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It's always going to be uncomfortable when a person who doesn't believe that another person has a specific right -- say, a right to marry your partner and receive benefits -- is confronted by a person in the group they are trying to deny that right to. Yesterday, Mitt Romney's interactions with a gay Vietnam veteran were no exception.

At a diner in New Hampshire Monday, Romney took a question on the Defense of Marriage Act from gay veteran Bob Garon. Watch:

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The conservative group Crossroads GPS, in which Karl Rove has been a key player, has reserved more than $500,000 in TV ad time in Nebraska, with an apparently very ambitious goal for the holiday season: Scaring Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson into retirement.

National Journal reports:

The three-month ad buy is apparently aimed at giving Nelson just a hint of the pressure to come, and maybe edge him out of the race.

"We want Ben Nelson to recognize that 2012 will be an extraordinarily grueling proposition in the case he decides to run," said Jonathan Collegio, a Crossroads spokesman, in confirming the buy.

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The Perry campaign is up with a new video online Tuesday, portraying Perry as making a comeback with headlines and voice-overs suggesting a Perry resurgence and that anything is possible in Iowa. The 1:44-minute ad attacks President Obama and makes the case that Perry is the guy to defeat him.



The White House says Obama would veto the House Republican version of a payroll tax cut extension, which also includes ‘poison pill’ provisions, such as the Keystone XL pipeline, that Obama objects to.

From the OMB statement:



Instead of working together to find a balanced approach that will actually pass both Houses of the Congress, H.R. 3630 instead represents a choice to refight old political battles over health care and introduce ideological issues into what should be a simple debate about cutting taxes for the middle class.

Jon Stewart on Monday took on Saturday's "battle royale" Republican debate. It was pegged as an opportunity for the lower-tier candidates to take a few shots at the party's new frontrunner Newt Gingrich. But one story rose above the rest: Mitt Romney offering Rick Perry a $10,000 bet.

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MSNBC host and former Republican congressman Joe Scarborough has made no secret of his dislike for Newt Gingrich, but he took the tough talk to a new level this morning. Here are his commnets, via The Hill:



If I have to choose between Barack Obama and Newt Gingrich -- a guy that George Will said would have been a marvelous Marxist and who is the opposite of being a small-government conservative -- if Ron Paul's running as a third-party candidate, I'm going to give him a long look.


His main reason – Gingrich’s supposed fondness for ‘big government’ – echoes recent comments by Glenn Beck, who said yesterday:



"If I have a gun to my head, I'll vote for Mitt Romney [in the general election], and if it's Newt Gingrich and there's a third party and it's Ron Paul -- and I don't agree with his Middle Eastern policy, at all -- I might consider Ron Paul as a third party."

Another part of the briefing given this morning by David Axelrod and Jim Messina – the pair turned some fire onto ‘Americans Elect’ – the self-proclaimed non-partisan group that’s angling to recruit a bi-partisan third party ticket for the 2012 presidential election.

Via National Journal, Messina noted that though the group aims to pick their candidates via internet votes, there is an in-built trigger to prevent extremists from being selected:

“You have to get approved by a council of elders deal,” Messina told reporters Tuesday. Added Axelrod: “It’s like uber-democracy meets backroom bosses. An amalgam of both.”

Netflix on Monday regained some confidence among investors, thanks not to anything the streaming video company did right, but something it just might do: Sell itself to Verizon.

The report, which came by way of DealReporter (paywall), sent Netflix shares up 6.8 percent during midday trading, Deadline.com reported. And that gain mostly held up throughout the day, too, with Netflix stock closing up 6.18 percent.

For a company that's lost nearly 80 percent of its value since a peak in June, that's pretty good news. (Netflix is currently worth about $3.4 billion based on market capitalization, according to Forbes, which also anticipates a takeover.)

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The Ohio House will consider a bill to move the Ohio presidential primary up from June to May, and preserve the current filing deadline of December 7, 2011. If the bill passes, Bachmann, Santorum, Huntsman, and Paul would not be on the ballot. They would have to run as write-in candidates.

Update: It looks like the deadline in this case would actually be March 8, so the candidates are safe for now.

In a hearing before the Senate Agriculture Committee, Jon Corzine, former chairman and CEO of MF Global, Bradley Abelow, president and CEO, and Henri Steenkamp, the CFO of the firm, denied knowledge of what happened to around $1.2 billion in customer funds that went missing in the days before MF Global went bankrupt.

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