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Social media jumps on Obama's 'James Flacco' slip

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President Obama had a slip of the tongue Friday during a press conference, referring to actor James Franco as James Flacco.

Joe Flacco is the Baltimore Ravens quarterback and there has long been a debate whether he is considered an "elite" quarterback in the NFL.

Social media was quick to pile on the jokes after Obama's blunder.

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Report: Sony emails show U.S. officials blessed Kim Jong-Un killing in 'The Interview'

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According to multiple media reports Wednesday, emails indicate the Sony CEO showed a rough cut of “The Interview” to U.S. government officials before moving ahead with the movie’s release.

The Daily Beast and Reuters claim to have seen several emails that reveal two U.S. officials in June screened and OK’d the movie in which North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is assassinated. Sony was the victim of a massive computer system hack and the hackers have been releasing sensitive emails on the Internet.

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The fallout from the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack that began four weeks ago exploded Tuesday after the shadowy group calling themselves Guardians of Peace escalated their attack beyond corporate espionage and threatened moviegoers with violence reminiscent of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

According to the Daily Beast, the claim that the State Department played a role in the decision to include the film’s death scene is likely to further upset Pyongyang. The Daily Beast is reporting it has seen emails between Sony CEO Michael Lynton and a security consultant that appear to suggest the U.S. government saw "The Interview" as a useful propaganda tool against the North Korean regime.

Speculation about a North Korean link to the Sony hacking has centered on that country's angry denunciation of the film. Over the summer, North Korea warned that the film's release would be an "act of war that we will never tolerate." It said the U.S. will face "merciless" retaliation.

The Department of Homeland Security has said that there is no credible intelligence to indicate a threat, but is still investigating the message.

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Hillary Clinton country music video strikes awkward chord with some

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Hillary Clinton has not announced plans to run for president in 2016, but that hasn’t stopped one political action group from singing her praises.

The political action committee Stand with Hillary (or SWH) recently released a country music-themed music video about the former Secretary of State and former first lady.

The Washington Post reports the pro-Hillary PAC is run by Daniel Chavez and Miguel Orozco. The Post describes Chavez as a longtime Democratic political operative and credits Orozco with a series of “Latin-flavored songs celebrating Barack Obama in the 2008 election.”

The music video, titled “Stand with Hillary,” shows a series of hard-working middle-class Americans interspersed with photos of the Clinton family through the years.

The song’s lyrics play on the theme of Clinton as someone who fights for middle America. Here’s a sampling:

“Thinking about one great lady, like the women in my life. She’s a mother, a daughter, and through it all she’s a loving wife. Oh, there’s something about her, this great lady, caring, hard-working, once a First Lady, she fights for country and the family and now it’s time for us to stand up with Hillary.”

As with anything in politics, reaction to the video has been mixed.

Time.com wrote: “While the video received mixed reviews at TIME’s D.C. office — a random sample of reactions included phrases like “croon-tastic,” “cute!” “cute?” and “oh, dear.” 

Nashville newspaper The Tennessean, wrote: “Every member of the band is wearing a cowboy hat, and along with the shots of the frontman working on a construction site, singing in front of a big red barn and tipping his hat while leaned against a pickup truck, the whole video might strike you as just a little pandering.”

While Rare.us, a corporate sibling of this site which is known, in-part, for political commentary, described the video as “probably the most unintentionally hilarious video you will watch all week,” saying “Hillary Clinton should probably let the Republicans have country music because it’s not a good look for her.” 

Captain Jack Sparrow is really on the ballot in Minnesota

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As if having the name of a famous movie star isn't tough enough, it might be even harder if you choose to run for political office. This year, a candidate in Minnesota who share his name with Johnny Depp's character in Pirates of the Caribbean is getting noticed for his famous name.

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Attempted abduction outside Florida polling station leaves residents on high alert

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There's a scary twist on Election Day for one Florida family.

Investigators are looking for the man they said tried to snatch young children from a polling place in Volusia County, Florida.

Officials told Orlando TV stations WFTV that a mother left her kids sitting on a bench outside a New Smyrna Beach voting precinct when a man pulled up and tried to lure them into his van.

Authorities are having trouble tracking him down.

It's a busy polling location, but no one seemed to notice him.

The mother said she left her 9- and 7-year-old for just a few minutes when a man approached them.

She didn't know what happened until the ride home when her son and daughter said that a man asked them to get in his van and said there were other children inside for them to play with.

Campaign workers said they didn't notice a thing and were surprised because of the large volume of traffic in the area. They’ve since been on high alert.

The kids described a man in a gray van, wearing a gray hat, shirt and pants. Police said he was short, between 5 feet four inches and 5 feet 6 inches.

When he asked the children to get in his van, police said the 9-year-old boy refused and the man then left.

Police have not been able to find the man or his van

See Kentucky voter's epic photobomb of senator

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) fell victim to a classic photobomb while voting Tuesday in Louisville.

