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Karl Rove has emerged once again to proclaim a GOP candidate dead in the water.

"If you look at the polls, in fact, there's a hint that sometime between October 6th and October 10th, Cain peaked and had begun to slide slightly since then," Rove told Fox News on Monday."

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Federal Judge Jay Bybee accepted $3.4 million in free legal assistance from 2007 to 2010 as he was under investigation for his role in the so-called "torture memos," the National Law Journal reported. Much of the money -- $3,251,893 of it -- came from the Latham & Watkins law firm, whose lawyers previously appeared before Bybee in the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.

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President Obama’s reelection campaign has launched a Tumblr site where supporters can submit a story, photo or video. See the site here.

Michele Bachmann's New Hampshire campaign team has now publicly confirmed via press release that they have quit en masse. And what's more, they blame the separation on Bachmann's national campaign team.

As the press release (via National Journal) explains, the team " holds no ill will towards the candidate, but not [sic] longer feels relevant based on their poor relationship with the national team."

The press release says that certain unspecified "incidents" happened during Bachmann's recent trip to the state, and the team was unable to deal with these problems through the national team, and that their concerns were not communicated to the candidate. In addition, members were asked to temporarily go off payroll in mid-September, due to "financial concerns" within the campaign, and the situation has not yet been resolved.

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The late Democratic Rep. John Murtha's Pennsylvania congressional office made most of the decisions about how a defense contractor that "acted solely as a pass-through entity" dished out money to law enforcement agencies in his district, according to a new DOJ Inspector General report.

DOJ investigators are questioning $3,335,583 in grants received by MountainTop Technologies Inc. between Sept. 2004 and Sept. 2006. They also note that MountainTop, which had close ties to Murtha, received $1,964,730 from a congressionally-mandated grant in Sept. 2008 after their audit was completed.

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Rick Perry got a bump from former Republican presidential candidate Steve Forbes on Monday, who announced his support after several days of gushing praise.

"Steve Forbes is a well known fiscal conservative, and provided strong support and advice throughout the process of drafting my economic and jobs plans," Perry said. "I am honored to have Steve's endorsement of my candidacy for president."

The endorsement came shortly after Perry announced he would support a flat tax, the details of which are expected to come later this week. Forbes made a similar proposal the centerpiece of his presidential campaigns in both 1996 and 2000.

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An Arab-American leader who met with law enforcement officials earlier this month is optimistic that the FBI is taking the problem of anti-Muslim training materials seriously.

Abed Ayoub of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee attended a meeting that the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division hosted with other law enforcement officials on Oct. 14. The meeting was mentioned in a letter the Justice Department sent to Sens. Joe Lieberman and Susan Collins, who were concerned about federal funds flowing to local and state anti-Muslim terrorism training. Ayoub said that anti-Muslim training materials used by law enforcement were a major topic of discussion.

"I can't speak officially for the FBI, but what I can say is that I think they do understand the significance of what happend, they do understand the importance of getting this resolved and the impact on many members of the community," Ayoub told TPM. "They do understand that this needs to be resolved. I do have a sense that they understand the importance of this matter."

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