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The special prosecutor appointed to investigate the alleged physical altercation at the Wisconsin Supreme Court -- in which liberal Justice Ann Walsh Bradley accused conservative Justice David Prosser of grabbing her neck in a chokehold during an argument -- has officially decided that no charges will be filed in the incident.

WisPolitics reports that Sauk County District Attorney Patricia Barrett -- a Republican who agreed to make a determination in the case after numerous officials in Dane County (Madison) had recused themselves -- officially informed Dane County Circuit Chief Judge William Foust and District Attorney Ismael Ozanne in a letter that she had reviewed the evidence provided to her from the investigations:

After a complete review of the documents and photos, listening to the audio interview and meeting with Det. Hansen, I have determined that no criminal charges will be filed against either Justice Bradley or Justice Prosser for the incident on June 13, 2011.

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Rep. Steve Southerland (R-FL) is not impressed with his $174,000 per year Congressional salary. Or the benefits package that comes with serving his constituents in the House.

"And by the way, did I mention? They're shooting at us. There is law-enforcement security in this room right now, and why is that?" he told a town hall in his Second Florida Congressional District Wednesday. "If you think this job pays too much, with those kinds of risks and cutting me off from my family business, I'll just tell you: This job don't mean that much to me. I had a good life in Panama City."

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AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said Democrats should be prepared to walk away from a bad deficit deal even if the consequence is a far-reaching penalty that would likely cost a huge number of jobs.

"They shouldn't agree to anything that's a bad deal," Trumka told reporters at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast roundtable. He warned Democrats against voting for any Super Committee plan that cuts Social Security and lets wealthy Americans off the hook by not raising their taxes. But voting no comes with consequences. If the committee gridlocks or passes a plan that fails in Congress, it will trigger $1.2 trillion in spending cuts split evenly between defense and domestic programs.

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The most powerful union official in the country offered reporters his harshest critique of President Obama to date Thursday, questioning Obama's policy and strategic decisions, and claiming he aligned himself with the Tea Party in the debt limit fight.

"This is a moment that working people and quite frankly history will judge President Obama on his presidency; will he commit all his energy and focus on bold solutions on the job crisis or will he continue to work with the Tea Party to offer cuts to middle class programs like Social Security all the while pretending the deficit is where our economic problems really lie," AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka told reporters at a breakfast roundtable hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.

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Speaking to conservative talk show host, Laura Ingraham, Texas Gov. Rick Perry unloaded several rounds into typical right-wing targets, namely former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, China, and Martha's Vineyard.

The once GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney attracted a fairly minor barrage of fire by Perry standards. Baited by Ingraham to discuss the main albatross around Romney's neck, his Massachusetts healthcare plan that formed the basis for "Obamacare," Perry simply said, "I think Mitt is finally recognizing that the Massachusetts healthcare is a problem for him," before pivoting off to a broader attack on Obama's plan. Perry claimed to hope that this would not be a major issue in next year's general election because "hopefully" by then the Supreme Court will have ruled the individual mandate component of the plan unconstitutional.

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Samsung might not have to worry about that Apple-instigated, court-ordered ban on sales of Samsung Galaxy smartphones in Europe after all: Google has come to the rescue with a software update to Galaxy's Android operating system.

Just yesterday, a Dutch district court granted Apple a preliminary injunction in it's European patent violation case against Samsung, prohibiting the latter company from selling phones in many European Union countries beginning Oct. 13.

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Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is widely tipped as a likely Republican Vice Presidential nominee no matter who wins the GOP primaries. But if the party's new golden boy is indeed going to leap to the front of national politics then he'd better get used to things like the following.

The liberal-leaning political fact-check group Media Matters is slamming Rubio for his speech at the Reagan Library on Wednesday. As reported here, in that speech Rubio denounced entitlement programs such as Medicare for having "weakened" the American people. Instead, he harkened back to the days when "our communities, our families, and our homes, and our churches and our synagogues" took care of people.

Media Matters' sidearm,, points out that Rubio wasn't singing this tune just a few months ago.

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Never fear, earthquake-rattled citizens of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's home state: The federal government is coming to help you. If Cantor can find the cuts, that is.

Months after he took heat from fellow Republicans for his contention that the victims of the massive tornado in Joplin, MO should get federal aid only if Democrats in Washington agreed to cut the budget to pay for the relief spending, Cantor delivered a similar message to Virginians still cleaning up from a historic earthquake -- and hunkering down in advance of a massive hurricane.

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