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Allison Janney won four Emmy Awards for playing CJ Gregg on The West Wing. Much to the delight of the media, the 56-year-old actress relived her presidential press secretary days when she addressed the press corps at the White House on Friday.

After playfully saying some words, Janney got serious and spoke out about the opioid epidemic– heroin and prescription drug abuse. She currently stars in Mom on CBS where she plays a recovering addict. What her address below.

“This is a disease that can touch anybody and all of us can help reduce drug abuse through evidence-based treatment, prevention, and recovery,” Allison said. “Research shows it works. And courageous show it works every day.”

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It’s no secret Leonardo DiCaprio is a friend of the environment. He’s been an advocate for years and when the 41-year-old actor finally snagged an Oscar, he used that moment to speaking about climate change.

For 2016 Earth Day, the Revenant actor once again covered the topic during the Paris Agreement for Climate Change Signing at the United Nations on Friday morning in New York City. He’s addressed the international delegates in previous years. I suppose as an UN Ambassador of Peace, it’s most likely part of his mandate.

“Our planet cannot be saved unless we leave fossil fuels in the ground where they belong,” Leo said. Watch his entire speech below.

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FOX’s Dirty Dancing remake includes Abigail Breslin, Colt Prattes, Katey Sagal, Nicole Scherzinger, Sarah Hyland and Debra Messing to name a few. Filming began earlier this month in Hendersonville, North Carolina which, as you know, is in the hot seat due to its controversial new anti-LGBT law.

The legislation prohibits transgender people from using bathrooms that don’t match their biological gender and stops cities from passing local anti-discrimination laws. As a result, the NBA is threatening to move the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte, numerous musicians have canceled their concerts taking place in the Tar Heel State and other boycotts.

Naturally given the controversy, Messing, who’s a long-time LGBT ally, took to Twitter to share her thoughts about filming in North Carolina. Read below to learn what she said.

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The Volunteer State is the latest Southern state to receive a sarcastic tourism ad from Funny or Die. IMHO, their parodies keep getting funnier and funnier. Is it wrong to find them hilarious given the gravity of the real political situation?

The home of Elvis Presley is being put on blast for its new anti-LGBT counseling bill that allows mental health professionals to refuse services to LGBT patients based on discriminatory religious beliefs.

FoD reveals Tennessee is a place where one can “sing a sad country song about your gay friends being refused counseling services,” “gaze at the beautiful rolling hills where the fog is as thick as our ignorance” and “laugh at an effeminate child.” Check out the full faux ad below to listen to more zingers.

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Not to be outdone by its fellow Southern state, Mississippi now boasts the most anti-gay religious bill in the United States thanks to Phil Bryant. The Governor signed House Bill 1523 earlier this week which combines the most despicable parts of religious freedom bills with those of first amendment defense acts.

If visiting soul food restaurants where you can swallow your sense of humanity is on the top of your list or you want to walk amongst mansions previously inhabited by slave owners and now inhabited by bigots, then the Magnolia State is for you. Check out Funny or Die’s faux Mississippi anti-gay tourism video below. It’s now worse than North Carolina.

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North Carolina is the latest state in the hot seat for new anti-gay legislation. Dubbed the “Bathroom Bill,” the Tar Heel state is the first to require students in state schools to use the bathroom that corresponds with the gender recorded on their birth certificates.

Like Georgia for their “Liberty Bill,” North Carolina has received criticism from major corporations and even threats of boycotts. The NBA is threatening to move the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte.

“We are deeply concerned that this discriminatory law runs counter to our guiding principles of equality and mutual respect and do not yet know what impact it will have on our ability to successfully host the 2017 All-Star Game in Charlotte.”

Funny or Die takes aim at North Carolina with its latest spoof. Their faux anti-gay commercial reminds folks of all the fun straight things you can do in their beautiful, intolerant state. Check it out below.

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The city of Brussels is currently on lockdown after the airport in Zaventem and the Maalbeek Metro Station were attacked. As of now, more than thirty people are dead with many more injured.

Our thoughts go out to the city of Brussels after these series of suicide bombings. Very thankful that my friend living there is safe. Watch breaking coverage below.

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When it comes to celebrity endorsements, Hillary Clinton is unrivaled. Not even Donald Trump comes close when it comes to Hollywood support, though he does have his fair share.

Just in time for ABC’s Thursday night lineup, a new political ad debuted featuring the leading women of TGIT. Scandal’s Kerry Washington, Grey’s Anatomy’s Ellen Pompeo, and How to Get Away With Murder’s Viola Davis, along with Shonda Rhimes showed their support for Clinton. After it aired, Hillary tweeted her gratitude for the endorsement.

Just in case you were wondering, an ABC spokesperson issued a statement that it was “a paid political advertisement placed on a number of stations. Broadcasters are required by the FCC to carry these ads.” Check it out below.

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