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Mark Meckler, co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots and one of the most prominent spokesmen for the grassroots movement, was arrested at LaGuardia Airport on Thursday after trying to check in a handgun on his flight.

According to the Queens District Attorney's office, Meckler arrived at the airport with the gun, a Glock 27, and ammunition locked in a safe and presented it to the flight attendant at the Delta counter. He allegedly told authorities that he needed the gun for protection after receiving threats, but did not have a New York State license to carry the weapon. He's being charged with second degree possession of an illegal weapon, a charge that carries a penalty of up to 15 years in prison.

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A heckler briefly interrupted the Fox News debate. From the audio discernible on TV he was saying something about the “Federal Reserve System.” Several security guards could be seen in the background moving to deal with him.

Michele Bachmann, after several back-and-forths with Newt Gingrich said: ‘I’m a serious candidate for president of the United States, and my facts are accurate.’

Mitt Romney has been trying to relate to voters by letting them know he's more than a rich businessman who makes $10,000 bets. Over the past week, Romney has been discussing his time as a missionary for the Church of Latter-day Saints in France in the late 1960s. He describes living an austere life on a limited budget, rooming in a series of apartments without proper toilets or luxury items like refrigerators. "I lived in a way that people of lower middle income in France lived," Romney said. But Romney may have stretched the truth a bit.

Britain's Daily Telegraph decided to check into Romney's account of his time and France. They found that, for about 8 months out of his 30-month stay in France, Romney lived in a mansion in Paris, living a comfortable, upper-class lifestyle. The building, someone familiar with it said, could be described as a "palace":

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Mitt Romney defended accusations that he flip-flopped on gay rights, abortion, and gun rights. Romney took issue with the list, but admitted changing his mind on abortion with this explanation: ‘I ran in a pro-choice state, but when a bill came to my desk that would destroy embryos, I simply could not sign on to take human life. I vetoed that bill. I went to the Boston Globe and explained to them why I’m pro-life.’

Asked about the Fast and Furious scandal, Rick Perry said that if his attorney general didn’t know about the Fast and Furious program going on in his Department of Justice, he would ‘fire him immediately.’

The debate stage has not been the best place for Rick Perry to make his case to voters. But as the candidates gather for the last time before the Iowa caucuses at a debate in Sioux City tonight, Perry is in the midst of making his final case to Iowans -- and getting a little help in that department from a Democrat.

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President Obama and his campaign have signalled they have no problem turning the killing of Osama Bin Laden into a campaign issue as they ready for a general election that will likely be chock full of charges from Republicans that Obama’s been weak on foreign policy.

Obama campaign strategist David Axelrod continued the trend Thursday after Mitt Romney accused Obama of having a “timid” foreign policy stance.

“Wonder if bin Laden and demolished AQ leadership agree with Mitt that President Obama is timid on national security?” Axelrod tweeted.

Newt Gingrich mocked attacks on him as “zany,” responding to a foreign policy question with: ‘I’m very concerned about not appearing zany.’

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