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Brad Pitt donates $100,000 to marriage-equality efforts

Brad Pitt has donated $100,000 to the Human Rights Campaignto support the organization’s efforts in campaigning for marriage equality in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington State.” On the Human Rights Campaign website, Pitt wrote, “It’s unbelievable to me that people’s lives and relationships are literally being voted on in a matter of days…. But that’s the system we have and I’m not going to back down from the fight for loving and committed couples to have the ability to marry. Especially when groups like the Human Rights Campaign are fighting these battles day-in and day-out.”

Pitt is currently engaged to Angelina Jolie. The couple, who have six children together, got engaged in April. Previously, Pitt said they have no plans to marry until all couples who wish to do so are legally able.

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President Obama addresses the nation about Hurricane Sandy

Breathless coverage of Hurricane Sandy on network and cable news was briefly interrupted this afternoon by a special message from President Obama. Obama cancelled campaign events that were to take place in Florida and Wisconsin on Monday and Tuesday in order to travel back to Washington, D.C., where he is monitoring the effects of the hurricane.

“Obviously, everybody is aware at this point that this is going to be a big and powerful storm,” the president said around 12:45 p.m. ET. He urged residents of the East Coast to exercise caution and listen to their state and local officials: “When they tell you to evacuate, you need to evacuate. Do not delay; do not pause or question.” He stressed that those who do not follow evacuation instructions will be putting first responders in danger.

Obama also emphasized the storm preparations that local, state, and federal governments have taken over the past few days; the president said he has spoken with the governors of every state that has declared a state of emergency, and asked the public to be patient while waiting for their power to be restored.

When he finished speaking, the president did not answer questions — except one. A reporter asked Obama how the storm will affect next week’s presidential election. Obama replied, “I’m not worried about the impact on the election — I’m worried about the impact on families, and first responders… The election will take care of itself next week. Right now, our priority is to make sure that we’re saving lives.”

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Tom Brokaw hospitalized in North Carolina after accidentally taking Ambien

Tom Brokaw was in good spirits when he appeared on The Daily Show this Tuesday — but EW has confirmed that this morning, the 72-year-old news veteran was rushed to a Charlotte hospital after a scary incident on the set of an MSNBC program.

“On the set of Morning Joe this morning, Tom Brokaw felt light-headed,” NBC News said in a statement. “Out of an abundance of caution, he was taken to a hospital. He is being evaluated and is in good spirits.”

Brokaw has been covering the Democratic National Convention for NBC. His latest book, The Time of Our Lives: A conversation about America hit shelves earlier this week.

Update: Brokaw has explained via Twitter that the incident occurred after he inadvertently took some Ambien. “All is well,” he wrote. “Early AM I mistakenly took a half dose of Ambien and made less sense than usual. Made a better comeback than Giants…”

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Mitt Romney's running mate is Paul Ryan

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney announced this morning that Paul Ryan, a seven-term Wisconsin Representative, will be his vice presidential running mate. Relatively young at 42, Ryan has become a favorite on the right in his status as chairman of the House Budget committee — especially after the publication of his tax-cutting, Medicare-privatizing budget plan. Ryan and Romney have termed themselves “America’s Comeback Team.” Intriguingly, the last line of Ryan’s bio on the campaign website indicates that the congressman is “a member is of his local archery association, the Janesville Bowmen” — proving once and for all that this really is the year of the bow and arrow. (See also: Hunger Games, Brave, Hawkeye in The Avengers, Arrow…)

Anne Hathaway, Harvey Weinstein, and Aaron Sorkin host Obama fundraiser

Catwoman, a powerful studio chief, and the master of the walk-and-talk are joining forces to host a $35,800-per-person fundraiser for President Obama tonight. As the Hartford Courant writes, the event will be held at producer Harvey Weinstein’s beachfront home in Westport, Connecticut this evening. The Dark Knight Rises star Anne Hathaway and The Newsroom creator Aaron Sorkin will serve as the fundraiser’s co-hosts. Fifty guests, including Academy Award winner Joanne Woodward, are expected to attend. Hathaway and Sorkin’s event will follow a less exclusive, $500-per-person reception at Stamford’s Marriott Hotel.

President Obama is no stranger to events hosted by Hollywood royalty: Both George Clooney and Sarah Jessica Parker made headlines when they threw separate fundraisers for Obama this past spring. These dinners combined raised around $17 million for the Democrat’s reelection campaign. Mitt Romney, the president’s Republican challenger, has also secured the support of several high-profile names; Donald Trump announced that he was hosting a Romney fundraiser in June, while Oscar-winning multihyphenate Clint Eastwood recently endorsed the GOP candidate. READ FULL STORY

Clint Eastwood endorses Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney now has Dirty Harry on his side.

The Oscar-winning director, venerable actor, and former mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif,  endorsed the Republican presidential candidate on Friday while appearing at a Sun Valley, Idaho fundraiser for Romney, according to Reuters.

Telling reporters that he was supporting the all-but-official nominee because “the country needs a boost somewhere,” Eastwood praised Romney’s tax plan in his remarks, declaring that the former Massachusetts governor will “restore a decent tax system … so there’s a fairness and people are not pitted against each other.” He also applauded his physical attributes, quipping that when he first saw Romney in ads during the 2002 Massachusetts gubernatorial race, he thought, “God, this guy, he’s too handsome to be governor. But it does look like he could be president.”

Said Romney of this high-wattage endorsement: “He just made my day.” READ FULL STORY

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