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President Obama's campaign manager, Jim Messina, kicked off a new push to court the youth vote at a rally in Philadelphia on Wednesday night.

"What people don't focus on is there's 8 million voters who are 18 to 21 who weren't old enough to vote last time and who are going to cast their first vote for Barack Obama," Messina said at the event at UPenn promoting the campaign's new 'Greater Together' initiative. "Your older brothers and sisters started it, and you're going to complete it."

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Michele Bachmann, asked on FOX News today about Herman Cain’s travails, said that she had no comment. But she did make one thing clear: don’t expect something similar from her campaign. “What I’ve been telling people when I’m asked about it is the voters wont find surprises with me,” she said.

Day four of the Herman Cain sexual harassment story is all about the blame game. Team Cain blames Rick Perry for making the press aware of the accusations of inappropriate behavior Cain admits came his way when he was CEO of the National Restaurant Association in the late 1990s.

Team Perry, meanwhile, says it's the Mitt Romney campaign who sent the story to Politico. The Perry camp denies strenuously that they had anything to do with the story which is, at its heart, about accusations Cain has admitted are real -- though he says he never harassed anybody. Romney's campaign also denied they're the source of the story to TPM and other outlets Wednesday.

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Mitt Romney sought to defend himself on Thursday against charges of inconsistency from his Republican opponents.

“I can’t state every single issue in exactly the same words every single time,” he told the New Hampshire Seacoast Media Group.  “Folks…draw great attention to something which looks like a change which in fact is entirely consistent.”

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A Republican-controlled House subcommittee continued its quest to dredge up damning information from internal White House communications on Thursday when it voted along party lines 14-9 to subpoena records relating to the bankrupt solar panel start-up Solyndra.

Republicans decided to go ahead and subpoena the White House even after they have already received thousands of documents relating to the Department of Energy's decision to award a $535 million loan guarantee to what was the flagship alternative energy company that the department was promoting.

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Is this the kind of help Herman Cain is looking for this week?

Cain has now picked up a top endorsement from the right-wing blogosphere: Pamela Geller, the anti-Islam campaigner and Birther.

Geller posted an entry on her blog Wednesday evening, declaring her support for Cain. In the past, Geller has criticized Cain, when he backed down from his statement that local communities should be able to ban mosques. She had also hoped that Sarah Palin would run, a dream that came to naught when Palin declared a month ago that she would not run.

But now, recent developments have put her on board. Specifically, the allegations of past sexual harassment against Cain -- and the counter-accusation from Team Cain that the Rick Perry campaign was behind it -- have changed her mind. Geller has long detested Perry, calling him soft on "stealth jihad" by Muslims in America.

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A simple yes or no would have sufficed, but when House Speaker John Boehner was asked whether anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist was a positive influence on his caucus, he feigned ignorance.

"It's not often I'm asked about some random person in America," he said.

The context here is that Republicans are gridlocking the deficit Super Committee because they've pledged publicly never to raise taxes -- a pledge Democrats say they'll have to break to get bipartisan support for cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.

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