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Al Roker Nabs Parade-side 'Interviews' with Obama and Biden: VIDEO

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Al Roker is never one to shy from a challenge. That and the goading he's enduring from Brian Williams back at the studio is what makes this clip so winning.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Joe Biden Has Been Sworn In For A Second Term: VIDEO

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Tomorrow's inaugural events are all pomp and circumstance. In contrast, today, the day when Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama really re-take their oaths of office, is about friends and family. It's a comparatively more modest affair, as seen in this video of Biden's first second inauguration, conducted by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

Biden's family was all there, including a granddaughter who again proves that bored children are always the most entertaining people in an inauguration scenes. Watch two videos of a beaming Joe Biden playing the role of a man with job security, AFTER THE JUMP.

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News: James Yeager, Illinois, Manhattan, Princess

1NewsIcon Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee vowed to veto any legislation that tries to put marriage equality up to a popular vote. He wants to see state lawmakers pass a bill, instead.

Burke21NewsIcon The Toronto Maple Leafs fired their coach, the very LGBT-friendly Brian Burke, because the hockey team hasn't made the Stanley Cup playoffs since his tenure began in 2008.

1NewsIcon Hateful anti-gay activist Peter LaBarbera from Americans for Truth About Homosexuality tells a mother who refused to let her gay son's boyfriend spend the night that she's doing the right thing because being gay is like being an alcoholic and shouldn't be enabled: "We don't give an alcoholic, we don't say, 'I love you so much I’m going to give you a bottle of scotch every month.' That's not true love. True love is what you’re talking about, it's defending godly values and praying for your son to be delivered out of that lifestyle."

1NewsIcon Alexander McQueen, Autumn/Winter 2013.

1NewsIcon Matt Bomer, Eddie Redmayne and other dashing men strutted their stuff at the People's Choice Awards last night.

1NewsIcon Britney Spears and The X-Factor have parted ways.

1NewsIcon Robert Downey Jr. wants to see Naomi Watts win best actress at this year's Oscars.

1NewsIcon Those of you who enjoyed The Amazing Spider-Man starring Andrew Garfield will be excited to hear that the sequel starts shooting soon.

Yeager1NewsIcon James Yeager, the CEO of a Tennessee-based gun company, said he will start killing people if President Obama tries to limit arms ownership: "I'm not fucking putting up with this. I am not letting my country be ruled by a dictator. I'm not letting anybody take my guns. If it goes one inch further, I'm gonna start killing people."

1NewsIcon Vice President Joe Biden said today that he and his gun task force will have policy recommendations to President Obama by next Tuesday. The admittedly insane NRA, meanwhile, is "disappointed" by their talks with Biden.

1NewsIcon A new generation of activists continues to expand the queer spectrum: "If the gay-rights movement today seems to revolve around same-sex marriage, this generation is seeking something more radical: an upending of gender roles beyond the binary of male/female. The core question isn’t whom they love, but who they are — that is, identity as distinct from sexual orientation." Love it.

1NewsIcon If Prince William and Duchess Kate have a girl, she will not have to suffer the indignity of being a simple "Lady," like any old Crawley. No, Queen Elizabeth announced the child will be a "Princess." A boy would be a prince automatically, because, you know, sexism.

1NewsIcon Pat Brady, the Illinois GOP party chairman who supports marriage equality, refuses to give into conservative pressure and step down. "If people want to throw me out because I took a stand on an issue of discrimination [as] the chairman of the Republican Party, the party founded by Abraham Lincoln, then that's – that’s up to them and they’re free to do it," he said. "But I'm not backing down."

1NewsIcon President Obama has nominated Jack Lew to replace Timothy Geithner as Treasury Secretary.

1NewsIcon Finally, enjoy Russian photographer Sergey Semenov's stunning new view of Manhattan. (Click to enlarge.)

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News: Missy, Stonewalling Hagel, Da Vinci, Twenty Thirteen

1NewsIcon Ask the Blue Coat internet security company to eliminate a filtering function that they themselves admit unnecessarily censors LGBT sites.

JoeBiden1NewsIcon A We The People petition argues that a White House-backed reality show about VP Joe Biden would help bipartisanship. "Such a program would educate the American public about the duties and responsibilities of their Vice President, while providing a glimpse of the lighthearted side of politics even in the midst of contentious and divisive national debates," the organizers say. As of this writing, 1,352 people have signed that petition.

1NewsIcon Republican Senators are already warning that Defense Secretary nominee to-be Chuck Hagel will face a tough confirmation hearing. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Hagel's past comments and votes on Iran and Israel will be a "matter of much discussion," even though the Kentucky Republican once said Hagel is a "a clear voice on foreign policy and national security." Sen. Lindsey Graham meanwhile described the nomination as an "in your face" move by a president "high on re-election."

1NewsIcon Sen. Graham also said of Hagel, "If confirmed to be secretary of defense, [he] would be the most antagonistic secretary of defense towards the state of Israel in our nation's history."

