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jimmy fallon warned chris christie

Jimmy Fallon, the soon-to-be host of the 'Tonight Show,' is a seriously thoughtful guy.  He actually notified New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie last week to warn him prior to performing a Bridgegate parody featuring Bruce Springsteen.

During the Television Critics Association press event Sunday, he told the assembled reporters that he felt it was prudent that he give the politician fair warning.

The 'Late Night' host admits, "Well, I really did think about that before we did it because he's been on the show, and I just knew.  First of all, the bit was funny.  I knew that.  So you got to kind of go with that first when you're making these decisions.  Then secondly, I let Chris Christie know that we were going to do it."

He explained, "I just let him know, 'The silver lining, Bruce Springsteen says your name ... That's pretty cool, right?'  So I haven't heard back yet, but..."

The hilarious sketch was broadcast on January 14.  The Boss, 64, and Fallon were dressed alike in the singer's signature denim garb for their rendition of 'Born to Run.'

Their creative lyrics included, "Maybe this Bridgegate was just payback.  It's a bitch slap to the state Democrats.  We gotta get out but we can't.  We're stuck in Governor Chris Christie's Fort Lee New Jersey traffic jam..."

Christie, 51, is a BIG fan of The Boss, and claims to have attended 120+ Springsteen concerts over the years.

Check out the parody performance here.

Photos:  WENN

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michelle bachmann hoax revealed

Breaking News: Congresswoman Michele Bachmann was NOT arrested for DUI after smoking pot in Colorado, despite reports to the contrary.

The City of Fort Collins debunked the rumors with this social media tweet, "On the record, those internet rumors about Michele Bachmann being arrest for DUI in Fort Collins are NOT true. #fcpolice"

It turns out that satire news site Newslo published the fake story, indicating that the Washington politician was arrested early Tuesday morning in Fort Collins after running a red light and failing "multiple sobriety tests."  They further embellished that MB "indulged in cannabis consumption" will spending the holidays with family in Colorado.

Bachmann's spokesman, Dan Kotman, told the Fort Collins Coloradoan, "She was not even in Fort Collins.  It's not true."

Newslo said, "Readers come to us for a unique brand of entertainment and information that is enhanced by features like our fact-button, which allows readers to find what is fact and what is satire."  That said, when you hit the "fact" button on the Bachmann story, the only part that came up as fact was that driving  under the influence of marijuana is illegal in Colorado.

The 57-year-old Republican represents Minnesota's 6th congressional district, a post she has held since 2007.  She announced in May 2013 that she will not seek re-election to her Congressional seat in 2014.

The outspoken "Queen of the Tea Party" failed in her bid for the Republican nomination in the 2012 U.S. presidential election.

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liz c drops out

Liz Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, announced Monday morning that she has decided to drop out of the Republican Wyoming Senate primary.

Citing unspecified health issues that she categorized as "serious," Liz Cheney added, "My children and their futures were the motivation for our campaign and their health and well-being will always be my overriding priority."

Cheney, 47, uprooted the family from Virginia to the Jackson Hole area in 2012 to run for the seat.  Her decision to try to replace Republican incumbent Senate veteran Michael B. Enzi angered many within the party.  Enzi supporters labeled her a "carpetbagger and opportunist."

Dick Cheney's eldest daughter caused a major rift within the family when she announced in November that she opposes gay marriage.  This revelation sparked a public war of words with her sister, Mary Cheney, a lesbian who married her same-sex partner Heather Poe.

mary cheney responds to sister

The sisters have not spoken for months and did not spend the holidays together, according to the New York Times.  Their father helped Liz to raise $1 million for her campaign that financed two television ads that played up her family's deep roots in Wyoming.

Check out a video report below:

Photos:  Video Screen Grabs

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steven seagal considering run for arizona governor

Taking a page out of the Arnold Schwarzenegger playbook, actor Steven Seagal is seriously considering a run for Governor of Arizona.

He told KNXV-TV ABC Phoenix that he is mulling over dipping his toe into politics.  He claims the number one problem facing the U.S. is its open borders and he supports the strong immigration enforcement efforts of Joe Arpaio, five-time elected sheriff of Maricopa County.

Seagal's new Reelz Channel reality series 'Steven Seagal: Lawman - Maricopa County' premiered on January 2, 2014 with a network record 3.4 million viewers.  Eight episodes were filmed in Arizona in 2013, with the actor serving as an unpaid civilian working with Sheriff Arpaio and his deputies.

Besides his success as an action film star, the 61-year-old is a martial artist with a 7th-dan black belt in Aikido who began his adult life as an instructor -- the first foreigner to operate an Aikido dojo in Japan.

Seagal holds a ceremonial position as Reserve Deputy Chief in the Jefferson Parish, Louisiana Sheriff's Office. It was the basis for his two-season reality show 'Steven Seagal: Lawman' that aired in 2009-2010.

Check out his candid interview about open borders:

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baby in 2014 plan says chelsea

Chelsea Clinton and her husband Marc Mezvinsky plan to start a family in 2014, much to the delight of a certain former President and Secretary of State.

The 33-year-old daughter of Bill and Hillary Clinton revealed to Glamour magazine, "We sat down and said, 'Here's what we want to do.'  The first thing on the list was simple: We want, God willing, to start a family.  So we decided we were going to make 2014 the Year of the Baby."

She joked, "And please, call my mother and tell her that.  She asks us about it every single day."

Bill Clinton recently told CBS This Morning, "I would like to have a happy wife and she won't be unless she's a grandmother.  It's something she wants more than she wanted to be president."

Chelsea wed her investment banker husband in July 2010 in an interfaith ceremony at Astor Courts, an estate overlooking the Hudson River - photos here.

