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Climate change deniers thought they had an ally in Richard Muller, a popular physics professor at UC Berkeley.

Muller didn't reject climate science per se, but he was a skeptic, and a convenient one for big polluters and conservative anti-environmentalists -- until Muller put their money where his mouth was, and launched the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project, in part with a grant from the Charles G. Koch foundation.

After extensive study, he's concluded that the existing science was right all along -- that the earth's surface is warming, at an accelerating rate. But instead of second-guessing themselves, his erstwhile allies of convenience are now abandoning him.

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Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, caught embellishing his “compelling” family history by the Washington Post, has corrected the bio page on his senate website. It now reads: “Marco was born in Miami in 1971 to Cuban exiles who first arrived in the United States in 1956.”

Following Tuesday's Republican presidential debate in Las Vegas, Democrats were feeling good: We've finally got Mitt Romney on the run, they said.

And so they set about taking him on. On Wednesday, there was the video about Romney's strange "I'm running for office, for Pete's sake!" gaffe from the DNC.

Friday came the video about Romney's recent suggestion that the best solution to the housing crisis would be to let the foreclosure process "run its course, and hit the bottom, allow investors to buy up homes, put renters in them, fix the homes up, and let it turn around and come back up."

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The Obama campaign is pushing back against criticism from Mitt Romney that the White House's plan to withdraw from Iraq on the schedule negotiated by President Bush is an "astonishing failure."

"The President kept his pledge to the nation to end the war in Iraq in a responsible way, he has promoted our security in Afghanistan and eliminated key Al Qaeda leaders while strengthening American leadership around the world," Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt said in a statement. "Mitt Romney didn't lay out a plan to end the war in Iraq in his foreign policy agenda - he barely even mentioned Iraq - but he is apparently willing to leave American troops there without identifying a new mission. Mitt Romney's foreign policy experience is limited to his work as a finance executive shipping American jobs overseas."

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The new survey of Ohio from Public Policy Polling (D) shows first-term Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown still ahead of his Republican challengers in his race for re-election -- but by less than in previous polling.

Brown leads the likely GOP nominee, state Treasurer Josh Mandel, by 48%-40%. He also leads Republican former state Sen. Kevin Coughlin by 48%-37%.

In the previous poll from mid-August, Brown led Mandel by a wider 48%-33%, and led Coughlin by 47%-43%.

The new survey of registered voters was conducted from October 13-16, and has a ±4.1% margin of error.

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A federal judge accused two state Republicans, called by federal prosecutors in a massive Alabama corruption case, of cooperating with the feds because of their "ulterior motives rooted in naked political ambition and pure racial bias."

State Sen. Scott Beason and former Rep. Benjamin Lewis, U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson wrote, "lack credibility for two reasons."

"First, their motive for cooperating with F.B.I. investigators was not to clean up corruption but to increase Republican political fortunes by reducing African-American voter turnout. Second, they lack credibility because the record establishes their purposeful, racist intent," Thompson wrote.

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Eric Cantor's office says the GOP Majority Leader cancelled an economic speech at the University of Pennsylvania because the school reneged on a deal to keep the audience restricted to students and faculty. But UPenn says the event, which was the target of planned protests, was always open to the public.

According to a statement from the school:

"Wharton deeply regrets that the event scheduled at the School this afternoon with MajorityLeader Eric Cantor has been cancelled. The University community was looking forward to hearing Majority Leader Cantor's comments on important public issues, and we hope there will be another opportunity for him to speak on campus.

The Wharton speaker series is typically open to the general public, and that is how the event with Majority Leader Cantor was billed. We very much regret if there was any misunderstanding with the Majority Leader's office on the staging of his presentation."


In announcing Cantor's decision not to deliver his much-anticipated speech on Friday, his spokesman said UPenn was "unable to ensure that the attendance policy previously agreed to could be met," citing concerns that the general public would be allowed inside and that protestors organized by Occupy Philadelphia and a coalition of progressive and labor groups would be permitted to gather on campus.

Although Cantor, didn't deliver his scheduled speech, his office released his prepared remarks to the campus paper.

President Barack Obama not only feels your pain -- he just might cut you a check if you write him and tell him about it.

On some occasions, the President writes a personal check -- actual money from his own pocket -- to Americans who write him about personal hardships, according to a a report by Eli Saslow in the Washington Post last week that probably received far less attention than it deserved.

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