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President Barack Obama has plenty of taxes in his budget proposal, with his plan to achieve $1.8 trillion in revenue featuring some truly weird ideas.

Not necessarily good, or bad. Just weird in the sense that you'd never expect or hear about them, unlike the public sequestration or fiscal cliff debates.

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President Obama wants to establish a "Buffett Rule" of a 30 percent minimum tax rate for people making over $1 million in a year. That he's made clear.

Far less clear? Some of the other means of increasing revenue included in his 246-page budget. Here's a look at the five weirdest Obama taxes ...

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Jay-Z's new song "Open Letter," a response to criticism of his recent trip to Cuba, has racked up nearly 500,000 listens - and a response from the White House.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney denied that President Obama gave Jay-Z and Beyonce their clearance for the trip, as the song implies.

Jay-Z's "Open Letter" lyrics in question:

“I turned Havana into Atlanta / Boy from the hood / I got White House clearance  Obama said, 'Chill you gonna get me impeached / You don’t need this shit anyway, chill with me on the beach.'"

Asked of Obama indeed gave him clearance, Carney said:

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Jay-Z raps about his controversial anniversary trip to Cuba with Beyonce in "Open Letter," a new track just released and featuring Swizz Beatz.

According to Jay, President Barack Obama told him the trip would "get him impeached," though it's unclear if this is direct quote or a figure of speech.

Given that they actually are acquainted, it could be the former!

"Politicians never did s**t for me ... except lie to me, distort history,” the rapper/mogul muses. "Obama said chill ‘You gonna get me impeached' ..."

"We don’t need this s**t anyway chill with me on the beach.' I can turn Havana to Atlanta ... ballin’ too much they try to jam you. I’m in Cuba, I love Cubans."

He adds, "This Communist talk is so confusing.”

There you have it people. Interpret as you will.

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Justin Timberlake took to the White House stage Tuesday night and none other than U.S. President Barack Obama sang along during his performance.

The 32-year-old singer covered Otis Redding's "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay," with the crowd (including the President and Michelle Obama) clearly into it.

Timberlake appeared as part of the concert series "In Performance at the White House" honoring Memphis soul; Justin hails from the Tennessee city.

Watch JT doing his thing and Obama singing along below ...

Justin Timberlake took to the White House last night to lead all the fancy schmancy peeps in a sing-along of Otis Redding's "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay"-- including President Barack Obama.

The JT & BO duet was for a PBS taping of "In Performance at the White House" honoring Memphis soul.

Tuesday night against the Bucks, LBJ eschewed an open teammate in favor of ... a mid-air pass off the backboard to himself for an alley-oop dunk. #NBD - See more at: http://www.thehollywoodgossip.com/2013/04/lebron-james-throws-alley-oop-to-lebron-james/#sthash.WOEdeFj8.dpuf

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Robbie Novak, the ten-year-old YouTube sensation better known as "Kid President," got a chance to meet with actual President Barack Obama on Easter.

Obama gave Novak a tour of the Oval Office, even letting him use the phone.

"Let's make sure not to cause an international incident," joked Obama, who showed Robbie other White House memorabilia, such as the emancipation proclamation.

The two also shared some advice: "You're doing awesome," Novak said.

Barack advised Robbie to show kids around the world to always treat others with respect ... something critics say the Prez did not do with Kamala Harris.

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President Barack Obama raised eyebrows in the political world today, praising California's Kamala Harris as America's "best-looking" attorney general.

Speaking at a Bay Area fundraiser for the Democratic National Committee, the president said that Harris, 48, is "brilliant," "dedicated" and "tough."

"She also happens to be, by far the best-looking attorney general.”

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According to reports from the fundraiser, the crowd laughed (either due to discomfort, amusement or both) after which Obama said, “It’s true! C’mon."

Some cringed at Obama's remarks, given the historic hurdles women have faced to be recognized for accomplishments rather than physical appearances.

Jonathan Chait of N.Y. Magazine called Obama "disgraceful."

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With its traditional bright colors and floral patterns, Easter fashion seems like a terrific fit for First Lady Michelle Obama. Check out her outfit yesterday:

Obama Easter Outfit

For this year's festivities, Michelle and the First Family attended Easter Sunday services at St. John's Episcopal Church in our nation's capital city.

Wearing a beautiful Prabal Gurung ensemble we've seen before, Michelle Obama paired a white dress and matching coat with an oversized gray floral print.

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Hag Sameach, THGers.

With Passover Seders taking place all over the nation last night - from The White House (below) to The Waffle House (maybe?) - a handful of famous folks took to Twitter yesterday and sent out their best holiday wishes.

Let's start with the most powerful social media user in the free world...

Obama Passover Seder

Barack Obama: Chag sameach: "Michelle and I send our warmest wishes to all those celebrating Passover."

Brett Ratner: Hag Sameach to all those that understand!! Happy Passover!

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A Chicago native at heart, Barack Obama is sticking with the Big Ten for this year's NCAA Tournament.

In his annual March Madness bracket - dubbed Barack-etology by ESPN - the world's most powerful college basketball fan has half his Final Four coming out of that competitive conference.

Barack Obama and Andy Katz

This is the fifth consecutive year Obama has stood alongside Andy Katz in the White House and selected every game of the NCAA Tournament.

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A supposed resemblance between President Barack Obama and an actor who plays the Devil on HISTORY's new series The Bible is causing controversy.

Conservative commentator Glenn Beck was among the first to take to Twitter to note similarities between Obama and Mohamen Mehdi Ouzaani:

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A slew of tweets, Facebook posts, commentaries and other responses soon followed, many from Obama supporters who weren't pleased by the comparison.

Beck, among others, say that Satan from The Bible miniseries - a monster hit for HISTORY with over 10 million viewers - resembles an older version of Obama.

Executive produced by Survivor and Apprentice creator Mark Burnett, the show and its reps had no comment on the matter, nor has the network.

What do you think? Do you see a resemblance? If so, do you think it was intentionally done by the producers? And regardless, does it even matter?

UPDATE: HISTORY and the show's executive producers have issued a statement:

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