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Who would have thought driving into a conversation about either eliminating or drastically changing the third rail of American politics would cost the major Republican presidential contenders some support in the polls? A lot of people, apparently.

Public Policy Polling (D) released their latest national poll on Tuesday, and it seems that calling Social Security a "ponzi sceme" has not been particularly productive for Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Only 20 percent of voters nationally agree with that sentiment, against 70 percent who do not. Just to drive the point home, 82 percent don't agree with ending the popular entitlement program, versus 12 who do. The results mirror a CNN poll on the issue, which showed that 72 percent thought Perry's comments on Social Security were "not accurate."

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The NYPD is dialing down heightened security now that the 10th anniversary of 9/11 has passed, WNYC reports:

The NYPD will still have extra patrols monitoring the subways. It will also be providing extra security in Jewish neighborhoods for the Rosh Hashanah holiday, which is on September 28, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said.

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) wants to bring President Obama's uncle, Onyango Obama, before Congress to testify on whether he received preferential treatment after he was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol.

"We have to bring drunken 'Uncle Omar' in front of the House Judiciary Committee, drill down into this, and tell America what's going on," King told Fox News, referring to Obama's uncle, who is in the country illegally.

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Not even the conservative’s conservative is going to bail Michele Bachmann out of this one.

On his show today, Rush Limbaugh attacked Bachmann for her medically baseless claim that Gardasil — the HPV vaccine Rick Perry mandated for young girls in Texas — causes mental retardation.

Michele Bachmann warned America on Monday that the HPV vaccine Rick Perry had mandated in Texas caused "mental retardation" in little girls, sending what had been a typical attack on Perry's record deep into tinfoil hat territory.

"I will tell you that I had a mother last night come up to me here in Tampa, Florida, after the debate," Bachmann said. "She told me that her little daughter took that vaccine, that injection, and she suffered from mental retardation thereafter."

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The national Republican Party's efforts to avoid the super-early caucus and primary contests that occurred for both parties in the 2008 cycle -- when the Iowa caucuses were held just three days into the new year, and the New Hampshire primary five days after that -- are being up-ended by a state that has driven much of the hard-line national conservative agenda in recent years: Arizona.

On Monday, Gov. Jan Brewer (R) issued a proclamation that the state's presidential primary would be held on February 28, in accordance with the existing state law.

The problem: RNC rules for the new cycle command that no state can hold its contest before March 6, other than the selected early venues of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina.

Brewer had previously considered placing the election even earlier, in January, but has now decided to stick with late February -- which is still not in defiance of RNC rules.

As such, Brewer's move is already triggering a backlash from the officially sanctioned early states, who could move up their primaries and caucuses if the situation is not resolved amicably.

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(Reuters) – A federal judge in Pennsylvania said the insurance-buying mandate in President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul in unconstitutional, the latest ruling over an issue likely to be taken up by the Supreme Court.