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We love politics at The Hollywood Gossip, but we tend to keep our posts geared towards Ashley Dupre, or George W. Bush and the Easter Bunny.

In other words, we try to keep opinions to ourselves and focus on humor or scandal. Other celebrity gossip sites, however, can't help themselves.

A post on Perez Hilton today rips Democratic candidate Barack Obama over his connections to another controversial minister, Rev. James T. Meeks.

Perez details Rev. Meeks' inflammatory comments on gays and race, yet declines to mention that Obama has condemned homophobia on many occasions, and even met with gay leaders in New York in the last 48 hours. Disgraceful indeed.

It's a blatant and shameful attempt by Perez, a devout Hillary Clinton supporter, to slander Barack Obama, who he apparently thinks should be held accountable for the political views of every person he has ever associated with.

Noticeably absent from the article as well? Any connections Hillary might have to shady individuals. The former First Lady is a strong candidate for president, but there are more than a few skeletons (and ugly clothes) in that closet, no?

Perez Hilton needs to stick with what he's good at (or at least best known for), rather than subjecting us to his political opinions - and making cheap attacks.

You could least try to give a more balanced portrait, Perez. We don't judge you based on everything your BFF Spencer Pratt says or does. Think about it.

It's one thing to scribble lame comments on celebrity pics. It's another to back up your nonsensical, biased views. It's time for Perez to put up or shut up!

Enough is enough. The Hollywood Gossip hereby challenges Perez Hilton to a fair debate on the candidates... anytime, anywhere.

Can we taunt the blue-haired one enough to make him accept? With your help, readers, Yes We Can! Follow the link to his article HERE, leave a comment on Perez's site and tell him to respond to The Hollywood Gossip's challenge!

Let's see what this hack is made of.

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Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are running such a competitive race for the Democratic presidential nomination that many voters want them to run in tandem.

Good luck getting one to agree to take the V.P. spot. Still, one artist's rendering of an Obama-Clinton ticket took on a whole new meaning this week. Gross!

Obama Giving a Speech

Opposing Obillary, of course, is John McCain, who (at least regarding the Iraq war) is sounding more like President Bush each day. We'll call it McBush!

Which candidate below would you vote for? There's little doubt that the frightening lagoon creature on the left has the diversity vote locked up ...

Interestingly, the Barack Obama-Hillary Clinton image is actually taken from a real ad for a school in Brussels, Belgium, with the visible tagline "why choose if you can combine?" The gist - it's a college and university in one! Clever!

Meanwhile, our celebrity gossip presidential primary remains a tight race!

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It's always great to report about celebrities giving back to the community and few, if any, are a better example of that than Brangelina.

Former President Bill Clinton, too, is no slouch in that department. Bill hosted his Clinton Global Initiative University, while Pitt, the founder of the Make It Right Foundation, posed with supporters and promoted an all-important cause.

The political and Hollywood stars greeted volunteers and broke ground for new homes in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, Louisiana, on Sunday.

Brad Pitt and Bill Clinton walked along the street as hundreds of volunteers on each side, wielding shovels and rakes, prepared the land for homes, clearing overgrown grass and weeds that were covering drains and sidewalks.

The foundation headed by Pitt plans to begin building affordable homes for Hurricane Katrina victims, and the 9th Ward was one of the hardest hit.

"We hope to see a huge change here in the next six months," Pitt told a group of residents as the 42nd President stood by his side.

Brad Pitt, Bill Clinton and a young lady named DeeCarla Rogers.

While Brangelina continued rebuilding New Orleans, Bennifer (Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner) had politics on the mind, hosting a fundraiser for Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama on Sunday in Boston, Mass.

Wearing a gray suit and black Converse All Star sneakers, Ben Affleck said he and his wife were just doing "their part for society."

Calling the Illinois senator a "genuine, real force" he said "there are a lot of things" he loves about Barack Obama, "but I won't bore you with all of them. I'm an actor. I'm not going to create 10-point policy details."

Affleck has been a Barack Obama supporter since he first met him at the 2004 Democratic convention in Boston, according to the Boston Herald.

Their relationship hasn't gotten too close for comfort.

"I'm just grateful he didn't ask me to do a sexy YouTube video with him," Affleck said, referring to his raunchy music video with Jimmy Kimmel.

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Hillary Clinton's fear-mongering "3 a.m. / red phone" ad helped propel her to big win in the Ohio primary this week - but it turns out one of the stars of the commercial is actually a huge Barack Obama supporter.

The first child featured in the ad - which asks people who they want to answer the phone in the White House at 3:00 in the morning - is actually Casey Knowles, an Obama volunteer in the state of Washington.

Obama Giving a Speech

The footage was shot eight years ago when she worked as a TV extra. Getty Images owns the footage and can do with it as it pleases.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M70emIFxETs[/youtube]

Knowles (no related to Beyonce, Solange or Shanica Knowles) turns 18 in April, and told a Seattle TV station that she is for Obama all the way:

"It's really sort of ironic that my image would be used to advocate for Hillary Clinton when I myself do not."

Barack Obama won yesterday's Wyoming caucuses, giving him a modest boost in an increasingly tight race for the Democratic nomination.

A Clinton spokesperson responded that this means nothing, and that she had been planning to lose 59-40 percent in Wyoming for the past 35 years.

Okay, we're just kidding about the last part, sorry about that - but admit it, you kind of bought it for a second, didn't you?

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You gotta love fear-mongering.

When your back is to the wall, throw everything at your opponent and see if it works. Why not, right? Especially if you can prey on ... FEAR!

President-Elect Barack Obama

Mwwwa-hah-hah-hah-hah-hah!

