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There's going to be a rare 100-minute total lunar eclipse at 11.20 am West Coast time, but unfortunately people in the United States aren't going to be able to see it .... unless they tune in online.

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Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) wouldn't let ATF agents testifying before his House Oversight Committee hearing Wednesday on the controversial Project Gunrunner say how weak U.S. gun laws were making it difficult for them to catch criminals smuggling assault weapons to Mexican drug cartels.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) asked one of the agents if weak gun laws made their prosecutions difficult.

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A bitter, behind-the-scenes fight over the GOP's Medicare phase-out plan has bubbled out into the open, and now Democrats are openly charging Republicans with censoring their communications with constituents.

Several House Democrats are petitioning House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), in a letter first reported by Roll Call, to step in and stop Republicans on the House Administration Committee from blocking Democratic Medicare mailers.

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According to Tim Pawlenty's Google test, Tim Pawlenty has no place in government.

On Tuesday night, Stephen Colbert looked into what sorts of services could be done away with if the nation actually used Pawlenty's test, which says that if you can find a service online, the government doesn't need to provide that service.

"I say we can Google our way to not needing the government altogether," Colbert said.

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Appearing Tuesday night on Sean Hannity's TV show, Newt Gingrich brushed off the recent mass resignation of many of his top staffers. In response, Gingrich said that this occurred because his vision of an inclusive, grassroots campaign was too different from the traditional Republican model -- and that he feels "liberated" now.

"Look, I think that was the key to it, Sean: My vision -- the one that I learned with Goldwater in '64, learned with Reagan in '76 and '80, that you saw in '93, '94, with the Contract with America. My vision is of a people-oriented grassroots campaign where Newt.org becomes the center of new solutions, new ideas, new energy -- a campaign that's inclusive, that brings together everybody in America, of every ethnic background, who wants to change Washington.

"And I think that that was so different from the normal Republican model, that there just wasn't a fit. I frankly feel liberated.

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Facebook has hired former Clinton White House spokesman Joe Lockhart to manage its public communications.

Lockhart is probably best remembered for his role in steering the White House through the Monica Lewinsky scandal and impeachment proceedings.

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Is your child's summer camp a bit too... Kenyan, let's say? Don't worry! There's still space at the weeklong "Tampa Liberty School," a camp designed to help children aged 8-12 learn about important concepts like Freedom and The Gold Standard.

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CNN gave Tim Pawlenty a prime chance to slam Mitt Romney in the Republican debate, but Pawlenty didn't have the nerve to do it to his face, according to Jon Stewart.

Stewart was optimistic that Pawlenty would take on the presumptive frontrunner for the GOP nod given that, in an interview on Fox News Sunday, Pawlenty labeled the federal health care overhaul "Obamneycare."

"Two names together with 'care' is like the Brangelina of socialized medicine." Stewart said. "Oh damn, it's on."

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Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), the newly-crowned chair of the DNC, explained to a Washington audience Wednesday why she's called for embattled Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) to resign after he lied about sex while Bill Clinton and other politicians have been allowed to keep their jobs for doing the same thing.

The answer, Wasserman Schultz said, comes down to effectiveness.

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