While McConnel voted in the Bellarmine University polling location, another voter took advantage of the media coverage by deliving a big thumbs down gesture in the background of a photograph.

The photo was snapped by Getty Images photographer Aaron Bernstein and the image quickly made its way around social media Tuesday.

Thinking of snapping a voter selfie? Think again

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If you’re on social media, there's a good chance that some of your friends will post -- or try to post -- a photo of themselves voting. Or maybe you will.

But in some states, it could warrant a jail sentence. In others, like New York, there’s no law against it.

Florida law, for example, prohibits photography in the polling place and poll clerks will remind voters if they see them taking a picture, said Bill Cowles, supervisor of elections for Orange County.

Cowles said Orange County poll clerks have been trained to be on the look-out for voters snapping photos and will remind them not to do it again.

LINK: Read the law here

University of Central Florida student Ashlee Holloway waited until she was out of the voting booth and away from the polling site before she took a selfie with her "I Voted" sticker.

"I just wanted to prove to my mom that I voted. She was on me today like, 'Get up and vote,'" said Holloway.

Holloway said she didn't think it would be appropriate to take a photo while voting.

"It just seems like it's very roped off and it's very serious for a reason," said Central Florida student Joanna Gill.

News cameras are not allowed inside polling locations.

In New Hampshire, a law banning “ballot selfies” is being challenged by a lawsuit alleging that it compromises the right of free political speech in the state, according to Reuters.

#VoterSelfies have been big on social media on Election Day, but for now, be mindful that they’re not allowed inside a voting area in Florida. It could get you in trouble.

Obama tombstone Halloween decoration causes controversy

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An Oklahoma man’s Halloween decoration featuring a tombstone with President Obama’s name on it has a neighbor upset and speaking out to local media.

Jamilla Phillips, who recently moved to the neighborhood in Edmond, Oklahoma, told Oklahoma City TV station KOCO the tombstone is taking Halloween too far.

"I was absolutely offended," Phillips told KOCO. “He is the president of the United States and it actually is about respect … because this person is still alive.”

The man behind the decoration is Dwayne Dockens, who says the tombstone is harmless. He told KOCO it has been part of his Halloween routine for the past three years and he had never had a complaint from neighbors.

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The tombstone shows Obama’s name and a question mark for his date of birth. It does not indicate a death date.

“[My family and I] made them a few years ago back when it was a big deal, questions up about [Obama's] birth certificate," Dockens told KOCO. "And we made all these ourselves so just thought it was kind of humorous and, you know, went ahead and put him in there as well.”

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Dockens told KOCO that he does not intend to remove the decoration.

“I certainly didn’t mean to offend anybody or cause any problems. Don’t know that I would take it down," he said.

Report: Armed contractor with criminal record was on elevator with Obama at CDC

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The Washington Post is reporting a Secret Service team violated protocol when an armed security contractor, who was later found to have three prior convictions for violent offenses, was allowed on an elevator with President Obama during a Sept. 16 visit to Atlanta.

The Post reports three people familiar with the incident confirmed the events that took place when Obama was visiting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to discuss the U.S. response to the Ebola crisis.

According the sources in Post article, the contractor was using his phone to record video of Obama and refused to comply when Secret Service agents asked him to stop. The contractor was questioned by agents and a database check revealed the contractor's previous convictions for assault and battery.

The contractor was reportedly fired on the spot by a supervisor for a private security firm and agreed to turn over his gun. The Post said agents were not aware the contractor was armed.

“You have a convicted felon within arm’s reach of the president and they never did a background check,” Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, told the Post. “Words aren’t strong enough for the outrage I feel for the safety of the president and his family."

The Post report was another blow to the Secret Service which is facing criticism from Congress over the recent breach of the White House by an intruder.

On Tuesday, the director of the Secret Service admitted failures in her agency's critical mission of protecting the president but repeatedly sidestepped key questions about how a knife-carrying intruder penetrated ring after ring of security before finally being tackled deep inside the White House.

Despite the extraordinary lapses in the Sept. 19 incident, Julia Pierson asserted: "The president is safe today."

Democratic and Republican lawmakers alike expressed the view that the latest breaches of White House security had blemished the storied agency, and several pressed for an independent inquiry into what went wrong. They were not assuaged by Pierson's vow that "I'll make sure that it does not happen again" or by the agency's own investigation.

"I wish to God you protected the White House like you protected your reputation here today," Rep. Stephen Lynch, D-Mass., told Pierson at a public hearing that was followed by a classified, closed-door briefing. Chaffetz, who has led Congress' investigation, said afterward: "The more I learn, the more it scares me."

Calm but defensive in testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Pierson disclosed that shortly before the intruder jumped the fence at least two of her uniformed officers recognized him from an earlier troubling encounter but did not approach him or report his presence to superiors.

—The Associated Press contributed to this report

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