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Roseanne Barr is running for president as a Green Party candidate

Roseanne Barr

This post has been updated, as indicated below.

Roseanne Barr has filed the official paperwork necessary to run for the Green Party nomination for president of the United States.

No joke.

And here we thought Donald Trump endorsing Mitt Romney was the big celebrity political news of the day.

"I am running for Green Party nominee for POTUS," the comedian said Thursday on Twitter. "I am an official candidate. I am4 the Greening of America&the world. Green=peace/justice."

Barr filed her paperwork with the Federal Election Commission on Jan. 25, creating a four-way race for the Green nomination, which will be decided at the Green Party Presidential Nominating Convention in July.

"I will run until the convention in July in Baltimore-I fully expect Jill Stein 2b the nominee& I will support her, but til then-I'll serve," Barr said amid a slew of other tweets, some of them raunchy, most having to do with her campaign.

Her platform as expressed Thursday on the microblogging site included a promise to institute "#Europeanstyle" single-payer healthcare within the first 100 days of her term, and to forgive all credit card and mortgage debt "by kicking out the FED-those to whom all this fake debt is owed."

In a campaign-announcement speech delivered in May 2010, Barr put out a more detailed three-step platform (read the speech here): First, make war illegal and legalize hemp (marijuana too). Second, change the demographics of government to include more women. Third, outlaw — how do we say this politely? — outlaw bull. Yes, that's it. Outlaw bull.

"After the passage of this one law," she said in the speech, "the Patriarchy will inevitably begin to crumble, as will the concept of War itself, which is largely a large load of," well, bull.

[Updated, 6:25 p.m. Feb. 2: In a more recent statement posted at the Green Party Watch website, Barr expressed her support for the Occupy Wall Street movement and said, "Both the Democratic and Republican parties are bought and paid for by corporate America and cater to the needs of the highest bidder as opposed to the people they claim to represent. I cannot be bought."]

Would you vote for Roseanne Barr for president? Let us know in comments.


Chelsea Clinton runs over those running-for-Congress rumors

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Michele Bachmann: NBC wouldn't pull that gag on First Lady Michelle Obama

— Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Roseanne Barr in July 2011. Credit: Evan Agostini / Associated Press

Michele Bachmann: NBC wouldn't pull that gag on Michelle Obama

Michele Bachmann and Jimmy Fallon

Michele Bachmann didn't know what hit her on Jimmy Fallon's show, but she loves the guy and accepts his apology for the brouhaha over the tune played to introduce her.

That said, the GOP presidential hopeful would still like an apology from NBC over the bouncy but crass intro song that the drummer of the show's band, the Roots, played when the show taped Monday night — 'cause they wouldn't pull that stuff on Michelle Obama.

"I wasn't aware of it at all," the Republican congresswoman from Minnesota said Wednesday on "America's Newsroom," referring to the snippet of Fishbone's "Lyin' Ass Bitch" that ushered Bachmann onto the stage for an interview that aired in the wee hours Tuesday. "I didn't find out until later yesterday and at that point I was traveling and making my way to the presidential debate."

Fallon apologized via Twitter, saying "I'm honored that @michelebachmann was on our show yesterday and I'm so sorry about the intro mess. I really hope she comes back," and adding, "Actually it was a really fun interview. She helped me with my Minnesota accent. (I still sound Irish.)"

Bachmann told Fox News Channel's Bill Hemmer that she was hoping to speak to Fallon on Wednesday. "I don't have anything against Jimmy Fallon, I love him, he’s a kick, it was a great opportunity to be on the show, I’d love to go back again."

She said she had "no doubt," however, that if the song and the first lady had come on stage at the same time, NBC would have apologized and fired or at least suspended the drummer.

"This is clearly a form of bias on the part of the Hollywood entertainment elite, but it’s also I think it’s sexism as well. This wouldn’t be tolerated if this was Michelle Obama; it shouldn't be tolerated if it’s a conservative woman either."

Michelle Obama, meanwhile, faced boos from a NASCAR audience on Sunday — but at least that wasn't sexist.

If you want to hear Bachmann discussing things like fissile material, jihadists and the Atlantic Monthly, watch the whole video — or you can cut to the chase around the 5:30 mark for her comments about the Fallon show.


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Lady Gaga towers over a President Obama fundraiser in Northern California

Track Palin is a dad, Sarah Palin is a grandma, Levi Johnston's sister Mercede is naked

— Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), appearing this week on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon," points to a photo of the host dressed as Bachmann. Credit: Lloyd Bishop / NBC

Chelsea Clinton runs over those running-for-Congress rumors

Chelsea Clinton

Chelsea Clinton, what exactly are you up to?

