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White House press secretary Jay Carney today said the U.S. is always reviewing aid to Pakistan. Carney’s remarks come at a tentative time in American relations with Pakistan, as the U.S. has recently accused Pakistan of being in cahoots with the militant Haqqani network.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) was very, very upset -- and even called for someone to lose their job -- when he learned last week that the Justice Department was accused of paying $16 per muffin at a 2009 legal conference in D.C. (though that number is disputed).

Grassley continued pressing the issue on Monday, writing a letter to Office of Management and Budget Director Jacob Lew asking for more information on his review of conference expenditures.

Regardless of whether DOJ really paid $16 for a muffin -- and it seems almost certain they didn't -- what's nice about federal agencies is that they've got inspector generals to try to keep their actions and their spending in line.

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Michele Bachmann has her eye on a new front in the War on Terror: Havana.

At an event in Iowa on Monday, the poll-plummeting candidate warned of a new potential Cuban missile crisis -- involving Hezbollah.

"And the question was asked, should we normalize trading with Cuba? Why would you normalize trading with a country that sponsors terror?" Bachmann said. "Cuba -- there's reports that have come out that Cuba has been working with another terrorist organization called Hezbollah. And Hezbollah is potentially looking at wanting to be part of missile sites in Iran.

"And, of course, when you're 90 miles offshore from Florida, you don't want to entertain the prospect of hosting bases or sites where Hezbollah could have training camps or perhaps have missile sites or weapons sites in Cuba. This would be foolish."

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) hasn't had a long career in politics. He's a businessman who leveraged his private sector success and ended up in the governor's mansion. Just like, say, Herman Cain.

Wait, what? Scott appeared on Central Florida's Morning News on Monday and compared himself to the former pizza magnate and current Republican presidential candidate.

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Apple has confirmed what everybody in the consumer gadget press already thought to be true: The company is making an iPhone announcement at its Cupertino, California, headquarters on October 4 at 10 am PT.

The confirmation, of a report originally made by All Things D, came by way of a simple and semi-cryptic press invitation from Apple with the words "Let's Talk iPhone," and featuring four iOS app icons: One of a calendar featuring the date of the event, Tuesday, October 4, one of a clock with the time, a Google Maps icon showing the location of the company's headquarters and an iPhone icon with the number 1 in red, signifying one new update.

The question still remains whether Apple will unveil its much-hyped, all new iPhone 5, a less exciting updated iPhone 4S, a white iPod touch, a long-delayed Facebook iPad app and new Facebook iPhone app update, or some combination thereof.

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China is set to take a historic step in its space exploration efforts with the launch of the Tiangong-1, the country's first "space station module," later this week.

According to China's state news agency Xinhua, the unmanned spacecraft will remain in space for two years to test docking procedures with Chinese crew capsules, first the unmanned Shenzhou-8, then the crewed Shenzhou-9 and Shenzhou-10, which are set to be launched in subsequent years.

The docking tests are the necessary precursor for China to achieve its goal of getting its own crewed space station up into orbit by 2020 or shortly thereafter.

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In its weekly “State Of The Nation” poll conducted by Public Policy Polling for Daily Kos and SEIU, pollsters asked a sample of 1,000 registered voters if they would support raising taxes on millionaires, the so-called Buffett Rule after the billionaire investor. President Obama has proposed it as part of a deficit reduction package.

It wasn’t close. 73 percent supported the idea, with only 16 percent against, and 11 percent unsure.