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The Tea Party Patriots are backing up Iowa Republican Steve King in a last-ditch effort to sink "ObamaCare" before the end of winter. But they're running out of options.

King wants his party to be bold, and attach a measure hacking $100 billion out of the health care law to legislation that will fund the government from March 4 through the end of September. He knows the Democratic Senate and the White House won't let that fly -- but for him larger principles are at stake here, and if the government shuts down because of this fight, so be it.

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Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) is firing back at Donald Trump, who provoked a cascade of boos when he declared to the Paul-friendly crowd at CPAC that the libertarian Republican Congressman from Texas can't win a presidential election.

Paul appeared today on MSNBC's Morning Joe, and was asked about Trump's comments attacking his electability.

"Well, you always take that risk when you put your name on the ballot, you know -- you could get elected," Paul responded." But you know, the other thing is, is that's what they told me years ago. Because Joe, you've known me long enough that I've said the things and voted the same way for many years. And they told me that when I first started running for Congress -- there's no way you can run on that platform. You're sort of obsessed with this Constitution, and you know, you live in the Dark Ages, you can't be elected.

"So I was elected 11 times. And somebody said, well how many times has Donald Trump been elected? Does he have, really, the right to go and criticize others and say they're unelectable?"

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There's a giant planet right here, hiding in our Solar System. One that nobody has ever seen, even while it is four times larger than Jupiter and has rings and moons orbiting it. At least, that's what two astrophysicists say.
The name of the planet is Tyche. The scientists are John Matese and Daniel Whitmire, from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. According to them, this colossus is hiding in the Oort Cloud--the asteroid beehive that forms the outer shell of our home system, one light-year in radius. They claim that data already captured by NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer proves its existence. It only needs to be analyzed... over the next two years.

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If Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour decides to run for President in 2012, he may have to answer for his record on immigration.

Michael Scherer of Time's Swampland blog reports that Barbour's former lobbying firm, Griffith & Rogers, lobbied on behalf of the Embassy of Mexico in 2001 to promote a bill related to Section 245(i) of the Immigration and Nationality Act. This provision would have provided a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants in the United States, through family connections or job skills, without a requirement that they return to their home country for the requisite 3-10 years. This is what's often referred to as "amnesty."

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It's not budget season in Washington if Republicans and Democrats aren't upping the ante on imperious bromides about the deficit, and reporters aren't nudging those politicians toward the only acceptable solution to those budgetary woes: destroying entitlements.

Here's a fun exchange on CNN this morning that neatly encapsulates that culture. It starts with Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) -- the top Republican on the Senate Budget Committee -- attacking President Obama's budget proposal for not reducing the deficit by more than $1 trillion over 10 years. From there, Sessions dodges the expected questions about why his party doesn't take the first swing of the ax at Social Security. And after clumsily passing the buck back to Obama, Sessions admits that $1 trillion is a pretty good start ... when Republicans propose it!

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Usually when someone casts doubts on Obama's professed Christianity, it's accompanied by a claim that the President is actually a secret Muslim. Yet Bill Maher thinks Obama is faking his religion to hide a different secret: his agnosticism.

Maher argued that Obama only pretends to be a Christian because it would be political suicide to say otherwise. Similarly, he said that Obama also feigns his opinions about other contentious issues like gay marriage to appear more centrist and thus boost his popularity.

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Hawaii may soon become the first state to cancel its "Choose Life" license plate because of insufficient sales---but it won't be for lack of trying. Steve Holck, the founder of Aloha Pregnancy Care & Counseling Centers and sponsor of the specialty plate has offered to personally pay for the 50 plates needed to avoid cancellation---that is, if he can find anyone who wants one.

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