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Republican National Committee communications director Trevor Francis is leaving the party's press shop after a yearlong stint working for chairman Mike Steele.

Steele's response: "Trevor took a hiatus from a very successful private sector career to give service to the Republican Party this year. Trevor's talents will be missed at the RNC. We have accomplished a great deal in the year he was here. He worked tirelessly, as did the whole team, on the victories in Virginia and his home state of New Jersey."

The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza first reported the departure and he suggests it could mean there's some "turmoil" at the party.

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You'll be shocked to learn that Fox News is misinforming its viewers about the public option.

"The reason that the public option is so controversial is, it's a government-run health option. So if you can't get health care anywhere else, this is the idea, that you could get it from this government-offered plan, which of course would be paid for by the taxpayers."

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The head of the company that published Muslim Mafia says that the Council on American Islamic Relations is engaging in "economic terrorism" against the book's cash-strapped author, who can't afford to fight CAIR in court.

The comments by Joseph Farah, editor and CEO of WorldNetDaily, parent company of WND Books, are buried in a profile of Martin Garbus, one of the lawyers defending Muslim Mafia author Dave Gaubatz, and his son, Chris, who went undercover as an intern at CAIR.

In response to Gaubatz's decision to accede to CAIR's demand that he return thousands of pages of documents and electronic files taken by Chris Gaubatz, Farah said:

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Public Policy Polling (D) says that Mitt Romney could have a hard time going into the 2012 Republican primary season -- as of right now, less than half of his party base views him favorably.

Romney's favorable rating among Republicans is only 48% favorable, with 19% unfavorable and 33% undecided. Back in April, Romney had a much better of favorable rating of 60%.

Compared to other potential candidates, Mike Huckabee is at 65%, practically the same as his 67% back in April. Sarah Palin is at 75%, compared to 76% in April.

"I don't have any theories to explain Romney's popularity slide with Republican voters," writes PPP communications director Tom Jensen, "but it certainly bodes ominous for his 2012 nomination prospects if he can't get it turned around."

Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) told Fox News today that a government task force that controversially recommended new guidelines for mammograms last week could kill women like his wife, a breast cancer survivor, if the health care reform bill passes.

The new guidelines are the "first step of rationing of health care in the country," he said. His wife was diagnosed with a mammogram, he said, and the cancer had already spread.

"The mammogram has saved her life. But yet this preventive panel, which the health care bill says, 'Oh no, they're the ones who get to decide what the prevention measures are paid for or not.' That panel would have not allowed her to have this care," Barrasso said.

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Whenever a Democratic agenda item spends some time in the spotlight--be it health care or energy--Republicans do a little hocus pocus and claim that, whatever the CBO might believe, the true costs of reform are sky high. So it's no surprise that the new GOP line regarding the Senate health care bill is that it's actually three times more expensive over a 10 year window than the CBO says it will be.

Where does this number--$2.5 trillion--come from? In this USA Today counterpoint, Sen. John Ensign (R-NV), cites this article in The Hill. But the article in question simply quotes Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) who seems to pull the number out of thin air. "When fully implemented, it will cost $2.5 trillion," McConnell said.

And where did McConnell get this idea?

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