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TRUMPALICIOUS

Donald Trump believes that the federal deficit and the turmoil it engenders is no mere quagmire, it is an abyss. So says Michael Cohen, special counsel to the billionaire real estate tycoon who still appears to have a calling to re-join the 2012 presidential race.

Mr. Trump is truly concerned that the nation will go deeper into the abyss, with no possibility of a recovery. He is also concerned the field of Republican candidates is very weak,” Mr. Cohen tells Inside the Beltway.

Mr. Trump has made it clear he would enter the race as an independent, and if he chose to re-enter the race, it would be after the finale of ‘Celebrity Apprentice,’ which is May 15, 2012. Remember, time moves very quickly these days,” Mr. Cohen adds.

He still maintains the ShouldTrumpRun.com campaign site, and continues to rigorously emphasize — most recently to ABC News — that the “Ten Principles of Trump” are still very relevant. The No. 1 alpha principle? It still remains “We must always put America first,” Mr. Cohen says.

HUNTSMAN HUNTS CONSERVATIVES

Conservatives are cool to Jon Huntsman Jr. because of his take on some policy issues, not to mention his diplomatic service in the Obama administration. But Mr. Huntsman is out to reassure and eventually woo conservative critics with some newfound hardball tactics.

His campaign has launched an instant website to recruit “5,000 conservative leaders from across the nation who are 100 percent committed to supporting Governor Huntsman in his campaign to defeat President Obama,” according to Susie Wiles, his campaign manager.

“Get ready for an amazing ride,” the new site advises. Find it at http://conservativesforhuntsman.com.

ANTI-FOX WHITE HOUSE

From our Uh-Oh Desk, news from Judicial Watch. The watchdog group has uncovered documents “showing that the Obama administration, contrary to its repeated denials, attempted to exclude the Fox News Channel from TARP-related interviews with Treasury’s ‘Executive Pay Czar’ Kenneth Feinberg.”

Included: A White House staff email that quips, “I am putting some dead fish in the fox cubby.” Another calls Fox News anchor Bret Baier “a lunatic.” The documents were obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.

“These documents show there is a pervasive anti-Fox bias in the Obama White House,” says Tom Fitton, president of the investigating group. “The juvenile Mafioso-talk in these emails has no place in any White House. For the Obama administration to purposely exclude a major news organization from access to information has troubling First Amendment implications.”

HOLA AMERICA

“Births have overtaken immigration as the main driver of the dynamic growth in the U.S. Hispanic population. This new trend is especially evident among the largest of all Hispanic groups — Mexican-Americans,” says a new analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data by the Pew Hispanic Center.

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