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Rick Perry again attacked Mitt Romney for allegedly hiring illegal immigrants. “You’re part of the problem, Mitt.”

Members of the audience began booing in significant numbers — though it is unclear whether they were booing Perry, booing Romney, or any possible combination.

Romney brushed off the attack: “I think we’ve been down that road sufficiently. I think the audience agrees with me.”

“It’s a bit like saying that the college coach who’s lost 40 games in a row has the experience to go to the NFL,” Romney said of Perry.

Things are heating up, with Mitt Romney and Rick Perry struggling to talk over one another. Check it out:



The White House isn't backing away any time soon from Richard Cordray's bid to become the first director of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

The administration enlisted the help of 37 attorneys general, both Republicans and Democrats, to push for their former colleague, Ohio's previous attorney general, and sing his praises. The attorneys general sent a letter Tuesday to every member of the Senate, asking them to overcome their opposition to Cordray and the CFPB in general.

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Perry: “There is a magnet, and the magnet is called jobs. And those people who hire illegals ought to be penalized.”

“Mitt,” he continued. “You lose all of your standing in my eyes because you hired illegals for your home.”

Romney then denied doing that, and the pair started bickering over the rules, and which was allowed to respond. It degenerated to the point where it actually drew jeers and boos from the crowd. Indeed, it then degenerated a second time, prompting Romney to cry, “You have a problem with allowing people to finish speaking. and i suggest that if you want to become POTUS, you’re gonna have to let both people speak.”

Spend enough time around Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and you'll learn a few things about him. He's the most disciplined GOP leader on the Hill, and one of its savviest. His devious parliamentary tactics have been a cornerstone of the GOP strategy to thwart the Democratic agenda, of which he was the key architect.

But he rarely loses his cool.

That's why his acid-tongued attack on President Obama Tuesday came as such a surprise -- and, perhaps, an indication that Obama's campaign against the GOP for blocking his jobs bill is working.

Here's the audio, from McConnell's weekly Capitol briefing with reporters.

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Rep. Michele Bachmann continues her signature “repeal ‘Obamacare’” line at the GOP presidential debate:



Deep in the midst of a heated exchange between Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney on Romneycare, members of the debate audience booed Santorum for not allowing Romney to respond.

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