The Moon in Full; Bill Clinton Book Club

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We realize there's only so much time one can spend in a day watching new trailers, viral video clips, and shaky cell phone footage of people arguing on live television. This is why every day The Atlantic Wire highlights the videos that truly earn your five minutes (or less) of attention. Today: Bill Clinton wants America to know how much he liked his friend's spy novel, we get a first look at the dark side of the moon, and Michelle Obama's talk show tour continues. 

Bill Clinton called into Morning Joe this morning to talk up The Spy Who Jumped Off the Screena new thriller about "soldier turned actor Ty Hunter [who] craves nothing more than some R&R after his latest Hollywood blockbuster…until he’s tasked with thwarting a potential nuclear arms deal." The book was written by Thomas Caplan, a classmate of the former president's at Georgetown, which explains some of his enthusiasm. Lest you think Clinton was just doing his friend a favor, Clive Cussler also deemed the book thrilling enough to give it a blurb, declaring it "the most ingenious thriller I've ever read." Clive Cussler said that!  [MSNBC]

The dark side of the moon has been captured on film for the first time and -- confusingly -- there are no monsters in sight. This runs contrary to what Hollywood taught us to expect from the dark side of the moon. Though if there are moon monsters, it would make sense -- strategically speaking -- for them to duck out of sight and let the earthmen develop a false sense of security.  [NASA]

Shepard Smith of Fox News was fed up enough with having to cover Donald Trump announcing his support for Mitt Romney that he plugged the network's upcoming coverage of the "Shakira and Big Bird" endorsements. Shakira and Big Bird, of course, do not plan to endorse anyone. (Big Bird isn't even registered.) But if they ever want to, it will definitely be covered live.  [Fox News via Mediaite]

Michelle Obama has spoken in a silly voice to try to entice Jay Leno to eat his vegetables and engaged in a round of competitive push-ups with Ellen DeGeneres. As talk show guests who are game for anything go, she's surpassed only by Teri Garr, Will Arnett, and Henry Winkler. That's impressive company. [Warner Bros.]

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