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Cory in the House

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Cory in the House is an American television series, which debuted January 12, 2007 on Disney Channel, spin-off from That's So Raven. The series focuses on Cory Baxter, who had moved from San Francisco, California to Washington, D.C., after Victor Baxter gets a new job in the White House as the official head White House chef, and Disney Channel's idea was to give Cory a new look, still keeping his love of money. The series marks a Disney Channel first, as it is the first ever Disney Channel spin-off.

The first spin-off show produced by Disney, Cory in the House was originally set to premiere on November 10, however, it was delayed to air on January 12, 2007, a week before the fourth anniversary of its parent show, That's So Raven and directly following the movie Jump In!

The pilot episode, "The New Kid in Town", was released on iTunes for free on the week of January 2, 2007. Disney Channel UK showed the first episode on January 26, 2007 as a sneak peek. The theme song, "Cory in the House," is sung by Kyle Massey and Maiara Walsh. An alternate theme song, "Rollin' to D.C.," is also sung by Massey and Walsh and is used in the music video for the series. The show's premiere night had 7.1 million viewers, making it the most-watched Disney pilot episode.

The show was created by Dennis Rinsler, who produced That's So Raven. Cory in the House began filming on July 18, 2006 at Hollywood Center Studios (where The Suite Life of Zack & Cody and That's So Raven were filmed), and uses a studio audience in some scenes. It is currently unknown whether any new episodes of Cory In The House will be produced, or if the show has been canceled. Reruns of Cory in the House still air on Disney Channel. However, no new episodes have been announced. J-5 teen magazine has reported that the show was canceled, though that has not been officially confirmed by any Disney Channel spokesperson.

Much like Hannah Montana, many of the episode titles are parodies of popular songs. For example, We Built This Kitty on Rock and Roll comes from We Built This City, Mall of Confusion from Ball of Confusion, Smells Like School Spirit from Smells Like Teen Spirit, and Ain't Miss Bahavian from Ain't Misbehavin'.

The high school which Cory Baxter, Newton Livingston, and Meena Paroom attend has also been used for the sitcom Boy Meets World.

The show centers upon Cory Baxter (Kyle Massey), who had moved from San Francisco, California to Washington, D.C., after his father Victor Baxter (Rondell Sheridan) gets a new job in the White House as the official head White House chef. Cory's best friends are Newt Livingston (Jason Dolley), the son of the Chief Justice, and Meena Paroom (Maiara Walsh), daughter to the Bahavian Ambassador. Thus, Cory begins a new life.

He soon develops a crush on Meena, forms a band named DC3, and meets the pest of the plot, Jason "Stickler", Jake Thomas the CIA's top spy's son who stalks in the shadow of Meena. Cory is often irritated by the President's daughter, Sophie Martinez (Madison Pettis), and he's also often disciplined by the President's assistant, Samantha Samuels (Lisa Arch), but he gets along well with the President, Richard Martinez (John D'Aquino), while dealing with his new-found everyday challenges.

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Father of the House

Father of the House is a term that has by tradition been unofficially bestowed on certain members of some national legislatures, most notably the House of Commons in the United Kingdom.

The term Mother of the House is also found, although the usage varies between countries. Sometimes, it is used simply as the female alternative to Father of the House, being applied when the relevant member is a woman. Sometimes, however, it is treated as a separate designation, and is given to the longest serving female legislator.

The Father of the House is a title that is by tradition bestowed on the senior Member of the House of Commons who has the longest unbroken service, and who is not a Minister of the Crown. If two or more MPs have equal lengths of service, then whoever was sworn in first is named Father.

In the House of Commons, the sole duty of the Father of the House is to assume the Speaker's chair and preside over the election of a new Speaker whenever that office becomes vacant. The relevant Standing Order does not refer to this member by the title "Father of the House", referring instead to the longest-serving non-Minister member of the House who is present (meaning that if the Father is absent, the next person in line presides).

The current Father of the House of Commons is Alan Williams, Labour MP for Swansea West, who was first elected in the 1964 general election. The member with the second longest period of continuous service is occasionally referred to as the Uncle of the House, and is presently Sir Peter Tapsell, Conservative MP for Louth and Horncastle, who began his continuous service from the 1966 general election.

It should be noted that the Father of the House is not the sitting MP with the earliest date of first election; at the moment that is Sir Peter Tapsell, who was first elected in 1959, and is the only remaining 1950s MP, but lost his seat in 1964 and was out of Parliament until the following election. Michael Foot, as the only remaining MP from the 1945 election between 1987 and 1992 was never Father of the House because he was out of Parliament between 1955 and a by-election in 1960. Similarly, though Sir Winston Churchill was first elected in 1900, he did not become Father of the House until 1959 because he spent small periods out of the House.

