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The TSA has released footage of Rand Paul’s detention at Nashville International Airport. Paul looks calm and collected from the view shown. He is sitting in a chair in the lower left corner of the shot. Watch the video, via The Tennessean:

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has sent out a new fundraising e-mail, officially under the name of Sen. John Kerry, using the specter of Newt Gingrich to raise money from supporters:

Key quote, with emphasis in the original:

Newt Gingrich’s economic plan: Make inner city kids go to work, and, as he boasted Monday night, make sure that Mitt Romney pays no taxes. The middle class can fight over the crumbs.

Contrast that with President Obama’s vision: Invest in American jobs. Strengthen our middle class. Pursue policies that work for everyone, not just the very top.

We know all too well what’s coming. Republicans will attack, assail and lie to destroy President Obama and usher in one-party rule. If the thought of President Gingrich leading a GOP Congress scares you beyond belief, then I’m asking for your urgent help.

The DSCC needs $405,000 in grassroots donations by its crucial Jan. 31 FEC deadline. Fall short, and the GOP can make President Obama a one-term president, and the GOP controls the entire Congress.

New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly apologized to the Muslim community for screening an anti-Muslim film on NYPD property, WNYC reports.

Kelly was interviewed for the film, which was screened “on continuous loop” by the NYPD. Kelly apologized amid calls from the Muslim community for his resignation.

On Wednesday, there was talk that Rick Santorum’s campaign may be skipping the end of the Florida primary battle, a battle that is not expected to go well for Santorum.

The Santorum campaign told TPM the rumors were not true Wednesday and on Thursday they put their money where their mouth is. Santorum is dropping off the Florida trail Saturday (he says he’s going to go back to his home and pick up his tax return), but he’ll be back in Florida Sunday and Monday — the day before the votes are cast in the Sunshine State.

Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson has donated $10 million to Newt Gingrich in January, propping up a campaign that wasn’t bringing on enough money to run a competitive campaign. On MSNBC, the Wall Street Journal’s Alicia Mundy reported that there’s even more money coming his way. That money could well come from Adelson, but also Adelson’s “friends.” Once word was out that Adelson was backing Gingrich, said Mundy, his friends decided to chip in as well.

Adelson’s biggest reason for supporting Gingrich is Gingrich’s promise to move the embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Adelson also opposes a two-state solution, and Gingrich would adopt a strong pro-Israel policy.

Rick Santorum took a swipe at Newt Gingrich’s moon base proposal, accusing the former House Speaker of “playing crass politics and not being realistic with the people of this country.”

“NASA and the space coast and Houston and Alabama and all of those places have done remarkable work and are huge assets to the country, but there are other assets to the country,” Santorum said in Tallahassee, FL this morning, adding that the United States is in no position to take on such a costly space project.

Rep. Brad Miller (D-NC) will not seek reelection in November, he announced Thursday in a message to supporters: “Because your support has been so important to me, I wanted you to hear from me that I will not seek another term in Congress.” Miller was elected to Congress in 2002. Republicans, who oversaw the redistricting process in North Carolina, put him in the same district as Democratic Rep. David Price and he would have faced an uphill battle had he stayed in the race.

PolitiFact has corrected its own rating of President Obama’s State of the Union after complaints that it’s “half true” rating was unfair. Obama said in the speech that businesses had created 3 million jobs, and PolitiFact dinged him by inferring he was taking too much credit for helping create these jobs (h/t Slate).

Politico’s Dylan Byers reports that the Newt Gingrich campaign has acknowledged Gingrich wasn’t telling the truth last week when he claimed at top of the CNN debate in South Carolina that his campaign offered “witnesses to ABC News in his defense…to rebut the network’s interview with his second wife, Marianne Gingrich.”


“Tonight, after persistent questioning by our staff, the Gingrich campaign concedes now Speaker Gingrich was wrong — both in his debate answer, and in our interview yesterday,” King said on [Wednesday’s] edition of John King USA. “Gingrich spokesman R.C. Hammond says the only people the Gingrich campaign offered to ABC were his two daughters from his first marriage.”

Gingrich was widely seen to have won the debate with his opening assault on debate moderator John King’s question about the Marianne Gingrich interview, in which Gingrich’s second wife claimed he asked her to have an open marriage.