Chuck Todd's goatee is safe from shaving. Todd's distinct facial hair was in mortal peril after the NBC White House correspondent lost a bet with ABC's Jake Tapper over the baseball's National League Championship Series. Even White House press secretary Robert Gibbs joked Friday morning on the Today show about the predicament: "Chuck applied last night for a presidential pardon...it has been denied." But Tapper offered Todd an escape clause--a $1,000 donation to charity--and Todd has elected to take it. "Here's hoping our insular nat'l goatee nightmare is over," Todd wrote on Twitter.