advocates, who hope it will convince the U.S. Supreme Court to decide that states cannot outlaw gay marriage.

    But today's ruling was explicit in that the court's decision is "narrow" and only relates to California, not the entire nation. The pro-Prop. 8 camp has said it will appeal.

    In a separate decision, the court refused to invalidate Walker’s ruling on the grounds that he should have disclosed he was in a long term same-sex relationship.

    The group can now ask that all 11 members of the 9th Circuit hear their case, instead of just the panel of three who decided against them on Tuesday.

    Stay tuned ...

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    Clint Eastwood wants to make one thing clear: when he filmed a Super Bowl commercial on behalf of Chrysler, he had no intention on making the Democrats' day.

    Nor any political party's, for that matter, as the iconic actor spoke to The O'Reilly Factor Producer Ron Mitchell last night and shot down talk - started by Karl Rove and a few other Republicans - that he starred in an ad Sunday night with the implicit aim of supporting President Barack Obama and the auto industry bailout.

    "I am certainly not politically affiliated with Mr. Obama," Eastwood told Fox News. "It was meant to be a message about just about job growth and the spirit of America. I think all politicians will agree with it. I thought the spirit was okay.

    "I am not supporting any politician at this time... Chrysler to their credit didn’t even have cars in the ad... Anything they gave me for it went for charity... If any Obama or any other politician wants to run with the spirit of that ad, go for it."

    While Rove said he was "offended" by the commercial and accused Obama’s “political minions” of "using our tax dollars to buy corporate advertising," White House spokesman Jay Carney has insisted there was no involvement by the administration.

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    Mimi Alford is not letting John F. Kennedy rest in peace.

    This former White House intern appeared with NBC's Meredith Vieira yesterday and hyped her upcoming memoir, which will be released tomorrow and which alleges she carried on an 18-month affair with JFK while he was in office.

    The book is titled "Once Upon a Secret: My Affair with President John F. Kennedy."

    Mimi Alford Picture

    Why would she possibly reveal this information now?

    "It's not so much that I feel that I'm exposing myself, it's that I'm really unburdening myself - it was a very difficult thing for me to do," Alford says in an interview that will air in its entirety tomorrow night on Rock Center with Brian Williams.

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