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Just a few months ago, Robert Marro was singing Herman Cain's praises. Now he's as cynical about the rapidly collapsing Republican presidential insider as a DC political reporter.

Marro's story is similar to many, except for one thing: He's one of the Muslims who helped rehabilitate Cain's image after the Cain tried step down as the Pied Piper of Islamophobia.

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Updated 3:45 pm ET Tuesday, November 15

Google Plus Pages for businesses and brands are barely a week old, and already the neophyte social network appears to have its first identity crisis: Someone has created a Google Plus Page for Bank of America trashing the nation's largest bank with a series of mocking photos, images and other posts, according to Reuters social media editor Anthony DeRosa on Twitter Monday night.

Indeed, visiting the page at the time of this posting reveals a series of messages obviously meant to satirize the bank's overall business practices.

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Already, the decision in March by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers' to create a new top-level domain, dot xxx (.xxx), for adult sites, has had one noticeable affect: Colleges in Missouri, including my alma matter, the University of Missouri, are buying up the domain names as preventative measure against unaffiliated porn websites that may seek to capitalize on the schools' brands, the St. Louis Post Dispatch reported last week.

The University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri has registered missouri.xxx, missouritigers.xxx (the school's mascot) and mizzou.xxx (the school's nickname), the paper reports. Meanwhile, Washington University in St. Louis has registered washu.xxx, and even the St. Louis College of Pharmacy has gotten in on the action, registering stlcop.xxx.

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Wisconsin Dems are kicking off their efforts to recall Gov. Scott Walker, starting at midnight -- but even before that, Walker is set to run a TV ad defending his record, and urging against a recall.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the Walker campaign has purchased more than $300,000 of air time between Monday and Sunday, according to sources, in the Green Bay, La Crosse, Madison and Wausau media markets.

Tonight's ad will run during tonight's football game, between the Green Bay Packers and the Minnesota Vikings.

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Former Speaker Nancy Pelosi got caught in an awkward exchange Sunday on 60 Minutes over questions about stock trades she's made as a member of Congress. Current speaker John Boehner got hit with the same thing.

Turns out freshly-minted Republican presidential frontrunner and former Speaker Newt Gingrich could face the same kind of awkward questions about the timing of stock trades he made and legislation he was part of.

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The reigning champ has done it again: Japan's record-breaking K Computer, located at the RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science (AICS) in Kobe, Japan, again took the top spot on the biannual list of the world's Top 500 fastest supercomputers, published Monday by computer scientists in the U.S. and Germany. The K Computer had occupied the number 1 position on the previous list, published in June.

This time though, the K Computer hit a new record: 10.51 Petaflops (10.51 quadrillion floating point operations) using the LINPACK test for determining supercomputer performance.

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Herman Cain may have just had his Rick Perry "oops" moment.

In an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial board, Cain was asked whether he agreed or not with President Obama's decisions on Libya.

The beginning of Cain's answer then gave the impression that he might have been working from rote memorization -- and struggling to remember his lines.

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The Democratic effort to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, in a backlash against his anti-public employee union legislation and the state budget, isn't just set to begin tomorrow -- the kickoff will now happen right after midnight!

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports:

"We are going to be filing online (with the state) just after midnight that will allow us to start collecting the signatures," Meagan Mahaffey, executive director of United Wisconsin, said. "There are some midnight collection events around the state. People are ready to go and want to start as soon as possible. There's a lot of excitement about it."

United Wisconsin, which is helping lead the recall efforts against Walker, will also make a paper filing with elections officials at the state Government Accountability Board in Madison Tuesday morning, Mahaffey said.

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Facebook's international headquarters, located in Dublin, Ireland, are currently being audited by the Irish Data Protection Commissioner's office and could face a modest fine, following a lengthy list of complaints filed by an Austrian student over the fact that Facebook held onto his deleted wall posts, chat messages and other personal data.

Now, TPM has learned more about the DPC audit, including when it began, when it will be completed, and the fact that Facebook is doing what it takes to avoid being fined.

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