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Julianne Moore’s transformation into Sarah Palin in the HBO film Game Change, set to premiere in March, is striking. Guess that's how you earn four Oscar nominations.

The 51-year-old actress stars opposite Ed Harris (as John McCain) and Woody Harrelson (adviser Steve Schmidt) in the film based on the 2010 book of the same name.

Game Change centers around the '08 presidential elections, following the U.S. Senator’s run and decision to select Palin, then governor of Alaska, as his running mate:

“In terms of research I did on the way campaigns are conducted, so much is about how do you get on the air, how do you get the most media attention," Moore said.

"How do you make the most noise. When in fact, what we’re all looking for is leadership, we don’t want noise. We want people who are going to take care of us.”

Wow. That's way too intelligent to come from an actual political figure.

The book Game Change chronicled the actions of both parties during the 2008 race, but based on the cast, the film looks to be centered primarily on the Republican side.

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Jennifer Lopez is reportedly still getting it on with Marc Anthony on occasion, but numerous sources confirm there's definitely something going on with backup dancer Casper Smart.

"It's pretty serious," an insider tells E! News. "They're together a lot. She couldn't be happier."

So, who the heck is Casper Smart? He's a 24-year old whose real first name is Beau. He's good friends with Mark Salling and has made cameos on Glee. In 2008, meanwhile, he also played a role in a Barack Obama/John McCain dance-off video, one that has garnered over 12 million YouTube hits. Yes, that is McCain's head superimposed over Smart's body below. Watch now.

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Ed Harris has been cast as John McCain in Game Change, HBO's retelling of the 2008 presidential campaign, based on the book by the same name,

Harris, a four-time Oscar nominee, will join Julianne Moore, who was already picked to play Sarah Palin, McCain's running mate in their 2008 bid.

The producers have not yet revealed who will play Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden, three other big players in the historic campaign.

What do you think? Will Ed Harris make a good McCain?

While Harris, 60, is a bit younger than McCain, 74, he's definitely got the acting chops. We can see him embodying McCain's gritty, maverick persona quite easily.

Harris and Moore will be a talented pair to watch as the unsuccessful GOP running mates. It will be interesting to see who they're matched up against in the film.

Who do you think should play now-President Obama? If you asked Donald Trump, he'd probably recommend an actor who won't show his birth certificate.

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This week, the U.S. Senate is taking about repealing the military's controversial "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, which prohibits gays from openly serving.

Senate Democrats have made repealing the discriminatory policy a condition of the $726 billion spending bill the play to pass for the coming fiscal year.

It's a bold move for a law already under siege. A federal judge in California ruled it unconstitutional and polls are showing increasing support for repeal.

Among the more vocal supporters? Lady Gaga. In a recent YouTube video, the pro-gay rights music star lobbied for the Senate to overturn the law:

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Nicole Polizzi, a.k.a. Snooki from Jersey Shore, has found an unlikely ally in U.S. Sen. John McCain. Ally for what? Nothing really. But he's on Team Snooki!

In a radio interview yesterday, the former GOP Presidential candidate offered his opinion on the July 30 disorderly conduct arrest of the MTV reality star.

"I kind of think she might be too good looking to go to jail," said McCain, seeking reelection to the Senate this year at the age of 73, on Phoenix's KMLE.

Snooki, who spent a few hours behind bars for being drunk in broad daylight before posting bail, agrees. Monday, she told MTV succinctly, and humbly:

"I'm too pretty to be in jail... I'm not a criminal."

Start printing the McCain/Snooki 2012 presidential campaign signs now. She may actually be an intellectual step up from his previous choice of running mate.

Amazingly, this isn't the first McCain shout-out to the pint-sized party girl.

After the Oompa Loompa lodged a complaint about proposed taxes on tanning beds in the Jersey Shore premiere, the veteran politician Tweeted in kind.

McCain, or an intern who watches Jersey Shore and worked in a quality play on words, Tweeted at Ms. Polizzi: "@Sn00ki ur right, I would never tax ur tanning bed! O's tax policy is quite The Situation. but I do rec wearing sunscreen!"

EDITOR'S NOTE: In referencing this line - one of our favorite Jersey Shore quotes of the new season - we chided Snooki on the grounds that the law doesn't take effect for years. The law has, in fact, taken effect already. We regret the error!

Snook bashed President Obama for his "tax on tanning." Obama, too, referenced her in a recent interview, although somewhat less flatteringly. He claimed he didn't know who Snooki was during his controversial appearance on The View.

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The 2008 U.S. presidential election is over and done with, but a new book called Game Change by New York Magazine's John Heilemann and Time's Mark Halperin has stirred up a lot of interesting gossip about the most recent White House race.

While not providing that much truly new or startling, the book has offered tremendous fodder for national political conversation. Some of the broached topics:

  • That Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) referred to Barack Obama as “light-skinned” and having "no Negro dialect unless he wanted to.”
  • That the affair between John Edwards and Rielle Hunter, his campaign videographer, was known about and kept quiet by three of his aides early.
  • That John Edwards is a delusional egomaniac whose aides called his wife Elizabeth "an abusive, intrusive, paranoid, condescending crazy woman."