As media outlets speculate and analyze her recent words and actions, the former first daughter's camp has quashed at least one rumor: Chelsea Clinton is not running for Congress.

"This is 100% false," spokesman Matt McKenna told the New York Daily News. 

PHOTOS: Chelsea Clinton, through the years

And yet ... and yet ... to some Chelsea is still a puzzle that must be solved. She joined the board of Barry Diller's IAC part-time, accompanied Dad onstage at his 65th birthday at the Hollywood Bowl, interviewed Mom at the Clinton Global Initiative.  "It seems like she's gearing up for something," the Washington Post offered.

Might "something" be simply finishing that doctorate? Clinton is working toward her doctoral degree at the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service, which would seem clear evidence that she's gearing up to be a public servant.

Just not yet (see above).

PHOTOS: Chelsea Clinton's wedding

Pushing Chelsea into "next logical" roles started a while back. She and Marc Mezvinsky got married last summer, so of course baby rumors followed. He wants one, she doesn't.  No, wait, she wants one. We know one thing for certain: Bill and Hillary Clinton want one.

Grandpa Bill made that clear in January. While he was at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, he was asked what he'd like to get done in the next decade:

I'd like to live, I'd like to be a grandfather. I have nothing to do with that achievement, but I would like it. 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.

So, young lady, just be careful not to kill your father or break your mother's heart. No pressure.


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 -- Amy Hubbard

Photo: Chelsea Clinton in 2004. Credit: Mannie Garcia / Reuters


Lady Gaga towers over Obama fundraiser in Northern California

Lady Gaga attended an Obama fundraiser in Northern California

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Lady Gaga was front and center at a fundraiser starring President Obama held Sunday in Atherton, north of Palo Alto, near the San Francisco Bay.

Her tune "Poker Face" was playing in the house around 8 p.m., and Lady Gaga entered a party tent in the backyard moments later. She towered over the group of donors and even the president, courtesy of sky-high heels plus a bouffant black-and-blond hairdo that on its own added six inches to her stature.

Wearing a floor-length sleeveless lacy black dress, Gaga took a seat at the middle table in a seven-table setup and stood up with the rest of the guests when Obama entered. He spoke for about eight minutes, and though he didn't acknowledge the pop star's presence, it was likely they'd crossed paths earlier during greetings inside the house.

The New York resident had performed Saturday at the I Heart Music festival in Las Vegas, dedicating a song to Jamey Rodemeyer, a gay teen who committed suicide last week after being teased about his sexuality. "I am meeting with our President," Gaga said Wednesday on Twitter. "I will not stop fighting. This must end. Our generation has the power to end it. Trend it #MakeALawForJamey."

[Updated, 12:30 p.m. Sept. 26: During a Q&A session after the speech at the $38,500-a-head fundraiser, Gaga referenced 14-year-old Rodemeyer, read a letter from a fan about another bullying victim and thanked the president for what he's accomplished thus far in office.]

Lady Gaga, a champion for the gay community, had been outspoken in rallying her fans to support the end of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, which Congress in December voted to rescind. Obama and military leaders certified in July that lifting the policy wouldn't adversely affect the military, kicking off a 60-day waiting period that resulted in DADT coming to an end last week.

But another community that heard from the president over the weekend was not quite as rallied.

In response to an Obama speech Saturday to the Congressional Black Caucus, which he ended by saying, "Take off your bedroom slippers, put on your marching shoes, shake it off, stop complaining, stop grumbling, stop crying, we are going to press on, we've got work to do, CBC," Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) expressed some confusion about whom the president had been talking to.

Waters noted Monday that Obama "would never say that to the gay and lesbian community, who really pushed him on 'don't ask don't tell.'" (Or, she said, to the Hispanic or Jewish communities.)

Might Obama benefit from soaking up some essence of Gaga, as posited in a recent business-school case study suggesting entrepreneurs could learn a thing or two from her meteoric rise to success?

The top Lady Gaga-style moves, boiled down by Smart Money magazine: Build a community, rewrite the rules if they don't work for you, and position yourself as the underdog.

Makes sense, though we can't quite imagine Obama comfortable with a speech including the Gaga quote cited by the mag: "I was never the winner. I was the loser."

The president's West Coast fundraising trip -- with appeals tailored to each group he meets with, according to Politics Now -- hits L.A.'s Westside on Monday.


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-- Christie D'Zurilla

A pool report was used in this post.

