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President Obama took a long-awaited drubbing on his broken campaign promise of closing the detainee prison facility at Guantanamo Bay after news broke Monday that Attorney General Eric Holder had reversed plans to try 9/11 conspirators in federal court in New York City and will instead have them stand trial before military commissions at the U.S. base in Cuba.

The administration's decision is a 180-degree about-face from earlier plans announced in November 2009.

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Alaska Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwall released the findings of a review of state election laws and proceedings on Friday, in the wake of the 2010 senatorial race contested by Republican candidate Joe Miller.

The report recommends a number of changes to election proceedings, but notes in the findings that "perhaps the single most important finding in the review is that no change in procedure or state law recommended would have changed the outcome of the 2010 General Election."

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Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), the Tea Party star who is considering a run for president, has just brought on board a top aide from a 2008 presidential campaign: Wes Enos, who served as Mike Huckabee's Iowa political director in the 2008 cycle, when Huckabee won the caucuses in an upset, and who will now serve as a consultant for Bachmann's PAC.

The move could be a further sign that Bachmann is serious about getting in the race, and that she will perhaps pursue the same Christian conservative base that went for Huckabee last time. What's more, it could be a further sign that Huckabee might not be putting his hat back in the ring.

Minnesota Public Radio reports:

Bachmann chief of staff Andy Parrish confirmed Enos will serve as a consultant to Bachmann's MichelePAC. Bachmann is weighing a bid for the 2012 GOP nomination. She has made numerous visits to early nominating states.

Enos, of Bondurant, IA, helped Huckabee win Iowa's precinct caucuses. Referencing the Enos hire, Parrish told MPR News, "The more money we raise, the more help we need."

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour's (R) wife isn't crazy about her husband's potential 2012 plans.

In fact, Marsha Barbour says the idea of him running for president "horrifies me."

"It's been a lot to be first lady of the state of Mississippi and this would be 50 times bigger," she said. "It's a huge sacrifice for a family to make."

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Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder (R) has had taxpayers foot the bill for 329 nights at hotels and casinos in St. Louis and St. Louis County since 2006 to "attend society balls, baseball games and political events, even though Missouri guidelines state that taxpayer-funded travel must be 'essential' for state business," the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported this weekend.

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The Greater Wisconsin Committee, the liberal group that has been running attack ads against incumbent state Supreme Court Justice David Prosser headed into this Tuesday's election, is up with another ad in the home stretch -- a quick 15-second spot going after Prosser over the revelation that last year he had called Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson "a total bitch."

"What did David Prosser call one of America's most respected judges? He called her a total [bleep]-tch," the announcer says, with the on-screen text showing old video of an angry Prosser, and with text declaring that he'd called Abrahamson "a total b!*tch," not leaving much to imagination.

"Prosser even threatened to 'destroy' her. Tell Prosser, sexist slurs and threats of retribution have no place in our state's highest court."

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Interior Secretary Ken Salazar pushed back against reports that BP is in talks to resume drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, almost a year after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig blowout killed 11 workers and dumped 4.9 million barrels of oil into the ocean, calling those reports a "misconception."

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