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Rick Santorum told the delegates at the P5 presidential straw poll in Orlando that he’s got the goods to win Pennsylvania when he made his pitch for their vote. Santorum said that if he can win the Keystone State, Republicans will win the White House.

Herman Cain, who has some strong support here at the P5 straw poll event here in Orlando, urged delegates to cast their vote against politics as usual in a stemwinder of a speech that riled up the crowd.

“When you cast your ballot at this straw poll send Washington a message that you’re ready for a problem-solver not another politician,” he said.

Updated 2:40 pm ET, Saturday, September 24

The 20-year-long voyage of NASA's Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS) has finally come to an end with a great big splash. The 6-ton satellite re-entered the Earth's atmosphere early Saturday morning and plunged into the Pacific Ocean.

NASA isn't yet sure exactly where the satellite's watery grave is, though. Scroll to the bottom for their best guess, the final ground track map.

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ORLANDO, FL -- Rick Perry told Floridians not to fall for "slick" this time around in his last speech of the big Republican political weekend here.

Speaking at a breakfast his campaign held for attendees of the "Presidency5" straw poll -- which Perry is actively participating in, unlike his rival Mitt Romney -- Perry didn't mention the name of the man who most say cleaned his clock in Thursday's debate. But he strongly suggested that Romney is all talk and no walk.

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ORLANDO, FL -- They love their Republicans at this first-ever CPAC regional event here. But the extreme discontent with Congress evident in national polls has reached its way into even this friendly crowd.

Around 3,000 people attended the event, according to organizers. And around 1,500 of them voted in the CPAC straw poll at the end of the day-long conference. The big news for the local crowd was that former state House GOP leader Adam Hasner won the mock Republican Senate primary.

But buried in the numbers was news that just 19% the voters "strongly approved" of the Republican Congress, with another government shutdown battle raging.

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Updated: Sept. 23, 2011, 6:54PM

The Justice Department hasn't yet precleared a voter ID law signed by Republican presidential candidate and Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R). In a Friday letter officials wrote that they need to know more about how the state would alert voters to the changes to the law.

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The Justice Department said late Friday that based on their preliminary investigation, a congressional redistricting map signed into law by Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry appears to have been "adopted, at least in part, for the purpose of diminishing the ability of citizens of the United States, on account of race, color, or membership in a language minority group, to elect their preferred candidates of choice to Congress."

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The big swing state of Florida is angling to increase its clout in the 2012 Republican primaries, and its official state government committee has made a key decision about how to time the primary -- or to be exact, how to time when they will be deciding the actual date for the primary.

The Miami Herald reports:

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House Republicans came out swinging against the top executives of the failed solar panel maker Solyndra on Friday for not being forthright about their company's dire financial situation when they were on the Hill in July, but the Department of Energy says that they themselves were pretty selective about the information they've been doling out to the media about the Obama administration's correspondence over the conditions under which the DOE made its loan guarantee.

House Republicans on the Energy and Commerce oversight and investigations subcommittee have been subpoenaing records from the White House' Office of Management and Budget, and have, it seems, been selectively leaking them to the media.

For example on September 14th, the non-profit and non-partisan group the Center for Public Integrity published a story with the headline: "Obama administration agreed to Solyndra loan days after insiders foresaw firm's failure," based on "excerpts" of OMB and DOE e-mails that it had obtained from the House Energy & Commerce's Oversight & Investigations Subcommittee.

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