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Jon Huntsman is laying it all on the line in New Hampshire, struggling to make any kind of move against Mitt Romney.

A new campaign web video release on Friday shows news clips of Mitt Romney, flip-flopping over the years on various issues: Abortion, gun control, the state of the economy, and whether he was in fact an independent or a Reagan-style Republican.

All along, the clips are split-screened with another bit of video: A wind-up toy gorilla that does backflips.

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Google has finally weighed in on the national debate over the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Specifically, Google's politics and elections team has chosen to compare the popularity of Google searches for "Occupy Wall Street" for those of the terms "Tea Party" and the number of news articles about the movements on Google News, to see which movement comes out on top online.

In the case of overall search keyword popularity, "Occupy Wall Street,"



As Google's Jake Parrillo wrote on the Google Politics and Elections blog on Thursday:

After spending many days in the top 20 terms on Google Trends, we agreed that it would be useful to examine the dynamics of search queries in America related to OWS.
Across the American political spectrum, we have another grassroots movement that we can use for comparison purposes: the [Tea Party]. Based on search patterns from Google users, Americans' interest in these two large groups is clear.

You already know that shining lasers into airplane cockpits is a bad idea. Now the Federal Aviation Administration wants your help investigating laser incidents with a new Web site.

The site offers ways for pilots, air traffic controllers and members of the public to submit reports about laser incidents. It also provides detailed information about what is becoming a widespread problem.

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The nation's two major political parties may not agree about much of anything these days, but legislators from both parties do agree on one thing: Online Piracy Is Bad. And the government needs to have more power to be able to crack down on it.

So they're working on legislation to officially sanction the civil forfeiture of domain names of web sites that law enforcement authorities suspect are helping people to easily access counterfeit goods and pirated content. The legislation would also require "service providers" to the operators of the suspect web sites to cut off service, just as Mastercard and Visa did to Wikileaks.

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October 28, 2011: The day the muffin myth died.

The $16 muffin myth, 38 days old, had a short but eventful life. Conceived by mistake due to a misreading of incomplete expenditure information from an August 2009 conference at the Capital Hilton in D.C., the $16 muffin was born in a Justice Department Inspector General report on September 20, 2011.

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Today, the media decided that Mitt Romney has flipped on climate change. Unfortunately, everyone failed to notice that he started this process two months ago.

"Mitt Romney Embraces Climate Denial," reads a Huffington Post headline from Friday afternoon. The article is based on a ThinkProgress video of the candidate speaking at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA.

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Updated: October 28, 4:49PM

Desperate for attention?

In support of Jon Huntsman's long-shot campaign for president his daughters have new Web video out, satirizing a recent Herman Cain video. But instead of a top Cain aide, with a distinctive mustachioed look, we instead have Huntsman's three daughters -- donning fake mustaches.

The Cain video, of course, featured chief of staff Mark Block extolling the virtues of his boss -- and then taking a hit off a cigarette as techno music with a woman's voice declared "I Am America!" The video then cut to a close-up of a (slowly) smiling Herman Cain.

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Attorney General Eric Holder is set to testify before the House Judiciary Committee on Dec. 8 about ATF's flawed Fast and Furious operation that let guns flow to Mexican drug cartels, a Justice Department spokeswoman confirmed to TPM.

Holder has agreed to a request from Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) to testify before the Judiciary Committee, which is chaired by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), Oversight Committee Ranking Member Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD) said in a statement.

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