There are no other MPs with continuous service since the 1960s which means that following the retirement or death of Williams (who has announced that he will be standing down at the next election) and Tapsell, MPs with continuous service from the 1970 general election will become eligible to be Father of the House. The members with this length of service are presently: Kenneth Clarke, Sir Patrick Cormack, Sir Gerald Kaufman, Michael Meacher, John Prescott, Dennis Skinner and Gavin Strang. Of these, Cormack was the first to swear the oath in 1970 . (Ian Paisley would be eligible but for having resigned his seat in 1985 to seek re-election over the Anglo-Irish Agreement.) Prescott and Strang have announced that they are standing down at the next general election.

In Australia, the longest-serving member of the House of Representatives, whether a Minister or not, is known as "Father of the House". Similarly, the longest-serving member of the Senate is known as "Father of the Senate", and the longer serving of the two fathers is called "Father of the Parliament".

The longest-serving member of the House of Representatives is currently Philip Ruddock, who was first elected in 1973. The longest-serving member of the Senate is currently Senator Ron Boswell, who was elected in 1983.

The term "Father of the House" is not used in Canada. In Canada, the longest-serving member of the House of Commons who is not a cabinet minister is known as the Dean of the House, after the equivalent position in the American House of Representatives. He (or she) presides over the election of the Speaker of the House at the beginning of Parliament.

In the European Parliament, the "oldest member" is a position used during the election of the President of the European Parliament. The member has all the duties of President but the only business that may be addressed is the election of the President. The position is only used every two and a half years when the President's elections are held.

Starting with the Frankfurter Nationalversammlung (Frankfurt Parliament) of 1848, all democratic German parliaments had a Father (or Mother) of the House, usually called Alterspräsident (President by right of age).

Under the current constitution (Grundgesetz) of 1949, the Alterspräsident will preside over the Parliament (Bundestag) at the start of each legislative period.

Following tradition, the Alterspräsident will first ascertain himself that he is the oldest member of the Bundestag by stating his birth date and asking if anyone is present who was born before his date. If no older member of the Bundestag is present (which is usually the case) he will formally declare that he indeed is the Alterspräsident and will start proceedings.

As acting President of the Bundestag (Bundestagspräsident) he delivers the first programmatic speech and oversees the elections of the President of the Bundestag and the Vicepresidents of the Bundestag (Bundestagsvizepräsidenten). He then stands down and yields his power to the newly elected Bundestagspräsident.

In New Zealand, the term Father- or Mother of the House is an unofficial title applied to the longest serving MP in the house, regardless of their position. In fact, the current Mother of the House in the New Zealand Parliament is the former Prime Minister, Helen Clark. Although former Deputy Prime Minister Michael Cullen entered Parliament on the same day, the alphabetical order of swearing in means that Clark has served for slightly longer.

In New Zealand's first elections of 1854, the Bay of Islands electorate was the first to declare the election of a successful candidate, the unopposed candidate Hugh Francis Carleton. In the subsequent General Assembly of 1854, Carleton liked to be known as the Father of the House.

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The House Bunny

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The House Bunny is a 2008 American romantic comedy film, directed by Fred Wolf. The film was written by Legally Blonde screenwriters Kirsten Smith and Karen McCullah Lutz. The film had its US release on August 22, 2008 and stars Anna Faris, Katharine McPhee, Colin Hanks, Kat Dennings, and Emma Stone. It is the second film directed by Wolf. The DVD and Blu-ray Disc was released on December 16, 2008. Anna Faris stars as Shelley Darlington, a former Playboy bunny who signs up to be the new house mother at UCLA’s nerdiest sorority, Zeta Alpha Zeta, after being kicked out of the Playboy Mansion.

Shelley Darlington (Anna Faris) is a Playgirl Bunny living the life of luxury. The day after her twenty-seventh birthday, she awakes to find a note from Hugh Hefner asking her to pack up and leave. Sadly, she gets out on the road looking for a new life, and happens to see girls who remind her of herself: beautiful and fun. She immediately follows them and sees that they live in luxury too. She tells them her situation and asks to join, not knowing that they are in a sorority, and is rejected because she is not a student, as well as the fact that the girls are completely stuck up. She sees there are ladies that watch over the girls and live there also, but after asking them to join, she is rejected again.

As she carries on, she finds another sorority, Zeta Alpha Zeta, whose members are socially awkward, although they reject her also. However, once they see that she is able to attract boys and friends, this changes. She turns the girls around and teaches them everything they need to know to surpass the other girls. In particular, Shelley becomes close with Natalie (Emma Stone), a bespectled virgin who acted as leader of the Zetas. During this process she meets a guy named Oliver (Colin Hanks), and although she can teach everyone else how to flirt, she has to get help from her new "students" on what to do in order to socialize with him.