Photo: Lady Gaga performs during the iHeartRadio music festival in Las Vegas on Saturday. Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press

Lauren Bush marries David Lauren, becomes Lauren Bush-Lauren

Lauren Bush-David Lauren wedding

Lauren Bush, niece of former President George W. Bush, and David Lauren, son of designer Ralph Lauren, were married Sunday at Ralph and Ricky Lauren's Double RL ranch in Colorado, capping a weekend of wedding festivities that included a picnic and softball game leading up to the ceremony.

One of the most spectacular things about the wedding, other than the view of the Rocky Mountains? The bride's married name.

"After the wedding, Lauren will become Lauren Bush-Lauren," her father, Neil Bush, wrote on Weibo, a Chinese version of Twitter. (The father of the bride has been doing oil business in China.)

Also fantastic: The bride's gown was designed by her father-in-law.

Lauren Bush, 27, is a former model turned entrepreneur. David Lauren, 39, is an executive at Polo Ralph Lauren.

Among the two hundred guests at the wedding -- who were invited to dress in "black tie with a Western twist," according to People -- were George W. Bush 43 and former First Lady Laura Bush, their twin daughters Jenna Hager and Barbara Bush, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. Former President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush didn't attend because of health issues related to the altitude of the wedding site; instead, the bride's grandparents sent a video message that was played at the rehearsal dinner, the New York Post said.

The mother of the bride, Sharon, was accompanied by Prince Dmitri of Yugoslavia. Lauren's brother Pierce and sister Ashley and David's brother Andrew and sister Dylan were reported to be in the wedding party. Although Sharon and Neil Bush divorced in 2003, they came together to walk their daughter down the aisle.

The bride arrived in a horse-drawn carriage while guests watched from hand-carved wooden benches. Angela Buchdahl, senior cantor of Manhattan's Central Synagogue, conducted the ceremony, which was followed by a reception in a barn in a nearby meadow, with steaks from ranch stock on the dinner menu. Though the Double RL Ranch was already well-equipped, a softball diamond and chapel were built for the occasion, according to the Durango Herald.

Culture Map Houston rounded up some other celebrity guests' names: Ivanka Trump, who brought her baby to Colorado, and "Showgirls" actress Elizabeth Berkley, wife of the groom's cousin Greg Lauren.

And what might the wedding guests be doing Monday? A hundred tickets have been purchased for the Labor Day rodeo nearby, the Herald said, with the Laurens providing transportation to the Ouray County Fairgrounds.


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-- Christie D'Zurilla


Left photo: An undated portrait of the Lauren family shows a younger Dylan, left, dad Ralph, Andrew, mom Ricky and David Lauren. Credit: Bruce Weber

Right photo: Lauren Bush, left, with cousin Jenna Hager at a UNICEF event in New York in June. Lauren Bush is co-founder and chief executive of FEED Projects. Credit: Jemal Countess / Getty Images.

'Brady Bunch' mom Florence Henderson brought home a souvenir from one-night stand with a New York mayor

Florence Henderson: Brady Bunch mom reveals she got crabs from Mayor John Lindsay

Florence Henderson, matriarch of "The Brady Bunch," got crabs in the 1960s from a one-night stand with then-New York Mayor John Lindsay.

Freaking out over the idea of Carol Brady with pubic lice? There's more: She and Lindsay were married at the time — but not to each other. Tsk-tsk, Mrs. Brady.

"I was lonely. I knew it wasn't the right thing to do. So, what did I do? I did it," the actress, 77, reveals in her upcoming memoir, "Life Is Not a Stage," which hits bookshelves in September. The book discusses her childhood in an abusive home, second marriage and Broadway stardom.

The morning after the one-night stand, she woke and saw "little black things" crawling on her bed and body.

"Guess I learned the hard way that crabs do not discriminate but cross over all socioeconomic strata," Henderson writes. "He must have had quite the active life. What a way to put the kibosh on a relationship."

Flowers and a note of apology came from Lindsay, who had served as a U.S. congressman before being elected mayor and took a run at the 1972 Democratic presidential nomination. He died in 2000.

Henderson also squashes rumors that she'd had an affair with Barry Williams, who played her on-screen stepson Greg Brady and was 20 years her junior.

"Barry did have a serious crush on me, which I understood and helped him get past," Henderson writes. "Let us just say that if he had entertained a roll in the hay with me, I would never have done it."

And we thought Marcia had issues.


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— Nardine Saad
Twitter.com / NardineSaad

Reuters contributed to this report.

