Vice President Joe Biden had some tongue-in-cheek advice for President Obama about whom he should nominate to fill the Supreme Court vacancy that has preoccupied the White House and incited an election-year fight.

Choose Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Biden joked, referring to the Republican presidential candidate who is unpopular with his colleagues.

"Look, I told Barack, if you really, really want to remake the Supreme Court, nominate Cruz," Biden said at the annual Gridiron Dinner on Saturday night, according to excerpts from his prepared speech released by his office. "Before you know it, you'll have eight ­vacancies."

The Gridiron, whose motto is "to singe but never burn," was once considered strictly off-the-record; these days, cameras are still banned but what is said often finds its way into news reports.

At the traditional Washington event, politicians roast themselves in speeches and journalists lampoon them in musical skits.

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Streisand pays tribute to author Conroy

Barbra Streisand, who directed and starred in the 1991 film adaptation of Pat Conroy's book "The Prince of Tides," offered a touching tribute to the author who died Friday. "First, I fell in love with Pat Conroy's book, 'The Prince of Tides,' and then I fell in love with him," she said in a statement posted on social media. "He was generous and kind, humble and loving … such a joy to work with. I was so honored that he entrusted his beautiful book to me." Conroy, who also wrote "The Great Santini" and "The Lords of Discipline," died at his South Carolina home at age 70 following a battle with pancreatic cancer. Streisand added: "Pat's natural language was poetry … he wrote sentences that are like an incantation. He observed every nuance of human behavior and dug deep down to the truth … presenting it in all its glorious and stubborn complexity. I am so sad today. I lost a dear friend, and the world has lost a great writer."

chilling: Lady Gaga and Al Roker are among the celebrities who jumped into frigid Lake Michigan waters at a fundraiser for the Special Olympics. It's the singer's second time participating in Chicago's Polar Plunge. NBC "Today" show personality Roker, Lady Gaga and her fiancé, "Chicago Fire" actor Taylor Kinney, took the plunge Sunday with stars from other TV shows. The event has gotten a celebrity boost recently. Last year, Vince Vaughn took the plunge. In 2014, comedian Jimmy Fallon jumped in wearing a suit and tie. The weather on Sunday was warmer than years past — about 40 degrees during the plunge.

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