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Law enforcement officials tell NBC News they believe the second shooting victim at Virginia Tech University was the man who shot and killed the campus policeman.

Rick Santorum will make a major announcement in Des Moines Friday at 6pm, his campaign announced Thursday. That will be followed by an appearance on Hannity on Fox News.

At Wednesday's Republican Jewish Coalition forum, the GOP candidates practically lined up to bash President Obama's foreign policy, insinuating with various levels of subtlety that it amounted to appeasement.

A reporter asked President Obama for his reaction to that at this morning's press conference, and Obama had some fighting words:

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Rep. Allen West (R-FL) appeared Wednesday night on Greta Van Susteren's TV show, to rail against President Obama and other liberals -- so much so, that he denounced the Democrats for what is actually an infamous Republican slogan.

"And if we believe that there are people in Washington, D.C., that are going to be the arbiters, and be the ones who are trying to create some type of fairness -- we remember FDR talking about 'a chicken in every pot,' I recall all the rhetoric of economic and social justice -- then we get away from having the right type of monetary policy, fiscal, policy, tax and regulatory policy that can turn this dismal economic situation around in our country."

However, "a chicken in every pot" was not some wild-eyed, egalitarian New Deal proposal from Franklin Roosevelt. In fact, it was a slogan from the Herbert Hoover campaign (or more precisely, the Republican National Committee, in support of Hoover) in 1928, four years before Roosevelt ever ran for president. The RNC advertising for Hoover also added, "And a car in every backyard, to boot."

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This post was updated at 11:55 a.m.

As they promised they would, the overwhelming majority of Republicans on Wednesday filibustered Richard Cordray, the uncontroversial former Ohio Attorney General whom President Obama tapped to be the director of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau -- an agency tasked with mitigating fraudulent and dangerous financial products.

The final vote was 53-45, with one Senator, Olympia Snowe (R-ME) voting present and one, John Kerry (D-MA) not on hand to vote. GOP Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) -- running for re-election against the CFPB's godmother Elizabeth Warren -- joined the Democrats in supporting Cordray.

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House Republicans have narrowed their internal differences and plan to move ahead next week with legislation to renew the current payroll tax cut, extend unemployment benefits, and prevent Medicare physicians from experiencing an automatic pay cut.

But they've chosen to pay for elements of this bill with a hodgepodge of measures and reforms that will make it a non-starter in the Senate -- including one provision that has drawn a veto threat from the White House. That puts Democrats and Republicans on a collision course over policies that leaders of both parties agree must pass -- with only three weeks before they all automatically expire, and one week until members had hoped to adjourn for the holidays.

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