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Rick Santorum served for 12 years as a very conservative senator from the big perennial swing state of Pennsylvania, only to lose re-election by an 18-point landslide in 2006. And as a new Quinnipiac poll suggests, if nominated for president he would again lose Pennsylvania -- and not only that, but he's not even the strongest Republican against Obama, nor is he even the favorite of Pennsylvania GOP voters for the nomination.

The poll for the Republican primary gives Mitt Romney the plurality with 21%, followed by Santorum at 16%. Sarah Palin follows with 11%, Herman Cain 8%, Ron Paul 6%, Michele Bachmann 5%, Newt Gingrich 5%, Tim Pawlenty 4%, and Jon Huntsman 1%.

For the general election, President Obama leads Santorum by 49%-38%. Mitt Romney actually does slightly better than Santorum, only trailing Obama by 47%-40%.

The poll was conducted from June 7-12. The sub-sample of Pennsylvania Republicans has a ±4.3% margin of error. The wider survey of registered Pennsylvania voters has a ±2.7% margin of error.

Attorneys for a friend and donor of former U.S. Senator Norm Coleman (R-MN) say federal investigators have closed a years-long investigation into their client, financier Nasser Kazeminy, The Pioneer Press reports. The investigation stemmed from lawsuits involving a company Kazeminy owned, in which it was alleged he had tried to funnel up to $100,000 to Coleman's wife.

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With his approval rating settling back to Earth now that the bin Laden bump has all but evaporated, President Obama's leads over a number of potential Republican challengers have narrowed such that he now leads his closest competitor, Mitt Romney, by just two points, according to a PPP poll released Wednesday.

In the survey, registered voters gave Obama a slim 47% to 45% edge over the former Massachusetts governor. That's a closer contest than last month when Obama led Romney 47% to 42%. It's also smallest gap separating the two candidates in PPP's surveys since last November, when Obama led 47% to 46%.

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There's going to be a rare 100-minute total lunar eclipse at 11.20 am West Coast time, but unfortunately people in the United States aren't going to be able to see it .... unless they tune in online.

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Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) wouldn't let ATF agents testifying before his House Oversight Committee hearing Wednesday on the controversial Project Gunrunner say how weak U.S. gun laws were making it difficult for them to catch criminals smuggling assault weapons to Mexican drug cartels.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) asked one of the agents if weak gun laws made their prosecutions difficult.

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A bitter, behind-the-scenes fight over the GOP's Medicare phase-out plan has bubbled out into the open, and now Democrats are openly charging Republicans with censoring their communications with constituents.

Several House Democrats are petitioning House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), in a letter first reported by Roll Call, to step in and stop Republicans on the House Administration Committee from blocking Democratic Medicare mailers.

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According to Tim Pawlenty's Google test, Tim Pawlenty has no place in government.

On Tuesday night, Stephen Colbert looked into what sorts of services could be done away with if the nation actually used Pawlenty's test, which says that if you can find a service online, the government doesn't need to provide that service.

"I say we can Google our way to not needing the government altogether," Colbert said.

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Appearing Tuesday night on Sean Hannity's TV show, Newt Gingrich brushed off the recent mass resignation of many of his top staffers. In response, Gingrich said that this occurred because his vision of an inclusive, grassroots campaign was too different from the traditional Republican model -- and that he feels "liberated" now.

"Look, I think that was the key to it, Sean: My vision -- the one that I learned with Goldwater in '64, learned with Reagan in '76 and '80, that you saw in '93, '94, with the Contract with America. My vision is of a people-oriented grassroots campaign where Newt.org becomes the center of new solutions, new ideas, new energy -- a campaign that's inclusive, that brings together everybody in America, of every ethnic background, who wants to change Washington.

"And I think that that was so different from the normal Republican model, that there just wasn't a fit. I frankly feel liberated.

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Facebook has hired former Clinton White House spokesman Joe Lockhart to manage its public communications.

Lockhart is probably best remembered for his role in steering the White House through the Monica Lewinsky scandal and impeachment proceedings.

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