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Rick Perry, meet your base.

A PPP poll out on Wednesday illustrates a clear contradiction within the GOP electorate: overwhelming majorities of voters who deride President Obama as a socialist, but who also love actual real social welfare programs -- Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid -- and don't want to see them cut.

For a candidate like Rick Perry, that cognitive dissonance could present real problems. He's rocketed to the front of the pack on the strength of his appeal to the Tea Party, where the Obama-as-socialist rhetoric runs red hot. He's also pretty much declared war on Social Security.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Bank of America Corp must reinstate a Countrywide whistleblower fired shortly after the two companies merged in 2008 and pay the employee $930,000, the Labor Department said on Wednesday.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article incorrectly attributed remarks by Rep. Kurt Schrader to Rep. John Barrow. TPM regrets the error.

Blue Dog Democrats are pushing members of the joint deficit Super Committee to reduce the deficit significantly more than they've been tasked with. But they don't want to talk about President Obama's jobs plan. And beneath the surface its clear that there are major differences between the White House and conservative members of his party.

Leaders of the Blue Dog caucus held a press conference in the Capitol Visitor's Center Wednesday to push the Super Committee to "go big." But thanks to an explicit efforts by Democrats and the administration the deficit panel's work has become linked to the idea of job creation, and Obama's jobs bill. But the Blue Dogs didn't really want to talk about it.

After the press conference I asked Rep. Heath Shuler (D-NC) whether he agreed with CBO chief Doug Elmendorf -- and by extension Obama -- that the wisest economic path involves near term stimulus followed by long-run fiscal restraint.

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By Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield

Sometimes a clever inventor or a team of engineers changes the way we think about an appliance or a concept we've lived with for years -- producing a revolutionary new design that makes us wonder how we ever lived without it.

But sometimes a supposed revolutionary new design is little more than changing something for changes' sake, producing a product that never quite catches on.

So when electric automaker Mia invited us to test drive its tiny electric microbus ahead of the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show -- complete with a centrally-mounted driving position -- we had to see if it was revolutionary or just plain weird.

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Michele Bachmann's presidential campaign announced on Wednesday that the congresswoman will be appearing on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno this Friday, September 16.  According to the press release, Rep. Bachmann will "share with Mr. Leno and his studio audience what life is like on the campaign trail, personal stories, and 2012 campaign plans."

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Police officers and FBI agents visited the home of a former aide to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports, and removed a large box. An FBI agent said the house visit was part of a “law enforcement investigation.” Read more here.

WASHINGTON/HOUSTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government heaped the lion’s share of blame for the country’s biggest ever oil spill on BP on Wednesday as investigators issued their final report on the massive Gulf disaster last year.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – For Al Gore, the choice is obvious: Either accept scientific reality about climate change or believe what the fossil fuel industry is paying some Republican candidates to say.

Highly unpopular Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) sat down with the folks of Morning Joe on Wednesday to discuss the Republican presidential candidates' chances in Florida as well as some of his state's own issues.

Asked how Mitt Romney and Rick Perry would do in Florida, Scott said he thinks either candidate could win in a general election. And Scott doesn't think Perry will be in much trouble for calling Social Security a "monstrous lie" and a "ponzi scheme."

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