As the girls of her sorority become more popular on campus, they realize that they changed themselves too much to please other people and blame it on Shelley. Conveniently, she gets a call from the Playboy Mansion informing her that she was set up, and they never wanted her to leave. It would seem perfect for her to go back to her old life, but when she tries, she sees she cares far too much for her girls, who reciprocate the sentiment. She decides to fix the devastation that the Phi Iota Mus have done to Zeta Alpha Zetas while she was gone, but does it with help from everyone. The Zetas also play matchmaker, and manage to fix Shelley up with Oliver.

Faris had pitched the film's concept to a few companies and Happy Madison picked it up. The working title of the film was I Know What Boys Like. The film is rated PG-13 for strong language, and it was distributed by Columbia Pictures.

The House Bunny was released in the US on August 22, 2008. It debuted at #1 on its first day of release making $5.91 million, but ultimately landed in second place for the weekend behind Ben Stiller's action-comedy picture Tropic Thunder, with $14.53 million and $16.27 million, respectively. As of January 11, 2009, the film had grossed $70 million. The film debuted in the UK chart at #1 grossing almost $1 million in its first weekend.

The DVD and Blu-ray were released December 23, 2008. The DVD included deleted scenes, an "I Know What Boys Like" music video with intro, and seven featurettes.

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Speaker (politics)

The term speaker is a title often given to the presiding officer of a legislative body. The speaker's official role is to moderate debate, make rulings on procedure, announce the results of votes, and the like. The speaker decides who may speak and has the powers to discipline members who break the procedures of the house. The speaker often also represents the body in person, as the voice of the body in ceremonial and some other situations.

As a parliamentary title it is typically Anglo-Saxon, first recorded in the English parliament for Thomas de Hungerford in 1377; in most other cultures other styles are used, mainly translations of Chairman or President. In Canadian French, the Speaker of the House of Commons or a legislature are referred to as Président.

Many bodies also have a speaker pro tempore or deputy speaker, designated to fill in when the speaker is not available.

In many nations, especially those with the Westminster system of government, the position of speaker, modelled after the Speaker of the British House of Commons, is ideally scrupulously politically neutral and is not concerned with substantive issues. In the event of a tie, the speaker is permitted to vote but only according to established conventions. In most cases the speaker is elected from among the members of the assembly by the members, and whips are not allowed to be among the selection. In the UK, a speaker is normally chosen from one of the two largest parties on an alternate basis, however this convention was broken with the election of Michael Martin as speaker as he and the previous incumbent, Betty Boothroyd, had both been members of the Labour Party. The current Speaker of the Canadian House of Commons, Peter Milliken, is a member of the Official Opposition.

Despite being an impartial position, the Speaker in a Westminster system parliament has to stand for re-election if he wishes to stay. In the Republic of Ireland the Speaker (Ceann Comhairle) is deemed to have been elected if he seeks re-election; in the United Kingdom it is a constitutional convention that no major party will put up a candidate against the 'Speaker seeking re-election'. However in 2005 the Scottish National Party put up a candidate against the incumbent speaker (Michael Martin). There is no such convention in Canada and the major parties routinely field candidates against a Speaker who is seeking re-election.

In the United States, in the House of Representatives and in state legislatures and local government councils, the speaker is usually selected by the members of the majority party and functions as a leader of that party. Thus, though the speaker is supposed to be fair, they use procedural rulings to advance the causes and agenda of their own party. Ceremonially, the speaker represents the whole house, but politically is the legislative voice of the party in power.

There is one prominent case of a speaker who is not presiding officer. The New York City Council, the unicameral legislative body for New York City, has as its presiding officer the Public Advocate, a position formerly known as City Council President, who is elected by all the voters of the city. As the public advocate's role has changed with several city charter revisions, a post of Council Speaker was created. The speaker is, effectively, majority leader of the council.

According to the federal succession statute currently in effect, the Speaker of the House of Representatives in the U.S. Congress is second in line for succession to the presidency; should the president and vice president be unable to serve, the speaker would become president. Some scholars, however, have argued that this provision of the succession statute is unconstitutional.

The Speaker of the United States House of Representatives is currently Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), who is the first woman ever to serve as Speaker.

The presiding officer for an upper house of a bicameral legislature usually has a different title, although substantially the same duties.

When the upper house is called a senate, the equivalent title is often President of the Senate. Australia, Chile, the United States and many other countries have upper houses with presiding officers titled "president". In several American republics, the vice president of the country serves as the president of the upper house.

This pattern is not universal, however. Some upper houses, including those of Canada and several U.S. states (including Tennessee), have a speaker.

The Welsh Assembly and Scottish Parliament have the positions of Presiding Officer which fulfils the same role as the speaker.

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