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Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, last seen expressing "disappointment" in himself for failing to stop the politicization of the Justice Department honors program during the Bush era, has a new gig as the Doyle Rogers Distinguished Chair of Law at Belmont University College of Law in Tennessee.

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It's October 3, 2011.

This time a year ago, few people would have wagered that Sarah Palin would be an afterthought.

But here we are, and the feverish speculation is not about Palin getting in the 2012 race, but Chris Christie.

In today's Campaign In 100 Seconds, TPM's Benjy Sarlin breaks down just how the former governor of Alaska threw it all away.

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As much as social media has proved itself as a revolutionary tool for political organization and messaging, sometimes it can also act as a Hall of Mirrors, as was the case over the week-end when a rumor started flying around online about the Marines getting involved in the Occupy Wall Street movement.

In this case, what started as a muddled post by a friend of another friend's post on Facebook ended up as a statement of fact in a major speech made by former White House green collar jobs czar Van Jones at the Take Back The American Dream Conference conference on Monday.

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In an interview on Monday with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos, President Obama called himself an "underdog."

Responding to Stephanopoulos' query if the odds were against him given the current economic situation, the President replied "Absolutely. I'm used to being the underdog. But at the end of the day people are going to ask -- who's got a vision?"

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The White House Monday continued its war of words with House Republicans over their unwillingness to move his entire jobs package, confidently vowing to let voters decide how to react to Republicans' refusal to pass provisions such as infrastructure spending and retaining teachers.

"Congress can take it up, vote on it...then if there's a desire to take things out, we would accept that although we would not be satisfied by that... [President Obama] would say, 'Where's the rest of it? What about teachers and construction workers...or incentives to hire veterans?" White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters during a briefing Monday.

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Rick Perry may be under fire for his old campground's racist name, but as even his toughest opponents admit, the Texas governor has virtually no history of racist rhetoric in his past either personally or politically.

The Texas Tribune talked to a number of Perry's Democratic rivals and found a strong consensus that, whatever their problems with Perry are, racism is not one of them.

"He appointed a black man chief justice of the state Supreme Court, for crying out loud, one of the many high-profile positions he's given to minorities during his time as governor," Jason Stanford, a Democratic opposition researcher who is writing a book on Perry, wrote in a blog post. "If he were an n-bomb dropping cracker, we'd all know."

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As the Occupy Wall Street protests reach their third week, mainstream media organizations are beginning to take notice. Here, courtesy of the New York Observer, comes an as yet unaired Fox News interview with outspoken protester Jess LaGreca.

LaGreca told the Fox reporter, who isn't identified, that the Occupy Wall Street protests are a "spontaneous movement" -- one he wouldn't like to see end.

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Some tough words from Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) about President Obama and his team's communications strategy were raising eyebrows in Washington Monday morning, but that was before Pelosi disavowed the quote and Newsweek's Daily Beast admitted a mistake and retracted it.

"I think you need to talk about how poorly they [the White House] do on message," Pelosi is quoted as saying in a story by Howard Kurtz. "They can't see around corners; they anticipate nothing."

Pelosi's office quickly denied having ever made the comments, and Newsweek/Daily Beast has since issued a broad correction.

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Former RNC Chair Michael Steele criticized Rick Perry's handling of a family hunting site known to locals by an inflammatory racial slur.

Steele, one of the most prominent African-Americans in the GOP, told TIME on Monday that, while he wasn't impugning Perrys motives, the Texas governor didn't do enough to get rid of a rock labeled "Niggerhead," as the area was popularly known.

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