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B&C BEYOND: JANUARY 30, 2012

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Tweeting may not just be for the birds anymore, but Animal Planet's Meep the Bird would argue otherwise as he joins Puppy Bowl VIII with his own Twitter account in hand-or, rather, claw. Follow Meep (@MeepTheBird) for his behind-the-scenes tweets offering a puppy play-by-play from the Animal Planet Stadium as the two teams of dachshunds, chihuahuas, terriers and other breeds try to score a chew-toy touchdown. And for the first time at the Puppy Bowl, a pep squad of piglets will cheer on their fellow furballs from the sidelines. To give the pups a much needed break, the felines take the stage during the Kitty Half-Time Show, which will feature adorable kittens pouncing and playing, culminating in a confetti shower. All this cuteness will air Super Bowl Sunday Feb. 5 from 3-5 p.m. ET on Animal Planet, prior to the big game on NBC.

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Networks, Stations Loving This Heated GOP Race

Newt Gingrich's victory in the South Carolina primary Jan. 21 made it clear that the republican race for the presidential nomination is not going to be over any time soon. And for the tv networks covering the 2012 race, especially the Sunday-morning public affairs shows, the still-competitive contest is just fine with them.

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Piracy Bill Opponents Willing to Talk

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