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Donald Trump will not make a bid for the White House in 2012, telling reporters Monday that "I will not be running for president as much as I'd like to."

In typical Trump fashion, he added that, "This decision does not come easily or without regret. I maintain the strong conviction that if I were to run, I would be able to win the primary, and ultimately, the general election."

Sure thing, Don.

Trump concludes that as tempting as it would be to run, "Ultimately business is my greatest passion and I am not ready to leave the private sector."

It was a hard decision, "especially when my potential candidacy continues to be validated by ranking among the top [GOP] contenders across the country."

Well, sort of.

Testing the wasters this spring, Trump polled well at first, but miscalculated big time by not focusing on his (perceived) strength: Business acumen.

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The drama heated up on The Celebrity Apprentice this week, with a double firing - Star Jones and LaToya Jackson - and a third cast member quitting!

NeNe Leakes, the one who peaced out, has plenty to say about it.

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In the aftermath of the explosive episode, NeNe is going off on Donald Trump, saying she "feels good" about leaving since Trump disrespected her.

Leakes adds that her feud with Star was real and is PISSED that Trump changed the teams last night to "accommodate" the View alum/loudmouth.

NeNe reaming out Star has become a highlight of the current season, with Leakes alleging her counterpart has been disingenuous and unreasonable.

Jones, for her part, tried to paint her adversary as a reality TV loudmouth.

"Trump was doing things to accommodate Star and not me," she said. "All of the manipulating ... was very toxic. It was a very toxic situation."

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Saturday Night Live alum Tina Fey returned to reprise her role as Sarah Palin in a debate sketch of potential Republican presidential candidates this weekend.

Introduced as "current famous person Sarah Palin," Fey wasted no time launching into her pitch-perfect impression of the '08 GOP vice presidential nominee.

"It's so nice to be back on FOX News, a network that both pays me and shows me the questions ahead of time," Fey gushed as Palin. "I just hope tonight the lamestream media won't twist my words by repeating them verbatim."

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These two make an unbeatable political team. The actors, that is.

"First, I want to acknowledge that we have finally vanquished one of the world's great villains. I for one am thrilled to say good riddance to Katie Couric!" she added.

SNL may fall flat much of the time, but political sketches like this have always been - and remain - must-watch material. Having Tina as host doesn't hurt.

While Fey was terrific, Bill Hader (as Fox News' Shepard Smith) and Darrell Hammond (reprising his role as Donald Trump) really stole the show here.

Watch it after the jump ...

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Now we've seen it all.

Donald Trump not only praised President Barack Obama on Twitter, he's called for a moratorium on partisan politics. Meaning he may actually shut up briefly!

“I want to personally congratulate President Obama and the men and women of the Armed Forces for a job very well done,” the business mogul Tweeted.

In response to the death of Osama bin Laden, he added: “I am so proud to see Americans standing shoulder to shoulder, waving the flag in celebration.”

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Donald then called for a verbal cease-fire of sorts, adding:

“We should spend the next few days not debating party politics, but in remembrance of those who lost their lives on 9/11 and those fighting for freedom.”

“God Bless America.”

Indeed. Not only is it a time to stand together, but after Obama blasted Trump at the White House Correspondents dinner, maybe he realized he took some of his earlier criticisms of the President's grades and birth certificate too far.

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President Barack Obama took the stage at the White House Correspondents' Dinner last night and took on both Donald Trump and the "birther" nonsense.

Entering to Hulk Hogan's old WWE anthem "Real American" as Obama's birth certificate flashed on screen, he then treated the crowd to his "birth video."

After poking fun at himself and various Republicans, Obama seemed to delight in laying into the Donald (who was there) for what felt like an eternity.

Regardless of your political leanings, you gotta admit he killed it:

Following our 44th President, host Seth Meyers took to the podium and went off on all things cable news, birth certificates, and of course, Donald Trump.

Watch Seth's effort - and read Trump's response to being the butt of so many jokes (spoiler alert: he was not exactly pleased) - after the jump:

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David Letterman was joking around with Dr. Phil last night, only he wasn't really joking when it came to Donald Trump's criticism of President Obama.

He began by asking Phil about Trump, and Phil didn't really bite. What Dave was really doing was giving himself his own segue to lay into the Donald.

