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The chairman of the House Budget Committee -- and author of the GOP's controversial budget -- predicted Thursday that the Supreme Court would nix the individual insurance mandate in President Obama's health care law. But though he outlined alternative means by which to assure universal health care coverage that he supports, he said the GOP would use the Court's action to force a fight over dismantling Obamacare.

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Stephen Colbert thought the 2012 Republican presidential contest was all but a two-horse race between Mitt Romney and Rick Perry. But a funny thing happened on the way to the nomination: Herman Cain.

"They have been joined in the top tier by this dark horse candidate," Colbert said. "An expression I use only because he's an unexpected challenger, not because he's a horse."

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For a man who famously adhered to a strict dress code in his later years, Steve Jobs sure went through a variety of different styles throughout his career and life, as this excellent, high quality photo album shows.

From his early, shaggy-haired days in 1976, building the first Apple computer with co-founder Steve Wozniak in his parents' garage in Los Altos, Calif., to his appearances as the sleek, trimmed, bespectacled master of ceremonies at Apple's keynotes, Jobs evolved along with his company and the industry writ large.

Plus, there's something a bit magical, as he might put it, about seeing him interacting with the devices and people to whom he devoted his life's work.

The last photo is particularly evocative, showing Jobs at his final keynote in June, standing among giant, larger-than-life sized models of the iPad, iPhone, iPod and Macbook, a silver iCloud floating above him. It's almost Willy Wonkaish -- in the best way.

Check them all out here.



Citing his "quest to seek and destroy unnecessary burdens on the freedom and liberties of people," a Republican state legislator has submitted a bill that would repeal Florida's 22-year-old ban on tossing little people for sport at bars. He's doing it for job creation!

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The New York Times found 757 places in the United States with names that some people might avoid saying out loud. The names are vestiges of a time when derogatory words were so common that they were used as brand names for “everyday items like soap, canned shrimp and tobacco.”

The news was surely overshadowed by Steve Jobs' death Wednesday, but another important figure in American history has died: Birmingham civil rights leader Fred Shuttlesworth, who Mark Luther King Jr. once called “The most courageous civil rights fighter in the South.” He was 89.

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In his first televised interview since the Washington Post broke the story about his unfortunately named family hunting camp over the weekend, Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) sought to downplay the scandal.

“I think there were very much some strong inconsistencies and just misinformation in that story,” Perry told Fox News.

The GOP candidate stood by the story his camp put out this weekend that though the rock did indeed exist, his family painted over the offensive word in 1984, shorlty after they purchased the land.

President Obama ramped up the pressure on senators to vote for his jobs bill when it comes to the Senate floor for a vote next week, aggressively arguing in his first press conference in two months that Congress needs to pass the bill or produce an alternative.

"As we look to next week, every senator out there that is looking to vote against this jobs bill, needs to explain why they would vote against something ... at such a crucial time for our economy," he said during a briefing with reporters Thursday.

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