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My favorite detail in this story about the businessman who’s now dragging down Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is that he once tried to create less-toxic cigarettes by using tobacco that had been nuked in a microwave. The idea didn’t take off, apparently, and now it’s on the long list of failed and sometimes troubled business ideas that marked his career before he became tied to some of the biggest Republican names in Virginia politics, including McDonnell and the man the GOP hopes will succeed him, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. Read the whole thing here.

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Nick Martin is an associate editor at TPM in New York City. He came to the site in 2011 as a reporter for TPMMuckraker. Previously, he worked in Arizona, first as a staff reporter for a local newspaper and later as a freelance journalist. He also ran the news blog Heat City. Contact him at nick@talkingpointsmemo.com
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