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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) threw her weight behind the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations Thursday, showering praise on a movement that has so far spread to dozens of cities, including Washington, D.C.

"The message of the protesters is a message for the establishment in every place," she told reporters in a Capitol press conference. "The message of the American people is that no longer will the recklessness of some on Wall Street cause massive joblessness on Main Street.

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Ahh it's that time of year: The leaves are starting to change colors, the temperature is cooling, the sun is setting earlier, and the 2012 election is entering its weird, jittery phase when progressives are being straw-polled on Republican candidates and Google is egging on the madness with a new YouTube Politics channel.

YouTube Politics, which went live on Thursday, "will feature the latest campaign ads, parodies, gotchas, and speeches, offering you a 360-view of the election," according to a blog post from Ramya Raghavan, YouTube News and Politics Manager.

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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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