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A new American Research Group poll of Iowa GOP caucus goers has a surprising result: former Mass Gov. Mitt Romney out ahead of the field again. Romney registers 21 percent support in the poll, followed by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) at 15 percent, Texas Gov. Rick Perry at 14, and Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) at 12. The rest of the field is in single digits.

Bachmann made a splash in Iowa by winning the Ames Straw Poll, but has fallen off over the last month, and now registering in the mid single digits in national polls and in some swing states.

Responding today to a question about Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), President Obama said that he is absolutely certain" that he will live to see a competitive Hispanic presidential nominee.

“Just look at the demographics,” the president said. The Latino population is growing faster than any other population."

The president specifically referred to Texas, pointing out that “with numbers comes political power.”

Engineers on Wednesday began to inspect the Washington Monument, looking for damage caused by the East Coast quake last month, the AP reports.

CNN reports that New Hampshire Republican activist Bob Burns has endorsed Rick Perry’s presidential bid.

An offshoot of the loosely-knit hacker group Anonymous on Monday launched a new project, "Anonymous Analytics," which, according to its web site, aims to "provide the public with investigative reports exposing corrupt companies."

"Our team includes analysts, forensic accountants, statisticians, computer experts, and lawyers from various jurisdictions and backgrounds," a statement on the new site reads.

"All information presented in our reports is acquired through legal channels, fact-checked, and vetted thoroughly before release. This is both for the protection of our associates as well as groups/individuals who rely on our work."

So far, the group has posted one document, a 39 page report alleging that the management of Chinese produce giant Chaoda Modern Agriculture have defrauded the company and its investors of $400 million dollars over an 11-year period.

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In a campaign email, Michele Bachmann’s husband, Marcus, writes long on his wife’s accomplishments: fiscal conservative, respected leader, dedicated mother and so on. Marcus Bachmann concludes his ode to Michele by asking for a little cash.

“With appreciation for every dollar you send our way, and with humble admiration for the next President of the United States, the love of my life,” he writes.