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Virginia’s attorney general on Friday said the state plans to take its challenge of President Obama’s health care law to the Supreme Court, Reuters reports.

“Given the importance of the issue, we believe that multiple petitions should be granted to guarantee that the Supreme Court has a case in which it can reach all the key constitutional questions,” Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said in a statement.

During an appearance on The Laura Ingraham Show, Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) was pushed to take a position on a controversial bill making it easier for the federal government to punish China for currency manipulation.

“I support actively doing something about China’s currency manipulation,” Bachmann said. While noting that she hasn’t read the bill, the GOP candidate said. “I support that concept. I’d have to read the bill, but I support that concept.”

The powerful Club for Growth has ben actively pushing candidates to oppose the legislation, warning that it would lead to a trade war and more layoffs for American workers.

To justify her position, Bachmann pointed out that, amongst other actions, “China has blinded United States satellites with their lasers.”

Michelle Bachmann is just out with her newest web video, this one attacking Rick Perry for saying people who believe the children of illegal immigrants brought to America against their control shouldn't be allowed to pay in-state tuition don't have "a heart."

For observers paying close attention to another of Bachmann's rivals, Mitt Romney, the new video sounds very familiar.

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According to the Huffington Post, a US Attorney passed on information on a Rick Perry stock deal to the FBI in the 1990s, but nothing came of the case. Rick Perry purchased 2,800 shares of stock in a company, Kinetic Concepts, run by a top donor he had spoken to the day of the sale. Immediately after his purchase a major wave of outside investment boosted its value and made Perry a tidy $38,000 profit. He denied having any kind of inside information and his spokesman says the SEC reviewed the case and dismissed it.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says that unlike his GOP rivals, he simply has the knowledge to be president.

From NBC’s First Read:

“They’re nice people, but they don’t have the knowledge to do something like this on this scale. This is enormously complicated.”

CNN on Friday announced it will team up with the Florida Republican party to produce a presidential debate in late January. The announcement comes on the same day Florida voted to hold its presidential primary on January 31.

“With the Florida Republican primary now scheduled for Jan. 31, that state’s central role in helping Republicans choose a nominee is now secure,” said CNN Washington bureau chief Sam Feist said in a statement. “CNN is proud to present voters in Florida an opportunity to hear from the candidates one final time before they head to the polls.”

Anthony Weiner emerged from his Twitter-induced political exile this week to offer help to his newly-elected Republican successor, Bob Turner.

According to Bill O'Reilly (not that one), a campaign adviser to Turner, Weiner impressed him with his earnest effort to brief the freshman on local projects and constituent files. From a blog post by O'Reilly breaking the news:

Mr. Weiner has fallen far in recent months. His Twitter indiscretions took him from national political stardom to the butt of late night talk show jokes.

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The death of Anwar al-Awlaki, an American-born cleric linked to al Qaeda's operations in Yemen, is likely to impact American Arabs and Muslims in positive fashion, according to Dr. Hussein Ibish, former communications director for the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Commitee.

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Rep. Michele Bachmann’s (R-MN) released the following statement on the death of American-born al Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki:

"The United States military and our intelligence community have demonstrated again why they are the best in the world. With the greatest of skill, they successfully took out Anwar al-Awlaki, an al-Qaeda leader known for recruiting terrorists who would carry out deadly plots against innocent Americans. As one of the most-wanted terrorists, al-Awlaki was linked to the tragic and deadly shooting at Fort Hood, and was connected to a failed attempt to bomb a U.S. bound passenger jet on Christmas Day 2009.

"I want to applaud and thank our men and women in uniform, and those who gather intelligence, for their brave and sacrificial work. We know that enemies of freedom, like al-Awlaki, are relentlessly bent on the destruction of our great country. They wake up every morning seeking new ways to terrorize and kill. But, once again, the courageous fighting force of the United States of America has defeated them."

The Occupy Wall Street protests, which this week received a boost from pledges of support of local unions, are expanding not only in the number of participants but in geographical scope as well: Demonstrators in Boston, Denver, Chicago, Santa Fe, Lexington, Kentucky, and now three big California cities, San Francisco, San Diego and Los Angeles, have all joined or are preparing to join the movement. A website has been set up calling for Floridians to occupy cities across the state on November 5, "Guy Fawkes Day." In total, there have been online calls to action in over 77 cities across the United States, most of them slated to occur within the first week of October.

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