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The head of the company that published Muslim Mafia says that the Council on American Islamic Relations is engaging in "economic terrorism" against the book's cash-strapped author, who can't afford to fight CAIR in court.

The comments by Joseph Farah, editor and CEO of WorldNetDaily, parent company of WND Books, are buried in a profile of Martin Garbus, one of the lawyers defending Muslim Mafia author Dave Gaubatz, and his son, Chris, who went undercover as an intern at CAIR.

In response to Gaubatz's decision to accede to CAIR's demand that he return thousands of pages of documents and electronic files taken by Chris Gaubatz, Farah said:

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Public Policy Polling (D) says that Mitt Romney could have a hard time going into the 2012 Republican primary season -- as of right now, less than half of his party base views him favorably.

Romney's favorable rating among Republicans is only 48% favorable, with 19% unfavorable and 33% undecided. Back in April, Romney had a much better of favorable rating of 60%.

Compared to other potential candidates, Mike Huckabee is at 65%, practically the same as his 67% back in April. Sarah Palin is at 75%, compared to 76% in April.

"I don't have any theories to explain Romney's popularity slide with Republican voters," writes PPP communications director Tom Jensen, "but it certainly bodes ominous for his 2012 nomination prospects if he can't get it turned around."

Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) told Fox News today that a government task force that controversially recommended new guidelines for mammograms last week could kill women like his wife, a breast cancer survivor, if the health care reform bill passes.

The new guidelines are the "first step of rationing of health care in the country," he said. His wife was diagnosed with a mammogram, he said, and the cancer had already spread.

"The mammogram has saved her life. But yet this preventive panel, which the health care bill says, 'Oh no, they're the ones who get to decide what the prevention measures are paid for or not.' That panel would have not allowed her to have this care," Barrasso said.

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Whenever a Democratic agenda item spends some time in the spotlight--be it health care or energy--Republicans do a little hocus pocus and claim that, whatever the CBO might believe, the true costs of reform are sky high. So it's no surprise that the new GOP line regarding the Senate health care bill is that it's actually three times more expensive over a 10 year window than the CBO says it will be.

Where does this number--$2.5 trillion--come from? In this USA Today counterpoint, Sen. John Ensign (R-NV), cites this article in The Hill. But the article in question simply quotes Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) who seems to pull the number out of thin air. "When fully implemented, it will cost $2.5 trillion," McConnell said.

And where did McConnell get this idea?

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Bob Dole may like the health care bill, but Bob Dole has plenty to criticize in the Obama administration.

Dole has signed on to be Sen. Chuck Grassley's national finance chairman for his reelection campaign. In a letter to Grassley supporters, Dole blasted Obama has hiring "30 of his cronies as 'czars' over massive new bureaucracies with billions of dollars in budgets and thousands of employees."

Dole also said MoveOn and ACORN are trying to unseat Grassley (R-IA), who he believes has been instrumental in standing up to Obama. Grassley, Dole argued, is "good for America."

Grassley has been one of Obama's loudest detractors, and especially opposes the health care plan. Dole has argued for the plan's passage, though last month sparred with Democrats over use of his support in a political ad.

Dole takes aim at health care in this letter, saying Grassley is trying to block "an attempt to allow government to take over health care and for Washington bureaucrats to decide which patients sees which doctor and what limits and access there will be on their treatments, drugs and therapies."

That's a far cry from Dole's statement last month:

The American people have waited decades and if this moment passes us by, it may be decades more before there is another opportunity. The current approaches suggested by the Congress are far from perfect, but they do provide some basis on which Congress can move forward and we urge the joint leadership to get together for America's sake.

Oh yeah, and Dole says liberals are trying to please Castro and Chavez.

Read Dole's full letter to Grassley fans after the jump.

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A new Des Moines Register poll finds that Sarah Palin is an unpopular figure in Iowa -- but she's popular where it counts for the 2012 primary season, with the state's Republican voters.

Among Iowans overall, only 37% have a favorable view of Palin, and she has an unfavorable rating of 55%. Among Republicans only, however, she's in very good territory at 68%-24%. In a way, this is a microcosm of where she is nationally -- loved by the Republican base, disliked by the overall population.

"With those kind of numbers, if she were to become a candidate, while it's not a sure thing, she would be starting out in a very good position," said Iowa Republican strategist David Roederer, who ran John McCain's 2008 campaign in the state.

Barack Obama carried Iowa by 54%-45%, a swing away from a 50%-49% George W. Bush win in 2004. Palin seems to have a decent foundation for the Republican caucus, but might have trouble in the general election.

Gov. Charlie Crist is attacking Marco Rubio's supporters as too extreme to win the Florida Senate race, pointing to their support of the birther movement as evidence that Rubio isn't a real Florida Republican.

Crist sat down with the St. Petersburg Times for what the paper calls a "wide-ranging interview" today on the heated primary fight. Crist, on the difference between his base and Rubio's:

"There are a lot of Republicans that don't have the inclination to go to executive committee meetings,'' he said. "There is wide swath of republican voters out there that don't necessarily listen to cable tv all the time."

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The Republican National Committee could be on the verge of imposing a strict purity test on GOP candidates and officeholders, if a proposed resolution passes at their upcoming meeting in January: If you disagree with the party line on three or more out of a list of ten key issues, no money or official party support for you.

The resolution, officially called "Proposed RNC Resolution on Reagan's Unity Principle for Support of Candidates" draws its standard through a literal interpretation of an old saying of the Gipper's -- that someone who agreed with him 80% of the time is his friend, not his 20% enemy. Thus, this resolution sets 80% as a floor for support of GOP issues.

The resolution could set up a new problem for chairman Michael Steele. Earlier this year, he successfully turned back a symbolic measure that called upon the Democratic Party to rename itself the "Democrat Socialist Party." This latest resolution -- coming after the NY-23 special election, in which moderate GOP nominee Dede Scozzafava was forced out in favor of a third-party Conservative, who then lost to the Democrat -- could have real material impacts.

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