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Campaigning in Nevada in advance of tomorrow's Republican presidential caucus, Ron Paul talked to CNN's Joe Johns about his prospects in the Silver State and beyond.

Paul said the caucus format works to his advantage because it rewards organization and enthusiasm, rather than strictly money, which gives Mitt Romney a huge edge.

The Texas Congressman, whose financial situation is still better than most, lamented that his resources limited any chance against Romney in a big state like Florida.

How well he'll do in Nevada remains to be seen, but Paul says he will continue his goal of accumulating delegates and that there is "zero chance" of him dropping out.

Watch his cordial interview with the network below:

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Roseanne Barr is making good on her threat (promise?) to join the presidential race. The actress filed papers this week and is seeking the Green Party nomination.

Barr, who has been waging a Twitter and Facebook grassroots campaign to generate some interest in her bid to attain the highest office in the land, made it official.

She filed official documents to become the Green Party's nominee for President. She's got baggage, though, having famously butchered the National Anthem:

Barr says she's sick of Democrats and Republicans, whom she believes are not working in the best interests of the American people. Can't argue with that.

So what is Roseanne platform? Weed, basically.

She wants marijuana legalized and sold strictly domestically. That's great and all, but so does Ron Paul, and he actually has a clue what he's talking about.

Just saying. Have fun, Roseanne!

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In response to the Susan G. Komen Foundation cutting funding for Planned Parenthood, N.Y. City Mayor Michael Bloomberg personally plans to give it $250,000.

“Politics have no place in health care,” Bloomberg said. “Breast cancer screening saves lives and hundreds of thousands of women rely on Planned Parenthood.

"We should be helping women access that care, not placing barriers in their way.”

Bloomy

The controversy erupted this week after the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation said it would not renew most of the grants it made to Planned Parenthood for breast cancer screenings, amounting to around $700,000 annually.

The foundation said its polarizing decision was based on a new policy against funding organizations under government investigation ... which PP is.

A Republican congressman from Florida recently launched an inquiry into whether Planned Parenthood was using public funds for abortion services.

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First Lady Michelle Obama talks the talk and walks the walk.

When the 48-year-old campaigns for the importance of health and physical fitness, she leads by example, as she proved today on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in L.A.

Michelle Obama accepted a bold challenge by DeGeneres to see who could do the most push-ups, with both women flinging off their dress coats on the spot.

Who won? Watch the video here and see!

“How many was that for her?” asked DeGeneres after tapping out early (but by no means embarrassingly early) and both women had finished. “Twenty five?”

“I just stopped,” said the smiling First Lady.

Sorry Ellen. On the bright side, you hung in there for a while, and there's no way Jay Leno (whose show Michelle visited Tuesday) could do even one.

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Donald Trump endorsed Mitt Romney today in Las Vegas, Nev., contrary to earlier reports that he would get behind Newt Gingrich for the GOP nomination.

"Mitt is tough. He is smart," Trump said, Romney at his side at a Las Vegas hotel bearing his name. "It is my honor, and privilege to endorse Mitt Romney."

Perhaps not coincidentally, Trump's announcement comes two days before the Nevada caucuses, and 10 days before the premiere of Celebrity Apprentice.

Probably more so the latter.

Mitt and Don

While some questioned whether Romney, a clear favorite in Nevada, would even want the endorsement of Trump, the Republican said he was glad to have it.

"It means a great deal to have the endorsement of Mr. Trump," Romney said, referring to the publicity maven the same way contestants on his show do.

Trump told reporters in Las Vegas ahead of the official announcement that he would hit the campaign trail on behalf of the Republican front-runner.

"Well they'd like me to and I'll do as much as I can," Trump said, adding that he would also consider donating to the Super PAC supporting Romney.

Several media outlets, including CBS News, The AP and The New York Times, erroneously reported that Trump would endorse Newt Gingrich instead.

Trump blamed the Gingrich campaign for spreading that word. Referring to the Gingrich campaign, he said: "They put that out. You know that right?"

If so ... what an epic fail by Newt.

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Real estate mogul / professional celebrity Donald Trump plans to endorse former House Speaker Newt Gingrich for president in Las Vegas, Nevada today.

The AP is reporting the endorsement will take place later today.

"He's got great ideas. He's very smart, he's very tough and he is a great debater," Trump said of Gingrich, who hasn't confirmed the report, on Sunday.

It's appropriate for the Donald to make his endorsement in Las Vegas, where he owns a 64-story hotel, and where the Nevada caucuses take place Saturday.

