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Herman Cain says he wouldn’t apply the 9% flat tax of his “9-9-9” tax plan for those at or below the poverty line. The move followed criticism that the flat tax portion of the plan would unfairly punish the poorest of Americans.

Yet the Washington Post is reporting that the elimination of the middle 9 doesn’t quite fix the problem.  “Poor families would see a smaller tax increase than they otherwise would see, but they will still see a tax increase,” they quote Roberton Williams, a senior fellow at the Tax Policy Center.  

The Tax Policy Center released an analysis earlier this week that criticized the 9-9-9 plan as raising taxes on 84% of Americans while lowering them for only the richest households.

The largest scientific study yet by sample size investigating the link between cell phone use and cancerous tumors in the central nervous system -which surveyed some 358,403 adult cell subscribers age thirty and over in Denmark over a 17 year period and compared them to all non-subscribers - has concluded that "there were no increased risks of tumours of the central nervous system, providing little evidence for a causal association."

Still, the results of the study, published in the British Medical Journal on Thursday, note that a "a small to moderate increase in risk for subgroups of heavy (cellphone) users" remains to be determined in further study.

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National Security Network senior adviser, Major General Paul Eaton, retired, released the following statement:

“The President made the right choice today in announcing a complete drawdown from Iraq by the end of the year. His decision honors the commitments of the United States:  to a sovereign Iraqi nation, to the brave American troops and diplomats who have served for almost a decade and to the American people. The United States has provided opportunities for Iraqis to ask for an American troop presence beyond the date agreed to by President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in 2008. They have not asked for that. It would be inappropriate to keep troops without Iraqi legal immunity for our servicemembers. Hundreds of thousands of dedicated Americans have served our country in Iraq, and nearly four thousand five hundred people have given their lives to support Iraq’s transition to a sovereign democratic nation. Today we thank and honor these men and women and mark a promise kept to Iraqis, to Americans and to the values they serve.”

Remember Gary Bauer? Reagan's Undersecretary of Education, former president of the Family Research Council and Republican presidential candidate? He's got an interesting view on the Occupy Wall Street movement, as he informed supporters of his American Values organization this week.

Recalling the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, and the killing of six others, Bauer wrote that the "liberal establishment rushed to judgment and condemned the Tea Party" for the shooting.

"As it turns out, the assassin, Jared Loughner, was an apolitical radical who would fit in well with the Occupy Wall Street movement," Bauer wrote. "A friend told ABC that Loughner was heavily influenced by a movie called 'Zeitgeist.' One left-wing reviewer described the movie as containing three central points: 'Religion in general, and Christianity in particular, are systems of social control. 9/11 was an inside job... And, finally, International Bankers ... control our money and our future...'"

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9-9-9, meet 9-0-9.

Herman Cain came to Detroit on Friday to defend his signature tax plan against the attacks its suffered from all sides since he rose to frontrunner status in the GOP presidential primary. And he did it by publicly dropping one of his 9s for the poorest Americans.

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Actor Will Ferrell stopped by the White House briefing room today. See him at the podium with White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, via ABC News' Mary Bruce, here.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) is spitting up venom after eating scorpions for breakfast.

Brewer's arthropodically-titled new book, which hits stores Nov. 1, lashes out at the Obama administration over its opposition to her push for SB 1070, the state's anti-immigration law critics said would lead to racial profiling. In the period leading up to the bill's passage, Brewer writes, the flood of feedback from either side of the debate threatened to overwhelm her. The torrent was so strong that she explicitly compares the experience to waterboarding, the Arizona Republic reports.

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Did another Senate tradition come to an end this week?

Not exactly. But something very rare did happen and Democrats are using it as a cautionary tale, to warn Republicans not to get too brazen.

Thursday night, Democrats filibustered a Republican-backed provision of President Obama's jobs bill, because the GOP proposed to pay for it by slashing $30 billion worth of funds for federal programs. Republicans forced the vote to build a counter-narrative that Democrats don't want to work with them on jobs legislation, even bits of Obama's own plan.

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