1NewsIcon Thomas Lopez-Pierre, a candidate for New York City Council, wrote an exceptionally offensive email to a black real estate developer blasting him for backing Lopez-Pierre's rival, a Jewish man named Mark Levine. This is how that email ends: "Black people in Harlem can smell the Bitch in you. They know that you are a weak, little short man who sucks White/Jewish cock."

1NewsIcon If Leonardo Da Vinci lived today, he would most likely be called "gay," yet he artist's sexuality appears to decidedly straight in the new Starz original series Da Vinci's Demons, the trailer of which was just released.

Datta1NewsIcon "I know I am not the best looking man in the world but surely no woman could fail to be dazzled by this shirt? The gold shirt has been one of my dreams." So says 32-year old money lender Datta Phuge of his internationally renowned $22,000 splurge.

1NewsIcon Hey Britney, Missy would like to work with you.

1NewsIcon "25 Of Jared Padalecki’s Sexiest Photos." Nuff said.

1NewsIcon Texas Chainsaw 3D was number one at the box office this weekend.

1NewsIcon Actor and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says guns in movies are "just entertainment."

1NewsIcon The Vatican's semi-official newspaper continues to support the idea that LGBT equality is like socialism and will destroy civilization as we know it. Yawn.

1NewsIcon Though "hashtag" was the American Dialect Society's word of the year for 2012, "marriage equality" was voted most likely to succeed: "The argument was that while the word hashtag has been around since 2007, this was the year of the hashtag. This was the year that hashtag was everywhere in the Twittersphere and beyond. It was creating social trends, reflecting social trends, making memes go viral," said ADS voting member and University of Michigan Professor Anne Curzan.

Astonishing591NewsIcon Gay hero Northstar covers next month's Astonishing X-Men #59, and he looks fierce.

1NewsIcon Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee hopes that passing marriage equality will help improve the state's image, attracting new business, new visitors and maybe some "creative" new residents. "We want to be very inclusive, welcoming everybody," he said. "And in particular (to the) creative, energetic people that so often are associated with the gay community."

1NewsIcon Hendrik Hertzberg on the awkward pronunciation of 2013: "A question... [when] you got to the mention of '2013,' did your inner reading voice say 'two thousand thirteen'? Or did it say, as I hope and expect, 'twenty thirteen'?..."

1NewsIcon Gay bowler Scott Norton on the impact his and his husband's on-air kiss has had: "I didn't even know anything was going to come of it. It happened on Sunday and then nothing came of it... And then it exploded and all of the credit goes to Jaime Perez and the International Art of Bowling for all they've done. They've really turned this into something special."

1NewsIcon Gay men in Australia are asking the government there to follow in the footsteps of its Commonwealth cousin the UK and expunge old anti-gay convictions from people's records: "For an unknown number of older gay men, historical convictions for consensual sex continue to cast a shadow over their lives. Despite Victoria decriminalizing gay sex in 1981, these men are still prevented from applying for some jobs, such as teaching, or taking on volunteering roles."

1NewsIcon British Prime Minister told The Telegraph that he would like to stay in office until 2020 and concedes that his proposals for marriage equality in England were not delivered as concisely as possible, particularly with regard to religious institutions. He made clear, "[The proposal] is about what the state does, this is the civil part of marriage. We're not changing what happens in church or synagogue or mosque."


Leslie Knope Meets VP Joe Biden on 'Parks and Recreation': VIDEO

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Amy Poehler's Leslie Knope sees herself in the Secretary of State's office and made it clear in no uncertain terms on last night's Parks and Recreation as she visited her hero Joe Biden, who she has said on previous episodes is on her "celebrity sex list" (transcript via politico):

"Oh, Mr. Vice President, I am deeply flattered, but there's no way that I could take over Madam Secretary Clinton's position," Poehler's not-so-humble character says.

"I'm confident you could do that job or any other," Biden responds.

"OK, I will," she says.

Biden thanks her for her public service

"I just want to say thank you," Poehler's character says, patting Biden's face as the camera pans to show some of the vice president's real-life advisers.

"You're very welcome, you're very welcome. Hey, you're very welcome," he responds and she grips onto his arms.

"You're very handsome, by the way," she adds.

Watch the scene, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Joe Biden To Appear On Next Week's 'Parks And Recreation'

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A few months ago, far before his job was secure, Vice President Joe Biden filmed a hush-hush cameo for NBC's politically-minded sitcom Parks and Recreation. That cameo will air next week, Entertainment Weekly reports.

Politicos like Sen. John McCain and retired Sen. Olympia Snowe have appeared on the show, but executive producer Michael Schur says Biden's the biggest get yet:

[Leslie Knope] has a lot of social figures that she considers heroes, but the funniest hero is Joe Biden. There’s an episode last season where she says, 'Joe Biden is on my celebrity sex list — well, he is my celebrity sex list'… It was amazing to have her meet Olympia Snowe and Barbara Boxer because that meant something to her politically. But this transcends that.

She’s meeting the man that she’s in love with on some deep level. It was a bigger deal to us in some ways that she meet Joe Biden than it was that she meet Barack Obama.

The scene also apparently would have also worked had Biden and President Obama lost on Tuesday. "We treated it in the writing and the execution like our main character was meeting her hero," said Schur.

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