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Former Secretary of State Colin Powell told CNN Wednesday that he had "no problem" with gay marriage, but after a week of talk show appearances he's made it clear he's still not ready to endorse its latest champion, Barack Obama.

The Republican famously, and somewhat surprisingly, backed him in 2008.

Supporting gay marriage is also a change for Powell, who had officially been opposed to it for years. But he made it clear while, promoting his new book, It Worked For Me, that he's supportive of the right of same-sex couples to marry.

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Obama's historic backing of same-sex marriage prompted Newsweek to dub him the first gay president, and has stirred both praise and criticism nationally.

His lack of endorsement of Obama is not necessarily a boon to his likely GOP opponent, however. Powell has yet to throw his support to Mitt Romney either.

The Los Angeles Times said Powell may still be "putting his thumb on the scale in the president's favor" as he criticized Romney's foreign policy blunders.

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"Some complain on Twitter about Obama."

So began Alec Baldwin in a Tuesday Twitter rant about the 2012 presidential election, in which it's safe to say he will not be voting for Mitt Romney.

Baldwin referred to Romney, President Obama's likely opponent, as "a corporate puppet" whose election would mean a return to "lying thieves in the White House who make war under false pretenses in order to make $ for their friends."

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Alec asked, "You wanna go back? To Bush? Cheney? Paulson? Rumsfeld? Unfunded wars? Death of US soldiers and innocent civilians for oil?"

Baldwin criticized Mitt Romney's pro-business positions and said that the GOP will only "squander more US natural resources, revenue and perhaps lives."

Though he allowed that "America is competitive" and "there are winners and losers every day," he maintained that this alone doesn't solve problems.

"The America I love believes that all deserve some modicum of care and security," he said, ending his missive with a simple "Obama 2012."

If the election were held today, for whom would you vote?

 

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Newark Mayor Cory Booker, a rising political star in the Democratic party and surrogate for President Obama's re-election campaign, made headlines by criticizing the president's re-election team on Sunday for its negative ads.

Not typically what you want from guys on your own side.

The ads focusing on likely opponent Mitt Romney's record at Bain Capital drew the ire of Booker, who called such a line of attack "nauseating."

Booker, who you may remember from saving his neighbor from a house fire this year, went on to clarify and reiterate his support for Obama.

Nevertheless, Booker's remarks illustrate the careful line the Obama team must walk as it tries to define Romney as a corporate raider out of touch with the middle class, yet not appearing to criticize the private equity industry overall.

Republicans, starting Sunday, pounced on Booker's remarks, while the Obama camp tried to tailor Booker's remarks to defend its ongoing attacks.

On NBC's Meet the Press, Booker said the negative ads in the campaign are "nauseating to me on both sides. It's nauseating to the American public. Enough is enough."

"Stop attacking private equity. Stop attacking Jeremiah Wright."

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A year after he put "birther" rumors to rest by releasing his birth certificate, President Obama's background is back in the news again ... with a twist.

An old bio of Obama from his former literary agent says he was born in Kenya, renewing debate over the authenticity of his own account(s) of his past.

You could essentially call this "reverse birtherism."

In 2011, Obama proved he was born in the U.S., but did he lie in the past about being Kenyan-born to craft a more exotic, interesting-sounding background?

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According to a booklet produced by Acton & Dystel, to showcase its roster of writers, Obama was "born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii."

Obama's former literary agency says they merely misidentified his birthplace as Kenya while trying to promote the then-Harvard Law grad in 1991.

Miriam Goderich edited the text of the bio; she is now a partner at the Dystel & Goderich agency, which lists Obama as one of its current clients.

"This was nothing more than a fact checking error by me - an agency assistant at the time," Goderich wrote in an emailed statement to Yahoo News.

"There was never any information given to us by Obama suggesting he was born in Kenya and not Hawaii ... [it was] a simple mistake and nothing more."

Breitbart.com, the site founded by the late Andrew Breitbart, broke this story as part of "The Vetting," its ongoing series about Obama's past.

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Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul may not capture his party's nomination for president, but he's determined to play a key role in the process.

Paul's supporters propelled him to an historic win in Minnesota this weekend, his second this month, even as he is no longer actively campaigning.

With wins in Minnesota and the Maine caucuses, and delegate gains in multiple other states, Paul’s delegate-attainment strategy is in full swing.

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In Minnesota, Ron Paul organizers won a decisive 12 of 13 delegates to this summer's RNC at the Rivers Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud.

Earlier this spring, Paul supporters won 20 of 24 delegates at district conventions. In all, Paul's camp won 32 of the state’s 40 national delegates.

