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Debbie Halvorson, a Democratic challenging Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. for his seat in Congress, is jumping all over the news that the House Ethics Committee is reopening their inquiry into the Illinois Democrat. "The House Ethics Committee's decision to look into possible ethics violations by Representative Jesse Jackson, Jr. is proof that he continues to be plagued with distractions over his possible role in Rod Blagojevich's pay-to-play scandal involving President Obama's former Senate seat," Halvorson said in a statement.

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Cain says, “His business experience has been more Wall Street oriented. Mine has been more Main Street. I’ve run small companies.”

Santorum keeps reminding people he won Pennsylvania twice… and once by six points. This rather glosses over the fact he lost it once too – in 2006 and by a smashing 18 points.

Poor Herman Cain. Bachmann slams his implication that he would exchange Gitmo prisoners for U.S. hostages as “naive” and “against our historical tradition.” Naturally, this sparks a debate of “what would Reagan do?” Ron Paul says Reagan in effect negotiated with Iran for hostages, while Newt and Santorum dispute this.

In a discussion about diminishing foreign aid, Rick Perry takes it up to 11. “It’s time to have a serious debate about defunding the United Nations.”

Its happened. In the mid-nineties, only a quarter of the U.S. population thought that marijuana should be legal, against a huge 73 percent majority shown in the yearly Gallup poll on legalization. Fifteen years later, there's been a sea change: 50 percent now think it should be legal, the issue's first majority in the history of the Gallup survey, with only 46 percent against it.

Gallup has tracked the issue for forty years, yet it's only really been close in the last few. In fact, only 5 years ago there was a healthy majority against legalization. But the change may have to do with shifting demographics over time. Expectedly, younger Americans are more likely to support making pot legal. "If this current trend on legalizing marijuana continues, pressure may build to bring the nation's laws into compliance with the people's wishes," Gallup wrote.

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Michele Bachmann takes on Obama’s foreign policy, in getting the US involved in Libya and Uganda. Unfortunately, it comes out as the geographically illiterate: “He put us in Libya. He is now putting us in Africa.”

Rick Perry said on Tuesday that he didn’t agree with an anti-Mormon pastor’s comments about Mitt Romney’s Mormonism.

“I’ve heard worse, so I’m not going to lose sleep over that,” Romney said. “I would have said, ‘Rev. Jeffress, you got that wrong’.”

Here’s the video of Romney and Perry going at each other hammers and tongs over which of them loves illegal immigrants more:

Democrats see an opening in Mitt Romney's comments that the government needs to let the foreclosure crisis hit "the bottom" rather than intervening. In a call with reporters, DNC communications director Brad Woodhouse slammed Romney's remarks and used them to highlight Romney's vast personal wealth.

"Talking yesterday in an editorial board meeting in the state with the nation's highest foreclosure rate [Nevada], Romney said we should just let the foreclosure crisis that has devastated so many families run its course," Woodhouse said. "It is irresponsible, but not surprising...coming from someone who made a fortune firing workers and sending their jobs overseas. What else can we expect from someone who thinks corporations are people?"

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