First, leaking a photo of Barack Obama in traditional African attire in hopes of sparking fears that the Illinois senator is secretly a Muslim.

Then, when asked about the falsehoods on 60 Minutes, kinda sorta not really fully denying he's Muslim in a shameless attempt to stoke the rumors.

If today's primaries in Texas and Ohio are to be the last stand for Hillary Clinton, she has no intention of going quietly. Or with dignity.

Check out her non-denials of the Obama-Muslim rumor ...

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHFREDHB-nQ[/youtube]

Follow the jump for another video, this one of a new Clinton campaign ad.

It's message, in a manner of speaking, is that Obama isn't going to keep children safe at 3:00 in the morning. Or something. Gotta love the use of kids ...

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Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am, whose "Yes We Can" music video aimed to boost the presidential hopes of Barack Obama, has released an encore.

His recent effort is a monochromatic, multi-lingual, celeb-studded music video titled "We Are The Ones," and is terrific, just like the first.

A New Day

Backed by music, the Democratic candidate himself speaking and the vocal refrain of "O-BA-MA! O-BA-MA!," celebrities like Jessica Alba, Ryan Phillippe, George Lopez and many others offer reasons why they support their man.

"I would like to see a cleaner Earth for my child that I'm bringing into the world very soon," says Jessica Alba, who is expecting with fiance Cash Warren.

Says Philippe: "It's time for a change. I want a better a future for my children."

Regardless of how you feel about Barack Obama and his presidential candidacy, this is very cool. Check it out, it's worth your time...

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghSJsEVf0pU[/youtube]

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Chatting about celebrity gossip with Us Weekly, doing the talk show circuit - this guy actually makes running for president look like fun!

Crediting his previous appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show - in which he famously danced with the funny host - for his poll numbers shooting through the roof, Barack Obama did not showcase his dance moves again yesterday.

Obama Shirtless

But the Illinois senator did talk with Ellen about how his wife, Michelle Obama, is making him quit smoking, how he respects Sen. Hillary Clinton, what he would do on his first day in the Oval Office and much more.

See below ...

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VlSLDXav1tE[/youtube]

Follow the jump for Part II ...

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A possibly-funny, possibly-bitter Hillary Clinton actually cited last weekend's SNL skit at the onset of this week's debate with Barack Obama in Ohio.

"In the last several debates, I seem to get the first question all the time," the New York Senator said. "I don't mind. I'll be happy to field it. I just find it curious if anybody saw Saturday Night Live ... maybe we should ask [Barack Obama] if he's comfortable and needs another pillow."

Obama and College Student

Here's the terrific Saturday Night Live skit in question, featuring cast members Fred Armisen as Obama and Amy Poehler as Hillary Clinton...
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNol2-DV6Ug[/youtube]

Saturday Night Live head honcho Lorne Michaels requested another skit featuring Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama to open the program this week.

With Ellen Page hosting, the Juno star might play Chelsea Clinton.

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Presidential candidate Barack Obama invited Us Weekly to join his campaign for a day. He revealed that his young daughters think Britney and Paris are "yuck" and offered some unique insight into the wonderful world of celebrity news.

Here are some excepts:

Us: How familiar are you with Us Weekly?
Barack Obama: My wife (Michelle Obama) reads it.

Us: Do your daughters (Sasha and Malia) ever ask about Britney Spears?
Barack Obama: Actually, yeah. But they're very sensible. They're pretty down on Britney and Paris and all of that. They think that's very "yuck." They're way more into Hannah Montana (Miley Cyrus) and Beyonce. They got to go backstage and meet Beyonce and they just love her to death.

Barack Obama can talk celebrity gossip as well as international affairs.

Us: Your supporters include Oprah Winfrey. Ever been starstruck?
Barack Obama: I don't really get starstruck. Everyone I've met has been very nice and friendly, like Kal Penn. During the writers' strike, he was like a staffer! And Scarlett Johansson has been traveling a lot. George Clooney is a good friend. He and I worked on Darfur issues together. I'm always impressed by people who do their homework... and use their celebrity to advocate for issues. George does that just about as well as anyone I know.

Us: So, boxers or briefs? Bill Clinton said he wore boxers** in a 1992 interview with MTV.
Barack Obama: I don't answer those humiliating questions. But whichever one it is, I look good in 'em!

** - The 42nd president did not specify whether he meant around his ankles. Airrrrrrballllll...

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A photo of Barack Obama donning traditional Muslim attire as a goodwill gesture during an overseas trip has sparked controversy.

The picture, which mysteriously surfaced yesterday, was attributed by The Drudge Report to sources within the campaign of Hillary Clinton.

The site did not reveal who might have released the photo, but it reeks of political fear-mongering. Here's the picture in question...

Barack Obama donned the traditional Muslim garments during a trip to Kenya in 2006. Like many high-ranking U.S. visitors, he received such clothing as a gift.

Obama's father is Kenyan, his mother from Kansas. The senator is Christian and has been a member of Chicago's United Church of Christ for 20 years.

These facts did not stop some Clinton volunteers from circulating e-mails that falsely claimed Barack Obama is a Muslim late last year.

That bogus rumor (which he has worked hard to dispel) and the release of this picture are pathetic ploys to stoke the fears of ignorant Americans.

Hillary Clinton aides also suggested that his drug use as a young man might make him vulnerable to GOP attacks if he were the Democratic nominee.

She makes a point there. Thank goodness Bill Clinton didn't inhale, otherwise he might have left himself vulnerable to GOP attacks. Phew!

How much more shameless and desperate can the former First Lady get? Stay tuned - the proverbial bar just keeps finding a way to go lower.

Barack Obama Biography

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Barack Hussein Obama II

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