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Well here's a tangible difference between a Newt Gingrich administration and a second term for President Obama if ever there was one. In Washington Wednesday, Gingrich told a crowd at the Republican Jewish Coalition forum that he'd nominate former Bush administration UN envoy John Bolton as Secretary of State.

Yes, that John Bolton.

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Elaborating on a premise that should be familiar to TPM readers, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) told reporters Wednesday that the political terrain has shifted so much over the last several months that the GOP's playbook isn't working -- and it has them badly wrongfooted.

"You have to follow the broad movements underground that affect our politics," he said. "And it's happening. And they seem to be just stuck on the wrong side of issue after issue after issue. They're very good at messaging. They're very good, you know, they have some media people who just follow their line....but the weight of the issues and the place where America is at is so overwhelming that's no longer enough to sustain them."

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Michele Bachmann called a recent run-in with an 8-year-old at a bookstore “reprehensible.” The young boy told Bachmann his gay mother “didn’t need fixing.”

Bachmann, in an interview with CNN’s John King, said: “He obviously didn’t want to say what he was put up to say, and I just think it’s reprehensible when someone uses a little child to advance a political agenda.”

Jon Huntsman has a new ad on YouTube highlighting Mitt Romney’s history of changing positions. In a clever move, the ad uses footage of Romney criticizing John Kerry in 2004, turning his own words against him.

Watch it below:

Senate Democrats are winning the political fight over the payroll tax cut. But Republicans still control the House and that gives them plenty of agency. Some reports suggest they might pass partisan legislation to extend the payroll tax cut, loaded full of GOP goodies, and then adjourn for the holidays, leaving Democrats holding the ball. (They've tried this before.)

Democratic leaders are fully aware of this and say they're not fazed. They're warning House Republicans not convince themselves they can get away with it.

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Bill Clinton told CNN that he isn’t surprised by Newt Gingrich’s recent surge in the polls. Gingrich is “resilient,” Clinton said, adding that the former House Speaker is “always thinking.”

“He’s got a million ideas,” Clinton said. “Some of them are good, and some of them I think are horrible.” Watch:

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, who also serves as vice chairman of the Democratic National Committee, will deliver the Democratic response to this weekend’s Republican presidential debate in Iowa, the Des Moines Register reports.

A Pakistani-American man charged in July with running a secret Pakistani intelligence center in the United States pleaded guilty to "conspiracy and tax violations in connection with a decades-long scheme to conceal the transfer of at least $3.5 million from the government of Pakistan to fund his lobbying efforts in America related to Kashmir," the Justice Department announced Wednesday.

Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai, 62, faces a maximum of five years in prison on the conspiracy count and three years on the tax violation when he's sentence on March 9. Under his plea agreement, Fai will forfeit his interest in $142,851.32 that was seized by the government after his arrest.

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