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The state of Florida's special committee has officially voted to hold the state's presidential primary on January 31, violating the RNC rules mandating that the state hold its contest no earlier than March 6.

The move is sure to trigger retaliations by the official early primary and caucus states of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina, thus moving the primaries into early January, a month ahead of the original February dates that the national Republican Party had hoped to achieve.

This is something of a repeat of what happened in 2008, when Florida insisted on holding its primary in January and breaking the rules of both national parties. This led to Florida losing half its delegates on the Republican side -- but the state still benefited from being a major political victory for John McCain, clinching his momentum for the nomination.

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The national progressive cash just keeps showering down on Elizabeth Warren's Senate campaign.

TPM has learned that MoveOn raised more than $300,000 for Warren with an email fundraising campaign launched Thursday morning. The group will announce the figure later today.

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A new poll conducted by Elon University in North Carolina shows that a majority of the residents there, 56 percent, are against a proposal to write a ban on same-sex marriage into the state’s constitution. Further, a bigger majority of 62 percent are in support of either full marriage rights or civil unions for gay couples.

39 percent support the ban on gay marriage and 34 percent are against any recognition of legal recognition for gay couples.


Ideally, if you've gotten permission from Warren Buffett to use his name to describe your tax plan, you want him to be affirmatively on board with all of it.

But asked by CNBC whether he supports President Obama's tax plan, Buffett hedged quite a bit.

"Well, the precise program, I don't know what their program will be," Buffett said. "My program would be on the very high incomes that are taxed very low -- not just high incomes.... If they make a lot of money and pay a low tax rate, like me, it would be changed by a minimum tax."

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The Department of Energy's Secretary Steven Chu green-lighted ongoing financing for the now-bankrupt solar panel maker Solyndra even after the department learned that Solyndra had technically defaulted on its loan in December, according to a report in The Washington Post.

Department spokesman Damien LaVera said in a statement that the logic behind the move was to give the company "the best posible chance" at being able to go on to pay back the loan.

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Newt Gingrich is offering a new insight on the hot-button issue of gay marriage: Saying that it will go away.

"I believe that marriage is between a man and woman," Gingrich said, the Des Moines Register reports. "It has been for all of recorded history and I think this is a temporary aberration that will dissipate. I think that it is just fundamentally goes against everything we know."

Of course, comments like this might draw attention to the fact that Gingrich is himself an expert on the institution of marriage and its history. He is now on his third marriage, and he originally began seeing his current wife Callista by having an affair during his second marriage -- at the same time as he was pursuing the impeachment of President Bill Clinton over the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

This past March, Gingrich linked his past infidelity to how hard he was working -- and his passion for America: "There's no question at times of my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked far too hard and things happened in my life that were not appropriate."

The federal government indicated in a court document this week that their investigation of California treasurer Kinde Durkee is not complete.

The government is "awaiting the production of additional, relevant materials that will assist it in the investigation," according to a court document filed in the Durkee case.

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Ron Paul is criticizing President Obama on national security -- for the killing of one of al Qaeda's top figures, Anwar al-Awlaki, which was reportedly conducted jointly by American and Yemeni officials.

"Al-Awlaki was born here, he's an American citizen, he was never tried or charged for any crimes," Paul said today after a speech in Manchester, New Hampshire, CNN reports. "To start assassinating American citizens without charges - we should think very seriously about this."

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John Huntsman is the latest candidate to try and get a meeting with presidential flirt and business magnate Donald Trump. Yet Donald doesn’t seem to be a fan of Huntsman.

In a tweet Friday afternoon Trump wrote: “@JonHuntsman called to set up a meeting. Haven’t returned his call.”

Coming as a bit of a surprise, President Obama is only up by two points against former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney in a Public Policy Polling (D) survey of Connecticut, the quintessential blue state. Romney is the only GOPer to give Obama a challenge in the poll, as Texas Gov. Rick Perry is down 12 percent against the President.

“Connecticut probably won’t be a swing state at the end of the day,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling. “But the fact that it’s even close there at this point is symbolic of his broader issues.”