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Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) has a message for the Democrats: They are afraid of her running for president, and the possibility that she could pick up votes from women.

As the Associated Press reports, Bachmann toured New Hampshire on Tuesday, and appeared with the local radio WXKL-FM "Road to the White House" interview series, at a bar across the street from the statehouse. And during the interview, she criticized DNC chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz for calling Republican policies "anti-women."

"They're terribly afraid of a Michele Bachmann candidacy for president of the United States," said Bachmann. "Democrats see themselves with group politics quite often, they'll see that they think they should own certain minorities or ethnicities or that they should own women. That's not true."

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A U.S. judge has approved a class action settlement over Google's Buzz social network, and awarded $500,000 to the Electronic Privacy Information Center, an advocacy group that has played an important role in highlighting and explaining to the public the significance of key privacy issues in the digital age.

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) plans to question President Obama's choice for Commerce secretary on an issue related to union bargaining rights and Boeing.

John Bryson, who Obama tapped Tuesday to replace outgoing Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, serves on Boeing's board of directors though he will be forced to step down and recuse himself from any matters dealing with the defense giant, if confirmed by the Senate.

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So you're a Tea Party star still licking his wounds from being the first person in more than 50 years to lose to a write-in candidate for the U.S. Senate. You deserve a break from it all, a summer vacation -- but where to go? If you're Joe Miller, how about a few days on a boat with a bunch of birthers cruising around Alaska?

"ENLIST NOW," the cruise's site says, "to be on board with the most freedom-embracing and liberty-loving navy at sea: the WND Navy and the Tea Party at Sea!"

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Four days after a lewd photograph appeared on his Twitter account, Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) continues to get questions about it from reporters. Over the last several days, the congressman and his office have called the incident a "hack," a "prank" and a "distraction" -- and on Tuesday Weiner told reporters that he was "not going to talk about this anymore."

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If you thought Sarah Palin's strange bus tour across the northeastern U.S. is a media circus now, just wait: Reports are coming in that Palin will on Tuesday evening meet up with the PT Barnum of media circuses, Donald Trump.

ABC's Michael Falcone reports on the details:

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House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) is urging his colleagues to vote down today's "clean" debt limit extension to deprive the GOP of a political win, even though he and the majority of his caucus publicly favor the legislation.

His advice underscores the topsy-turvy politics of Tuesday's upcoming vote on a Republican-sponsored bill that would raise the ceiling on government borrowing without tacking on any spending cuts or additional riders. While the legislation is exactly what most Democrats want to see pass, Republicans are bringing it to the floor with the expectation that it will fail -- likely with unanimous GOP opposition. The point of the vote is to divide progressive and conservative Democrats and bolster Republican arguments that major cuts are needed to successfully pass a debt ceiling hike.

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When several newly minted Republican governors began pushing through broad, unpopular legislation this year, they may have unintentionally aided President Obama's reelection odds.

Emboldened by their party's midterm election day romp, freshman GOP governors in a few crucial swing states immediately began to advance radical legislation upon taking office. But as the cost of those unpopular legislative agendas has now become clear in the form of free-falling approval ratings and incredible buyer's remorse, polls have shown that that same voter discontent could translate into a big 2012 boost for President Obama.

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