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The Kaiser Foundation has tracked Americans' favorability of the new health care law, the Affordable Care Act, since it was passed. This month has particularly bad news, according to their report, as support for the law is the at the lowest point in their polling.

From Kaiser:

After remaining roughly evenly split for most of the last year and a half, the public’s overall views on the health reform law were more negative this month. In October, about half (51 percent) say they have an unfavorable view of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), while 34 percent say they have a favorable view, a low point in Kaiser tracking polls since the law was passed....

Consistent with the overall decline in favorability of the ACA, the public is less likely to think the law will make things better for themselves personally, and more likely to say it won’t make a difference. This month, 18 percent say they and their families will be better off under the law (down from 27 percent in September), while 44 percent say it won’t make much difference for them (up from 34 percent last month). The share who thinks they’ll personally be worse off has remained steady at around three in ten since the law was passed.

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) got some tough love from one of her own late Thursday, as the president and executive director of a Tea Party organization urged her to end her bid for the White House.

"It's time for Michele Bachmann to go," wrote American Majority president Ned Ryun in a statement obtained by CNN.

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HP, the world's largest maker of personal computers, has decided that it's going to keep making the product that made it a household name, despite earlier plans to quit the PC business.

The struggling Silicon Valley stalwart on Thursday announced it won't exit the PC business after all, just two months after it announced in its August earnings call that it was considering selling off that part of its portfolio to concentrate on enterprise services.

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Christopher Doyon, the homeless man the feds say launched a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on the city of Santa Cruz's web servers because he was upset over an anti-camping law, is out of federal custody on his own recognizance and has evidentially joined up with a local Occupy protest.

FBI agents arrested Doyon back in September in connection with an Anonymous-affiliated cyber attack against Santa Cruz's website. TPM obtained his mugshot through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request this week.

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Numerous conservatives have slammed Occupy Wall Street for protesting the "wrong" people. Rather than the bankers who ran the global economy into the ground during the Bush era, it's the current White House that deserves the people's ire, they say.

However, conservative activist Cliff Kincaid has a new target for populist outrage: Democratic-leaning financier George Soros... and he's got the kooky conspiracy theory diagrams to prove it!

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A small Wyoming company believes it may have discovered a game-changing alternative to conventional batteries.

On Tuesday, materials scientist Michael Haag introduced attendees of the two-day World Technology Summit to the "Quantum Energy Device" or QED -- a battery of sorts made not from chemicals, but from silicon nanocrystals.

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The Wisconsin legislature is divided once again, on a new hot-button topic: Whether citizens should be able to carry guns in the state Capitol, into legislators' offices, and into the Assembly and Senate chambers themselves.

The state Capitol has, of course, been the site of massive protests against Gov. Scott Walker's anti-public employee union legislation. Amazingly, tens of thousands of people swamped the Capitol at various times in passionate, and very loud demonstrations -- but without any major disturbances of the peace.

But would an armed state Capitol also be a polite state Capitol?

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Federal prosecutor Nathaniel B. Edmonds stepped before U.S. District Judge Ellen S. Huvelle on Wednesday morning and portrayed former lobbyist Kevin Ring as "second in command" to Jack Abramoff and said a 50-month sentence would "reflect the reality of Ring's crimes."

Ultimately, Huvelle sentenced Ring to 20 months in prison for providing, in the words of DOJ, an "illegal stream of things of value, including vacations, employment for a congressman's wife, meals, drinks, and high-priced tickets to exclusive concerts and sporting events."

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