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It's been a big week for Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and her insurgent presidential campaign. Her victory in the Iowa straw poll forced her fellow Minnesotan and once top-tier candidate, former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, right out of the race. But along the way, as could be expected of Bachmann and her boisterous rhetoric, there have been some other memorable moments.



On Thursday, the Tea Party maven told an interesting tale to a South Carolina audience, explaining her former career as a tax litigation attorney working for the federal government. "How many of you love the IRS? No! It's time to change it," she told the crowd. "I went to work in that system because the first rule of war is 'know your enemy.' So I went to the inside to learn how they work because I wanted to beat them."

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In these down times, America needs a president who is a "bad ass," Stephen Colbert said on Thursday.

So it was with disappointment he reported that the U.S. is falling behind Russia in "inspirational leadership." Case in point: Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and President Dmitri Medvedev on Wednesday appeared in a rugged front-page photo in the New York Times.

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In one of his signature Fox News montages, Jon Stewart on Thursday highlighted the hypocrisy of conservative commentators railing against Warren Buffett's call to tax the super-rich.

It's "class warfare!" they claim. Because, you see, closing corporate tax loopholes and raising the marginal tax rate would only raise a meager $700 billion over 10 years, Stewart said. And as one conservative commentator noted, that's only a small fraction of the federal deficit.

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Ronald Reagan's chief domestic policy adviser took Texas governor Rick Perry to the woodshed Friday for recent controversial statements -- in particular about his suggestion that Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke would be committing treason by printing money to boost economic growth.

"Rick Perry's an idiot, and I don't think anyone would disagree with that," Bruce Bartlett said on CNN's American Morning.

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Former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI), who lost his seat after three terms in the 2010 Republican wave, has announced that he will not run for office in 2012 -- either in the race for state's open Senate seat, or in a potential recall against Gov. Scott Walker -- a development that could possibly lower the chances for success of the latter possibility, or the likelihood of a recall even occurring.

"This was a difficult decision, as I thoroughly enjoyed my tenure in both the State Senate and the U.S. Senate, and I know that progressives are eager to reverse some of the outrageous policies being pursued by corporate interests at both the state and federal levels," Feingold wrote in an e-mail to his supporters.

"I am also well aware that I have a very strong standing in the polls should I choose to run again for the U.S. Senate or in a recall election for governor. After twenty-eight continuous years as an elected official, however, I have found the past eight months to be an opportunity to look at things from a different perspective."

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Judge solely by the amount of attention she has received this week, it's fair to say that Tea Party darling and aspiring media figure Christine O'Donnell has been successful at promoting her new book Troublemaker. But if you draw a distinction between the quantity and quality of media attention, well then perhaps its a different story all together. This morning O'Donnell showed up on NBC's TODAY and was fairly interrogated by Savannah Guthrie who questioned O'Donnell's previous explanations for why exactly she walked off of the set of Piers Morgan Tonight earlier in the week.

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Hewlett-Packard, the grandfather company of Silicon Valley and the world's largest maker of personal computers, unveiled a series of big strategic changes Thursday that indicate just how much Apple has shaken up the world of consumer technology.

The company said in an earnings call that its board is considering selling off its PC business, killing its lagging foray into smart phones and tablet computing, and buying Autonomy, a British business data analysis company, for $10.25 billion.

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A report on the Department of Homeland Security's "Secure Communities" immigration enforcement program by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) finds that in 127 cases, the DHS took action against illegal immigrants for minor offenses, despite calling for a focus on "highest enforcement priorities" like convicted felons or national security threats.

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