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Some tough words from Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) about President Obama and his team's communications strategy were raising eyebrows in Washington Monday morning, but that was before Pelosi disavowed the quote and Newsweek's Daily Beast admitted a mistake and retracted it.

"I think you need to talk about how poorly they [the White House] do on message," Pelosi is quoted as saying in a story by Howard Kurtz. "They can't see around corners; they anticipate nothing."

Pelosi's office quickly denied having ever made the comments, and Newsweek/Daily Beast has since issued a broad correction.

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Former RNC Chair Michael Steele criticized Rick Perry's handling of a family hunting site known to locals by an inflammatory racial slur.

Steele, one of the most prominent African-Americans in the GOP, told TIME on Monday that, while he wasn't impugning Perrys motives, the Texas governor didn't do enough to get rid of a rock labeled "Niggerhead," as the area was popularly known.

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The election is more than a year away, but as of right now, a majority of Americans in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll say they expect to see a new President after January 20th, 2013.

The new survey shows that only 37 percent of Americans think President Obama will win re-election, while a majority of 55 percent think he will lose in November of next year. Polling firm Langer Research conducted the survey, and pointed to the partisan breakdown as the main driver in the result, especially unaffiliated voters. From their report:

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A 26-year-old Michigan man the feds suspected of supporting terrorist groups has been ordered held by a federal judge after he crashed into the car of an FBI agent following him around the anniversary of Sept. 11.

Reed S. Berry, 26, of St. Joseph was being tailed by an FBI special agent and a Michigan state police detective on the night of Sept. 9.

Berry, described as "very surveillance-conscious," had spotted an FBI agent earlier in the day and allegedly got out of his car and "ran directly at her parked vehicle while staring directly at her." Around 10:30 p.m., Berry allegedly did the same thing to a Michigan detective who had been trailing him, except he screamed this time.

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California Gov. Jerry Brown on Sunday signed a bill that prevents the state from banning the practice of male circumcision, Reuters reports.

An organization -- dubbed the Male Genital Mutilation Bill -- led an effort to make the practice of circumcising minors a misdemeanor crime. The group hoped to put the measure to a vote on a November ballot, and garnered thousands of signatures in support of the initiative.

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Herman Cain hit the glass ceiling Monday and went back to his role of defending the GOP against racism, rather than raising more concerns about racial insensitivity within the party ranks.

Yesterday, Cain attacked Rick Perry after the Washington Post reported his family held political events for years at a hunting parcel known as "Niggerhead." (Perry's campaign has dismissed the story and the name of the place has since been changed -- though reports differ as to when a painted sign with the offensive name was painted over.)

Today, Cain's campaign told TPM he "doesn't have anything to add" to his comments and he told reporters this morning he won't be discussing it further. What changed? The right wing went crazy over the Post story -- about Cain's response to it, that is.

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Officials at the White House and the Department of Energy were deeply divided over the financial viability of the now-bankrupt solar panel-maker Solyndra as they worked together on DOE's loan guarantee program, and on planning President Obama's visit to the company in 2010, according to a Democratic House subcommittee memo released Monday that summarizes the findings of a document dump from the White House Office of Management and Budget on the matter.

The memo was authored by the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations' Democratic staff and sent out to all of the subcommittees' Democratic members, giving them a characterization of the nature of the conversation between OMB and DOE officials as they continued to monitor Solyndra's progress and debated the future of the DOE's loan guarantee program.

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Two more top aides to Michele Bachmann’s presidential campaign have resigned, the AP reports. The aides departing the campaign are pollster Ed Goeas and senior adviser Andy Parrish.

Hours after President Obama insisted both the House and Senate vote on his entire jobs bill, a top Republican says that's not gonna happen.

Asked by a reporter for a yes or no answer, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) says the jobs bill, taken as a whole, is kaput.

"The $447 billion jobs package as a package: dead?" the reporter asked.

"Yes," Cantor replied.

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