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Occupy Wall Street supporters have blasted the New York Police Department's use of Long Range Acoustic Devices to respond to the civil disobedience actions that sprang up throughout Manhattan on Thursday.

"So it's official: NYPD is using LRAD sound cannons. Usually used during combat, they send harmful, pain inducing tones over long distances," tweeted the Occupied Wall Street Journal account.

"LRAD works according to the same principle as that old Memorex commercial. Your skull is the wine glass and the cops are Ella Fitzgerald," tweeted Anon Street Medics.

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If you're looking for evidence that Republicans aren't worried about actual federal deficits, look no further than their about-face on how to count the Super Committee's budget savings.

The details are technical, but crucial, so bear with me.

At the very end of the debt limit fight, Republicans crowed that the Super Committee's inherent design would make it difficult for the panel's Democrats to insist on tax increases. Because of how the Congressional Budget Office typically scores legislation, they argued, any attempt to raise marginal tax rates from their current Bush-era levels would actually score as a big tax cut and thus a budget buster -- a fact that would make it difficult for the Committee to hit its $1.2 trillion target.

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Any time Republican candidates gather to discuss foreign policy, it can result in some curious observations about how the world works. The latest example is a flat-out assertion from Mitt Romney that "If we re-elect Barack Obama, Iran will have a nuclear weapon." Simple, right?

However, when it comes to specifics about how a Republican president's course would differ from the current administration's, things start to get a lot less clear...

Benjy Sarlin looks in to it.

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Energy Secretary Steven Chu was on Wednesday subjected to over three hours of grilling from House lawmakers investigating the $535 million loan guarantee his agency granted to Solyndra, a solar company favored by the White House that went bankrupt in August.

But throughout the hearing conducted by the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, Chu maintained his calm and repeatedly rebuffed Republican suggestions that the Obama Administration influenced the Energy Department's decision making in any way.

Concerning the Solyndra loan guarantee, Chu said in his opening remarks that the "final decisions were mine. I made them with best interests of taxpayer in mind. I did not make any decision based on political consideration."

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Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, the man arrested on Wednesday for allegedly firing bullets at the White House on Friday night, referred to President Barack Obama as "the anti-Christ" and told a witness he "needed to kill him," according to an FBI special agent.

Ortega-Hernandez has been charged with attempting to assassinate Obama, though the president was not in the White House at the time of the incident. He had metal baseball bat, brass knuckles, a Wal-Mart receipt and a black hooded Los Angeles Dodgers jacket in the car he abandoned after allegedly firing at least two shots at the White House.

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A new Pew poll confirms a trend that's been surfacing for a few weeks -- with the constant changes in the GOP presidential primary race, President Obama has seen an uptick in a few key metrics, maintaining a slim lead against former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney and a larger one against other possible challengers.

Pew's numbers shows that the President's approval rating, which has been consistently underwater during a difficult summer in Washington, is now even at 46 percent. It also shows that his favorability rating, a point of particular strength for him, continues to be positive. 52 percent of those Americans polled holds him in a positive light, versus 45 percent who see him unfavorably.

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