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For weeks, Mitt Romney has been parrying attacks on his Massachusetts healthcare record while taking swipes at Rick Perry over his handling of immigration. But Romney could soon face a double-barreled dose of irony in the combination of both issues.

The Los Angeles Times reports that under Romney's Massachusetts healthcare law, illegal immigrants can access medical care under a government program called the Health Safety Net. This program allows undocumented foreigners and other uninsured to get subsidized care simply by visiting a clinic.

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Reuters reports:

The U.S. Department of Energy has been hit by recent successful cyber attacks and needs to do more to protect its computer systems, the department’s internal watchdog said in a report on Monday.

Here at TPM we spend a lot of time following the twists and the turns of the GOP presidential primary race so that you don't have to.

Gluttons for punishment? Maybe. But we like to think having watched this motley crew slug it out for the better part of the last year that we know a thing or two about where they sit going into the two month stretch before, you know, the first votes are actually cast.

So for the purposes of the exercise, let's consider this the end of the regular season -- where only the teams, or in this case the candidates, who've actually shown they have something approximating a sensible game plan eventually get to move on.

And before you accuse us of not treating this quadrennial exercise in democracy with the requisite seriousness it deserves, we would ask -- have you actually watched these debates?

We'll take a look at Round 2 tomorrow, and Round 3 on Wednesday, but kicking things off - the bottom rung.

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We already told you about Herman Cain's total lack of a campaign in South Carolina, according to plugged-in Republican operatives there.

With each passing day, more stories are published proving that South Carolina is not an outlier in the Cain campaign operation. Try as they might, reporters just can't seem to find any kind of legitimate Cain campaign operation anywhere.

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NPR’s David Folkenflik reports that Michele Norris is temporarily stepping down as co-host of All Things Considered, as her husband accepts a senior position on President Obama’s campaign team.

“Given the nature of Broderick’s position with the campaign and the impact that it will most certainly have on our family life, I will temporarily step away from my hosting duties until after the 2012 elections,” Norris wrote in a memo to colleagues.

Read Norris' note to staff and stations here.

Steve Forbes on Monday endorsed Rick Perry for president, CNN reports.

“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 in a statement. “I am honored to have Steve’s endorsement of my candidacy for president.”