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Election Day is a week away, which means that our long-national nightmare, i.e. this election, is almost over. That also means that we have about three months left of the Obama Presidency.  

In one of her famed Presidential exit interviews, a tradition since 2016, Samantha Bee, the host of Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, sat down with the President. The two covered a lot of ground in this short interview, discussing the election, Obama's Halloween costume, voting, and what he'll be doing after he leaves office. 

However, we are a little concerned about one part of the interview, when Obama said, "I would hope that you'd be willing to take about the same amount of time you spend looking through cat videos on your phone to make sure the democracy's working."

Please don't take that as invitation to stop looking at cat videos on your phone altogether. We'll still be here when you get back from checking in on the democracy next week.

And now back to your regularly scheduled cat video:

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Election of The Day: If Opal Covey Doesn't Win The Toldeo Mayorship, Destruction Will Follow
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Opal Covey has been sent by God to run the city government of Toledo...or else.

The five-time mayoral candidate is running for mayor once again because God told her to, of course.

The self-identified prophetess had a lot to say in a recent interview about her campaign, which is mostly known for wanting to build theme parks in the city.

"Thank you, Jesus," she told NBC24, after speaking in tongues.

"That was a confirmation, if people don't give me what I earned in 2013 back, and I'm not on that seat in November, then you'll see God visit the city in the greatest destruction you've ever seen."

Here's some bonus footage of her speaking in tongues and calling for God's wrath against someone who didn't support her campaign.

Elect Opal Covey, Toledo. For all of our souls.

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While you were getting over your Election Day hangover, the 2014 CMA Awards happened Wednesday night, and hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood kicked off the show, in part, by making a bunch of political jokes.

They covered everything from the Ebola nurse speaking out about quarantine in Maine, President Obama, the White House fence jumpers and, of course, the Democrats losing the Senate, which resulted in a huge applause fromt he CMA crowd.

But it wasn't all politics, the two also poked fun at Taylor Swift's departure from country music, Renee Zellweger's face, and the nude photo scandal.

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Well, this is not exactly the image you want plastered all over the Internet on Election Day.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) is running in a tight race for re-election against Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes.

If Republicans take control of the Senate, and McConnell wins, he is expected to become the next Senate Majority Leader.

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Radio Svoboda reports that Vader already holds a position as chairman of the Internet Party of Ukraine, first established in 2007, and has filed the necessary paperwork with the country's Central Election Commission to appear on the ballot in a special election to be held on May 25. He's also made the required and hefty financial deposit of 2.5 million Ukrainian hryvnia ($225,225), which suggests this is more than an irreverent prank.

What do you think about all of this? A full on prank?

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November 6 was a devastating day for republicans, as documented in this aptly titled single topic blog White People Mourning Romney.

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Following the announcement of Obama's victory last night, one of his most outspoken critics Donald Trump had an epic public breakdown on Twitter, laying down all the cliches in the amateur's guide to internet punditry (paraphrased):

  • Ugh, Electoral College sucks.
  • Democracy is dead to me.
  • Guys, let's start a revolution.
  • This country sucks now.

In a conspicuous attempt to divert the attention, Trump subsequently removed some of his tweets and even made room for a self-promo hashtag (#TrumpCares) to boast about sending relief supplies to Hurricane-damaged areas in New York, but Salon has published screen captures of the highlights for your enragement (shown left).

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President Barack Obama emerged as the victor of the night with 285 electoral votes as of 12:30 a.m. (ET) What's the reaction like in your part of the town? Submit your videos and photos!

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Not to be culturally insensitive or anything, but New Jersey's Republican congressional candidate Shmuley Boteach is a hard name to forget.

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Reporter John Kelso showed up at an early voting poll in Austin, TX dressed as the Big Bird for a funny photo op and an article about his experience for the daily newspaper Austin American-Statesman.



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You might have heard about New Jersey's last resort to e-mail voting for its state voters still struggling to recover from the damages of Hurricane Sandy. Well, as warned by some electoral scholars earlier this week, e-mail servers used for voting in two major counties of New Jersey crashed due to the heavy influx of traffic this morning, leading Essex County official Christopher Durkin to invite his 450,000 registered voters to send their ballots to his personal Hotmail e-mail address via Facebook. Further complicating the technical issue is the overwhelming number of requests for e-mail ballots received by county clerks' office, forcing the state to extend its voting deadline to Friday afternoon, 8 p.m. (ET).

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For the 9,000th time, go to the polls and vote! For details on poll opening and closing times for individual states, check out Ballotpedia.

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YouTuber CentralPAVote brings this footage of what appears to be a malfunctional voting machine that would check a vote for Mitt Romney even when the voter repeatedly filled the ballot for Barack Obama. Also check out the Reddit thread for the real-time development on this story.

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In the golden words of Wu-Tang Clan: "Cash rules everything around me, C.R.E.A.M, get the money, dollar dollar bills y'all." Image based on the image template of "Shut Up and Take My Money," submitted by Know Your Meme user FunkPumpkin.

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Check out this satirical animation short explaining the U.S. electoral process in the style of Schoolhouse Rock! songs from the forthcoming FOX evening cartoon program Animation Domination High Definition (ADHD).

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Check out "Binders Full of Burgers," a delicious collection of fast food-themed infographic charts visualizing the stats behind the 2012 U.S. presidential campaigns, such as this comparison of Obama and Romney's campaign spendings (shown left). Created by German artists Lisa Rienermann and Anna Lena schiller who also worked on a similar project for the 2011 Berlin state election with waffles and fruits.