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Mitt Romney is condemning Democratic strategists for planning an array of attacks on his character in order to bring him down in a general election.



The former Massachusetts governor took particular exception with a quote from an unnamed Democrat in a Politico story on the strategy, who said that "Unless things change and Obama can run on accomplishments, he will have to kill Romney." The person's connection to the White House was left vague, however -- the article merely described them as "aligned" with the re-election campaign.

"It is disgraceful that President Obama's campaign has launched his re-election with the stated goal to 'kill' his opponent with an onslaught of negative and personal attacks," Romney said in a statement. "President Obama will say and do desperate things to hold onto power because he knows he has failed. Neither despicable threats, nor President Obama's billion dollar negative campaign, will put Americans back to work, save their homes, or restore their hopes. On November 6, 2012, this will change."

The article in question listed a number of vulnerabilities Democrats hoped to exploit, most of which have already been raised in the press in recent weeks: Romney's awkwardness on the campaign trail, his reputation for changing positions, and his professional background as a high-powered executive at Bain Capital.

The polls are now open in Wisconsin for the big event: Six recall elections targeting incumbent Republican state senators, in a backlash against Gov. Scott Walker's anti-public employee union law and other budget decisions, with the potential for control of the state Senate to be flipped to the Democrats after just seven months of one-party GOP government.



The polls opened at 7 a.m. CT, and will close at 8 p.m. CT. Under Wisconsin's recall laws, these elections are effectively special elections, with the incumbents each facing a Democratic challenger in a head-to-head race. And given the unusual nature of these races, it is nearly impossible to predict who will win, with everything riding on turnout.

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Jon Stewart opened The Daily Show on Monday night skeptical that S&P's downgrade of the United States' credit rating is that big of a deal.

"The ratings agency is Standard & Poor's," he said. "Who's going to listen to a company whose name translates to average and below average? This is a big nothing burger."

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In August 2001, Governor Rick Perry stopped by Edinburg, Texas, to deliver a speech before a gathering of Mexican and United States officials on issue related to the border. Emphasizing the cultural and economic connections between the two nations, Perry called for new investment in infrastructure and an easing of restrictions on border traffic to further deepen ties. He also took a moment to tout a groundbreaking new law that allowed children of illegal immigrants to receive in-state tuition at Texas universities.

"We must say to every Texas child learning in a Texas classroom, 'we don't care where you come from, but where you are going, and we are going to do everything we can to help you get there.'" he said. "And that vision must include the children of undocumented workers. That's why Texas took the national lead in allowing such deserving young minds to attend a Texas college at a resident rate. Those young minds are a part of a new generation of leaders, the doors of higher education must be open to them. The message is simple: educacion es el futuro, y si se puede."

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Sometimes -- well, a lot of times -- cable news networks have to fill air time. Like when they have to wait for President Obama to make a statement. And especially when those remarks are pushed back 30 minutes.

Enter Donald Trump, cable news' recent favorite financial analyst. While America waited for Obama to speak on Monday, as stock markets were cratering, Trump -- who, for a successful business mogul, seems to have a remarkable amount of free time to do interviews -- weighed in on everything from the United States' debt deal (which he says shows a lack of leadership), the president (whom Trump said earlier he is still no fan of) and China (America's "enemy").

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Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL), a Tea-Party darling who has made a name for himself on the talk show circuit lecturing Democrats to get the nation's finances in order, has been under fire in recent weeks over charges that he's a deadbeat dad, owing more than $100,000 in child support.

Last Thursday, Walsh told constituents at a townhall that he plans to "privately and legally" fight his ex-wife's claims that he owes more than $100,000 in child support, which he called "wildly inaccurate." A recent Chicago Sun-Times article reported that his ex-wife is suing him for $117,000 in unpaid support.

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By John Voelcker

Sometimes news comes out of adding up little pieces of information.

Doing that with a few items from the past week, we're beginning to wonder if General Motors might launch an all-electric car in the U.S. in the next couple of years.

Based on recent spy photos from renowned photographer Brenda Priddy, we think there's a chance it could be an all-electric version of the upcoming 2013 Chevrolet Spark minicar.

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General Electric, at one time as much of a brand name for the practice of outsourcing as it was for being a big U.S. conglomerate, is hiring people for information technology positions in the U.S, and cutting back on outsourcing, reports Bloomberg.

CEO Jeff Immelt said that GE will add more than 15,000 jobs in the next three years, and more than a thousand of them will be outside of Detroit. GE has already hired about 660 people in Michigan, according to Bloomberg.

Charlene Begley, GE's chief information technology officer, told Bloomberg that about half of the company's IT work was outsourced at one point, but said that the company lost a lot of its technical capabilites.

Both GE and General Motors are part of a larger trend of companies hiring people back in the United States and the United Kingdom.

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Clinton Postpones Trip To Charlotte

In a statement released Friday evening, Hillary Clinton's campaign announced that the Democratic nominee…