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Stephen Colbert on Monday night forgave the news media for quickly jumping to the conclusion that Islamic terrorists were responsible for Friday's bombing and mass shooting in Norway.

The Washington Post's Jennifer Rubin, commenting on the attacks while they were still underway, wrote: "there is a specific jihadist connection here." Even the New York Times briefly reported that a group known as "Helpers Of Global Jihad" claimed responsibility.

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For Newt Gingrich, the most devastating attack ad against his campaign is self-inflicted: a 2006 PSA for climate change that he cut with then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi. At the time Republicans from President Bush on down were moving to the center on the issue, but in recent years the GOP has purged virtually all pro-environment sentiment among its members. Now Gingrich is trying to catch up with the times by disavowing his old ad.

"I was trying to make a point that we shouldn't be afraid to have a debate with the left, even on the environment," Gingrich told WGIR radio on Tuesday. "Obviously it was misconstrued, and it's probably one of those things I wouldn't do again."

Gingrich probably would not be welcome back for another ad: he has repeatedly called for an end to the Environmental Protection Agency in recent months. As for whether he was misunderstood, you can watch the ad below:

Jon Stewart last night had some tough words for Congress, berating politicians' inability to broker a deal to raise the debt limit.

Responding to the latest debt limit offers from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Stewart compared Congress to a skunk with its head stuck in a jar of peanut butter.

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What do you do when you're a tea party organizer with a history of inflammatory comments comparing America's public schools to Nazi Germany? If you're Wisconsin state Senate candidate Kim Simac, the answer may be liberally apply the delete key to your online past.

Simac is the Republican candidate in the Wisconsin recall election in state Senate district 12, which means she's hoping to unseat incumbent state Sen. Jim Holperin (D). Thanks to the strange political dance that is the Wisconsin recall process, Simac will face Holperin in a general election contest later next month.

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A new air corridor to be reserved exclusively for unmanned aerial drones could turn Oklahoma into the prime drone development region of the United States.

Oklahoma state officials are currently pushing for the corridor, which would stretch for approximately 80 miles between Fort Sill and the town of Clinton, to be approved by the Federal Aviation Administration.

If approved, the air corridor would be the first civil airspace in the country where unmanned aircraft could be flown without prior FAA permission.

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Donors didn't exactly throw money at the political action committee behind an offensive campaign video that featured "gangsters" tossing cash at a stripper portraying Rep. Janice Hahn (D-CA), who won the special election for CA-36 earlier this month.

Turn Right USA's recent report to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) shows the group took in just $285 in July, a reporting period that covered the two-week period after the group released the controversial Internet video aimed at drawing attention to Hahn's supposed connections to "hardcore gangsters."

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In a prime time address to the nation Monday evening, President Obama urged Americans to call their members of Congress, to pull Republicans back from a dangerous ledge, and bring them on board with new Democratic legislation that would cut spending significantly and avoid a catastrophic debt default. But the dynamic on Capitol Hill is already taking shape, and what Obama said is not likely to dislodge party leaders from their current strategies.

Discussions with senior Congressional aides, and Democratic and Republican Senators suggests leaders of both parties are hoping to avoid a public showdown between the House and Senate as the country careens toward default.

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