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Mitt Romney has his talking point: Rick Perry might just take your Social Security away, and his talk about the program is too dangerous to allow into a general election campaign.

At the CNN/Tea Party Express debate Monday night, we got Perry's response: Don't worry, seniors -- you're gonna be a-ok in a Perry administration. Everything else Romney talks about it just pure hypocrisy.

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Long-time California campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee not only "nearly wiped out" Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) campaign funds, but it appears she has "wiped out" Sen. Dianne Feinstein's (D-CA) war chest as well, Politico's Jonathan Allen and John Bresnahan report.

"I was wiped out too, we don't know how much," said Feinstein, who is up for reelection next year. According to Feinstein, the company headed by Durkee handled her campaigns in 1992, 1996, 2000, 2006, and her gubernatorial campaign. "I trusted her implicitly."

Durkee, arrested this month on mail fraud charges for allegedly using money from campaign funds she managed for personal expenses, was ordered to be released on $200,000 bond on Friday.

Sen. Feinstein is the latest victim in what is amounting to one of the largest finance scandals in California history, one that has already ensnarled a California state assemblyman, Jose Solorio (D), and Reps. Susan Davis (D-CA) and Loretta Sanchez (D-CA).

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This post was updated at 6:18 p.m. ET.

Rick Perry has picked up the endorsement of a fellow Republican governor: CNN reports: Gov. Bobby Jindal, from neighboring Louisiana, who has often been mentioned in political media as a potential vice-presidential running mate.

Jindal will also reportedly be Perry's guest at tonight's "Tea Party Republican Debate," broadcast on CNN from Tampa, Florida. Jindal is expected to officially announce his endorsement of Perry before the debate.

Jindal's endorsement comes on the same day as former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty endorsed Mitt Romney. Pawlenty, who ran for the Republican nomination but dropped out of the presidential race last month after a poor third-place showing in the Iowa straw poll, will be Romney's guest at the debate tonight.

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Perry, feeling the heat from his Social Security-bashing comments, backtracks. Big-time.



Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Susan Collins (R-ME) aren't messing around when it comes to stopping federal dollars from flowing to anti-Muslim terrorism training. In a letter to Obama on Tuesday, the duo said that if the administration can't develop criteria to keep bigoted information out of counter-terrorism training, they'll "consider drafting a legislative mandate or even imposing standards by statute."

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Watch the cheers when Blitzer brings up Perry’s controversial comments about treating Ben Bernanke “pretty ugly” for his nearly “treasonous” behavior.



Wolf wraps up whimsically by asking the candidates what they would bring to the White House. The answers are fairly predictable: “beds for my enormous family,” “my beautiful wife” etc. Herman Cain answers: “a sense of humor. Because America is too uptight.”

And with that things draw to a close.

FOREST HILLS, NY -- There's a highly competitive election tomorrow in New York's 9th district, which includes part of Queens and Brooklyn, to replace Anthony Weiner. You wouldn't see too much evidence of it from walking around Forest Hills in Queens, however. Even at the heart of the neighborhood where both Republican Bob Turner and Democrat Dave Weprin spent the day campaigning and Weprin's headquarters are housed, signs were few and far between.

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