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Madeline Albright, Queen Elizabeth Win Twitter

On the lighter side of things, former Secretary of State Madeline Albright is on a roll, isn’t she?  Last week Wheaties called her a “champion” and this week she proved that she’s just as good at Twitter trolling as she is at statesmanship and spokesmanship (which IS SO TOO a word, autocorrect).

We missed this one while prepping for an event, but Conan got schooled on his C+ joke:

And she kept going.

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A Collection of 18 Statements on the New York City Ebola Case

De Blasio Conference

Pic via The New York City Mayor’s Office

There’s really no way you could have missed today’s biggest news: a doctor who had been treating Ebola patients in Guinea was diagnosed with the virus after returning to his home in Manhattan.

After the news broke, a flurry of official responses were issued by every entity from the hospital where Doctor Craig Spencer worked to the bowling alley he visited on Wednesday night before he came down with symptoms.

This is a very serious matter despite the many jokes that filled our Twitter feed last night and this morning. But reviewing all these disparate statements (some formal, some anything but) makes for an excellent case study in uncoordinated responses to a major crisis.

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Brad Pitt Uses ‘Between Two Ferns’ to Promote His Charity

Another week, another episode of the Funny or Die/Zach Galifianakis series “Between Two Ferns.”

When last we checked in on our hirsute comedian, he was interviewing the president — and we argued that the move was a smart one to promote enrollment in the Affordable Care Act.

In this episode, Brad Pitt deals with a bit of Galifianakis’ gentle ribbing to (sort of) promote his charity, Make It Right.

Note how he managed to drop the name in there before Louis C.K. made his appearance.

Pitt’s org built homes in New Orleans’ ninth ward for those displaced by Hurricane Katrina before running into some bad PR around the beginning of the year thanks to reports that some of the houses were “rotting from the inside out.

So, while this appearance may  not lead to thousands of donations, it was a pretty good decision on Pitt’s part to play along so he could make the mention, no?

Crisis Manager Explains Why She Gave Up on ‘Real Housewife’

The Real Inmates of Danbury

The Real Soon-to-Be Inmate of Danbury

Which reality show has done more damage to New Jersey’s reputation: Jersey Shore or The Real Housewives of New Jersey? We can’t decide — and neither can Governor Chris Christie, who’s made a point of slamming them both while reminding the rest of the world that Snooki is from Poughkeepsie, dammit!

We can’t believe we missed this popcorn revelation yesterday, but it seems Wendy Feldman — crisis expert and advisor to celebrities facing jail time — has thrown up her hands regarding now-former client Teresa Giudice.

There’s a real lesson in this tabloid story, though the most amusing thing about it has been Feldman’s response on Twitter.

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NO MORE Unveils New Anti-Domestic Violence PSA Starring NFL Players

Today on TODAY, the National Football League made what looks like its biggest attempt to date to address the ongoing struggle with the domestic violence in its ranks.

This is the first concrete evidence of work performed by the league’s recently created “social responsibility team,” which includes its own community affairs VP Anna Isaacson and three (female) advisers, each of whom has extensive experience dealing with domestic violence and sex crimes.

The clip stars some of the league’s most prominent players, beginning with Giants quarterback Eli Manning:

This PSA was created to promote NO MORE, an anti-DM advocacy group founded by Law and Order actress Mariska Hargitay (who directed along with fellow actors Tate Donovan and Blair Underwood). You may note that it’s a variation on a PSA released last year that starred various actors.

That one after the jump.

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UPDATE: Toys ‘R Us Breaking Bad Figures: Crisis or Not?

Bryan Cranston can joke about this, but it’s become a serious story for Toys ‘R Us if only because of the volume of press coverage about the Breaking Bad-themed toy line. Here’s the company’s only response to date:

“The products you reference are carried in very limited quantities and the product packaging clearly notes that the items are intended for ages 15 and up. Items from this TV series are located in the adult action figure area of our stores.”

So is this a big deal or not?

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Kim Kardashian Charges $1M Per Product Endorsement

KimK HeadshotRadar Online tells us today that your client won’t get a mention on Kim’s twitter feed for less than a million bucks ($750K if she’s feeling generous).

The “secret business emails from the star’s reps” that someone chose to leak — presumably for far less than $1M — are not particularly shocking to us. We have seen The Smoking Gun’s “backstage riders.

But it’s worth noting that, for personal appearances, Mrs. Kardashian-West requires:

“5 first class tickets, plus 1 coach, first class hotel accommodations (1 suite for talent and standard rooms for others in party), portal to portal first class exclusive ground transportation, airport greeter service, security, glam fee (day rate for her hair and makeup squad), and a per diem.”

The next quote isn’t much of a surprise, either:

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Florida Press Association Finally Explains ‘Fangate’

Charlie CristHere’s the press release to end the week: The Florida Press Association and Leadership Florida have attempted to explain Governor Rick Scott‘s “Fangate,” and they succeeded in making it sound as confusing as it looked.

A letter provided to both Scott and Charlie Crist read that “candidates may not bring electronic devices (including fans), visual aids or notes to the debate, but will be provided with a pad and pen.”

Crist agreed “but with the added hand-written note ‘*with understanding that the debate hosts will address any temperature issues with a fan if necessary.’”

And that’s where everything went wrong.

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15 Brands That Played the Boss for #NationalBossDay

BE THE BOSS

Paid the cost…

Did you know that yesterday was National Boss Day? Neither did we — but many brands reminded us via the 13th hottest trending hashtag of the day. (Sadly, we missed the chance to thank our own boss.)

Anyway, here are some of the many that took advantage of the latest meme-y holiday.

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What Would Bill Do? Media Coach Bill McGowan Takes on the Week’s News

Rick Scott

Pic via  Joe Raedle/Getty Images North America

It’s time for the latest edition of our ongoing collaboration with Bill McGowan, Clarity Media Group founder and advisor to executives at Facebook, Airbnb, CNBC and more.

1. First, Bill takes on Governor Rick Scott and his problem with fans:

Scott Blows It with Fan-Gate: If Florida Governor Rick Scott wanted to make his Democratic opponent Charlie Christ hot under the collar during this week’s televised debate, he picked the wrong way to do it.

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