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A new group calling itself "America's President Committee" has been established, seeking to draft one particular individual to run to be America's President -- Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN).

The Daily Caller reports:

The effort is coordinated by Ralph Banko, who worked as a deputy counsel in the Reagan Administration and in President George W. Bush's Office of Faith-based a Community Initiatives. "Mike Pence describes himself as 'First a Christian, then a conservative, then a Republican.' He unifies fiscal, social, and national security conservatives, and will energize the conservative coalition essential to wining back the White House in 2012," said Benko in a press release.

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1||January 17, 2011: Today the nation celebrates the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the most renowned speakers in American history and a leading figure of the Civil Rights movement, from the bus boycotts of the 1950s up until his assassination in 1968. His efforts fighting racial segregation won him a Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. He is the youngest ever to receive the award.||ZUMA Press/Newscom&& 2||On August 28, 1963, King gave his "I Have a Dream" speech in front of of the Lincoln Memorial on the Washington Mall. The next year, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, outlawing many forms of civil inequality.||Handout/MCT/Newscom&& 3||August 28, 1963||akg-images/Newscom&& 4||August 28, 1963||akg-images/Newscom&& 5||August 28, 1963: More than 200,000 people came to the mall to march and hear King's speech.||Fred Ward/Newscom&& 6||||akg-images/Newscom&& 7||King (front row, second from right) with the other organizers of the march.||akg-images/Newscom&& 8||King and other Civil Rights leaders meet with President John Kennedy and Vice President Lyndon Johnson in the Oval Office.||CECIL STOUGHTON/UPI/Newscom&& 9||||ZUMA Press/Newscom&& 10||||akg-images/Newscom&& 11||||Paul Schutzer/Courtesy of 12||||akg-images/Newscom&& 13||||akg-images/Newscom&& 14||||akg-images/Newscom&& 15||||Library of Congress&&

A new CNN poll finds the public split on the whether the national political discourse had any effect on the shooting in Tucson. On the other hand, there is a clear verdict deciding that a specific instance of political rhetoric -- Sarah Palin's crosshairs map -- did not contribute.

The poll asked: "Overall, how much do you blame each of the following for the shooting in Arizona -- a great deal, a moderate amount, not much, or not at all?"

For the question, "The use of harsh rhetoric and violent metaphors by politicians and commentators," 25% said a great deal, 23% a moderate amount, 17% not much, and 32% not at all -- for a total of 48% great deal/moderate amount, to 49% not much/not at all.

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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) thinks Washington has an "illness." And according to him, that illness is spending.

"The debt is a symptom of that illness," Boehner reportedly said at a Republican retreat in Baltimore Saturday. "The American people want it cured."

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House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) has asked the Department of Homeland Security to provide documents related to its Freedom of Information Act policy -- a policy which had political appointees reviewing FOIA requests.

The Associated Press reported in July that political appointees working for Secretary Janet Napolitano were reviewing FOIA requests, gathering information about the requesters and, in some cases, delaying responses.

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Newly elected Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus, in one of his first official actions, has fired everyone on the RNC's convention planning committee.

The Committee on Arrangements became yet another source of ire for RNC members fed up with the RNC's overspending under erstwhile chair Michael Steele. The committee was lead by Belinda Cook, Steele's longtime aide, and staffed with her family and friends. Cook alone pulled in $15,000 a month for the job; altogether, her "cabal," as the Daily Caller once put it, were paid $139,923 in a single three-month period last year.

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We may not have seen the last of former Sen. George Allen (R-VA) -- and what's more, we could be in for a top-tier rematch between him and Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA), who defeated Allen in 2006.

Politico's Mike Allen reports:

George Allen, the former U.S. senator and Virginia governor, plans to tell supporters within a week that he is mounting a campaign to retake the Senate seat he lost to Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) in 2006. Allen, 58, the most prominent 2012 challenger to announce so far, has begun to line up key staff members. Webb, 64, who won by 1 percent, has sent mixed signals about whether he will seek reelection. DNC Chairman Tim Kaine, a former Virginia governor who could be the Democratic nominee if Webb bowed out, has been telling friends he thinks Webb will run.

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Criticism of Sarah Palin in the wake of the Tucson shootings has been described as everything from "blood libel" to part of an "ongoing pogrom" against conservatives. And now, Pat Buchanan has added a new hyperbolic comparison to the list, describing President Obama's speech on Wednesday as "a fairly stern admonition, especially to the far left in this country, which has been quite frankly conducting something of a lynch mob against Glenn Beck, against Sarah Palin, against Rush Limbaugh."

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