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Updated at 10:57 AM First it was the racist newsletters. Now it's the direct mail advertising them. In a signed appeal to potential subscribers in 1993, Ron Paul urged people to read his publications in order to prepare for a "race war," military rule, and a conspiracy to use a new $100 bill to track Americans.

The eight-page mailer obtained by Reuters via Jamie Kirchick, who unearthed Paul's newsletter archives in 2008, is mostly focused on a rambling conspiracy theory about changes to the dollar. But Paul tries to bolster his credibility on the issue by noting that his newsletters have also "laid bare the the coming race war in our big cities" as well as the "federal-homosexual coverup on AIDS," adding that "my training as a physician helps me see through this one." He also condemns the "demonic fraternity" Skull and Bones, a Yale secret society that "includes George Bush and leftist Senator John Kerry, Congress's Mr. New Money," and "the Israeli lobby that plays Congress like a cheap harmonica."

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The end of the payroll tax cut standoff couldn't have been more different from the heat of it: quick, noiseless, drama free.

Without a single objection, the House and Senate passed a two-month extension of the payroll tax cut -- a bill that very closely mirrored the compromise House Republicans had roundly rejected just one week ago. There wasn't even a recorded vote.

It would be a huge mistake, though, to treat Friday's smooth sailing as a harbinger of the payroll tax fight to come.

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Asked at a South Carolina townhall what he would do to keep the military strong, Newt took the opportunity to take a swipe at Ron Paul, who could upset Gingrich in Iowa: The only person I know who’s for a weaker military than Obama is Ron Paul. He went on to say he does not agree with Paul that America is at fault for 9/11 or that it’s ok if Israel disappears.

President Obama took no questions at his brief White House appearance Friday, bidding the press corps. farewell with an “aloha.” The president heads to Hawaii now to join his family.

The payroll tax cut extension fight is not completely over, President Obama said Friday. “We have a lot more work to do,” he said.

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