Photos: Florence Henderson in 2010, left, and with the rest of "The Brady Bunch" cast, right. Credits: Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times, left; file, right.

Florence Henderson, the actress who played "The Brady Bunch" matriarch Carol Brady, reveals that she got crabs from a one-night stand with New York mayor John Lindsay.


Tsk, tsk, Carol. Both she and Lindsay had been married the night of their affair in the 1960s.


"I was lonely. I knew it wasn't the right thing to do. So, what did I do? I did it," the 77-year-old actress revealed her infidelity in her upcoming memoir "Life is Not a Stage," which hits bookshelves in September. The book discusses her childhood in an abusive home, second marriage and Broadway stardom.


After the one-night stand, she woke up the next day and saw "little black things" crawling on her bed and body -- those things would be pubic lice.


"Guess I learned the hard way that crabs do not discriminate but cross over all socioeconomic strata," Henderson wrote. "He must have had quite the active life. What a way to put the kibosh on a relationship."


Flowers and a note of apology came from Lindsay, who died in 2000 after becoming a U.S. congressman and having a brief bid as a Democratic presidential nomination.


Henderson also squashed rumors that she had an affair with Barry Williams, who played her on-screen stepson Greg Brady and was 20 years younger than her.


"Barry did have a serious crush on me, which I understood and helped him get past," Henderson wrote. "Let us just say that if he had entertained a roll in the hay with me, I would never have done it."


And we though Marcia had issues...




Reuters contributed to this report.

Alec Baldwin, mayor of New York? 'I wouldn't rule it out,' rep says [Poll]


Alec Baldwin as mayor of New York City -- would it be a role tailor-made for the "30 Rock" actor, or simply stunt casting?

With flashy Rep. Anthony Weiner unlikely to pursue the job in the wake of the lewd-photo brouhaha fondly known as "Weinergate," Baldwin's name has been floated as another possible high-profile Democratic candidate for the 2013 race.

"It's a long way till November of 2013," the actor said Wednesday on his recently activated Twitter account, where he had already opined on the Weiner and John Edwards scandals ("Wiener should not resign"; "I lend you my phone to lie to your wife about an affair that could wreck your campaign. Is the phone call a campaign contribution?") as well as offered his political opinions in general.

A Baldwin spokesman told the Daily News that the actor, who has a long-standing interest in politics and seeking a political office, was considering a run. "I wouldn't rule it out," rep Matthew Hiltzik said.

The Emmy-winning actor announced in April that he'd leave "30 Rock" in 2012 when his contract ends. He later clarified comments suggesting that without him, the show couldn't go on.

Weiner announced on Monday that he'd sent racy photos of himself to women who were not his wife, clarifying earlier comments suggesting he was the victim of hacking.

Would either man get your vote?


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-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photos: Anthony Weiner, left, and Alec Baldwin. Credits: Bloomberg, left; Associated Press, right.

Maria Shriver, Arnold Schwarzenegger split: What's next for the family?

Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger have separated Now that Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver have announced their separation, what will become of their family life? 

Shriver has moved out of the Brentwood home she shared with the former governor, the Los Angeles Times reported exclusively Monday. Married 25 years, the two have four children -- Katherine, 21; Christina, 19; Patrick, 17; and Christopher, 13.

"We are continuing to parent our four children together," Shriver and Schwarzenegger said in a statement Monday. "They are the light and the center of both of our lives. We consider this a private matter, and neither we nor any of our friends or family will have further comment."

Although it's unknown whether minors Patrick and Christopher have decamped with their mom, a recent interview with Patrick revealed the hands-on parenting Arnold and Maria are both accustomed to.

"He's home all the time now," Patrick told Details magazine in March, describing his dad's free schedule after stepping out of office.

The father-and-son team enjoy early breakfasts and bike rides to Venice Beach and may be developing a fitness-supplement drink together. As for quality time with Maria, Patrick recalls with fondness the annual August retreat to the Kennedy compound in Hyannis, Mass. 

"It's the only time every single person is together: the Shrivers, the Schwarzeneggers, the Kennedys. Everyone," their eldest son said.

The split may have been a long time coming: Maria Shriver had reportedly been considering divorce for two years, a source told TMZ, with the deaths of her mother, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, in 2009 and her father, Sargent Shriver, in 2011 complicating her decision. (Uncle Ted Kennedy also died in 2009.)

Someone who reportedly spoke to Shriver said that, since she had moved to a hotel, the Terminator has been working hard to win back his estranged wife. "He could not be sweeter now that she's left him," one TMZ source said.

