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Snoop Dogg Endorsing Ron Paul?

Maury Phillips/W​ireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Did Snoop Dogg, born Calvin Cordozar Broadus, endorse GOP candidate Ron Paul for president?

Well, sort of. The rapper posted a photo of Paul on his Facebook page Sunday with the headline “Smoke Weed Everyday.” The caption of the photo reads a simple, “Because I said so.” Broadus, an outspoken marijuana enthusiast, is no stranger to drug-related charges. His most recent arrest for alleged possession occurred in January in Sierra Bianca, Texas.

One user commented: “Thank you Snoop!!!! We need more people like you to stand up for freedom.”

“Substance,” interjected another. “What Ron Paul speaks and Snoop Dog smokes!!! Ron Paul/Snoop Dog in 2012!”

Snoop Dogg’s quasi-endorsement of Paul is presumably because of the candidate’s maverick stance on marijuana and drug policy. During his years in the House of Representatives, Texan Paul has co-authored and signed multiple marijuana-friendly bills that pushed the drug’s decriminalization.

The GOP candidate was a co-sponsor of the States’ Right to Medical Marijuana Act and supported the Personal Use of Marijuana by Responsible Adults Act of 2008. In June 2011, Paul paired up with Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., in June to support the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act, which would allow states to delegate their own laws regarding the drug.

The rapper isn’t the only celebrity to voice his support for Paul. The presidential hopeful has also received endorsements from Kelly Clarkson, Vince Vaughn and Barry Manilow.

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Barry Manilow's New Album Explores Ups and Downs of Fame

Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Barry Manilow is no stranger to fame. The "Copacabana" singer has sold 80 million records worldwide and hit the peak of stardom in the '70s with five albums simultaneously topping the charts. But Manilow delves even deeper into the idea of fame in his new album, 15 Minutes, which comes out Tuesday.

The concept album explores the ins and outs of living in the spotlight, tackling the rise and fall of a hypothetical celebrity. But with track titles like "Work the Room" and "He's a Star," there's no doubt that Manilow is singing at least partly from his own experience.

Known for and occasionally ridiculed for his love ballads that have had female "fanilows" flocking to him for decades, Manilow amassed more than a dozen top 20 hits throughout the '70s and '80s, most notably classics like "Mandy," "I Write the Songs" and "Looks Like We Made It." His status as a legendary musician landed him a permanent gig at Paris Las Vegas, at which he recently celebrated his 100th show.

But Manilow has also said he was inspired by contemporary instances of megastardom.

In recent years, Manilow has also transfixed the media with his seemingly ageless face. While he turns 68 this week, his youthful looks have brought about questions of plastic surgery. Manilow has denied the claims, crediting his physique to his diet and exercise regimen.

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