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Jon Huntsman lightened the mood of Monday’s debate when he name-dropped the late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. But could it be he actually won the Nirvana vote? The band’s bassist, Krist Novoselic, tweeted after the debate: ““Can a man who loves Beefheart sit in the Whitehouse? Does the Pope love Jesus? Hallelujah!!!!”

h/t Politico

Voters head to the polls today to decide Anthony Weiner’s replacement in NY-09. Capital New York’s Azi Paybarah caught up with Democrat David Weprin today. Watch the interview:

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has attained frontrunner status in the GOP primary process, and now he is starting to get frontrunner scrutiny.

Over the last week or so Perry has been questioned by the media and attacked by his Republican opponents for calling Social Security a "monstrous lie", a "ponzi scheme" and for suggesting that major changes will have to be made to the program. He sought to calm some nerves at the CNN/Tea Party Express GOP debate on Monday night when he said that nothing would change for seniors currently on the program, but according to a new poll from CNN, that's not his only problem on the issue: all age groups think Perry's characterization is "not accurate."

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Former Congressman Alan Grayson, who famously described Republican health care policy as "don't get sick" and "die quickly if you get sick," slammed the audience at CNN's Tea Party debate for cheering the idea of letting an uninsured 30-year old accident victim die.

"What you saw tonight is something much more sinister than not having a healthcare plan," he told the Huffington Post on Tuesday. "It's sadism, pure and simple. It's the same impulse that led people in the Coliseum to cheer when the lions ate the Christians. And that seems to be where we are heading -- bread and circuses, without the bread. The world that Hobbes wrote about -- "the war of all against all."

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Rick Perry was emotionless last week when faced with the 234 executions Texas has carried out on his watch. But he told reporters in Florida Tuesday that the audience cheer in support of the idea of letting the uninsured die at the CNN/Tea Party Express debate freaked even him out a little.

“I was a bit taken aback by that myself,” Perry said to reporters from NBC News and the Miami Herald in Tampa Tuesday.