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A District Court judge in Indiana is now considering whether to grant a preliminary injunction against a new law that strips Indiana Planned Parenthood of all of its federal funding.

Planned Parenthood has requested a preliminary injunction against the law, arguing that without it the state will stop receiving about $1.4 million in Medicaid funding on June 20, and would cut health care services for more than 9,000 people.

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On May 25, MSNBC's Ed Schultz left cable after he called conservative radio host Laura Ingraham a "right wing slut." Tonight, MSNBC says, Schultz makes his "triumphant return to television."

Schultz offered viewers a long apology for his comments about Ingraham, which came not on his primetime show but his daily talk radio program.

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Backing off his earlier stance, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) is warning colleagues that the Treasury Department's deadline to raise the debt ceiling before a catastrophic default is the real deal.

"Secretary Geithner feels August 2 is his deadline," Cantor told ABC News in an interview released on Monday. "I don't question the Secretary of the Treasury other than to say we're trying to get in place real spending reductions -- trillions of dollars of spending reductions -- if the president wants us to increase the credit limit of this country by trillions of dollars."

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It's like Christmas in technoland -- all the geeks are pumped up with anticipation over just what exciting new product features Apple CEO Steve Jobs is going to unveil Monday at Apple's week-long Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco.

Apple announced last week that it would unveil Lion, the next generation of its desktop operating system, iOS 5, its update to it mobile operating system, and discuss details about its brand new cloud computing service, dubbed iCloud.

Some of the cool new features being discussed on the tech blogs include: a new capability that will allow you to back up your data on all of your devices and computers remotely through Time Machine; a new cloud-based music service; more social networking features built into Apple's mobile devices; and a new encryption system for the Apple operating system.

(Disclosure: I'm an occasional contributor to Cult of Mac.)

A Wisconsin judge on Friday granted state election officials further time to review the extensive challenges that Democrats have lodged against the recall petitions targeting three Dem state senators. But also as a key development the six already-certified recall petitions targeting six Republicans were not delayed -- thus making it likely that two sets of recalls will be held on different dates.

Last week the state Government Accountability Board, which oversees elections in Wisconsin, had asked Dane County (Madison) Circuit Court Judge John Markson for an extension on their deadline to certify or reject the three recalls by June 3. The recalls are targeting Democratic state Sens. Dave Hansen, Jim Holperin, and Robert Wirch.

The state Democratic Party had previously said they would stop those three recalls, alleging a "racket" of vast fraud in the Republican efforts. And in that effort, the Dems filed many, many pages of challenges for the board to look at.

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No doubt 30 Rock's Tina Fey does a great impression of Sarah Palin. But surely she's not such a dead ringer for the former Alaska governor and current One Nation bus touring non-candidate that she'd ever be confused for the real thing in a news story-and if, somehow, she was, you can bet it wouldn't happen at Fox. I mean, she works there, so you'd assume they have a pretty good idea what the lady looks like. Right? Um, right?

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Sarah Palin offered an apology - of sorts - to Mitt Romney on Sunday, saying she didn't mean to "step on anybody's toes" when her bus tour rolled through New Hampshire on the same day that Romney formally announced his presidential campaign.

"I apologize if I stepped on any of that PR that Mitt Romney needed or wanted that day," Palin said in an interview with Fox News' Chris Wallace. "I do sincerely apologize. We didn't mean to step on anybody's toes."

Palin's summer vacation/historical site bus tour swung into the Granite State for a clambake last Thursday, an event that took place just a few miles from the farm where Romney was holding his big campaign rollout. When asked about the timing last week, Palin told CNN it was merely happenstance.

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Is Rudy Giuliani running for something?

On a visit to the crucial primary state of New Hampshire, the former New York mayor took dead aim at Mitt Romney for his Massachusetts health care law, calling on him to apologize to America for inspiring President Obama's own reforms.

"[Romney] can't talk his way out of this," Giuliani told the New Hampshire Union Leader. "A mandate is a mandate is a mandate is a mandate is mandate. Let's get real."

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Wisconsin Republicans now appear to be conducting specific strategy of disruption in the state Senate recall elections -- beyond just a prior incident that emerged last week: Trying to recruit fake Democratic candidates, not to run as spoilers in the general elections -- at least, not at this point -- but to force Dem primaries that would delay the general elections under the recall rules.

The key here is that recalls are now tentatively scheduled for July 12, under the state election officials' proposed timelines, targeting six Republicans. As of now, those Republicans are only facing one Democrat each. But if there were additional Democrats, the July 12 date would then become the primary, giving the incumbents more time to campaign.

This story first emerged last week, with a report of an audio recording of a county GOP chairman in the western Wisconsin district of state Sen. Dan Kapanke (R), discussing the idea of recruiting fake candidates at a local Republican meeting in late May. Now, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports, local GOP officials in two other districts -- of state Sens. Randy Hopper and Luther Olsen -- have been discovered to be pursuing the same concept.

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