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NASA has released an updated prediction for when and where it expects its defunct climate satellite to crash land.

According to an update from the agency posted on Thursday morning, the UARS satellite will come down "sometime during the afternoon" on Friday, September 23 basically anywhere except North America. "The satellite will not be passing over North America during that time period," the release adds.

That leaves everywhere else between the North and South 57th latitude, the region between Antarctica and Greenland. Still, there is a 1-in-3,200 chance of the satellite striking any person and a 1-in-21 trillion chance of it striking you personally.

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The candidates were asked about their responses to the Palestinian attempt to declare statehood at the United Nations, and how they would handle the U.S.-Israel relationship.

Mitt Romney said: “First you don’t allow an inch of space to exist between you, and your friends and allies.” He then repeated his usual accusation that President Obama went on an “apology tour” for America around the world, and criticized Obama for publicly opposing Israeli settlement construction in the West Bank — saying that if there is a disagreement with an ally it should be expressed privately, while standing behind Israel in public.

Herman Cain also chimed in: “If in fact it was clear to the Palestinians where the United States stood, they might have had second thoughts about pulling such a move without negotiating with Israel.”

The Texas prison system ended the tradition of offering death row inmates a last meal request, apparently in response to white supremacist Lawrence Brewer's particularly elaborate request before he was put to death Wednesday -- a meal that he then declined.

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Rep. Jo Bonner's GOP primary challenger is trying to stir up some ethics trouble that could create more headaches for Bonner, the sitting chairman of the House Ethics Committee, not too far down the road.

Dean Young, a Republican candidate for Alabama's 1st district, this week brought up a series of conflicts-of-interest questions that have followed Bonner since a botched Ethics Committee investigation of Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) last fall.

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Rick Perry defended his stance in favor of public education for the children of illegal immigrants.

Perry said that nobody else on the stage had worked as hard as he had on the issue of border security, noting the 1,200-mile border the state shares with Mexico.

“But if you’re saying we should not educate children who were brought to our state, by no fault of their own, you have no heart,” Perry continued — triggering a mix of cheering and booing from the audience.

“We need to educate those children so they don’t become a drag on our society,” he also said, adding that there were only four dissenting votes in the Texas legislature, on this solution to the issue at a state level.

Ron Paul takes an incredibly tough line on illegal immigrants, but not quite for the reasons you might expect. He says illegals should be discouraged from coming to the country by having their benefits cut off. However, he says this is because otherwise the government will try to create a national databank that will initially be for tracking illegals, but ultimately will track citizens as well, and some day we’ll all be tracked and oppressed through it and prevented from leaving the country. “In touch economic times, people want to leave the country. That’s a sad fact.”

FOX News asked a question from the Federation for American Immigration Reform at the debate. They are listed as a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks extremism in America.

Congressional Democrats have had some reason to be optimistic about retaking the House in 2012, as national polls have shown high disapproval of Congressional Republicans despite taking control less than a year ago. But a new poll of battleground districts currently held by the GOP that has some disappointing news for Dems: anger at Congress is hitting them hard too, and the Presidential race may provide them with a drag rather than a boost in their hopes to retake the House.

Dems had an edge in early August on the generic congressional ballot in a Gallup poll, showing that a majority of Americans nationwide were more likely to vote for a Democratic candidate, and other polling has run fairly even. But the battleground poll conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner on behalf of Democracy Corps showed a much difficult picture within these swing districts.

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President Obama has made much of the fact that a lot of the ideas in his American Jobs Act have long been supported by Republicans, at least in theory, especially the various tax credits included in the proposal. The DNC is up with a video ahead of Thursday's debate highlighting Mitt Romney's praise for at least some individual components, like a tax break for companies who hire long term unemployed, even as he bashes the overall plan. Take a look:

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