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Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser, a member of the court's 4-3 conservative majority who was just re-elected to a ten-year term in a heated race that involved a recount and vote-tabulating controversies, is now reportedly being accused of physically assaulting liberal Justice Ann Walsh Bradley in an argument over the court's recent decision regarding the upholding of Gov. Scott Walker's anti-public employee union legislation.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism report:

Details of the incident, investigated jointly by Wisconsin Public Radio and the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, remain sketchy. The sources spoke on the condition that they not be named, citing a need to preserve professional relationships.

They say an argument that occurred before the court's release of a decision upholding a bill to curtail the collective bargaining rights of public employees culminated in a physical altercation in the presence of other justices. Bradley purportedly asked Prosser to leave her office, whereupon Prosser grabbed Bradley by the neck with both hands.

Justice Prosser, contacted Friday afternoon by the Center, declined to comment: "I have nothing to say about it." He repeated this statement after the particulars of the story -- including the allegation that there was physical contact between him and Bradley -- were described. He did not confirm or deny any part of the reconstructed account.

Bradley also declined to comment, telling WPR, "I have nothing to say."

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The Federal Election Commission (FEC) looks set to approve Stephen Colbert's request for a press exemption that would allow him to promote his "super PAC" on-air without Viacom having to report it as an in-kind contribution.

Poking fun at Karl Rove offering "commentary" on his own super PAC American Crossroads on Fox News under a press exemption, Colbert said he wanted to report on his "super PAC" without Comedy Central's parent company Viacom having to report the air time and production costs as an in-kind contribution.

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The real starting gun of the 2012 presidential race may be sounding Monday, and it's coming in the form of massive attack ad campaign aimed squarely at President Obama's economic record.

Crossroads GPS, anonymous-money collecting arm of the Citzens United-inspired political machine founded by Karl Rove and other Republican heavyweights, is going live with a $20 million television ad campaign targeting the president 497 days before voters head to the polls in November 2012.

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Bob Perry, the Texas real estate mogul who bankrolled the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth advertisements against then-Presidential candidate John Kerry back in 2004, is now cutting checks to a conservative "super PAC" run by two former aides to George W. Bush.

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