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In these lame-duck days, as Obama picks his dream team and George Bush shuffles around the White House trying to convince people he did some stuff in the last eight years, there is a bit of a vacuum of political coverage left in the wake of the election. In just the last 24 hours, therefore, we've gotten a trio of political hilarity that may not have come about at all if people really had their game faces on.First: Obama jokes about Bill Richardson's missing beard. Obama is newly hilarious. He must have some new comedy writers.Second: Florida Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen hangs up on Obama, twice, because she thinks he is a prank caller. Sarah Palin's legacy continues.Three: Ed Rendell, the governor of Pennsylvania, quips that Homeland Security nominee Janet Napolitano will be a great pick because she has no family and no life and will simply work 20 hours a day.

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A two-minute television ad from New Zealand is a gut punch to dog lovers who smoke cigarettes. "Quit for Your Pets" focuses on how second-hand smoke doesn't just affect other humans, but our pets as well.

According to Quitline New Zealand, "when you smoke around your pets, they're twice as likely to get cancer."

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Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders took aim at former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg onstage at Wednesday's Las Vegas Democratic debate, likening the billionaire businessman to President Donald Trump and questioning his ability to turn out voters.

Sanders began by calling out Bloomberg for his stewardship of New York's stop and frisk policy that targeted young black men.

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Walmart workers issued a "wake up call" to Alice Walton, an heir to the retailer's $500 billion fortune, in New York on Tuesday by marching to Walton's penthouse and demanding her company pay its 1.5 million workers a living wage and give them reliable, stable work schedules.

The protest was partially a response to the company's so-called "Great Workplace" restructuring initiative which Walmart began testing last year and plans to roll out in at least 1,100 of its 5,300 U.S. stores by the end of 2020.

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