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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor stopped by the Heritage Foundation today to explain the GOP plan to slash government spending to 2008 levels -- and to make a fresh negative comparison between the current U.S. government and the evils of Europe.

The specter of the European bogeyman is classic Republican rhetoric, and a theme Cantor has raised on more than one occasion. Today, Cantor turned away from the classic terror tales of universal health care and government-funded social safety nets in favor of suggesting that unless American changes its ways soon, the country might catch the same disdain for capitalist success found across the pond.

Reading from a letter he received from an MBA student who spent time in England, Cantor said that the country whose wanton, insatiable appetite for wealth reshaped the world (including our very own United States) has rejected the idea of making a buck the old fashioned way.

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Nothing to see here, folks!

That's the takeaway of the House Ethics Committee's 616-page report on fundraisers targeting financial industry lobbyists held by members of the House around the time the legislative body was voting on an overhaul of financial regulation in December of 2009.

Despite the recommendations of the more independent Office of Congressional Ethics, the House Ethics Committee wouldn't be looking into whether events geared towards financial lobbyists held by three members of Congress had the appearance of impropriety.

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Conservatives, cling to your guns.

Well, not really. But during a roundtable discussion with reporters and liberal writers Wednesday afternoon, White House political adviser David Axelrod said President Obama will soon enter the gun control debate, his silence on the issue during State of the Union notwithstanding.

"There's no doubt that he will," Axelrod said in the West Wing's Roosevelt room -- it's just a question of how.

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Lockheed Martin opened a virtual reality and simulation laboratory in Littleton, Colo, where they can use virtual reality technology to simulate tests of new products and processes before bringing them into the real world.

Some say that the Collaborative Human Immersive Laboratory (CHIL) facility sounds a whole lot like the holodecks on Star Trek. Lockheed Martin spokespeople won't go that far, but the similarities are unmistakable. It's a do-it-all kind of facility.

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Lockheed Martin opened a virtual reality and simulation laboratory in Littleton, Colo, where they can use virtual reality technology to simulate tests of new products and processes before bringing them into the real world.

Some say that the Collaborative Human Immersive Laboratory (CHIL) facility sounds a whole lot like the holodecks on Star Trek. Lockheed Martin spokespeople won't go that far, but the similarities are unmistakable. It's a do-it-all kind of facility.

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In the world of cable news opinion media, its a rather well accepted axiom that Fox News primetime line up advances opinion that are from the right of center, and that MSNBC's line up presents news and analysis from a left of center point of view. But according to a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter about the media's ostensible obsession with Sarah Palin, not everyone seems to see the "opiniotainment" landscape in such binary terms. Bill Wolff, for example, claims that MSNBC is not "driven by politics."
Writing for The Hollywood Reporter, Paul Bond reports:

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Here is an interesting follow-up to the story of Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA), who live-tweeted a running commentary on last night's State of the Union address that included such messages as, "Mr. President, you don't believe in the Constitution. You believe in socialism."

It turns out that right after the address, Broun put out an official statement -- as if he hadn't made his statement already -- that wasn't anywhere near as vitriolic.

Sure, the statement was strongly worded on the subject of the deficit, but it wasn't anywhere near as harsh as the stuff Broun posted on Twitter. Broun tweeted a link to the press release earlier today, and I was shocked to see what I found there:

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In a new GQ profile, Rev. Ted Haggard addresses the continued assumptions that he's gay, following revelations years ago that the prominent evangelical had a drug-fueled sexual relationship with a gay male former escort: "I think that probably, if I were 21 in this society, I would identify myself as a bisexual."

But, he told GQ's Kevin Roose: "I'm 54, with children, with a belief system, and I can have enforced boundaries in my life. Just like you're a heterosexual but you don't have sex with every woman that you're attracted to, so I can be who I am and exclusively have sex with my wife and be perfectly satisfied."

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A new commander has taken over the brig at the Quantico Marine Corps base in Virginia, where Pfc. Bradley Manning is being held on charges that he leaked classified information.

Commander James Averhart was replaced by Chief Warrant Officer Denise Barnes on Monday, a Quantico spokesman told CNN. The spokesman said the change was ordered back in October.

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