Dave said, flat-out, that beyond the birth certificate, Trump's questioning of Obama - how he got into Harvard, how he wrote his memoirs - is racist.

“It smacks of racism,” said Letterman, noting that while it's all a giant media circus to a degree, “Nobody should be amused by that tactic.”

Trying to diffuse things, Dr. Phil said he doesn’t think Trump “has a racist bone in his body," but rather "just doesn’t think things through.”

Dave scoffed and said if Trump returns to The Late Show - “and I’m not sure that we want him back” - he “ought to be prepared to apologize.”

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Bob Schieffer of CBS' Face the Nation and that network's Evening News made headlines last night when he flat-out called Donald Trump a racist.

At issue? Trump's questioning of President Obama's birth certificate and later his academic record, criticisms Schieffer says have racist undertones.

The Donald was far from pleased with Bob's assessment.

Moments ago, he told TMZ: "That is a terrible statement for a newscaster to make. I am the last person that such a thing should be said about."

Bob's scathing statement against Trump came last night in response to Trump's insinuation that Obama may not have had the grades to get into Harvard.

Schieffer said, "That's code for saying he got into law school because he's black. This is an ugly strain of racism that's running through this whole thing."

Asked if he was implying Obama got into Harvard via affirmative action, Trump said: "Affirmative action is out there. It's a program that is available."

"I have no idea whether it applies in this case. I'm not suggesting anything. Grades are the least important aspect of being president. It's not a big subject."

Trump insists he's not racist and wouldn't say if he supports or opposes affirmative action. But he's clearly trying to douse some of the flames he ignited.

What do you think? Is Trump racist?

 

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CBS' Bob Schieffer has come out and said what many in the news industry are probably thinking but are understandably hesitant to go on record about:

That Donald Trump's incessant criticism of President Obama is racially motivated.

The host of Face the Nation, visibly upset, called Trump a racist last night on the CBS Evening News, and not just for Trump's Obama birth certificate crusade.

Schieffer was also talking about Trump's suggestion that Obama is not Ivy League material and may not have had the grades to get into Harvard Law School.

The context of Trump's comments was Obama not releasing his transcripts.

"That's just code for saying he got into law school because he's black," Schieffer said. "This is an ugly strain of racism that's running through this whole thing."

Earlier in the week, Trump said, "I have friends who have smart sons with great marks, great boards, great everything and they can't get into Harvard." 

"We don't know a thing about this guy. There are a lot of unanswered questions."

While it's fine to bash Obama - heck, it's your right! - that doesn't mean Trump's not out of line. What do you think? Are Trump's criticisms racist?

 

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The White House has released Barack Obama's long-form birth certificate.

The document proves that Barack Obama was born in ... East Africa! Barack Sr., that is. Lo and behold, Barack Hussein Obama II, the 44th President of the United States of America, was in fact born in Hawaii, which has been established for years.

Anyway, now you know. Again. Donald Trump says you can thank him, too!

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Obama directed the White House to release the certificate because the Commander In Chief didn't believe the distraction was good for the country.

Of course, the conspiracy theorists will probably still not cease, asking why it took so long, claiming that it's obviously fake for various reasons, etc.

Real estate mogul and possible 2012 challenger Donald Trump, who's stoked the flames of this "birther" controversy for weeks, had this to say:

"I'm very proud of myself," he says, adding, "We have to see if it's real."

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Donald Trump has broadened his criticism of President Barack Obama.

Not only does the real estate mogul question Obama's birth certificate and thus his U.S. citizenship, Trump says the President is an intellectual lightweight.

In an interview Monday, Trump called Obama "a poor student" who did not deserve to be admitted to the prestigious Ivy League universities he attended.

Trump, mulling a bid for the GOP presidential nomination, offered no proof of this but said he would continue pressing it - and the birth certificate talk.

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"I heard he was a terrible student, terrible. How does a bad student go to Columbia and then Harvard?" Trump said in an interview with The Associated Press.

"I'm thinking about it, I'm looking into it. Let him show his records."

Obama graduated from Columbia University in New York in 1983 with a degree in political science after transferring from Occidental College in California.

Barack went on to Harvard Law School, where he graduated magna cum laude 1991 and was also the first black president of the Harvard Law Review.

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