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President Obama's campaign is taking advantage of the fact that Mitt Romney seems unwilling to condemn Donald Trump for his take on the controversial birther conspiracy, releasing a new video highlighting the differences between how Romney and 2008 GOP presidential candidate John McCain handled personal attacks against Obama.

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After Barack Obama's Oscar-week fundraising blitz last month, the '08 race has heated up for Democratic presidential candidates going a-courtin' in Hollywood. But the backing of celebrities can be a blessing and a curse, as George Clooney notes in Friday's L.A. Times, hinting that he will help Obama however he can -- even if that means "staying completely away from him."

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