In addition to Paul’s consequential victory in Minnesota, organizers working for the Texan won delegates in Mitt Romney’s home state of Michigan.

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The controversial new biography of President Barack Obama claims that his wife, Michelle Obama, planned to leave the future president in 2000.

Is the divorce story real? Is anything in the book?

The unauthorized biography, which Klein claims is based on nearly 200 interviews, has been dismissed by presidential spokesperson Eric Schultz.

"Ed Klein has a proven history of reckless fabrication in order to sell books," he said. "Nobody in their right mind would believe the nonsense in this one."

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Nevertheless, the Obama divorce story is the latest revelation in the book - which also discusses his ex Genevieve Cook - to generate major buzz.

In The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House, out this week, Klein claims the divorce nearly happened eight years into the Obamas' marriage.

After Obama failed to listen to his wife's warnings in challenging Bobby Rush for his U.S. House seat in 2000 and got creamed, their relationship cooled.

“During the dark days that followed his defeat, he turned to Michelle for comfort. But she was in no mood for sympathy," Klein reportedly writes.

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President Barack Obama's ties to Rev. Jeremiah Wright, his controversial former pastor, may be the subject of a new ad campaign by a conservative political action committee intent on ousting him in this November's election.

A conservative super PAC is considering an advertising plan to "do what John McCain would not let us do" during the 2008 presidential campaign.

Obama's ties to Jeremiah Wright and his inflammatory rhetoric nearly derailed his bid for the presidency during the Democratic primary, but Obama cut ties with his one-time spiritual adviser, hung on against Hillary Clinton, then defeated McCain.

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McCain, honorably, demanded the Wright-Obama angle not be used in any campaign ads during the election. This time around? All bets are off.

With campaign finance reform all but eliminated by the Supreme Court, super PACs can spend whatever they want to run whatever they want.

To that end, Chicago Cubs owner Joe Ricketts commissioned a $10 million plan, known as "The Defeat of Barack Hussein Obama: The Ricketts Plan to End His Spending for Good," to help ensure the President's defeat.

According to a copy of the plan obtained by the New York Times, the group is looking to expose ties between President Obama - who is referred to as a "metrosexual, black Abe Lincoln" - and Rev. Wright's "black liberation theology."

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President Barack Obama fielded questions about the economy, gay marriage, Fifty Shades of Grey - all the key issues - with the women of The View this week.

He corrected Elisabeth Hasselbeck when she described the President’s and Mitt Romney’s position on gay marriage as essentially the same. Not so, he says.

Obama discussed the JP Morgan banking crisis and much more in what was a pleasant, but ultimately forgettable and unnecessary visit to the daytime gab-fest.

There were some substantive policy discussions during his brief visit, but the highlight, at least from THG's perspective, was Obama dishing on celebrity gossip.

Watch him answer a pop quiz from Joy Behar below:

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Battleship director Peter Berg was doing an interview for his new movie last week when he somehow started grilling an Israeli reporter about foreign policy matters ... as well as the journalist's own military service (or lack thereof).

After outlining a bellicose view of the political situation in the Middle East, Berg asked the 25-year-old reporter if he ever served in the Israeli military.

When the reporter replied "No," Berg responded, "What?! How did you get out of that? Are you a draft dodger? You better join the army motherf**ker!!!"

Yeah. It was awkward, and we don't really get it either.

At least Berg added that Rihanna is a great actress.

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Boxing champion Manny Pacquiao is pointedly criticizing President Barack Obama's recent endorsement of gay marriage, calling it offensive to his religion.

In an interview, the religious Pacquiao said that Obama's view was nothing more than a direct attack on the morals of society and the will of God.

"God only expects man and woman to be together and to be legally married, only if they so are in love with each other," Manny Pacquiao said.

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"It should not be of the same sex so as to adulterate the altar of matrimony, like in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah of old," he added, citing the Bible.

He described same-sex marriage as an "abomination" and went on to say that America should be the model of morality for other countries to emulate.

Recently voted Forbes' fourth most influential athlete, the World Boxing Organization welterweight champion is regarded by many as the best pound-for-pound boxer on the planet, and already has a burgeoning career out of the ring.

He is a member of the Philippines legislature, hosts a weekly TV game show and has his own vegetable business. Manny Pacquiao also hopes to become a leading Christian evangelist after having a religious "awakening."

Last week, Obama became the first U.S. president to publicly back gay marriage.

Many politicians, pundits and stars have weighed in - Jay-Z praised Obama Monday, while Bristol Palin ripped him last week - but members of the sporting community have been largely silent until Pacquiao's condemnation.

Your take: Same-sex marriage ...

 

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