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Rick Perry has a serious Florida problem, Mike Huckabee says.

"[Rick] Perry hurt himself a lot with his Social Security talk," Huckabee told Laura Ingraham Monday. "What he said may be technically true, but you go to South Florida, or even any part of Florida...and essentially say that Social Security is a criminal enterprise, that's problematic. And it did not help him with the Florida vote."

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As the fight over Social Security intensifies between Republican presidential candidates Rick Perry and Mitt Romney, Democrats are trying their best to remind voters that Romney isn't exactly the guy to vote for if you want Social Security left the way it is today.

Here's a new web video from the Florida Democratic party that succinctly makes the party argument:

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Revolution, a Super PAC supporting GOP candidate Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), released an ad lashing out at the two frontrunners in the race, Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) and Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA). Entitled ‘Plastic Men,’ the ad features cartoons of the two men. Cartoon-Romney receives the report of cartoon-Obama and cartoon-Pelosi (who wears a trademark red shirt emblazoned with a hammer and sickle) while signing the Massachusetts health care law into effect. Cartoon-Perry gleefully prepares to force ‘young girls to be injected with an STD vaccine’ while wearing a shirt proclaiming him a ‘Big Pharma Tool’

The ad goes on to praise Paul as ‘The Prophet.’

A group calling themselves ‘Patriotic Millionaires for Fiscal Strength’ launched a website today hoping to draw support from like-minded individuals who feel that those who can afford it should bear their fair share of fiscal responsibility. In an open letter, the group urges President Obama to ‘allow tax cuts on incomes over $1,000,000 to expire at the end of the year as scheduled’ for the fiscal health of the nation. The letter goes on to state ‘We don’t need more tax cuts, and we understand that cutting our taxes will increase the deficit and the debt carried by other taxpayers.’

Amongst the 40-plus signers of the letter so far are hedge fund guru Michael Steinhardt, trial lawyer Guy Saperstein and Ben Cohen of Ben & Jerry’s fame.

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) is a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. So too is the former CEO of Godfather's Pizza, Herman Cain, a Pennsylvanian named Rick Santorum who lost his Senate re-election bid four years ago, former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson and Rep. Thad McCotter (R-MI), who you actually may not have known is running.

Now, with her explosive ascendency in the GOP primary quickly fading in the shadow of Rick Perry's arrival on the scene, Bachmann's candidacy faces a key question heading into tonight's debate. That being, is she -- or has she really ever been -- a serious contender?

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Updated 4:14 p.m. ET, Monday, Sept. 12

TechCrunch's founder and editor Michael Arrington is no longer with the blog, corporate parent AOL finally confirmed Monday in a statement.

The news comes in the wake of a Sept. 7 Fortune magazine report that AOL had made up its mind to fire Arrington, who, along with several other TechCrunch writers had spent several days publicly dueling about his and the site's status with AOL's corporate leadership - namely, CEO Tim Armstrong and AOL's Editor-In-Chief Arianna Huffington.

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Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Mitt Romney have at least one thing in common: they're both trying hard to convince the tea party they're not dangerous RINOs.

And now they're fighting that fight together. Romney endorsed Hatch for reelection today, pitting Romney against those in the tea party movement who are eager to end Hatch's Senate career next year the same way they ended that of former Sen. Bob Bennett's (R-UT) in 2010.

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The special election for former Rep. Anthony Weiner's (D-NY) old seat in the ninth Congressional District has Democrats scrambling, and they're bringing in two very influential New Yorkers for help: former President Bill Clinton and NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo have recorded robocalls supporting Democratic candidate David Weprin that are hitting direct voters on Monday.

Capital Tonight has audio of the calls, in which Clinton criticizes the Tea Party (which backs Weprin's Republican opponent, Bob Turner) and Cuomo argues that Weprin will protect Social Security and Medicare.

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By Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield

When El Rey -- the final Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle to ever be made -- rolled off the Mexican production line on July 30, 2003, many Volkswagen fans around the world mourned the end of a 60-year production run.

And with over 21.5 million original Volkswagen Beetles made, the VW Bug still holds the title as the longest-running and most-manufactured automobile of a single design platform in the world.

But if you think that Volkswagen's 2012 Beetle isn't a patch on the original there may be hope for you in the form of a U.S. company which claims it is about to bring the classic bug back.

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