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It also makes sense for him to endorse Gingrich for the GOP nomination in general, as Newt seems to best embody Trump's pugnacious political style.

It's unclear if Trump's endorsement will do much for Gingrich in Nevada ... or at all.

Gingrich was creamed by Mitt Romney in Florida's primary this Tuesday, and trails big in Nevada as well, though he vows to stay in the Republican race.

Trump's waning influence was on display in December, when he attempted to host a GOP debate, only to be rebuffed by everyone but Rick Santorum and Gingrich.

Still, a high-profile Republican stepping up for Newt in the wake of his recent setback shows that not everyone in the party is ready to coalesce around Mitt.

UPDATE: Or maybe not. Surces close to the Romney campaign claim that the real estate mogul will back the former Massachusetts governor instead!

Stay tuned ...

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is in damage control mode after a comment he made about not being concerned about America's poorest people.

He said this pretty much verbatim. In context, but still.

"I'm in this race because I care about Americans. I'm not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs repair, I'll fix it," he told CNN.

"I'm not concerned about the very rich, they're doing just fine. I'm concerned about the very heart of the America, the 90-95 percent of Americans who right now are struggling, and I'll continue to take that message across the nation."

Asked to elaborate on the "very poor" part, because it sounded pretty bad, he did so, without taking it back. Was his answer satisfactory? Watch and decide:

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First Lady Michelle Obama cajoled Jay Leno into eating healthy foods for the first time in ... oh, ever during her visit to the Tonight Show on NBC Tuesday.

Promoting her “Let’s Move!” campaign to get kids excited about fitness and healthy diets, Michelle brought out some food to make an example out of Jay.

As both Jay and Michelle joked repeatedly about his eating habits, Leno sampled apples, sweet potato fries and a pizza made with eggplant, peppers and zucchini.

Could've used some sausage, but even Jay conceded it wasn't bad.

Michelle Obama encouraged Jay to dip his apple in honey made from beehives in the White House garden: “It will help it go down easier,” she said.

“'White House honey'? That just sounds bad,” Leno replied, adding, “You know, with a different president that could mean a whole different thing.”

In California to promote her initiative and attend a pair of fundraising events, Michelle also talked about her daughters and her husband's reelection campaign.

She even praised Mitt Romney singing at a recent event. Classy woman.

Watch the first part of Michelle Obama's Tonight Show interview below:

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Mitt Romney looking stiff, forced and a little awkward? There's a stunner!

We kid. While we are endowed by our creator with certain inalienable rights, as the GOP presidential hopeful reminds us, most of us are not endowed with singing abilities.

In that respect: Mitt Romney ... He's just like us!

The Republican often delves into a monologue on the campaign trail about the greatness of America as seen through the lyrics of "America the Beautiful."

In Iowa, for instance, he said that the "amber waves of grain" were corn; in Florida, he tied the "spacious skies" to the state's role in space exploration.

Typically, Romney will talk-sing the lyrics, but he must have had a second cup of coffee this week, as he actually burst into song in The Villages, Fla.

The crowd of mostly senior citizens sang along. The press covering Romney, who won Florida's primary easily, wondered, "Was this really happening?"

It was, and on the Tonight Show last night, Michelle Obama described Romney’s singing as “beautiful” and said the song should be sung by everyone.

Classy lady. But can Mitt hold a candle to Barack singing Al Green?!

Who's the better singer of these 2012 candidates?

 

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HBO has released the full-length trailer for Game Change, the movie based on the book about the historic 2008 presidential campaign. The film debuts March 10.

The book Game Change chronicled the actions of both parties in the 2008 race, but the film focuses primarily on the Republican side ... specifically Sarah Palin.

Julianne Moore’s transformation into former Alaska Governor - who injected life into Sen. John McCain's struggling campaign, only to go rogue - is striking:

The 51-year-old four-time Oscar nominee stars opposite Ed Harris (McCain) and Woody Harrelson (adviser Steve Schmidt), who both look the part as well.

The trailer implies that Palin was chosen to run with McCain almost entirely for the media attention (hence the title), but that this backfired when she ran roughshod over the GOP campaign with her outsized ego and utter incompetence.

Moore said of preparing for the role: “In terms of research I did on the way campaigns are conducted, so much is about how do you get on the air, how do you get the most media attention. How do you make the most noise?"

"When in fact, what we’re all looking for as Americans is leadership, we don’t want noise. We want people who are going to take care of us.”

Way too intelligent to come from an actual political figure.

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