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On Tuesday, Sam Stein reported on a mysterious robocall calling on voters across the country to draft Hillary Clinton to run for president next year.

Wednesday, TPM reader M.S. from Wheaton, Maryland shared the version of the call he received on his answering machine Tuesday. You can listen to it below:

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The Rick Perry campaign has released a new 30-second TV ad which it says will air on national cable TV, and in Iowa in particular.

The spot is titled “American Story” and features the candidate’s wife, Anita Perry, recounting their “old-fashioned American story” of being childhood sweethearts who had to wait for marriage until his air force service was over.

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Rep. Don Young (R-AK) didn't break any rules when he accepted $60,000 -- far over the $5,000 limit -- in donations to his legal fund from entities that were controlled by the same family, the House Ethics Committee found this week. But they're making sure that other members can't exploit the same loophole in the future.

Young, according to the House Ethics Committee's report, received the donations in an envelope from fishing buddy Gary Chouest, who is president of a marine transportation company.

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Julian Zapata Espinoza (AKA “Piolin") has been extradited from Mexico and appeared in federal court in D.C. on Wednesday to ‘face charges for his alleged participation in the murder of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Special Agent Jaime Zapata and the attempted murder of ICE Special Agent Victor Avila on Feb. 15, 2011, in Mexico,’ the Justice Department announced. From a release:



On April 19, 2011, a federal grand jury in the District of Columbia returned a four-count indictment against Zapata Espinoza, charging him with one count of murder of an officer or employee of the United States, for the murder of ICE Special Agent Zapata; one count of attempted murder of an officer or employee of the United States and one count of attempted murder of an internationally protected person, both for the attempted murder of ICE Special Agent Avila; and one count of using, carrying, brandishing and discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence causing death.



Espinoza next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 25.

President Obama on Wednesday called Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Speaker John Boehner to discuss the deadlock over an extension of the payroll tax cut.

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