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Updated 4:14 p.m. ET, Monday, Sept. 12

TechCrunch's founder and editor Michael Arrington is no longer with the blog, corporate parent AOL finally confirmed Monday in a statement.

The news comes in the wake of a Sept. 7 Fortune magazine report that AOL had made up its mind to fire Arrington, who, along with several other TechCrunch writers had spent several days publicly dueling about his and the site's status with AOL's corporate leadership - namely, CEO Tim Armstrong and AOL's Editor-In-Chief Arianna Huffington.

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Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Mitt Romney have at least one thing in common: they're both trying hard to convince the tea party they're not dangerous RINOs.

And now they're fighting that fight together. Romney endorsed Hatch for reelection today, pitting Romney against those in the tea party movement who are eager to end Hatch's Senate career next year the same way they ended that of former Sen. Bob Bennett's (R-UT) in 2010.

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The special election for former Rep. Anthony Weiner's (D-NY) old seat in the ninth Congressional District has Democrats scrambling, and they're bringing in two very influential New Yorkers for help: former President Bill Clinton and NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo have recorded robocalls supporting Democratic candidate David Weprin that are hitting direct voters on Monday.

Capital Tonight has audio of the calls, in which Clinton criticizes the Tea Party (which backs Weprin's Republican opponent, Bob Turner) and Cuomo argues that Weprin will protect Social Security and Medicare.

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By Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield

When El Rey -- the final Volkswagen Type 1 Beetle to ever be made -- rolled off the Mexican production line on July 30, 2003, many Volkswagen fans around the world mourned the end of a 60-year production run.

And with over 21.5 million original Volkswagen Beetles made, the VW Bug still holds the title as the longest-running and most-manufactured automobile of a single design platform in the world.

But if you think that Volkswagen's 2012 Beetle isn't a patch on the original there may be hope for you in the form of a U.S. company which claims it is about to bring the classic bug back.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Business leaders and former U.S. government officials on Monday urged a congressional committee tasked with slashing America’s debt to “go big” and consider major reforms of government assistance programs as well as the tax code.

Standing before a varied assembly of American workers from the public and private sectors, President Barack Obama announced Monday morning that he is now sending the text of the "American Jobs Act" to Congress.

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Reflecting the GOP leadership's new kinder, gentler, less partisan rhetorical tone, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) says he appreciates President Obama's new jobs legislation, despite continuing policy differences between the parties. Obama's not being quite so gentle, barnstorming the country and seizing the airwaves demanding Congress "pass this bill." The GOP can't just sweep the bill into the dustbin under such circumstances, so the question is how exactly will they operate the sausage maker.

Boehner's statement offers some clues. "[W]e appreciate the President's pledge to transmit legislation to Congress and will immediately request that it be scored by the Congressional Budget Office," Boehner said. "Once we receive CBO's analysis, we can begin the important work of reviewing the various elements of his proposal."

This is a far cry from the "hell no you can't!" days of health care reform. But there are booby traps.

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Republicans could be in for a good night on Tuesday, with polls showing them favored to take both special elections for the House. In addition to the seeming upset in Anthony Weiner's historically Democratic district, NY-09 in New York, a new survey from Public Policy Polling (D) also shows the Republican ahead in the reliably GOP NV-02 district in Nevada.

The numbers: Republican former state Sen. Mark Amodei 50%, Democratic state Treasurer Marshall 37%, American Independent Party candidate Timothy Fasano 4%, and independent Helmuth Lehmann 4%. The survey of likely voters was conducted from September 9 through 11, and has a ±3.9% margin of error.

A PPP survey three weeks ago showed a much closer race, with Amodei only edging Marshall by 43%-42%, plus three percent each for the minor-party candidates.

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