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Blockbuster is attempting to mount a comeback with a new streaming movie service aimed directly at Netflix.

"Blockbuster Movie Pass" was unveiled by the movie rental chain's new parent company, Dish Network, at a press conference in San Francisco on Friday.

The new service will combine Dish Network's satellite on-demand subscription service with Blockbuster's physical mail rental service, offering Dish subscribers their choice of over 100,000 titles by mail, 3,000 movies streamed to TV and 4,000 movies streamed to computer for $10 a month (on top of Dish Network's current subscription prices, which start at $19.99 a month).

The service launches October 1 for all Dish subscribers and is free for the first three months.

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Gary Johnson, a nonentity in the presidential campaign up to this point, is finally getting some love on the Internet after his debate performance last night. And he has no illusions as to the reason why.

"As of last night I'm the most Googled name on the planet," he said at CPAC in Florida on Friday, "because I came up with a witty statement about dog poop."

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In an address to CPAC in Florida this morning, National Rifle Association executive VP Wayne LaPiere called President Obama’s decision not to pursue gun control legislation “a massive conspiracy,” and argued that it’s just another reason not to give him a second term.

“The president will offer the Second Amendment lip service and hit the campaign trail saying he’s actually been good for the Second Amendment,” LaPiere said. “But it’s a big fat stinking lie! It’s all part of a massive Obama conspiracy to deceive voters and destroy the Second Amendment in our country.”

ORLANDO, FL -- If you can't win the game, change the rules. That's what Rick Perry tried to do in an address to the CPAC Florida conference here Friday, one day after what was universally derided as a terrible debate performance Thursday.

Speaking to what sounded like a friendly crowd, Perry told his supporters not to worry and asked his party to remember that debating isn't everything.

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By a bipartisan vote of 59-36 Friday, Senate Democrats and several Republicans tabled (read: effectively killed) House-passed legislation to fund the federal government beyond September 30. The development escalates a new round of brinkmanship with disaster aid for FEMA and a government shutdown at stake.

Democrats are enraged by a provision of the GOP legislation, which holds disaster aid hostage to partisan budget cuts.

They're also unhappy with the amount of disaster relief money House Republicans included in their bill. Last week, the Senate passed legislation on a bipartisan basis that provided FEMA about twice as much disaster aid as the House bill, without requiring any offsets.

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In these times of secretive deficit super committee meetings, back-room pressuring on particular proposals and endless speculation on what the panel will wind up doing, it might be a good idea not to leave internal working deficit-reduction documents lying around the Capitol.

TPM got a hold of what appears to be an internal GOP Super Committee wish list -- a chart of working proposals for finding hundreds of billions of dollars in cost savings. A source recently forwarded the documents after finding them lying on a table outside the Speaker's lobby at the end of August, just when members selected to serve on the joint-deficit panel were being announced.

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