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It seems that the combination of brinkmanship and lukewarm reception to most anything President Obama proposes has caught up with Republicans in Congress.

The debt fight caused Washington's approval ratings to drop to new lows, but new data from a Bloomberg national poll shows that it hit the Congressional GOP the strongest: of the Americans who said they were frustrated with Washington, 45 percent said it was because of the GOP.

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In speech to the Economic Club of Washington, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on Thursday called the tax cuts in President Obama’s jobs bill ‘gimmicks’, saying he cannot support them. This despite the fact that many are proposals previously supported by his party.

Rick Perry further backed away from his 2007 decision to require schoolgirls to be vaccinated against HPV, saying he should have made the treatment available only when parents requested it.

"We should have had an opt-in instead of an opt-out," he said at a fundraiser in Virginia, according to Politico.

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People really don't like paying more for their Netflix rentals.

Netflix's 60 percent price hike -which went into effect on Sept. 1, the same day that the one of the company's main content providers, Starz, walked out on contract renegotiations- seems to be having a more profound effect on the company's business than it anticipated.

According to an updated third quarter guidance document addressed to shareholders and posted on the company's website Thursday, Netflix is lowering its Q3 prediction for the total number of domestic subscribers from 25 million to 24 million.

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There would be no Times Square pizza for Rick Perry.

On Thursday, Perry took a page from Sarah Palin's book and traveled to New York to dine with Donald Trump, the reality show star, investor and prominent birther who captured the imagination of the GOP electorate briefly earlier this year.

But this time, Trump avoided the mocking he took after eating pizza with a knife and fork by taking the Texas governor who lives high on the hog to one of New York's most expensive eateries.

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Watch House Speaker John Boehner’s speech at the Economic Club in Washington below:

Updated 9:24 a.m. ET, Thursday, September 15

Perhaps you thought that TechCrunch's now two-week long meltdown would have reached some sort of conclusion, or at least a tapering-off, after Monday's official acknowledgement from AOL that TechCrunch Founder and Editor Michael Arrington was fired.

Sadly, you'd be wrong.

The saga continued on Wednesday with Arrington's successor Erick Schonfeld posting a short item on the blog announcing the finalists chosen to vie for the $50,000 prize money at the annual TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco.

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Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) plans to urge the supercommittee to overhaul the tax code. In a speech he plans to deliver at the Economic Club of Washington on Thursday, Boehner will propose that the selected lawmakers lower the corporate tax rate and close loopholes instead of seeking tax increases. He will also urge them to consider entitlement reform.

The Speaker will reiterate that while the House will consider President Obama’s jobs proposals, he does not think they are a substitute for the GOP’s own economic program, which he will continue to push in Congress.

Speaking on Thursday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) sought to downplay the Democrat’s loss in a special election this week. She acknowledged that the loss was a ‘disappointment,’ but said that it wouldn’t change the House Democrat’s strategy for the 2012 elections.

Reverting back to a sports analogy, Pelosi called the loss a mogul. ‘A mogul is a bump. You plant your pole and go faster down to your goal.’