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Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL), finance chairman for the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), is under investigation by the Justice Department over allegations he was involved in a scheme to reimburse employees of his former car dealership for donations they made to his campaign, a Florida newspaper reports.

A former business partner of Buchanan's has accused the Florida Republican of "running" donations through the dealership. The Federal Election Commission has gone after that business partner, Sam Kazran, but hasn't touched Buchanan.

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Update: As of 10:00 PM Eastern, Romney's video is marked "removed by the user" on YouTube

Late Update: You can now watch the missing video here.

Mitt Romney's campaign is going there, suggesting in a new video that Rick Perry might be a little too inarticulate to take on President Obama. The attack plays into one of Democrats' top memes regarding Perry: that his style resembles a Saturday Night Live parody of George W. Bush.

Titled "Ready to Lead?" the video features some of Perry's most rambling debate moments as well as some of the most brutal pundit reviews of his performance. "Perry really did throw up all over himself," FOX News' Brit Hume says in one clip. Take a look at the video below:

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) will tee up a Friday test vote on a piece of President Obama's jobs bill that would provide states money to retain or rehire teachers and emergency first responders.

"We are going to make sure there is a vote on our bill this week," Reid told a crowd of fire fighters and teachers at a rally on Capitol Hill Tuesday.

The $35 billion legislation would be paid for with a 0.5 percent surtax on income over $1 million a year -- a tiny new marginal bump that Republicans unanimously oppose. Some analyses suggest the legislation would save or create 400,000 jobs.

"The Republicans who work in the Senate suit up every day and come down and play their game in the Senate by following the lead of their leader -- and that is, whatever they do, to make sure they do everything they can to make Barack Obama [lose]," Reid said.

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A D.C. watchdog is accusing a newly formed Super PAC supporting Herman Cain of a pretty basic violation of campaign finance law: using Cain's name in its own name despite claiming to be an independent group.

Donald Simon, an attorney for the campaign-finance reform group Democracy 21, said the newly formed Super PAC Americans For Herman Cain is in direct violation of a Federal Election Commission rule preventing PACs that are unaffiliated with any particular campaign from using candidates' names in their own name.

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Attorney General Eric Holder is "firmly committed" to nixing anti-Muslim material from law enforcement training, former U.S. Attorney for the District of Oregon, Dwight C. Holton said Wednesday.

Holton, who was U.S. Attorney when the FBI arrested the so-called Christmas tree bomber, said that he spoke specifically with Holder about the "egregiously false" training that took place at the FBI's training headquarters at Quantico and at a U.S. Attorney's office in Pennsylvania, which was first reported on by Wired.

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It seems like ages since we first heard about Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest confection-themed mobile operating system from Google. The company first announced Ice Cream Sandwich in May, and for the past five months, Android users and tech bloggers have been salivating over every micro-leak of information about the OS, which is designed to unify the previously disparate smartphone version of Android 2.3, Gingerbread, and the tablet version 3.0-3.2, Honeycomb.

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Rick Perry said he was willing to bump tax plans with Herman Cain in Tuesday's debate and it looks like he's ready to debut his own idea soon: a flat tax.

Speaking at the Western Republican Leadership Conference on Wednesday, Perry said his plan "starts with scrapping the three million words of the current tax code, starting over with something simpler: a flat tax."

While details are yet to be released, the idea of a flat tax -- a single tax rate that everyone pays regardless of income -- has floated around conservative circles for years. Perry himself toyed with it in his book, Fed Up! In most forms it's a regressive tax, since the current system requires the wealthy to pay higher income tax rates than middle and lower income Americans. There are ways to make it more progressive by adding tax breaks or other exemptions for lower incomes, but it's not clear yet whether Perry's plan will include them.

Perry has complained in the past about the "injustice" that 47% of American taxpayers pay no federal income tax, either because their incomes are too low or because they receive a variety of tax credits. A flat tax might provide a solution if it's applied across the board without exemptions or credits, but would amount to a significant tax increase for many middle and lower income Americans in such a scenario.


Clinton Postpones Trip To Charlotte

In a statement released Friday evening, Hillary Clinton's campaign announced that the Democratic nominee…