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So much for the earth-shattering revelations about Connecticut Democratic senate nominee Richard Blumenthal's less-than-entirely-honest recollections of his Vietnam-era military service as a reservist Marine. According to his campaign, just about everyone in Connecticut has heard the story by now -- and few of them care.

Blumenthal pollster Al Quinlan presented internal polling to reporters this afternoon that he said showed Blumenthal has weathered the storm kicked up by last week's front page New York TImes story cataloging his history of "misstatements" about serving in Vietnam. The numbers he presented showed nearly everyone in Connecticut has heard of the scandal, but most of them still like Blumenthal a lot.

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Just days after Connecticut Republicans found their first opening against Democratic Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal, an admission that he had misrepresented his military record, they passed over their own Bronze Star-decorated veteran to nominate World Wrestling Executive Linda McMahon.

McMahon beat her Republican opponent, former U.S. Rep. Rob Simmons, for the party endorsement at its convention this weekend. Simmons, however, got enough votes to force a primary and vowed to do so.

Blumenthal last week admitted to sometimes misrepresenting his military service, going so far as to say he served in Vietnam. Although he served in the Marine Corps Reserves during the war, he was never deployed overseas.

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When Ann Curry, news anchor of the Today Show, gave the commencement speech at Wheaton College in Massachusetts last Saturday, she listed several famous graduates -- Wes Craven and Billy Graham among them -- of the wrong Wheaton College.

Curry mistakenly listed the graduates of an evangelical school in Illinois rather than the secular, once all-women college in Massachusetts.

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Chuck DeVore, a California state legislator and Tea Party-backed candidate for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, has a new Web video claiming that "Jack Bauer," the protagonist of the action-adventure show 24, would support him for Senate.

"Ask yourself this question, Jack Bauer fans: Which person would Jack want as his U.S. Senator?" the announcer says. "Barbara Boxer, a Guantanamo-closing, tax-raising, big-government growing ultra-liberal who reads Miranda rights to foreign terrorists? Or Chuck DeVore, a U.S. Army Reserve intelligence officer, who likes Guantanamo Bay as it is, thinks foreign terrorists should have an interrogator, not a lawyer, and supports lower taxes and smaller government?"

Of course, it should be noted that "Jack Bauer" is a fictional character portrayed by the actor Kiefer Sutherland. In real life, Sutherland is a Canadian democratic socialist whose grandfather, the late Saskatchewan Premier Tommy Douglas, was the founder of his country's single-payer health care system. The real-life Kiefer Sutherland remains a staunch supporter of his grandfather's left-wing New Democratic Party, and is a vocal advocate for single-payer health care.

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Jerry Kane, the man who with his son shot and killed two police officers after being pulled over in Arkansas last week, was a largely unsuccessful traveling pitchman for an esoteric anti-government theory known as "Redemption," telling desperate homeowners facing foreclosure that they did not have to pay off their mortgages because bank loans are fundamentally illegitimate, according to JJ MacNab, a Maryland insurance analyst who tracks anti-tax and anti-debt schemes.

"He was one of the followers of the Redemption method, the idea being because the bank loaned you money from someone else's checking account, it's committing fraud. Therefore, you don't have to pay your loan," says MacNab, who first encountered Kane about four years ago when, she says, he began posting on a now-defunct Web forum called

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