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Hip hop group The Roots really don't like Michele Bachmann apparently. The band offered up an apparent musical editorial on the Republican's presidential campaign as she took the stage to talk to NBC late night host JImmy Fallon on Monday, playing a few bars of Fishbone's "Lyin' Ass Bitch."

New York Magazine notes that the band has a history of taking jabs at guests via their choice of walk-on music, meaning the pick was likely not a coincidence [see update: they made their intent clear on Twitter]. Take a look at the video.

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If you're having a hard time buying that one party was more reasonable than another in the Super Committee negotiations, read Republican co-chair Jeb Hensarling's obituary for the panel in the Wall Street Journal. Specifically, check out this part about the GOP's big ask:

Democrats on the committee made it clear that the new spending called for in the president's health law was off the table. Still, committee Republicans offered to negotiate a plan on the other two health-care entitlements--Medicare and Medicaid--based upon the reforms included in the budget the House passed earlier this year....

Republicans on the committee also offered to negotiate a plan based on the bipartisan "Protect Medicare Act" authored by Alice Rivlin, one of President Bill Clinton's budget directors, and Pete Domenici, a former Republican senator from New Mexico. Rivlin-Domenici offered financial support to seniors to purchase quality, affordable health coverage in Medicare-approved plans. These seniors would be able to choose from a list of Medicare-guaranteed coverage options, similar to the House budget's approach--except that Rivlin-Domenici would continue to include a traditional Medicare fee-for-service plan among the options.

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One almost gets the impression national Democrats would prefer Newt Gingrich to Mitt Romney as the GOP nominee in 2012.

In Virginia, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is mounting a campaign to tie Gingrich to George Allen, who is running against former governor Tim Kaine to reclaim his old Senate seat in Virginia. Digging up a sixteen year old quote in which Allen referred to himself as "Baby Newt," Democrats are putting out press releases this week highlighting their similarities on Social Security (they both have supported private accounts).

"If George 'Baby Newt' Allen and Newt Gingrich had their way, Wall Street would be gambling away seniors' Social Security benefits in the stock market," DSCC spokesman Shripal Shah said in a statement. "The Allen-Gingrich scheme to privatize Social Security would be devastating for Virginia's seniors."

The other connection that Democrats are hoping to exploit: Allen's post-political career as a high priced consultant for corporate interests. In Gingrich's case, his work for Freddie Mac is causing his campaign the most trouble. For Allen, it's his work in with the coal industry. Both of these issues would be big election year attacks against Allen regardless of their connection to Newt of course. But it's a testament to Gingrich's brutal national polling that even as he's hitting his peak in the GOP primary, Democrats are still rushing to attach his name to other candidates.

Newt Gingrich's turned heads at the last GOP debate with a plan to repeal child labor laws, fire the nation's janitors, and replace them with underprivileged children. Now AFSCME is giving his quote the musical treatment with a mashup web video featuring footage from the Annie.

The web video, which is actually pretty funny, is part of a petition drive highlighting Newt's plan. Give it a look:

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During the 2008 campaign, then Sen. Barack Obama ran an ad mocking a McCain campaign quote saying: "if we keep talking about the economy, we're going to lose." Mitt Romney apparently thought it was an effective tactic and has turned the tables on the president.

The 60-second spot begins running in New Hampshire today, just as President Obama visits the state. It shows Obama using the aforementioned quote but cuts it off to deny viewers the full context, instead sneakily suggesting that the president was making the remark about his own campaign.

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Pennsylvania Republican leaders are backing away from a proposal to split the state's electoral votes by Congressional districts, rather than the winner-take-all system used almost everywhere else -- a proposal that would have potentially given the 2012 Republican presidential nominee a majority of the state's electoral votes even if they didn't carry the state's popular vote.

"I see no movement on it. I'm not going to push for movement, but I still support it," Governor Tom Corbett told a Pennsylvania Press Club luncheon on Monday, the Associated Press reports.

A Quinnipiac poll in September showed a majority of Pennsylvanians opposing the plan, seeing it as being geared to help Republicans, rather than the sponsors' stated views of better reflecting the state's voters.

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