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Newt Gingrich's campaign appears to still be reeling from the mass resignation of many top staffers a week and a half ago. As the Des Moines Register reports, Gingrich has yet to put in place new staff in the key caucus state of Iowa.

Gingrich's entire paid Iowa staff were among the mass resignations. Gingrich spokesman R.C. Hammond told the Register that the campaign is searching for a new staff, but declined to discuss any specifics.

Meanwhile, the paper had trouble finding any prominent evidence of the staff search -- and instead found evidence that key Iowa GOP activists are not taking the campaign seriously.

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Andrew Breitbart says he saved Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) from an inevitable extortion scandal when he helped publicize the graphic tweet that led to Weiner's downfall.

Breitbart gleefully took partial credit for Weiner's resignation in his speech at the RightOnline conference in Minneapolis this weekend. In an impromptu interview, Breitbart says that he holds all sex scandal-plagued politicians in the same negative light, regardless of party.

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The Obama administration is pushing back against GOP claims on the campaign trail, including those of frontrunner Mitt Romney, that the White House's economic policies are failing.

A report by the White House Council of Economic Advisers released Monday shows foreign direct investment in the U.S. surging with a 49 percent increase in 2010 from 2009 levels in the nadir of the financial crisis.

In an e-mailed statement, President Obama touted his administration's "open investment policy," arguing that it has helped spur economic growth and job creation.

"By voting with their balance sheets, businesses from abroad have clearly stated that the United States is one of the best places in the world to invest," Obama said in the statement.

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While a district judge considers whether to grant a preliminary injunction against a new law that seeks to strip Indiana Planned Parenthood of federal funding, the non-profit has taken another hit: the organization recently learned that its application for the 2011 Neighborhood Assistance Program was rejected by Indiana's Housing and Community Development Authority.

The Neighborhood Assistance Program lets nonprofits leverage contributions from individuals. Donors participating in the program receive a tax credit worth half their donation on their state income taxes.

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Voyager 1, launched in 1977, is speeding away from the sun at more than 100,000 miles per hour. And as Popular Science writes, it may leave our solar system any day now. Its sister satellite, Voyager 2, is several billion miles behind, and will cross the boundary after Voyager 1.

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He's baaaack! After his ouster from MSNBC in late January, progressive pundit Keith Olbermann will debut his new Countdown on Current TV Monday night.

The show has bagged a number of high-profile guest hosts and commentators. David Shuster will be Olbermann's primary stand-in, according to a Current release from Friday. Other frequent contributors will include Rolling Stone's Matt Taibi, Mother Jones' Kate Shappard, and former Nixon White House counsel John Dean among others.

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South Florida Tea Party Chairman Everett Wilkinson thinks the GOP budget -- and in particular its call to phase out Medicare and replace it with a marketplace for private insurance -- is a total disaster. He's saying that Republicans, including members in his sphere of influence like Rep. Allen West (R-FL), should back away from it.

In an email to fellow Tea Partiers last week, obtained by The Palm Beach Post, Wilkinson called the GOP plan a "public policy nightmare" that could trigger "huge Democratic wins in 2012," and prompt Republicans to blame the Tea Party for their losses.

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Wal-Mart's legal team and lawyers representing more than a million women across the country went head-to-head before the Supreme Court in March. Today, the nine Justices handed the company a victory.

In a unanimous ruling, the Court said the 1.5-million plaintiff class action suit is too large to proceed. That reverses a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that the case could go ahead.

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Michele Bachmann's presidential campaign is firing at Mitt Romney, over his refusal to sign a stringent pro-life pledge from a conservative group.

On Saturday, Romney wrote on National Review that he would not sign the pro-life pledge from the Susan B. Anthony List (which supports pro-life candidates for Congress, in something of a counter-weight EMILY's List), on the grounds that its pledge to defund all "contractors and recipients of federal funds with affiliates that perform or fund abortions" went too far, and would cut off funding to many hospitals.

"As much as I share the goals of the Susan B. Anthony List, its well-meaning pledge is overly broad and would have unintended consequences," Romney wrote. "That is why I could not sign it. It is one thing to end federal funding for an organization like Planned Parenthood; it is entirely another to end all federal funding for thousands of hospitals across America. That is precisely what the pledge would demand and require of a president who signed it."

The Bachmann campaign then pounced -- linking Romney's stance on the pledge to his original pro-choice positions -- with spokeswoman Alice Stewart saying in a statement, in part:

"It is distressing that Governor Romney refuses to sign the SBA Pledge, even while claiming to be pro-life. The excuses for not signing clearly continue the doubts about his leadership and commitment to ending the practice of abortion - particularly for a candidate who ran as pro-choice for the Senate and Governorship of Massachusetts. Any Presidential candidate seeking our party's nomination should sign the SBA Pledge and vow to protect life from conception to natural death. Governor Romney should reconsider his decision not to sign the Pledge just as he reconsidered his position on the life issue during the last campaign."

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