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In an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol continued to express his discontent with the current GOP field and hint at his desire for a new candidate.

“I think these are very weak front runners,” Kristol said of Perry and Romney. “The front-runners in 2007 on the Republican side, if you look at the polls were Giuliani and Thompson. In 2003, in September, were Howard Dean and Wesley Clark, who had just entered the race. You can have a nominee who is not a front-runner in September the year before the nomination.”

Writing on his blog after the Republican debate last week, Kristol noted “there will be a lot of attention paid to Chris Christie’s Reagan Library speech Tuesday.”

A new CNN/ORC poll shows Rick Perry leading the Republican pack, but Mitt Romney fares better against President Obama.

Perry leads Romney 28 percent to 21 percent among Republican voters, according to the poll. Romney trails Obama only slightly, at 48 percent to Obama’s 49 percent. Obama leads Perry at 51 percent to 46 percent.

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Nobody is quite sure what to make yet of the astonishing announcement Thursday from the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) that it has conducted an experiment that seems to show neutrinos, a type of uncharged particle, traveling faster than the speed of light.

After all, if confirmed, the results from CERN's OPERA experiment would mean scrapping one of physics' most fundamental theories: Albert Einstein's theory of special relativity, part of which states that nothing can travel faster than the speed of light.

There have already been a number of science writers and physicists raising profound doubts about the results.

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Rick Perry’s debate debacle on Thursday in Florida may have cost him some support from voters, according to Public Policy Polling’s latest numbers. They tweet:

“Thursday night part of our Florida poll Romney led Perry by 2. Friday-Sunday part Romney led Perry by 10. Debate did matter.”

A new round of speculation emerged over the weekend concerning the possible candidacy of Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ). Fox News reported on Friday that Christie will “let top Republican donors know within days about his plans.”

The rumors of a Christie campaign have been circulating in an endless feedback loop since early this year, with GOP donors desperately pleading to get the New Jersey governor into the race only to hear the possible candidate decline to enter the field each and every time.

The latest rumor notes that “significant GOP support has remained on the sidelines of the primary fight,” implying that such supporters would immediately move to support Christie if he did decide to finally toss his hat into the ring.

CNN has released its criteria for candidates to participate in the October 18 “Western Republican Presidential Debate.”

A person must receive an average of at least 2.00 percent in at least three national polls released between September 1st and October 14th that were conducted by the following organization: ABC, AP, Bloomberg, CBS, CNN, FOX, Gallup, Los Angeles Times, Marist, McClatchy, NBC, Newsweek, Pew, Quinnipiac, Reuters, USA Today and Time.

Americans will have the chance to question House GOP leaders today at a Facebook town hall. The hour-long session, which begins at 6 p.m. Eastern, features House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI). Watch the livestream here, and submit your questions in advance here.

A federal judge in Chicago has delayed embattled former Gov. Rod Blagojevich (R-IL), the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

The court simply issued a statement saying the sentencing has been “stricken until further order by the court.”

Kenyan Nobel laureate Wangari Matthai on Monday died during cancer treatment in Nairobi, the BBC reports:

She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 for promoting conservation, women’s rights and transparent government – the first African woman to get the award.

Speaking during Sunday’s “Meet the Press,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rose to defend President Obama from recent criticism that he hasn’t been as strong an ally as his predecessors were.

In the US “you see this tremendous, tremendous sympathy and affinity for Israel,” Netanyahu said. “And I think that bipartisan support is expressed by any person who happens to be the president of the United States, including President Obama.”

When asked if President Obama was as friendly as his predecessor, Netanyahu declared: “They are all friends of Israel, equally representing this friendship of America.”