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Not even the conservative’s conservative is going to bail Michele Bachmann out of this one.

On his show today, Rush Limbaugh attacked Bachmann for her medically baseless claim that Gardasil — the HPV vaccine Rick Perry mandated for young girls in Texas — causes mental retardation.

Michele Bachmann warned America on Monday that the HPV vaccine Rick Perry had mandated in Texas caused "mental retardation" in little girls, sending what had been a typical attack on Perry's record deep into tinfoil hat territory.

"I will tell you that I had a mother last night come up to me here in Tampa, Florida, after the debate," Bachmann said. "She told me that her little daughter took that vaccine, that injection, and she suffered from mental retardation thereafter."

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The national Republican Party's efforts to avoid the super-early caucus and primary contests that occurred for both parties in the 2008 cycle -- when the Iowa caucuses were held just three days into the new year, and the New Hampshire primary five days after that -- are being up-ended by a state that has driven much of the hard-line national conservative agenda in recent years: Arizona.

On Monday, Gov. Jan Brewer (R) issued a proclamation that the state's presidential primary would be held on February 28, in accordance with the existing state law.

The problem: RNC rules for the new cycle command that no state can hold its contest before March 6, other than the selected early venues of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina.

Brewer had previously considered placing the election even earlier, in January, but has now decided to stick with late February -- which is still not in defiance of RNC rules.

As such, Brewer's move is already triggering a backlash from the officially sanctioned early states, who could move up their primaries and caucuses if the situation is not resolved amicably.

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(Reuters) – A federal judge in Pennsylvania said the insurance-buying mandate in President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul in unconstitutional, the latest ruling over an issue likely to be taken up by the Supreme Court.

Top Republicans in the House and Senate put the kibosh Tuesday on President Obama's plan to pay for a $447 billion jobs bill by closing tax loopholes and ending tax credits benefiting wealthy Americans. But the fine print in Obama's jobs bill actually treats the tax increases as an enforcement mechanism -- a trigger -- and the jury's still out on whether they'll accept the actual pay-for in the jobs bill, which tasks the joint deficit Super Committee with finding the offsets.

"The half-trillion dollar tax hike the White House proposed yesterday will not only face a tough road in Congress among Republicans, but from Democrats too," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said on the Senate floor Tuesday morning.

At a press conference at RNC headquarters, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) echoed this view.

But if you read the jobs bill, it states in the dense language of legislation that the tax increases only take effect if the new Super Committee doesn't find an additional $450 billion in deficit reduction, beyond the $1.2 trillion they're tasked with passing.

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An interesting side note to the Senate hearing on voter rights laws from last week: the author of Indiana's photo voter ID law is now a member of Congress.

Freshman Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN) was Indiana's Secretary of State when the state passed a voter ID law in 2006 that the Supreme Court then upheld in 2008. At Thursday's hearing, Rokita launched a passionate defense of photo ID laws at the polls.

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Update 4:01 p.m. ET, Tuesday Sept. 13 After suffering several unfavorable rulings in Europe, Samsung has struck back in its transnational patent fight with Apple, filing three mobile device patent infringement claims in France, the company said on Monday.

The French news agency AFP cites an inside source who claims that Samsung's complaint is centered on three patents related to Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS), a type of 3G technology (supporting both voice and data transmission) that is found on Samsung devices and on popular Apple products including the iPhone and the iPad.

The complaint, which was filed in July, marks a new battle line between the two companies who have been locked in an ongoing legal feud over their respective intellectual property rights. Apple has filed several design-based patent infringement claims against Samsung in other European countries, including Germany and the Netherlands, and has mostly prevailed in those cases. The July filing by Samsung pivots away from the dispute over design to the underlying technology the devices use.

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