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As part of his public campaign to repeal President Obama's health care law, Mitt Romney is pushing "Issue 3" in Ohio this week, a referendum banning mandates. But in addition to trying to block Democrats' health care law, the proposal would also outlaw the very same kind of state-level health care law that Romney considers one of his proudest achievements in Massachusetts.

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A few short months ago, Texas Gov. Rick Perry was moving to the front of the Republican primary, taking early state polling with him. The Nevada caucuses were no different -- Perry had a five point lead there at the very end of August, with 29 percent of Republicans. Now that Perry's campaign has fallen off nationwide, Nevada GOPers have followed suit: Perry is polling at just five percent there, nearly eight times less than Romney's current 38.

Perry's issue is much like his problems in other surveys: he was found to be extremely unpopular with GOP voters, where he was seen favorably by only 25 percent of the party faithful in Nevada, against 58 percent who see him unfavorably. Romney and current second place finisher, businessman Herman Cain with 26 percent support in the caucus trial heat, have sky-high favorability ratings, both men nearly hitting the nearly seventy percent.

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The leader of the House Republican Job Creators Caucus, Rep. Reid Ribble (R-WI), told reporters over the weekend that the best place for him to help with job creation is at a $1,000/host skeet-shooting fundraiser 45 minutes away from his own jobs fair.

Ribble said his attendance at the jobs fair his office set up and advertised was "a bit of a distraction" to people trying to find work.

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Supporters of the Occupy Wall Street movement and its associated global protests in cities across the world have not been shy about their use of social media, especially Twitter, to spread awareness and news about their causes. But good luck even mentioning the phenomena in China, where the country's second-most popular microblog, Sina Weibo, has gone ahead and blocked basically all "Occupy"-related keywords in uers' searches.

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Republicans don't have the White House's megaphone, but give them credit for creativity.

They've co-opted President Obama's new jobs mantra, "We Can't Wait," and turned it around on Democrats. On Twitter.

For the most part, Republicans are using the hashtag, #WeCantWait, to pressure Senate Democrats to pass House-passed anti-regulation legislation. They claim those bills will grow the economy, quickly, though most experts disagree.

Here's House Speaker John Boehner on jobs. And here's RNC Chairman Reince Priebus using Obama's slogan as a rallying cry for the future GOP presidential nominee.

Republicans did basically the same thing several weeks ago, when the White House asked voters to tweet Twitter Town Hall questions for Obama with the hashtag #AskObama. Let's see if Democrats get in on the game.

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Karl Rove has emerged once again to proclaim a GOP candidate dead in the water.

"If you look at the polls, in fact, there's a hint that sometime between October 6th and October 10th, Cain peaked and had begun to slide slightly since then," Rove told Fox News on Monday."

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Federal Judge Jay Bybee accepted $3.4 million in free legal assistance from 2007 to 2010 as he was under investigation for his role in the so-called "torture memos," the National Law Journal reported. Much of the money -- $3,251,893 of it -- came from the Latham & Watkins law firm, whose lawyers previously appeared before Bybee in the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.

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President Obama’s reelection campaign has launched a Tumblr site where supporters can submit a story, photo or video. See the site here.

Michele Bachmann's New Hampshire campaign team has now publicly confirmed via press release that they have quit en masse. And what's more, they blame the separation on Bachmann's national campaign team.

As the press release (via National Journal) explains, the team " holds no ill will towards the candidate, but not [sic] longer feels relevant based on their poor relationship with the national team."

The press release says that certain unspecified "incidents" happened during Bachmann's recent trip to the state, and the team was unable to deal with these problems through the national team, and that their concerns were not communicated to the candidate. In addition, members were asked to temporarily go off payroll in mid-September, due to "financial concerns" within the campaign, and the situation has not yet been resolved.

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