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Donald Trump sat down for a chat with Piers Morgan Wednesday night to explain why he will be a great debate moderator.

“I know a lot of the moderators, and some are wonderful, and some aren’t,” Trump said. “But I know the issues better than the moderators … every issue better than the moderators.”


Reuters reports:

The gay half-sister of Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich slammed his position on gay rights on Wednesday and said she will support President Barack Obama, a Democrat, in the 2012 election.

The Washington Post reports that at least 274 U.S. troops' partial remains were dumped in a Virginia landfill. That number is much higher than the military had acknowledged.

New data from Gallup shows that the percentage of Republican voters enthusiastic to vote in 2012, which has been consistently higher than Democrats over this cycle in other polling, has dropped by nearly ten points. 49 percent of GOPers now say they are excited to get to the polls, versus 44 percent of Dems. Republican enthusiasm is down from a 58 percent score in September.

From Gallup:

The decrease in Republicans' enthusiasm could reflect the intensive and bruising battle for the GOP nomination going on within the party, and the rapid rise and fall of various candidates in the esteem of rank-and-file Republicans nationwide. Once the Republican nominee is determined next year, Republicans' voting enthusiasm may steady, but whether this is at a high, medium, or low level remains to be seen.

While House Republicans gear up to grill Attorney General Eric Holder about what-he-knew-when about ATF's botched Operation Fast and Furious at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Thursday, the White House is signaling they're standing by the nation's top law enforcement officer.

"As the President has made clear, he believes Eric Holder is an excellent Attorney General who has his full confidence," White House spokesman Eric Schultz said in a statement to TPM on Wednesday.

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EMILY GERTZ At the 17th annual U.N. climate summit in Durban, South Africa, European officials are exasperated with the negotiating impasse created by the United States and China.

"What is really frustrating to see is this conference is again hijacked by the Ping-Pong game between the U.S. and China," said Joe Lien, chairman of the European Parliament's delegation at the talks, the New York Times reported Wednesday.

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As TPM reported earlier, the Democrats have been having a field day attacking Mitt Romney already, and they think their jabs are starting to draw some blood.

They've got a new one coming that moves somewhat beyond the standard "flip-flopper" line and delineates the various identities Romney has worn over the years. Here's the list:

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(Reuters) - AT&T Inc (T.N) plans to forge ahead with its deal to buy Deutsche Telekom's (DTEGn.DE) U.S. wireless unit despite fierce regulatory opposition, and it has the financial resources to close the acquisition quickly, a top executive said on Wednesday.

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USA Today published a story claiming that Newt Gingrich broke the law when he said during the Republican Jewish Coalition GOP debate on Wednesday that he would appoint John Bolton, the former ambassador to the UN, as Secretary of State. The story has been picked up by several other outlets. However, those claims are false.

Newt's comment was, "If he will accept it, I will ask John Bolton to be Secretary of State." The basis for calling this illegal is Title 18, Part I, Chapter 29, Section 599 of the U.S. Code, which states that:

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