- - Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Pick your pundit when Bill O’Reilly and Jon Stewart face off for a special 90-minute debate about the 2012 presidential race.

The host of Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor” and the anchor of Comedy Central’s fake newscast “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” will clash in the event, dubbed “the Rumble in the Air-Conditioned Auditorium.”

This live debate will be streamed online on Oct. 6 from Lisner Auditorium on the campus of George Washington University in the District. The price is $4.95, with half of the profits donated to a number of unspecified charities.

In a statement, Mr. Stewart quipped that “the Rumble” will be entertaining for all, including “people who just enjoy yelling.” It’s why Al Gore invented the Internet, the announcement added.

'Idol' judges Carey, Minaj deny reports of feuding

Mariah Carey said there is no feud between her and fellow new “American Idol” judge Nicki Minaj at the moment.

The show’s judges — Miss Carey, Miss Minaj, Keith Urban and Randy Jackson — and host Ryan Seacrest attended a news conference in New York on Monday after auditioning singers for the Fox music reality TV series.

Fox announced Sunday that Miss Minaj and Mr. Urban would join Miss Carey and Mr. Jackson as judges on “Idol” following the exits of Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler in July.

Miss Carey tried to quell rumors about her quarreling with Miss Minaj by saying they’ve only been together for two days and “a feud takes a little longer to happen.”

All the judges burst into laughter.

Miss Minaj said the new “Idol” judges are “getting along wonderfully, darling.” Miss Minaj and Miss Carey collaborated on a remix of Miss Carey’s song “Up Out My Face” in 2010.

Miss Carey confessed she’s “never been a fan” of singing competition shows.

“I’ll be completely honest,” she said. “But I realize what this show has done for such talented artists and truly giving them careers.”

When asked why TV watchers should view “Idol” versus another Fox show, “X Factor,” which boasts Britney Spears and Demi Lovato as judges, Miss Carey simply pointed her fingers to herself.

“Did I do that? I didn’t mean that as a final gesture,” she said with a smile. “I’m sorry.”

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