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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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Candidates in the Massachusetts Senate special election have announced their fundraising totals, in a race that will quickly come down to a December 8 Democratic primary.

• State Attorney General Martha Coakley, the current frontrunner in the available polls, has announced that she raised $2.1 million for her campaign in September. The campaign's press release said that this was double her original goal of $1 million.

• Rep. Mike Capuano has raised $300,000. Federal records show he also had $1.2 million on hand in his Congressional account, as of June 30.

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We noted earlier that President Obama's political arm Organizing for America had distributed internal talking points urging organizers to describe the public option as a "small part" of health care reform.

Apparently, though, that was a bit of a snafu--the talking points emerged at the state level, were not approved from up on high--and the group doesn't stand by them. Instead, they're sticking with the bullet points on OFA's website, which describes Obama's plan as one that includes a public option.

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