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NBC News has tapped Chelsea Clinton as a special correspondent to report for the network’s “Making a Difference” segment.

From NBC’s release:



“Chelsea is a remarkable woman who will be a great addition to NBC News. Given her vast experiences, it’s as though Chelsea has been preparing for this opportunity her entire life,” said Steve Capus, President of NBC News. “We are proud she will be bringing her considerable, unique talents and dedication to NBC News.”

Ahead of the deficit super committee’s deadline, President Obama is urging committee members to make the tough decisions to reach a deal, ABC News reports.



“My hope is that over the next several days, the congressional leadership on the supercommittee go ahead and bite the bullet and do what needs to be done because the math won’t change,” Obama told reporters at a press conference. “There’s no magic formula. There are no magic beans that you can toss in the ground and suddenly a bunch of money grows on trees. We’ve got to just go ahead and do the responsible thing.”

Expanding on her statements during Saturday night's foreign policy debate, GOP presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann attacked President Obama for fully drawing down U.S. forces in Iraq, and claimed incorrectly that his war policies have left the country with a choice between releasing terrorists or killing them.

"President Obama was given a war that is won in Iraq, and he's choosing to lose the peace," Bachmann claimed on Meet the Press. "That's a desecration of the memory of forty-four-hundred Americans that gave their lives to liberate Iraq."

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SPARTANBURG, SC -- Michele Bachmann told reporters in the spin room after Saturday night's presidential debate here that her campaign has proof that, in the words of a Bachmann spokesperson, debate sponsor CBS News had "a pre-planned attempt to limit" the number of questions Bachmann was asked on stage.

Bachmann has an email from CBS News Political Director John Dickerson she says backs up her claims, but before the controversy could cook off, one debate co-sponsor -- the South Carolina GOP -- said Bachmann was barking up the wrong tree.

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How's this for setting a stark contrast between yourself and the man you hope to take on in November 2012?

Mitt Romney pressed ahead with one of his favorite themes at Saturday night's GOP Foreign Policy debate: namely, that the man who took out Osama bin Laden and Muammar Qaddafi is a weak President.

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Republican voters' hatred for foreign aid and love for Israel collided on Saturday night, as Rick Perry said he'd zero out all international aid but then clarified later that Israel would probably get the money back.

"The foreign aid budget in my administration, for every country, is going to start at zero dollars," Perry said, adding that countries would then have to make their case on an individual annual basis for continued support.

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After each GOP debate reporters' inboxes are flooded with emails from the campaigns playing up how their respective candidates "won" the debate. The Santorum camp tonight picked up on the theme that their candidate has the most experience in dealing with foreign affairs.

Well, it seems someone in the camp doesn't have the most experience with sending out the correct emails. The title of their missive? "Draft Template."

Check it out below:

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The GOP's Presidential candidates split sharply on the question of whether or not to torture prisoners at Saturday night's national security debate in South Carolina. Herman Cain and Michele Bachmann aggressively defended the use of waterboarding, while Ron Paul and Jon Huntsman condemned torture as immoral and illegal.

"I do not agree with torture, period," Cain said to start the exchange. "However, I will trust the judgment of our military leaders to determine what is torture and what is not torture. That is the critical consideration."

Asked specifically about waterboarding, Cain tipped his hand. "I don't see it as torture," he said. "I see it as an enhanced interrogation technique."

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At the CBS/National Journal debate in South Carolina Saturday night, Rick Perry seemed to welcome the chance to joke about the epic flub that made him the most memorable candidate at the last debate on Wednesday.

Perry, as everyone in America with YouTube access now knows, couldn't remember that he wants to disband the Department of Energy as part of his plan to slim down the government and make it more, he says, business-friendly. Since the Wednesday debate, Perry has tried to joke away the moment many said doomed his chances at the nomination. He took that act to the debate on Saturday.

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