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Saturday Night Live is back, and they commemorated it by covering "the 7th or 8th" GOP debate. Bill Hader's  Shep Smith hosted this debate, which was between Mitt Romney, Rick Perry and "six other people who'll never be president!" Hader had some tough questons for Alec Baldwin's Perry, who reiterated that he thinks Social Security is a Ponzi scheme, and that 10-year-old girls should be vaccinated against HPV so they can "begin a meaningful sexual relationship." Jason Sudeikis's Mitt Romney maintained that he was the perfect Republican candidate...when you look at all the other crazypants Republican candidates. Taran Killan was also on hand to give his best offensive "John Huntsman spent two years in China" impression. You might not think that would be offensive, but you'd be surprised!

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Following his shocking Straw Poll victory in Florida this weekend, it appears that GOP candidate and pizza magnate Herman Cain has been deemed popular enough to break bread with developer and persistent presidential flirt Donald Trump.

A source close to Trump told Politico that the two have arranged to meet on October 3rd. The developer has already met with Rick Perry, and is scheduled to meet with Mitt Romney today.

There has been no word yet as to where the two men will eat. Perhaps Cain will bring some of his own Godfather’s pizza to share. Trump was roundly criticized a few months ago for taking Sarah Palin for pizza at the Famous Famiglia chain.

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain is weighing in on the gridlock crippling Congress, saying House Republicans should worry about pairing disaster relief with spending cuts later.

“I would make sure that FEMA got the money it needed, and if I had to go find the offsets later, go find it later,” Cain said on CNN, The Hill reports. “Stop playing with people’s tragedies — these are real people we’re talking about.”

Mahmoud Jibril, head of Libya’s National Transitional Council, has asked the UN Security Council to lift some economic sanctions on Libya, the AP reports.

The Wall Street Jornal reports Monday that even given the “relentless” stream of calls from prominent Republicans over the last week, Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) isn’t rethinking his decision to not run for the 2012 GOP nomination.

Sounding hopeful, the paper reports that Christie has “wooed deep-pocketed conservatives at a number of recent party events” before succumbing to the reality of the situation.

“Some in the conservative movement are still searching for Mr. or Ms. Wonderful,” a person in the governor’s fund-raising circles told the paper. “But Christie is a guy who through his whole career has said what he means, and he has said no.”

A Senate aide tells the AP that FEMA has more money than it originally thought — enough to last until Thursday.

FEMA originally estimated its funds would run out as early as Tuesday. Congress is currently gridlocked over a GOP demand to pair disaster aid with spending cuts.

In an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol continued to express his discontent with the current GOP field and hint at his desire for a new candidate.

“I think these are very weak front runners,” Kristol said of Perry and Romney. “The front-runners in 2007 on the Republican side, if you look at the polls were Giuliani and Thompson. In 2003, in September, were Howard Dean and Wesley Clark, who had just entered the race. You can have a nominee who is not a front-runner in September the year before the nomination.”

Writing on his blog after the Republican debate last week, Kristol noted “there will be a lot of attention paid to Chris Christie’s Reagan Library speech Tuesday.”

A new CNN/ORC poll shows Rick Perry leading the Republican pack, but Mitt Romney fares better against President Obama.

Perry leads Romney 28 percent to 21 percent among Republican voters, according to the poll. Romney trails Obama only slightly, at 48 percent to Obama’s 49 percent. Obama leads Perry at 51 percent to 46 percent.

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Nobody is quite sure what to make yet of the astonishing announcement Thursday from the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) that it has conducted an experiment that seems to show neutrinos, a type of uncharged particle, traveling faster than the speed of light.

After all, if confirmed, the results from CERN's OPERA experiment would mean scrapping one of physics' most fundamental theories: Albert Einstein's theory of special relativity, part of which states that nothing can travel faster than the speed of light.

There have already been a number of science writers and physicists raising profound doubts about the results.

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Rick Perry’s debate debacle on Thursday in Florida may have cost him some support from voters, according to Public Policy Polling’s latest numbers. They tweet:

“Thursday night part of our Florida poll Romney led Perry by 2. Friday-Sunday part Romney led Perry by 10. Debate did matter.”

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