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Elizabeth Warren is launching her first TV ad, introducing herself to voters in her campaign to unseat Massachusetts Republican Sen. Scott Brown. The ad is set to air starting on Tuesday.

The Warren campaign has sent a fundraising e-mail to their supporter list, in which Warren pitches the ad as a response to a recent attack ad from the Karl Rove-affiliated group Crossroads GPS:

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What a view!

Composed of photographs by NASA astronaut Ron Garan (@astro_ron on Twitter) taken from the International Space Station from August to October 2011, German artist Michael Konig edited images of Earth into a spectacular time-lapse video. According to Konig, the images were taken from an altitude of about 200 miles above Earth with a high definition camera. Konig aimed to let the images speak for themselves in the video.

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And so, once again, we see a GOP frontrunner fall from polling grace without Mitt Romney getting anything out of it. The Michele Bachmann surge begat the Rick Perry surge begat the Herman Cain surge which has now prompted the Newt Gingrich surge.

What gives? Why can't the man more and more Republicans believe will actually be the nominee get any love as these frontrunners flame out? In the case of his newest opponent, Gingrich, Romney's problem comes down to two words: fire and brimstone.

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Most people would have just paid the $8 fee to obtain a photo ID required to vote in Tennessee. Not Lee Campbell. The retired teacher and his wife fought for their right to a free photo ID and on Monday went to Capitol Hill to complain about what he called a "poll tax."

Campbell, a Utah native who taught and served as a teacher and a guidance counselor for 42 years and has voted in every presidential election since 1964, testified before a panel sponsored by Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee on Monday that he "experienced first-hand the harmful impact of all these voting changes that are springing up across America."

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A Super-PAC supporting Jon Huntsman has a new TV ad, set to run in New Hampshire starting Tuesday, that asks a key question for Republican primary voters: How come we haven't heard of Jon Huntsman?

The ad shows a montage of an older man, a woman and another man, all bemoaning the state of the country -- and hoping for a genuine, electable conservative in the presidential race.

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker tells the Associated Press he will be launching TV ads in the coming weeks to fight the recall effort against him. The ads will feature “real people talking about how initiatives (Walker) backed are working in their communities,” according to the AP.

Herman Cain’s spokesman is defending the Republican presidential hopeful after he responded poorly to a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial board question on Libya. From Cain’s spokesman, via the Washington Post’s Rachel Weiner: “He was on about four hours of sleep after flying from Atlanta to Wisconsin. He just took a moment to get his bearings.”

And more, via Chuck Todd: Cain “didn’t say anything wrong or inaccurate, it just took him a while to recall the specifics of Libya.”

(Reuters) - Google Inc offered a detailed glimpse into its secret process of ranking Internet websites on Monday, publishing for the first time a list of recent tweaks to its closely guarded search algorithm.

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To illustrate just how down to the wire negotiations of the deficit Super Committee have become, GOP leaders have gone entirely silent -- even on the question of higher taxes.

At his weekly Capitol briefing with reporters Monday, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) deftly swatted away about a dozen questions about the panel's negotiations, or the likelihood that they'll reach an agreement by the November 23 deadline set forth in the debt limit bill. The committee doesn't need outside pressure from him, he said.

This included my own question about tax increases. President Obama has pledged to veto deficit legislation that doesn't match every dollar in entitlement benefit cuts with a dollar in tax revenue taken from wealthy Americans. I asked Cantor if a Super Committee report meeting that standard could pass the Republican House. He declined to answer.

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s team has puchased more than $300,000 worth of air time between tonight and Sunday, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. The ads will run tonight during Monday Night Football, just hours before the recall effort kicks off.

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