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Gov. Jon Corzine (D-NJ) is changing pace slightly from his recent barrage of negative ads against Republican challenger Chris Christie, with a full minute-long ad extolling his own positives.

The polls have shown Christie's lead over Corzine narrowing, but it's come almost entirely from Christie losing support to the independent candidate or the undecided column -- Corzine has not been picking up new support. This ad could potentially work in that direction, now that he's loosened some voters from Christie.

At the same time as Corzine talks about his accomplishments in dealing with a trouble economy, he seems to subtly admit there have been some imperfections: "But there's more to do, it's a work in progress, and we have more to do to get our fiscal house in order. I think I can do that. I've learned a lot, I've done a lot."

With efforts to stop climate change back in the news, the Washington Post's George Will has re-started his efforts to bamboozle on the topic.

In a new column, Will denounces the "alarmists" on the issue, and, as if this were 1987, calls for "a national commission appointed to assess the evidence about climate change." Seriously.

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In case Rep. Alan Grayson's own statements weren't clear enough, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has made it crystal: There will be no apology for his remarks on the House floor. Watch:

Grayson's fortitude in the face of GOP attacks and constant press attention have won great acclaim on the left. His campaign has raised over $100,000 in the past day alone.

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) seems to be developing a one-track mind. At a hearing of the House Financial Services Committee, Bachmann asked Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke about...ACORN?

To be fair, Bachmann also asked about one of her other pet issues, the threat of a one-world currency replacing the dollar -- which does actually bear a relationship to the questions of monetary policy.

But here she has the man who runs our country's whole money supply, right in front of her and required to take her questions, and this is what she asks about?

A new Web video from the Republican National Committee blasts Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) for his vitriolic attacks against the GOP, and includes various examples from the past three days -- including a very curious selection for the GOP to go after.

At the 0:43 mark, Grayson is shown on CNN, referring to Republicans as "nattering nabobs of negativism." Presumably, the GOP means to say that Grayson is some sort of pompous, partisan attack dog, belittling his opponents.

However, the fact is that Grayson was quoting Republican Vice President Spiro Agnew, who famously delivered the line -- written by the recently-deceased William Safire -- at a California Republican event during the 1970 midterm elections. In that case, Agnew was referring to the Democrats and the media. This time around, Grayson means the GOP.

President Obama signed an executive order today banning federal employees from texting while driving on official business.

"With nearly 3 million civilian employees, the Federal Government can and should demonstrate leadership in reducing the dangers of text messaging while driving," the order reads.

The order prohibits government workers from texting while driving government vehicles, or while driving privately owned vehicles while on government business, or while using a government-owned phone or other electronic device.

Executive agencies have 90 days to comply. They also must "encourage" contractors to follow the rules, and are allowed to make exemptions for certain employees or situations.

Read the full text of the order, as released by the White House, after the jump.

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The White House issued the following remarks delivered by President Obama this afternoon at a fundraiser for the Democratic Governors Association in Washington. Here's the full text:

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President Obama spoke to reporters this afternoon after U.S. diplomats held talks today with Iran about the country's nuclear program. He called the meeting a "constructive beginning" but warning that "constructive action" must follow.

He outlined three steps Iran must take: One, it must allow the International Atomic Energy Agency full access to its nuclear facility in Qom within two weeks. Two, Iran must show the program is peaceful by transferring its low enriched uranium to another country for fuel production. Three, Iran must move quickly: "We are not interested in talking for the sake of talking," Obama said.

Negotiators from the United States and Iran met with those from the P5+1 nations: Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany today in Geneva, Switzerland.

"The United States will not negotiate indefinitely," he said, saying America is prepared to move toward "increased pressure" on Iran if it does not follow these steps.

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