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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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Creative Arts Emmys 2012: See the winners here!

The Primetime Creative Arts Emmys, honoring TV achievements that aren’t included in the glitzier Primetime Emmys (airing Sept. 23), took place today at LA’s Nokia Theatre. The winners reflected the enormous diversity of the current TV landscape, from network biggies like CBS’s Two and a Half Men (whose Kathy Bates won Best Guest Actress in a Comedy) to cable offerings like best Outstanding Drama Casting winner Homeland. HBO’s Game of Thrones took home six trophies, including Outstanding Costumes for a Series, the most of any show this year. Here’s a list of notable winners (the full list can be found here). Tune to ReelzChannel next Saturday, September 22 at 8pm ET to watch a condensed two-hour version of  the ceremony.

Outstanding Casting for a Drama SeriesHomeland, Showtime

Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries, Movie or a SpecialGame Change, HBO

Outstanding Casting for a Comedy SeriesGirls, HBO

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series – Kathy Bates, Two and a Half Men, CBS

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series – Jeremy Davies, Justified, FX

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series – Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live, NBC

Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming – Martin Scorsese, George Harrison: Living in the Material World, HBO

Outstanding Children’s ProgramWizards of Waverly Place, Disney Channel

Outstanding Reality ProgramUndercover Boss, CBS

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series – Martha Plimpton, The Good Wife, CBS

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