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The Nagoya Institute of Technology in Japan has developed a passive walking robot capable of traveling continuously under its own inertia--without exterior power. All that's required is slight downward slope and a gentle push to get started. Wait, isn't that the exact same idea as a slinky?

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President Obama stopped by the Tonight Show today, his fourth time chatting with Jay Leno (second while actually in the White House). There he discussed his reaction to Muammar Gaddafi's death as well as the race amongst GOP contenders On the latter, Obama said he wouldn't start paying much attention until some more of them are "voted off the island."

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On Monday, you met the prospects who never panned out. On Tuesday, we ran through the players who still haven't quite made it out of the minors. Today, we look at the major leaguers: two big-money stars with All-Star resumes and a shot at winning it all.

So without further ado...

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Mark Miner, Perry campaign spokesman to TPM: “Mitt Romney may have set a new record in the amount of time it has taken him to flip-flop on an issue. And it’s still early in the day.”

Read what Miner’s talking about here.

Ken Blackwell, the former Republican Secretary of State of Ohio and one time candidate for Governor who lost against Democrat Ted Strickland in 2006, has endorsed Texas Gov. Rick Perry for President.

“I am proud to endorse Texas Gov. Rick Perry for president,” said Blackwell in a release from the Perry campaign. “Gov. Perry’s successful record of job creation shows that he has the skill, experience and ideas necessary to get our nation working again. His proven conservative values, and his proven executive experience are exactly what this country needs to reverse the failed policies of the Obama Administration.”

President Obama is speaking in Denver today, where he is expected to unveil plans to help students weighed down by student loans. Watch his speech live:

Samuel Wurzelbacher, better known as Joe the Plumber, has declared he is running for Congress. Again.

“Politicians keep playing politics with our lives. I’m sick and tired of it. I thought long and hard about running and why I would do it,” he declared. “I’m not the kind of plumber who uses duct tape.”

The announcement was made from a Hungarian restaurant in Toledo, Ohio.

Wurzelbacher said that he will be running as a Republican “but by God, that doesn’t encompass who I am, because I want to represent all Americans.”

Check out the video below.

Former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney's non-endorsement of conservative efforts to defend SB 5 in Ohio, the anti-union law that supporters say is necessary to control the state budget, served as a way to rile his fellow Republicans and revived a classic anti-Romney charge. Conservatives went after him for being too soft on the issues and willing to change his views to fit the circumstances.

But was it smart politics?

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House Republicans are crowing about leading efforts to repeal an impending 3 percent withholding tax on government contractors as yet another way they're rolling back the regulatory burden on businesses to help spur economic growth and job creation.

Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) on Tuesday touted the withholding repeal, which the House plans to take up Thursday, and pressed President Obama to jump on the bandwagon.

"We're bringing up 3% withholding bill to help gov'ts & their contractors at all levels work in a more efficient way so prices don't go up," Cantor tweeted. "Hope the President will join us in supporting this because this is a provision in his bill & we have used a pay-for that he's embraced."

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