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Things got awfully heated on Good Morning America yesterday as Donald Trump discussed his potential presidential run with ABC's George Stephanopoulos.

In short, George took him to task and the Donald didn't appreciate it.

Stephanopoulos mentioned that some Republican heavyweights call him a “flawed messenger for the party” and “a joke candidate.” Why do they think this?

By continuing to question President Obama’s birth certificate and citizenship. Trump replied by ... going off about Obama's citizenship. You gotta see this:

As the two men argued back and forth on the topic, an increasingly agitated Trump accused George of being “co-opted” by the President and his “minions.”

He stressed that the "birther" issue is “not a big focus of my campaign.” Kind of hard to believe, since he brought it up again, and again later in the interview.

Stephanopoulos asked if he would release tax returns. “Maybe I’ll do the tax returns when Obama does his birth certificate,” the real estate mogul replied.

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A California Republican who e-mailed a racist "family photo" of President Barack Obama superimposed as a chimpanzee is now facing widespread criticism.

State Assembly member Marilyn Davenport, who later apologized, says she received and forwarded the Obama email because she "thought it was funny."

Not the word a lot of people are using to describe it.

Here's the image the GOP official emailed out to dozens of friends and fellow Republicans, featuring Obama as a baby chimpanzee with its parents ...

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Donald Trump recently sat down with CNN's Candy Crowley about his possible 2012 presidential run and why the country needs him. Some highlights:

  • He has a common sense mentality.
  • He "stirs the pot" because he tells it like it is.
  • He has name recognition because of SUCCESS.
  • Mitt Romney is basically a "small business guy."
  • The Trump Organization is BIG, strong and more powerful than you KNOW.
  • He has an ability to build HUGE NET WORTH and will put that to use for US!

What do you think? Should Trump run?

 

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Negotiations continue in an effort to forestall the great federal government shutdown of 2011, but both parties continue to dig in their heels in D.C.

With all the rhetorical arguments, the finger pointing and buzzwords surfacing around this potentially cataclysmic event, it's easy to get confused.

It's also crucial to stay informed about what really matters.

Lucky for you, THG's here. Here are 10 things you need to know about the impending shutdown, which will occur at midnight if no deal is reached:

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  1. The President is the tanner of these two guys, but not by that much.
  2. Congress' awesome 23 percent approval rating may REALLY tank!
  3. FEAR NOT, Congress will still be paid, though. Their staff? Nah.
  4. Planned Parenthood funding is involved. We're not going there.
  5. The Bachelor host Chris Harrison is being sent in to mediate.
  6. You may actually get a reprieve from all that junk mail soon!
  7. 2011 is not 1995. No, seriously, it's not. It's 16 years later.
  8. The United States government can't figure out how to cut spending, or raise taxes to pay for all that spending, or some combination thereof.
  9. Donald Trump will somehow use this to plug Celebrity Apprentice, tout his fiscal conservative credentials, and question Obama's nationality.
  10. THG will remain open throughout any shutdown. Many services face lengthy interruption and an uncertain future, but not celebrity gossip.

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President Barack Obama is running for reelection in 2012. That comes as no surprise, but the chief executive made the announcement official this morning.

Declaring that he remains wholly “focused on the job you elected me to do,” Obama announced his bid for another term in an email (with video) to supporters.

Hours later, several possible Republican presidential hopefuls (none has officially declared their intent to challenge him) used this news to criticize him.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney Tweeted @barackobama: "I look forward to hearing details on your jobs plan, as are 14m unemployed Americans."

Romney's comment highlights a point about the shaky economic recovery that Democrats acknowledge could be a vulnerability for the President.

Another likely candidate, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, responded with a dramatic video - a trademark of his nascent presidential campaign.

“How can America win the future when we’re losing the present?” it asks. “In order for America to take a new direction, it’s going to take a new President.”

True? False? You tell us: Is Obama doing a good job as President?

 

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A Garden State toddler named Jesse is depressed. Why? He's been told he can't be Governor of New Jersey. Because he is "too small" no less.

This clip, posted last month on YouTube, features the sobbing kid lamenting that "everyone" tells him his political aspirations won't be realized.

It's enough to make you break down in your car seat ...

Amusingly, actual New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie got wind of this and responded on Twitter, mocking his own weight problem in the process:

"Don’t worry Jesse, people gave plenty of reasons why I couldn't be Governor of New Jersey, though being too small wasn't one of them."

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It's come to this: Bill O'Reilly is the voice of reason.

On that host's Fox News talk show last night, the journalist called out Donald Trump for pushing the absurd notion that Barack Obama was born outside the United States.

Referring to multiple announcements in Honolulu papers that documented Obama's birth, O'Reilly quipped to his guest: "What is he, the Baby Jesus? There was a sophisticated conspiracy to smuggle this baby back into the country?"

O'Reilly went on to doubt that Trump could possibly believe such nonsense, challenging the supposed Presidential candidate for just trying to be "provocative" and remain in the news. Watch the exchange here:

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Geraldine , the first woman to ever run for Vice President of the United States, passed away today. She was 75.

A family spokesperson confirms that Ferraro succombed to blood cancer at Massachusetts General Hospital around 10 a.m. In 1984, the three-term congresswoman from Queens joined Walter Mondale's Presidential ticket in an election against Ronald Reagon and George H.W. Bush.

The latter duo won 49 out of 50 states to retain the White House.

Soon after her passing, Mondale paid tribute to his former running mate, remember her "a remarkable woman and a dear human being" and adding:

"She was a pioneer in our country for justice for women and a more open society. She broke a lot of molds and it's a better country for what she did."

Sarah Palin, who followed in Ferraro's Vice Presidential footsteps in 2008, also released a statement on her Facebook page: "She broke one huge barrier and then went on to break many more. May her example of hard work and dedication to America continue to inspire all women."

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Ed Harris has been cast as John McCain in Game Change, HBO's retelling of the 2008 presidential campaign, based on the book by the same name,

Harris, a four-time Oscar nominee, will join Julianne Moore, who was already picked to play Sarah Palin, McCain's running mate in their 2008 bid.

The producers have not yet revealed who will play Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden, three other big players in the historic campaign.

What do you think? Will Ed Harris make a good McCain?

While Harris, 60, is a bit younger than McCain, 74, he's definitely got the acting chops. We can see him embodying McCain's gritty, maverick persona quite easily.

Harris and Moore will be a talented pair to watch as the unsuccessful GOP running mates. It will be interesting to see who they're matched up against in the film.

Who do you think should play now-President Obama? If you asked Donald Trump, he'd probably recommend an actor who won't show his birth certificate.

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Among other entertainment industry heavyweights, Anne Hathaway, Martin Sheen, Jane Lynch and Ellen DeGeneres signed an open letter sponsored by Freedom to Marry, a New York-based group promoting same-sex marriage rights.

Just weeks after President Obama's administration announced it would no longer legally defend the Defense of Marriage act, his supporters want him to go further.

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"Whether to end discrimination in marriage is a question America has faced before. It is a question that calls for clarity from the president," the letter reads. "We ask you to join us, and the majority of Americans, who support the freedom to marry."

The letter was also signed by moguls David Geffen and Bob Wright; former NAACP chairman Julian Bond; and Facebook co-founders Chris Hughes and Sean Parker.

Hughes, who is gay, worked for Obama's campaign in 2008, heading its enormously successful social media efforts. But in 2011, the climate is a bit different.

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