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Elizabeth Warren's campaign is not directly attacking Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) for a joke he made this morning on a local talk show, in which he responded "Thank God" to her recent jibe that she "kept my clothes on" when she paid for college -- a reference to his nude photo spread in Cosmopolitan in the early 1980s. However, other Democrats and Warren supporters are responding in her place.

When TPM contacted Warren's campaign, they declined to comment.

The Massachusetts Democrats, however, were quick to pounce with a statement given to reporters, from said state party executive director Clare Kelly.

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Of course, it would be researchers in perpetually heat-stricken Dallas who would find a way to simulate one of nature's most engaging heat-caused phenomena: the mirage.

Still, the practical demonstration of an "invisibility cloak" or "cloaking device" by professor Ali Aliev and his research team at the Alan G. MacDiarmid NanoTech Institute at the University of Texas at Dallas, is a sight to behold, as seen in the following video:

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Jon Huntsman has finally found a group of voters who overwhelmingly think he would be the best choice to lead the Republican ticket next year: 337 progressive advocates among the large group that gathered in Washington this week.

The results are in from the straw poll conducted at the Take Back The American Dream conference this week, and they're pretty good if you're President Obama, not so good if you're the Democrats in Congress and very good (or perhaps very, very bad) if you're Huntsman.

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A little-known UK electronics company has teamed up with the Indian government to offer a new touchscreen tablet computer for the staggeringly low price of $35 to students and eventually for $60 to anyone throughout the country.

The "Aakash" tablet (translated from Hindi as "Sky") from DataWind was unveiled on Wednesday in Dehli. It runs Android 2.2, boasts a 7-inch resistive LCD screen, a camera for videoconferencing, Wi-Fi connectivity, 2 GB of memory but up to 32 GB via expandable microSD cards, and even features something the iPad and new Kindle Fire lack: USB ports - 2 of them to be exact.

"We're very happy with the product," said DataWind production manager Chao Wang, in a phone interview with TPM on Thursday. "Of course, like everyone, we're always inspired by Apple and the iPad."

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Wisconsin Democrats want a portrait of former Gov. Jeremiah Rusk — who in the 1800s gave an order that led to the fatal shooting of seven people in a labor dispute — removed, Reuters reports.

FBI Director Robert Mueller told the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on Thursday that the counterterrorism training sessions conducted by his bureau that claimed American-Muslims were likely to be terrorist sympathizers were isolated.

Mueller called the FBI training materials in question "inappropriate offensive content" but asserted they weren't commonplace, calling the incidents "an aberration."

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House progressives will press the joint deficit Super Committee to ditch entitlement cuts and pass measures to bolster the economy.

The co-chairs of the Congressional Progressive Caucus are rounding up Democratic signatures on a letter, obtained by TPM, pressing the 12 member panel to pair emergency jobs legislation with deficit reducing measures based on tax increases on wealthy Americans.

"We ask that you lead the Select Committee by these simple core principles," write Reps. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) and Keith Ellison (D-MN). "The American people have spoken loud and clear on their priorities for our nation. They want Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare protected, they want billionaires and corporations to finally pay their fair share and they want to be able to get back to work to earn a fair living."

Their effort is partially bolstered by a new CBO analysis, which found that the unemployment crisis is a massive driver of the deficit. In other words, effective job creation measures will go a good way toward closing the near and medium term hole in the budget.

You can read the entire letter, which has not yet been delivered to the Super Committee co-chairs, below the fold.

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Looks like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will get another round of useful jobs bill headlines, that once again obscure the real story.

Recall that on Tuesday, McConnell pushed Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to allow a vote on President Obama's original jobs bill -- no amendments, no real debate -- just a vote on whether to tack it on to the broadly bipartisan Chinese currency legislation the Senate's currently debating.

McConnell knew Reid was tweaking the bill, to coalesce party support for it. He knew that if Reid agreed to vote on the bill Obama sent to Congress, several Dems would defect from it, generating a series of unfortunate headlines for Democrats. And he knew that if Reid blocked the vote (which he did) it would generate a different series of unfortunate headlines for Democrats.

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Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) on Thursday’s Topline echoed a new Republican talking point: that the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York and around the country are an “attack” on freedom. “They don’t know why they’re there,” Broun said. “They’re just mad.”

Watch the video, via The Hill (key moment starts at 6:30):

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