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A federal grand jury returned a nine-count indictment this week against former Fiesta Bowl employee Natalie Wisneski for allegedly making illegal campaign contributions to Arizona Republicans in the name of others.

The feds say Wisneski, 47, also filed false tax returns as an officer and "high-paid employee" of the Fiesta Bowl. They say she solicited campaign contributions from Fiesta Bowl employees for federal, state and local candidates while agreeing to reimburse the employees for their contributions with Fiesta Bowl money.

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CNN reports that the man arrested for allegedly firing a weapon at the White House last Friday, 21-year-old Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, will be charged with attempted assassination of the president or a member of his staff.

President Obama was not in the White House at the time of the shooting.

Many Americans only learned Herman Can existed after they heard him string the numbers 999 together. But the former CEO of Godfather's Pizza has been a GOP B-Lister for years and his name keeps popping up in the pasts of his rivals for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination with just a little bit of Google searching.

Here's the latest example, from a 1995 article on Newt Gingrich in the New York Review Of Books:

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Don't you just hate it when gay people don't pay their bills after posting clandestinely collected footage of your homosexuality "curing" therapy sessions?

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Marcus Bachmann is attempting to collect $150 from gay rights activist John Becker, who attended five therapy sessions at the suburban Minneapolis Bachmann & Associates on behalf of Truth Wins Out. Becker clandestinely recorded these sessions and released a video of his experience back in July.

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President Obama’s approval — and disapproval — rating is split down the middle, at 46 percent, according to a new Pew poll.

Eleven Romney staffers purchased their state-owned hard drives and all Romney administration emails were erased from a server, The Boston Globe reports. Romney administration officials had the remaining computers in the governor’s office replaced before his successor took over the office.

As a result, current governor Deval Patrick has no electronic record of any Romney administration emails, and has been unable to satisfy requests for records from the four year period from 2002-2006 that Romney served as governor.

Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said that Romney’s aides did nothing wrong. “In leaving office, the governor’s staff complied with the law and longtime executive branch practice,’’ she said. “Some employees exercised the option to purchase computer equipment when they left. They did so openly with personal checks.’’

Saul went on to accuse Gov. Patrick, a Democrat and close Obama ally, of “doing the Obama campaign’s dirty work.”

Massachussets Secretary of State William F. Galvin said that state law holds that while the governor doesn’t have to release emails to the public, they must still be preserved and handed over to the state archivist.

“They have an obligation as a public official to preserve their records,’’ Galvin said. “Electronic records are held to the same standard as paper records. There’s no question. They’re not in some lesser standard.’’

It's no surprise that Newt Gingrich is rising in the polls. After all, Stephen Colbert said Wednesday, "he's the only candidate that appears to be made of dough."

But Gingrich's campaign didn't have a great summer: after the former House speaker took a luxury cruise in Greece, his campaign staff resigned en masse. But in Iowa on Wednesday, Gingrich explained that the fancy-schmancy cruise was really a fact-finding mission!

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Newt Gingrich may want to update the website on his consulting firm.

The Gingrich Group's "Center For Health Transformation" has a section detailing their prescription for comprehensive health care reform. One crucial plank? A mandate requiring everyone making $50,000 or more to obtain health insurance or post a bond.

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Japan has banned rice produced near the country’s crippled nuclear plant after samples showed radiation levels well beyond legal limits, AFP reports.