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Herman Cain is in Washington today, where he said his political opponents are “trying to destroy” him.

Via Reuters.

New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner -- who by state law has the mission to make sure the state has the first primary, and has the authority to unilaterally set the date for the contest -- has just announced that it will be held on January 10, an announcement that followed weeks of wrangling over the GOP primary calendar.

Gardner paid tribute to the state's primary tradition, as a place where any citizen can get on the ballot to be leader of the whole country. He also thanked the state GOP chairs in Iowa and South Carolina, for working with him to preserve the position of the early states.

This settles the January primary and caucus calendar into the following order: Iowa on January 3, New Hampshire on January 10, South Carolina on January 21, and Florida -- which broke the RNC's rules for the second cycle in a row, losing half its delegates in order to obtain the early calendar position -- on January 31.

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The media frenzy over Herman Cain's sexual harassment allegations has stretched into its third day, but Stephen Colbert isn't giving up on the former pizza magnate.

"It's a dark, dark day for America," he said. "And I'm not just saying that because he's, you know ... American."

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In an Iowa radio show appearance on Wednesday morning, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) delivered a few head turning quotes.

She first referred to the Great Society welfare programs of the 1960’s—which include Medicare and Medicaid—a “multi-trillion dollar experiment and failure.”

Bachmann then proceeded to comment on the ongoing financial crisis in Greece, noting that bailing them out is “just like if you have a child who’s a 16-year-old who’s overspending their money and they crack up the car and they end having to go to jail. The worst thing you could do as a parent is go and bail that child out of their own irresponsible behavior.”

Finally, the candidate called the birthplace of democracy a “tantrum-throwing nation” before warning that the issues facing Greece are a “trailer” while those facing the US are the “movie” if we as a nation fail to correct our national debt and deficit spending.

Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) launched a new social media site on Wednesday, The new site is intended to serve as a central location for his social media efforts during the 2012 election season.

According to the site, Boehner is aiming to connect with “the millions of Americans who understand that the bigger our government gets, the smaller its people become.”

The website will deliver exclusive content, including policy updates and strategy memos in addition to cooperating with Boehner’s other fundraising efforts.

“Team Boehner members get the inside scoop on our efforts to secure freedom for the American people, and fight for a smaller, less costly and more accountable government,” Boehner said in a video welcoming visitors to the new venture.

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice stopped by the Daily Show on Tuesday to talk foreign policy with Jon Stewart.

The interview opened on a lighter note, with Stewart inquiring about a song that Libya's former dictator Muammar Qaddafi wrote for her, titled "Black Flower in the White House."

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A jury in New York has convicted Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout of trying to sell weapons to Colombia’s FARC rebels, the Associated Press reports. Bout, often dubbed ‘the Merchant of Death’ was extradited to the United States from Thailand in 2010 following a long legal battle.