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Former Super Committee co-chair and head of Senate Democrats' 2012 campaign effort Patty Murray will take on the GOP myth that the wealthiest Americans are "job creators" -- and therefore must be protected from higher marginal tax rates.

In prepared floor remarks sent my way, Murray will argue that the GOP has this exactly backwards, and that middle class workers need more money in their pockets -- not the highest earners.

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Newt Gingrich is speaking at the Jewish Republican Conference. He gathered huge applause when he said that if he was elected President he would nominate former UN ambassador John Bolton as Secretary of State.

If Rick Perry is going down, he's not going down quietly.

Perry has a new TV ad in Iowa, that doesn't simply pitch him as a conservative Christian -- it turns the culture war up to 11.

"I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm a Christian," Perry says. "But you don't need to be in the pew every Sunday to know that there's something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military, but our kids can't openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school.

"As President, I'll end Obama's war on religion, and I'll fight against liberal attacks on our religious heritage. Faith made America strong. It can make her strong again. I'm Rick Perry and I approve this message."

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President Obama really can't catch a break from Rick Santorum on terrorism, who condemned the White House for announcing its raid on Osama Bin Laden.

In a speech before the Republican Jewish Coalition in Washington, the presidential candidate slammed the White House on Wednesday for its handling of the Bin Laden operation, suggesting that the president revealed news that the mastermind behind 9/11 died at American hands too soon.

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President Obama is launching a new outreach program to African-American voters, a strategy that temporarily left Bill O'Reilly asking questions on his program today. What kind of events would African-American outreach entail, he asked guest Marc Lamont Hill, "is he going to be on Soul Train?" Hill, taken a bit by surprise, then had to explain that Soul Train was not an accurate understanding of black culture in 2011, adding "you know you're going to be on Media Matters for that one."

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Jon Stewart took Herman Cain's exit from the Republican presidential race pretty hard. Could political comedy ever bring Stewart joy again, he wondered.

But "sometimes when God closes a door, he opens a window," Stewart said. And that window is a GOP debate moderated by Donald Trump.

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President Obama leads all possible Republican challengers in the swing state of Colorado, according to a new poll from Public Policy Polling (D). Obama leads former Mass Gov. Mitt Romney 47 – 45 and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich 50 – 42. The President also led Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) and Texas Gov. Rick Perry by large margins.

Pollsters at the firm pointed to the results as a warning for the GOP on the prospect of nominating Newt. “Colorado is just another example of an emerging truth,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling said in a release. “If the Republicans nominate Mitt Romney, it’s a toss up. But if they go with Newt Gingrich Obama should be reelected comfortably.”