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After suffering defeat by a razor-thin margin in 2010, Jesse Kelly will seek redemption in the upcoming special election for the House seat being vacated by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ).

Giffords defeated Kelly by a mere two percentage points in the 2010 midterm elections. During that campaign, Kelly floated the rumor that Democrats were busing Mexicans across the border to vote illegally in Arizona.

Already committing roughly $9 million in Florida, the pro-Mitt Romney Super PAC Restore Our Future is expanding its reach to three additional states.

The group is reportedly preparing ad buys in Michigan, Nevada and Arizona. Those states will not only figure prominently on next month’s Republican primary calendar, but could be key states in the general election contest.

Google on Tuesday said it will track users' information across all its services, like YouTube or search, and that users will not be able to opt out, the Washington Post reports. For instance, if you search for NBA stats or scores, your gmail account could see advertisements for basketball tickets.

The battle over anti-piracy legislation in Washington may have cooled following the mass online protests on January 18 and subsequent loss of support in Congress, but former Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT) remains on the hot seat over his role in the fight.

Dodd, current president of the MPAA, is the target of an online petition calling for the Obama Administration to "investigate Chris Dodd and the MPAA for bribery after he publicly admited to bribing politicans to pass legislation."

There is no evidence that Dodd bribed anyone or violated any laws whatsoever.

The petition, which on Tuesday exceeded 25,000 online signatures -- the threshold required for a response from the Obama Administration according to the White House's official "We the People" petition site, where any user can submit their own petition -- centers arounds comments Dodd made in an interview with Fox News on Thursday, January 19, the day after the mass online protests.

Dodd's comments appeared to threaten to cut-off Hollywood donations to President Obama's re-election effort and the Democratic party writ-large for not supporting the the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) in the Senate.

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The service workers union SEIU and the pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA Action have teamed up to air a series of ads in Florida aimed at revealing Mitt Romney’s true agenda to Latino voters. There first radio ad, released Tuesday, is called “Dos Caras” or “Two Faces” and calls out Mitt Romney’s contradictory message vis-a-vis the Latino community.

There’s the translation:




Mitt Romney has no shame. He shows one face to the Hispanic community and another completely different one to everyone else.



On the one hand, he launches a commercial here in Florida targeted to Hispanic voters to try and convince us that he shares our values.



But in another state he boasts about having the endorsement of Kris Kobach, a leader in the anti-Hispanic movement and author of many anti-immigrant laws like Arizona’s SB 1070 that unfairly attack our families and spread fear and uncertainty in our communities.



Romney says he cares about our children, but he has promised to veto the DREAM Act that would open the doors of opportunity for young Hispanics.



His Spanish-language ads say Romney “believes in us”, but his deeds speak for themselves.



Let’s not be fooled. He might have two faces, but we know all too well who the true Mitt Romney is.



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The ad paid for jointly by the two organizations is a six-figure ad buy in targeted radio markets.

Newt Gingrich as a Tulane University graduate student led protests against the administration’s efforts to censor nude pictures in the campus' literary supplement, according to documents obtained by Reuters.

The images described appear to be social commentary and in an artistic context. And as Reuters points out, the anecdote illustrates Gingrich’s evolution from onetime social activist to a presidential candidate who rails against popular protests like Occupy Wall Street.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) has been in full campaign mode for the recall campaign that Democrats have mounted against him -- and has raised a lot of money while he's at it.

The Walker campaign announced on Tuesday that he raised $4.5 million in just the period from December 11 through Jan 17, and has over $2.6 million on hand. In all, he has raised $12 million since January 1, 2011.

"Governor Walker's message of moving Wisconsin forward continues to resonate with voters," said communications director Ciara Matthews. "It is this message, and the success of the governor's reforms, that have inspired people to contribute to his campaign in overwhelming numbers. These donations will allow us to fight back against this baseless recall and ensure Governor Walker can continue to lay the foundation for a more successful Wisconsin and keep government working on the side of taxpayers."

The press release notes that the donations came from a total of 21,443 contributions, including 16,406 of contributions of $50 or less. But under the surface, it becomes clear that Walker has been taking advantage of a key aspect of the state fundraising law for recalls -- that until the election is officially triggered, the targeted incumbent can bring in unlimited donations.

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Mitt Romney may need to pay Newt Gingrich $1.6 million before this is all over.

Tuesday morning, the Romney campaign released an email ripping Gingrich for releasing just one year of his many as a consultant to Freddie Mac -- work pretty much everyone other than Gingrich has characterized as lobbying. The slightly tongue-in-cheek email offered a $1.6 million "reward" (the amount of the Freddie contract) for the missing documents. On Laura Ingraham's radio show Tuesday, Gingrich said he wasn't aware any contracts were missing and said his firm, the Gingrich Group, will call on Freddie to release them.

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What a difference a week makes.

Former House Speaker has taken a lead in Tuesday’s Gallup tracking poll of the Republican race nationally, outpacing former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney by four points. In the Gallup poll released on January 16th, Romney was at 37, Gingrich 14.

January 16th was also the first of two good debate performances for Gingrich in South Carolina, which he parlayed into a big win in the state’s Republican primary on Saturday. Since then, Newt has risen sharply in the Gallup numbers while Romney has fallen — and Tuesday Newt took the lead.

What a difference a week makes.

Former House Speaker has taken a lead in Tuesday’s Gallup tracking poll of the Republican race nationally, outpacing former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney by four points, 31 – 27. In the Gallup poll released on January 16th, Romney was at 37, Gingrich 14.

January 16th was also the first of two good debate performances for Gingrich in South Carolina, which he parlayed into a big win in the state’s Republican primary on Saturday. Since then, Newt has risen sharply in the Gallup numbers while Romney has fallen — and Tuesday Newt took the lead.

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