Marc's parents, long-time friends of the Clinton family, were former Democratic congressional leaders representing Pennsylvania and Iowa.  They raised their son in the Conservative Jewish tradition.

In May 2013 the couple attended the 2013 Met Gala fundraiser at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan.

met ball 2013 chelsea and marc mezvinsky

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obamas welcome new puppy sunny

Barack Obama announced on Twitter and Facebook Monday that a new puppy has joined First Dog Bo as yet another official POTUS pet.

The White House website said: "Sunny was born in Michigan in June 2012 and arrived at the White House today.  Just like Bo, she's a Portuguese Water Dog, which works great for the Obamas because of allergies in their family."

"Sunny is the perfect little sister for Bo -- full of energy and very affectionate -- and the First Family picked her name because it fit her cheerful personality."

"In the past, Bo has been eager to help the First Family with their official duties, from visiting Walter Reed and the Children's National Medical Center, to inspecting the Holiday decorations at the White House, to greeting guests at the White House on tours and during the Easter Egg Roll, but in October, the First Lady told reporters that she hosted a "doggie play date" because "Bo doesn't have enough dog interaction."  So now, in addition to helping with those official duties, Bo takes on the important role of big brother!"

Bo joined the family in 2009, and celebrated his fifth birthday in October.

bo with potus

Check out video of the siblings below:

Photo:  Twitter-Barack Obama

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missouri state fair rodeo clown dons obama mask

Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder denounced comments made by rodeo announcers covering a performance at the Missouri State Fair that featured a clown wearing a Barack Obama mask.

Kinder hit Twitter to respond to the outcry of protests:

missouri lt gov tweets condemnation

Spectator Perry Beam said, "They mentioned the president's name, I don't know, 100 times.  It was sickening.  It was feeling like some kind of Klan rally you'd see on TV. "

"Everybody screamed and just went wild when the announcer talked about having the bull run down the clown with the Obama mask.  It was at that point I began to feel a sense of fear.  It was that level of enthusiasm."

A spokesman told reporters that Missouri's Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon "agrees that the performance was disrespectful and offensive, and does not reflect the values of Missourians or the State Fair."

Check out video below:

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jenna bush hagar tweets photo of grandpa and mila

Jenna Bush Hager hit Twitter today to weigh in on the hospitalization of her father, George W. Bush, who is recovering at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital from a heart procedure to open a blocked artery.

The NBC news correspondent tweeted, "Thanks for your prayers for my dear Dad.  He's well and we're eager for him to return to Grandpa duty."

The sweet sentiment was accompanied by a photo of the former POTUS, 67, looking into the brass baby bed of his granddaughter, who was born April 13, 2013 in New York City.

A month ago Jenna posted another photo of her dad and Margaret Laura 'Mila' Hager that was captioned, "Happiest of birthdays to a darling dad, and grandpa, a man who taught me the importance of family love."

george w bush and mila hagar

This statement was posted on the George W Bush Presidential Center website: "During President George W Bush's annual physical examination at the Cooper Clinic in Dallas Monday, a blockage was discovered in an artery in his heart.  At the recommendation of his doctors, President Bush agreed to have a stent placed to open the blockage.  The procedure was performed successfully this morning, without complications."

"President Bush is in high spirits and is eager to return home tomorrow and resume his normal schedule on Thursday.  He is grateful to the skilled medical professionals who have cared for him.  He thanks his family, friends, and fellow citizens for their prayers and well wishes.  And he encourages us all to get our regular check-ups."

Photos:  Twitter-Jenna Bush Hager

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presidential gathering april 2013

Former President George W. Bush, 67, is recovering at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas after having a stent placed in his heart early Tuesday morning to open a blockage.

A family spokesman released this statement, "President Bush is in high spirits, eager to return home tomorrow and resume his normal schedule on Thursday."

"He is grateful to the skilled medical professionals who have cared for him.  He thanks his family, friends, and fellow citizens for their prayers and well wishes.  And he encourages us all to get our regular check-ups."

The blockage showed up during Bush's annual physical exam at the Cooper Clinic in Dallas on Monday.

He last official public appearance was in May for the opening of his library and museum that will serve as a permanent exhibit containing artifacts from the Bush administration.

According to #43, he found an extremely fulfilling hobby after leaving the White House.  He told Diane Sawyer several months ago, "I love to paint.  It has changed my life in an unbelievably positive way."

His aging father, former President George H. W. Bush, made news several weeks ago when the 89-year-old shaved his head as a show of support for a young leukemia patient - photos here.

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barack obama when his hair was still free of gray

Barack Obama is celebrating his 52nd birthday today.  The president was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on August 4, 1961 -- as evidenced by his now infamous birth certificate that became an obsession for Donald Trump during both presidential campaigns.

First Lady Michelle Obama posted a vintage photo on Twitter that she captioned, "Happy birthday Barack!  Your hair's a little grayer, but I love you more than ever. -mo

Late last week Mrs. Obama posted a Throwback Thursday "Fab four" image of her family that was taken when Malia and Sasha were perhaps 4 and 1.  They are now 15 and 12.

throwback thursday fab four

The entire family will be heading to Martha's Vineyard on August 10 to begin an 8 day vacation at a luxury rented estate valued at $7.6 million -  estate photos here.

Extended family members expected to join the Obamas include Michelle's mother Marion Robinson and her brother Craig Robinson, the head men's basketball coach at Oregon State University.

Craig Robinson, 51, has two sons with his second wife Kelly -- Austin, 2, and Aaron, 1.  His two older children, Avery, 20, and Leslie, 16, were born during his first marriage.  That union ended in divorce in 2000.

In case you were wondering -- his sister Michelle, 49, will be celebrating a milestone birthday on January 17, 2014.

Happy Birthday Mr. President!

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