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Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alan Khazei isn't letting the revelation that Sen. Scott Brown's (R-MA) campaign team is behind a fake Twitter feed that's been attacking him pass without making some political hay.

"Sen. Brown should denounce these tactics, immediately close the fake Twitter account and apologize to the citizens of Massachusetts," Khazei Chief of Staff Emily Cherniack said in a statement.

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Former Mass. Governor Mitt Romney has been the frontrunner in most national polls of the GOP primary over the last year, and the general punditry considered it his nomination to lose, at least at first. And while it's still early, new polling released on Wednesday shows his unchallenged time at the head of the pack may be over.

A new national Gallup poll of GOP and GOP-leaning voters shows Romney, who had more than a quarter of the total vote in Gallup's June numbers in the same poll, has fallen to 17 percent, while newly minted candidate Tex. Gov. Rick Perry surges to 29 percent and the lead. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), considered a top contender, falls to fourth with 10 percent, behind Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) at 13 percent. The rest of the field is in single digits.

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It's time to write the next chapter in the growing political tome, "The Trouble With Twitter."

Eric Fehrnstrom, adviser to both Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R), apparently outed himself as the man behind @CrazyKhazei, a Twitter feed that mocks Alan Khazei, the former City Year executive and founder of Be The Change who's running to take on Brown in next year's election. (Readers may know the race as the one progressives really want Elizabeth Warren to run in.)

Fehrnstrom, it appears, sent a tweet intended for @CrazyKhazei from his personal account, thus making him the latest person to press the wrong button on a Twitter app and find himself, er, exposed.

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Bob Turner, the Republican candidate in the NY-09 special election to replace former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D), is criticizing the new law providing health-care aid to 9/11 rescue workers and volunteers who have suffered health problems from exposure to toxic debris.

"I probably couldn't go home if I didn't support the Zadroga bill. I have firemen in my family, but is that bill beyond criticism? No," said Turner, the New York Daily News reports, referring to the law signed this past January by President Obama. The law is named after the late NYPD Detective James Zadroga, who died of a respiratory illness attributed to his having breathed in toxic dust at the World Trade Center site.

"My call would be to protect police, fire, emergency workers, construction workers, etc," Turner explained, also adding: "If someone said, 'I volunteered' or walked through there, it's just not the type."

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The Justice Department Inspector General and Bureau of Prisons officials are investigating several new allegations that employees of federal prisons mistreated Muslim inmates, according to a new report.

As required by the PATRIOT Act, the report discloses several complaints by Muslim inmates who say they were discriminated against by BOP employees. In all, the Inspector General processed 1,065 new civil rights or civil liberties complaints between Jan. 1 and June 30 and found 155 of the complaints required further review. That's down from the previous six month period, when 1,293 new complaints were processed.

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By Susan Crabtree

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is urging families and individuals to incorporate social media elements into their natural disaster and emergency-preparedness plans in the wake of Tuesday's 5.8 magnitude earthquake that rattled the East Coast. FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate told reporters Wednesday that Tuesday's earthquake demonstrated an over-reliance on cell phones during an emergency.

Mobile networks were overburdened in the immediate aftermath of the quake as people tried to reach out to family and friends to check in on their safety.

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Apple achieved a critical victory today in its European patent infringement case against rival Samsung when a Dutch judge granted a preliminary injunction banning Samsung from selling its' line of touchscreen smartphones in much of Europe beginning October 13.

Affected models include Samsung Galaxy S, Galaxy S II, and Ace phones, all of which run variants of Android OS, reports Florian Mueller on his blog FOSS patents.

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