Posters on Maria Shriver's Facebook page Tuesday offered their support and in one case urged Shriver to "move to N.Y.C. get back to work with NBC and get your spirit back!" Shriver resigned from NBC, where she'd been a reporter for "Dateline," in 2003 after Schwarzenegger was elected governor of California and she took on the role of first lady.

In October 2003, shortly before Schwarzenegger's election victory, half a dozen women spoke to The Times about alleged unwanted sexual contact with him in studio offices and in other settings in the '80s, '90s and 2000. "Did he humiliate me?" one said in describing an alleged 1980 encounter with the action star. "You bet he did." The number of women speaking out ultimately climbed to 16, and the actor issued a blanket apology before the vote was held.

The drama continued after the election results were in, with the governor-elect stating in November that he would hire a private investigator to look into the allegations, then announcing in December that no such investigation was needed.

"After a great deal of thought, reflection, discussion and prayer, we came to this decision together," Shriver and Schwarzenegger said in their statement Monday. "At this time, we are living apart while we work on the future of our relationship."

So whether Arnold will be present at this August's Kennedy-compound clambake remains to be seen.


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-- Matt Donnelly

Photo:  California's then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger arrives with his wife, Maria Shriver, for the National Governors Assn. dinner held by President Obama at the White House in February 2009. Credit: Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

move to N.Y.C. get back to work with NBC and get your spirit back!

Sean Penn and Scarlett Johansson step out as a couple

Sean Penn and Scarlett Johannson Politics took a back seat to love-connecting as whispered-about Hollywood couple Sean Penn, 50, and Scarlett Johansson, 26, made their public debut Saturday at a hot party after the White House correspondents dinner.

Though they didn't arrive together, what did we expect after Johansson was seen sitting on Penn's lap during the main event?

In keeping with a heavy PDA lunch in Los Angeles at the start of March that was followed by a lovers' jaunt to Mexico, Penn and Johannson stepped out to the Vanity Fair/Bloomberg bash in Washington after the annual dinner with Seth Meyers as this year's entertainment. Reports had the pair living together by mid-April, following Johannson's split from hubby Ryan Reynolds, who filed for divorce in December.

Scarlett Johansson at the White House correspondents dinner After mingling with senators, media moguls and other  actors, Penn and Johansson left the high-profile event -- held at the estate of François Delattre, France's ambassador to the U.S. -- holding hands.

Game on.

Tech entreprenuer Sean Parker was counted for at the party, as well as Salma Hayek, Sarah Palin, Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, mayors Michael Bloomberg and Rahm Emanual, Jon Hamm and Arianna Huffington.

What do you think of Sean and Scarlett as a couple? Tell us in comments.


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-- Matt Donnelly

Photos, from top: Sean Penn makes conversation at the Vanity Fair/Bloomberg White House correspondents dinner after-party; Scarlett Johansson enters the event on the arm of brother Hunter. She later left hand-in-hand with Penn. Credits: Joshua Roberts / Bloomberg News

Donald Trump says something, and -- ha! Hollywood made you look

Donald Trump As the royal wedding creeps ever closer, threatening us all with the giant fruitcake that ate London, we turn our beady eye closer to home -- to American royalty. Or the closest thing to it. Or, actually, the man who believes himself to be the closest thing to it. We speak, of course, of Donald Trump.

In recent months, Trump has uttered unto us a desire to be president. Sure, he's a birther, but so are plenty of other bat-guano-insane Americans. In fact, one needs to look no further than this week's headlines to realize that the man has everything it takes to snatch up the presidency. (Just bear with us here.)

First, the likelihood of Trump actually occupying the White House: For the record, the man has said he wants to be Realtor in Chief and that, yes, he's serious about it, no matter what his hair might say on the matter. A recent poll suggests that plenty of Americans like the idea, if for no other reason than to hear him say "You're fired" in news conferences. And Trump certainly has the minimal required chops, having appeared on TV and everything.

The rest of Hollywood seems to be taking Trump seriously too. Robert De Niro, Charlie Sheen and Jerry Seinfeld have all taken shots at the Donald in the last few days, calling the real estate blowhard a terrible candidate for the White House, a king of birther bull and a car salesman.

"It's like a big hustle; it's like being a car salesman," De Niro said. "Don't go out there and say things unless you can back them up. How dare you? That's awful to do. To just go out and speak and say these terrible things? Unless you just wanna get over and get the job. It's crazy."

(Bret Michaels and Gary Busey, meanwhile, have come out in favor of turning the White House into a Trump Tower.)

So why does this prove that Trump is man enough to take D.C.?

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