  • That former President Bill Clinton was involved in an affair in 2006 that many thought would derail Hillary Clinton's 2008 run for the presidency. The woman is not named in the book, but it wouldn't be Bill's first cheating rumor.
  • That Clinton offended Ted Kennedy deeply while trying to win his endorsement for his wife's campaign by saying the following about then-candidate Obama: "A few years ago, this guy would have been getting us coffee."
  • That John McCain's vetting of Sarah Palin was so woefully inadequate that no one from his campaign even interviewed her husband or opponents.
  • That Sarah Palin believed Saddam Hussein to be behind the attacks on 9/11, and did not understand that North and South Korea were separate.
  • That Palin is a mentally unstable person prone to wild mood swings, and was hopelessly lost in a "catatonic stupor" at one point in the campaign.

True? We may never know. But we certainly can debate - and agree that Edwards and Palin create the most entertaining reading material.

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Former Alaska Governor and current famous person Sarah Palin says she meant no disrespect to Sen. John McCain by blacking out his name on a sun visor.

On vacation in Hawaii, Palin for some reason chose to wear a visor from her campaign emblazoned with McCain's name scribbled out with black marker.

Palin said she just wore it to stay under the radar (!?) and that the hotel where she and her family were staying had to chase away five photographers.

Here's the text of the statement she released today:

"I am so sorry if people took this silly incident the wrong way. I adore John McCain, support him 100 percent and will do everything I can to support his reelection."

"As everyone knows, I was honored and proud to run with him. And Todd and I were with him in D.C. just a week ago. So much for trying to be incognito."

So, in summation, Sarah Palin is saying that:

  1. The visor could transform one of the most famous people in politics into a plan ol' ordinary soccer mom on a Hawaiian beach (wearing a shirt that said "If you don't like America, why don't you get the hell out?" no less).
  2. Blacking out small print that simply read "McCain," as in her former running mate, somehow fit into this brilliant plan to make the visor more discreet.
  3. The gesture was entirely devoid of motive.

Eh, we'll buy it. Consider the source.

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Is Sarah Palin going rogue? You betcha, and with a permanent marker this time! Check out what she just did to a nice John McCain 2008 campaign visor!

The former governor and last year's failed V.P. nominee is on vacation with her son Trig, her daughter Piper and her heterosexual spouse Todd in Hawaii.

Sarah chose to wear a visor from the '08 campaign, and for whatever reason, decided she didn't want to advertise the Republican on top of the ticket.

Check out her vote against John McCain ... scrawled with black ink:

  • Palin in Hawaii
  • John McCain Who?!

Sarah Palin had no other visors around, but did have a marker.

In addition to the odd political non-statement emblazoned on her dome, Palin's t-shirt read "If you don’t love America, then why don’t you get the hell out." 

Spoken like a true ambassador.

We apologize for a little good-natured ribbing at Sarah's expense. But even her supporters have to see the humor in (or at least scratch their heads at) this.

Do you like Sarah Palin?

 

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With the campaign spotlight long gone, Bristol Palin may be less inclined to marry teenage baby daddy Levi Johnston than she espoused a few months ago.

John McCain is taking a similar approach to visiting The View.

The former presidential candidate's appearance on the talk show in September was one of the more interesting moments from the 2008 election season.

Throughout the interview, the GOP hopeful was on the hot seat, getting grilled on (among other things) why he chose Sarah Palin as his running mate.

During the broadcast, McCain actually held it together and seemed to be in good spirits. But was that an act? And is the Arizona senator holding a grudge?

According to reports, Barbara Walters recently saw McCain at a Washington event.

During the encounter, Walters expressed hope that the vanquished candidate would return to her TV show. Quoth the snapping senator: "Not anytime soon."

Such an obvious diss should give the ladies something to gab about - and Elisabeth Hasselbeck to get fired up defending him - for at last a few months.

Poor McCain. Either he's mad at talk show hosts or they're mad at him. Remember his epic feud with Letterman? Guess that's part of being a maverick.

Follow the jump for parts I and II of the aforementioned View interview ...

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Cindy McCain scares our interns.

Seriously. She's either a cyborg or a raging botox addict. It's a tad frightening.

But the expressions of horror on their impressionable young faces will be nothing compared to how John McCain reacts if the photo below is legit.

According to the National Enquirer, multiple witnesses have caught Cindy McCain locking lips with man other than her husband on several occasions.

"I couldn't believe I was watching Cindy McCain passionately hugging and kissing another man," said one conveniently anonymous eyewitness.

Cindy McCain Affair

This incriminating National Enquirer photo shows a studly man putting the moves on Cindy McCain. Or one of about 75 million other blonde women in the United States.

The failed presidential candidate's wife has supposedly been seeing - and acting "very lovey dovey" with an unidentified "long-haired man who resembles a washed-up '80s rock musician" at concerts and sporting events of late.

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I think that we’ve proven that both parents are important in the success of a family so, no, I don’t believe in gay adoption.

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I believe Roe v. Wade was a very bad decision.

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