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Is a six-foot long remote controlled airplane packed with 40 lbs. of C-4 explosives capable of flying? And if it were flown into the Pentagon and the dome of the Capitol building, how much damage could it do?

The FBI seems to think the plot allegedly hatched by a 26-year-old with a Physics degree from Northeastern University is plausible. "Remote controlled aircraft are capable of carrying a wide variety of payloads (including a lethal payload of explosives), can use a wide range of take-off and landing environments, and fly different flight patterns than commercial airlines, thus reducing detection," FBI Special Agent Gary S. Cacace wrote in an affidavit against accused plotter Rezwan Ferdaus.

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The Onion may have just struck a raw nerve with the latest article to come from the satirical newspaper -- narrating a hostage situation at the U.S. Capitol perpetrated by members of Congress. In fact, the Capitol Police are now responding.

The Onion's article, and the accompanying tweets, appear to satirize the wave of standoffs that have occurred in Congress over potential government shutdowns, the issues of the deficit and the national debt, the debt ceiling, and possible default on U.S. debt, all of which were narrowly averted. Along the way, various politicians and media outlets have often accused one side or another of holding Americans "hostage." To which The Onion has created a fictional, literal hostage situation -- and a bipartisan one, at that!

As of the latest update on Twitter: "BREAKING: Congress demanding $12 trillion ransom or "all the kids die" #CongressHostage"

Shortly after the story began being posted, the Capitol Police released this statement to the press, from spokesperson Sgt. Kimberly Schneider:

It has come to our attention that recent twitter feeds are reporting false information concerning current conditions at the U.S. Capitol. Conditions at the U.S. Capitol are currently normal. There is no credibility to these stories or the twitter feeds. The U.S. Capitol Police are currently investigating the reporting.


When contacted by TPM, Sgt. Schneider declined to comment on what the Capitol Police might be doing to investigate the matter, saying that the police do not discuss the preliminary stages of a law enforcement investigation.

The Onion has not immediately responded to TPM's request for comment.

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Herman Cain's campaign may draw its support from the same Tea Party well as Rick Perry, but the Georgia businessman says he would not back Perry's presidential campaign if he dropped out.

"Today, I could not support Rick Perry as the nominee for a host of reasons," Cain told CNN on Wednesday, singling out Perry's much-maligned (among Republicans) law granting in-state tuition to illegal immigrants. "I happen to think that puts the children of illegals ahead of citizens," Cain said.

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If Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) wants to defend the merit of his state's welfare drug testing law, this might not be the best way to do it.

On CNBC's Squawk Box Thursday morning, Scott posed a hypothetical scenario, where he thinks welfare benefits can be fairly handed out. If "there are two parents, one uses drugs, one doesn't, you can go give the money to the one who doesn't use drugs," Scott said.

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Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday said the struggling economy is the Obama Administration’s burden to bear.

CBS News reports:



“Even though 50-some percent of the American people think the economy tanked because of the last administration, that’s not relevant,” said the vice president. “What’s relevant is we’re in charge.”

It's time for Democratic voters to start getting excited about retaining the presidency. The question is, can they?

To be sure, Americans aren't that enthusiastic about government in general at the moment. And with Democrats running the executive branch and half of the legislative, it stands to reason that President Obama and the party would be taking the brunt of the criticism. But new data released over the last few days shows just how problematic the malaise is becoming for Democrats: Gallup showed a national drop in enthusiasm for Democratic voters, mirrored in Qunnipiac polling of crucial swing states of Ohio and Pennsylvania.

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Bank of America plans to start charging customers who make purchases with a debt card a fee of $5 per month starting early next year, Reuters reports.

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