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A new super PAC supporting Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain wanted to call itself "Americans for Herman Cain." One problem: that name would be illegal. Their solution: call themselves the "9-9-9 Fund" instead.

In an Oct. 18 letter to the Federal Election Commission (FEC), treasurer Scott Mackenzie wrote that the 9-9-9 Fund "intends to make independent expenditures, and consistent with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit decision in SpeechNow v. FEC, it therefore intends to raise funds in unlimited amounts. This committee will not use those, funds to make contributions, whether direct, in-kind, or via coordinated communications, to federal candidates or committees."

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If you're on the campaign trail for any length of time -- or even if you follow it relatively closely from afar -- you start to hear the same speeches over and over. And over. And over.

Needless to say, it can get a little boring. Sometimes you'd rather just stop blogging and turn on some football. The same is apparently true of presidential candidates.

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President Obama is in Las Vegas to unveil his new foreclosure and economic plan. The president’s new jobs mantra is “we can’t wait.” Watch his speech in Vegas live:

Occupy Wall Street has seen various levels of support in polling over the last week or so, but both the Pew Research Center and CNN released data on Monday showing that public opinion on the movement is evening out. Pew findings show that 39 percent of Americans are supportive of OWS versus 35 percent who oppose it. Earlier in the day, CNN showed that 32 percent of Americans polled had a favorable view of the movement versus 29 percent who see it negatively.

From Pew: “Independents have mixed opinions of the Occupy Wall Street movement: 43% support the movement and 35% are opposed. By contrast, the balance of opinion among independents toward the Tea Party is much more negative: Just 30% support the Tea Party movement while 49% are opposed.

Those following news about the Occupy Wall Street protests closely also tend to be more supportive than those following less closely. Six-in-ten (60%) among those who followed news about the protests very closely last week say they support the movement; 31% say they oppose it. Support drops to 33% among those who say they have not followed this news too closely – and just 12% among those who say they have followed this news not at all closely."

Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) wants Libya to pay the U.S. back.

In a letter to President Obama released Saturday, Welch wrote, "We believe it is essential that Libya reimburse the American taxpayer for the cost of our participation in the NATO mission."

Welch told TPM that repaying the U.S. would be a great way for Libya to build self-confdience and really "own their success," adding that the oil-rich country has the financial resources to do so.

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As part of his public campaign to repeal President Obama's health care law, Mitt Romney is pushing "Issue 3" in Ohio this week, a referendum banning mandates. But in addition to trying to block Democrats' health care law, the proposal would also outlaw the very same kind of state-level health care law that Romney considers one of his proudest achievements in Massachusetts.

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A few short months ago, Texas Gov. Rick Perry was moving to the front of the Republican primary, taking early state polling with him. The Nevada caucuses were no different -- Perry had a five point lead there at the very end of August, with 29 percent of Republicans. Now that Perry's campaign has fallen off nationwide, Nevada GOPers have followed suit: Perry is polling at just five percent there, nearly eight times less than Romney's current 38.

Perry's issue is much like his problems in other surveys: he was found to be extremely unpopular with GOP voters, where he was seen favorably by only 25 percent of the party faithful in Nevada, against 58 percent who see him unfavorably. Romney and current second place finisher, businessman Herman Cain with 26 percent support in the caucus trial heat, have sky-high favorability ratings, both men nearly hitting the nearly seventy percent.

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The leader of the House Republican Job Creators Caucus, Rep. Reid Ribble (R-WI), told reporters over the weekend that the best place for him to help with job creation is at a $1,000/host skeet-shooting fundraiser 45 minutes away from his own jobs fair.

Ribble said his attendance at the jobs fair his office set up and advertised was "a bit of a distraction" to people trying to find work.

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Supporters of the Occupy Wall Street movement and its associated global protests in cities across the world have not been shy about their use of social media, especially Twitter, to spread awareness and news about their causes. But good luck even mentioning the phenomena in China, where the country's second-most popular microblog, Sina Weibo, has gone ahead and blocked basically all "Occupy"-related keywords in uers' searches.

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Republicans don't have the White House's megaphone, but give them credit for creativity.

They've co-opted President Obama's new jobs mantra, "We Can't Wait," and turned it around on Democrats. On Twitter.

For the most part, Republicans are using the hashtag, #WeCantWait, to pressure Senate Democrats to pass House-passed anti-regulation legislation. They claim those bills will grow the economy, quickly, though most experts disagree.

Here's House Speaker John Boehner on jobs. And here's RNC Chairman Reince Priebus using Obama's slogan as a rallying cry for the future GOP presidential nominee.

Republicans did basically the same thing several weeks ago, when the White House asked voters to tweet Twitter Town Hall questions for Obama with the hashtag #AskObama. Let's see if Democrats get in on the game.

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