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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.

Anne at the Oscars

"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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No cast member has accused her ex-husband of raping her on a bed of broken glass, nor as any talked incessantly about her divorce from a famous sitcom star.

But, not to worry, Real Housewives of Miami fans, Lea Black knows how to make a few headlines for her Bravo franchise.

She has penned an editorial for The Huffington Post in which she sets out to prove that she's "politically active." After detailing her experience in the field, Black goes on to trash Sarah Palin, offering advice "from one reality star to another: Save the "domestic" drama for your reality show!"

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"Sarah Palin is the sideshow in the circus that everyone wants to watch, but that most people don't take seriously," Black told E! News about the basis for her article. "The Republican Party has become a circus and she's the sideshow act that everyone likes to laugh at, not with."

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In a sitdown with Fox News, Sarah Palin discussed the upcoming HBO film Game Change, based on the '08 Presidential race. Julianne Moore will play Palin.

She doesn't sound too happy about that - or the film in general.

"Well, I am all about job creation, and I guess I could provide some of these gals who pretend like they're me some job security," she joked (we think).

That was funny and light-hearted enough, but the strange thing is how bitter she seems about the film, in which she is but one of many players ...

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A four-time Oscar nominee has been tapped to play political celebrity Sarah Palin in HBO Films' upcoming adaptation of the bestseller Game Change.

Based on John Heilemann and Mark Halperin's book, the film centers on insider gossip and inner workings of the '08 McCain and Obama campaigns.

Game Change depicts Palin as a lightning rod, a wild card way out of her depth and unprepared for the national spotlight. So who will portray her?

Probably not someone who jumps out at you right away ...

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While his BFF continues to express disappointment in Barack Obama, Ben Affleck also stepped into the political arena this week, testifying before the House Africa, Global Health & Human Rights Subcommittee.

The actor, who founded the Eastern Congo Initiative, stated his case regarding the central African country, which is mired in violence, and why America must do more.

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“If we continue to place Congo on the back burner of U.S. policy, it will come back to haunt us," Affleck said. "The last time Congo collapsed, armies came in from across Africa and five million people died... We must learn from history."

The Oscar winner is asking Congress to protect Congolese civilians from ongoing attacks. He wants the U.S. to offer support in this November's elections and to appoint a representative to the Great Lakes region of central Africa.

"This is an ambitious agenda, but it can be accomplished," Affleck said. "The federal budget may be seen as a zero sum game but our morality, our sense of decency, our compassion for our fellow human beings, is not."

Cindy McCain, a member of Affleck's nonprofit organization, has joined the actor in his fight.

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Billionaire real estate developer Donald Trump denies he is using talk about a run for the White House to generate publicity for Celebrity Apprentice.

Trump says his potential interest - he says he'll decide officially by June - is legit, and the reason for that is the same reason he leads a recent poll.

Among potential GOP candidates in 2012, Trump actually led many political figures in terms of being viewed favorably. Why is that? Let's ask him:

According to Trump, he's got business sense, and just as importantly, he's not afraid to call it like he sees it. The above interview does prove that.

An while he's not even running, he took issue with critics who say he's got no shot, criticizing the political culture and pretty much everything else.

One of Trump's top associates is gauging interest in Iowa as the mogul tests the waters. Trump says his representative was "swamped" in Iowa.

What do you think? Should Trump run?

 

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One of Barack Obama's most prominent supporters during the 2008 election, Matt Damon is now one of the President's most outspoken critics.

Days after the actor expressed disappointment in Obama to Piers Morgan, he gave an interview to Great Britian's The Independent in which he went into greater detail over what he considers missed opportunities on the commander-in-chief's part.

Barack Obama Debt Speech

"I think he's rolled over to Wall Street completely," Damon said. "The economy has huge problems. We still have all these banks that are too big to fail. They're bigger and making more money than ever. Unemployment at 10 percent? It's terrible."

Matt Damon believes the Democrats "squandered" a chance to "stand up for things."

So, will Damon vote Republican in 2012? No, he joked: "I just got a 3 percent tax cut!"

But then he turned serious again, expounding on one of Obama's more controversial compromises with conservatives:

"Do you think I'm going to start a small business with that money? You're out of your mind if you think so. I'm going to put it in the bank. So is every other guy that makes the kind of money I make. I don't think that's what's best for the country. I think a stronger middle class makes for a stronger country."

Ouch. In better news for the President, many people still like his wife a lot.

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