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The number of people applying for unemployment benefits rose slightly last week, the AP reports: “Weekly applications increased by 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 401,000, the Labor Department said Thursday.”

Here's some news for all the NRA members convinced that ATF's rifle reporting requirement in four border states is a diabolical plot by the Obama administration to crack down on the Second Amendment. ATF didn't consult the White House before they published an emergency request for a proposed rule requiring gun dealers in four border states to report bulk sales of semi-automatic weapons in the Federal Register.

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Updated: Oct. 6, 7:50AM

Disgraced former lobbyist Jack Abramoff has a forthcoming memoir intended to serve as a "corrective" to his "wildly misunderstood" story. The publisher? The infamous "birther" website World Net Daily.

"Capitol Punishment: The Hard Truth About Washington from America's Most Notorious Lobbyist" is set to be published on Nov. 1, according to WND.

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After holding back and observing the GOP field for several months, Elliot Management Corporation CEO Paul Singer has decided to throw his support behind Mitt Romney, but has made it clear that he was hoping for more in a candidate, Politico reports. Writing to his network to inform them of his decision, Singer wrote:

“Perfection in candidates is obtainable in the same place where imaginary friends reside. What we can hope to actually find in the real world, if we’re fortunate, are individuals of proven skill and talent, who embody integrity, and whose agenda is anchored in and draws strength from American ideals. Mitt Romney is that man.”

Democrats are pivoting off a new report showing five million of their voters could be disenfranchised next year with a new multi-level attack aimed at new voter restriction laws across the country.

Starting Wednesday, the DSCC is going up with a online plan called the 2012 Election Protection Project, designed to "raise awareness and fight back against partisan attacks on voting rights."

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Amidst the ongoing controversies surrounding the Republican primary calendar -- with Florida moving its contest to late January, and triggering a move up by the officially sanctioned early states -- some people have probably wondered if it might be possible to come up with better ways to pick a presidential nominee. But is there, really?

Already every cycle, the parties review the rules of their primary processes, and often make small or large adjustments. But can they produce major change?

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Democrats are launching a new campaign to pressure the Senate into confirming Richard Cordray as head of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a watchdog over the finance industry created by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law last year. The move comes as a grassroots movement, Occupy Wall Street, is dominating headlines with ongoing -- and growing -- protests in Lower Manhattan.

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