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Bob Turner, the Republican candidate in the NY-9 special election, is under fire from Democrats for telling an audience in a debate Tuesday night that he "never met a loophole I didn't like." But according to Turner, the real problem is that people can't take a joke.

Turner's loophole quote came in response to a question asking him to name one tax break he'd eliminate. "As a Republican, I never met a loophole I didn't like," he said. "I really don't know."

His rival, Democrat David Weprin, put out a statement on Wednesday condemning his comments.

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Rep. Allen West (R-FL) told TPM on Wednesday that unlike Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, he wouldn't have let Muslim groups pressure him into apologizing for his comments on Islam.

Cain issued an apology to Muslims in July following his meeting with officials at a Virginia mosque for a "discussion about religion and politics." The meeting came after Cain claimed that American communities had the right to ban mosques in their neighborhoods.

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NASA astronauts might not be going to the moon anytime in the near future, but that doesn't mean we can't relive the glory of America's initial moon exploration missions.

The agency on Wednesday revealed a collection of new hi-res images of the Apollo 12, 14 and 17 lunar landing sites snapped by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), a satellite that's been orbiting the moon for the past two years.

The collection of three new images and a video depict in startling detail features including a leftover lunar rover, its tracks, footprints of various NASA astronauts and even discarded equipment including cables from an experiment that glint in the sunlight on the lunar surface.

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CNN reports that a stash of missiles have been looted from a massive arms warehouse in Tripoli. Watch the report:

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The Madison Capital Times reports that in the latest development in the controversy over the state's new Voter-ID law, recently passed by state Republicans, a memo written by a state Department of Transportation official instructs employees at the Division of Motor Vehicles not to directly offer applicants the option of a free photo identification card -- but only to assist if people directly ask for it.

The option of free photo identification is necessary in order to prevent the law from clearly becoming a poll tax -- a tax or fee required in order to vote, which was made unconstitutional under the 24th Amendment to the United States Constitution in 1964. Unless applicants check the appropriate box on the DMV's new forms, there will be a fee of $28.

The memo written by Steve Krieser, executive secretary at the Department of Transportation, instructs DMV employees: "While you should certainly help customers who come in asking for a free ID to check the appropriate box, you should refrain from offering the free version to customers who do not ask for it."

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Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) became the latest Republican to announce he would be skipping the president’s jobs speech on Thursday night. He tweeted to his constituents that he would ‘listen to President’s speech carefully’ but that he had ‘family and friends coming over for the big game,’ referring to the highly anticipated opening game of the NFL season between the Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints.

Vitter made a similar choice to tea party-favorite Rep. Joe Walsh, who announced earlier this week that he didn’t want to be a ‘prop’ in a speech he claimed was more about the president’s reelection than creating jobs.

In his personal blog this afternoon, former V.P. Al Gore expressed his disappointment in Obama’s recent environmental concessions to the GOP. Environmentalists had been pushing the president to lower the levels of pollution now permitted under laws dating to the Bush administration; levels the EPA administrator, Lisa Jackson says are ‘not legally defensible.’

Gore accuses the president of bowing to ‘pressure from polluters who did not want to bear the cost of implementing new restrictions on their harmful pollution’ and warns that the ‘result of the White House’s action will be increased medical bills for seniors with lung disease, more children developing asthma, and the continued degradation of our air quality.’

Jon Stewart is back from vacation, and he's not too happy with the news coverage he missed during his time away.

Last week, President Obama proposed a jobs speech to take place before a joint session of Congress on the same night as a GOP presidential primary debate. A minor tiff broke out between Republicans and the president, and the White House agreed to reschedule. Sounds simple enough, right?

"Non-crisis averted," Stewart said. "It's the first installment of what I hope will be many in our new segment, 'Tales of Reasonable Accommodation.'"

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