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MoveOn.org is launching a new a television ad campaign today that fires off a hard-hitting take on the current abortion fight in Congress. As bills to limit federal funding for abortion -- bills that pro-choice advocates say will limit access for women who want to pay for abortion coverage through private insurers -- work their way through the Republican-controlled House, the progressive group is turning to Hollywood to help paint the legislation as a return to the ugly old days of back alley abortions.

The new MoveOn spot, which will begin running on cable nationwide and specifically on Oxygen network for a week, stars actress Lisa Edelstein, best known for her role on the Fox primetime hit House.

The ad pulls no punches, offering a shot of a coat hanger hanging in a closet at the end.

"Why is the G.O.P. trying to send women back," Edelstein asks, "to the back alley?"

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Former governor Jeb Bush (R) may have no intention of running for president, but if he decides to hop in the Senate race in Florida, he looks poised to knock off incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson (D), according to a new Mason-Dixon poll.

In the poll, the former Florida governor led Nelson by an eight-points margin, 49% to 41%. That lead is up slightly from the five-point gap shown in a survey of the race conducted in late December.

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In an interview with Greta Van Susteren's on Monday, Donald Trump indicated that he would spend a lot of his own money if he were to run for president. As he explained, it would be a demonstration that he would have a stake in the enterprise -- but he would also want other Americans to contribute to the campaign, too.

"If you ran for president, would you self-fund?" Van Susteren asked. "Would you pay for your own campaign?

"I don't think so," Trump initially said -- but then continued. "I would certainly put up a lot of my own money.

"But I think that -- you know, it's very interesting. I made a deal with General Electric to do a building, Trump International Hotel and Tower. They wanted me to invest in that building. They were the financial source, I was the builder. But they wanted me, in order to be a partner, to invest in the building. On Park Avenue, I did a job with a company. They wanted me to have some little money in the game.

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With Hosni Mubarak gone, Egypt has a chance to elect a more democratic form of government -- and, in doing so, will finally get to taste the sweet treats of Democracy's whimsical candy land, according to The Daily Show.

Jon Stewart noted the role social media had played in the Egyptian uprising, contrasting it to the way the same tools are used in America.

"In Egypt they use social media to foment and sustain a peaceful revolution," Stewart said. "Whereas here, we might use it to, say, do guerrilla promotions for "Never Say Never" or to watch an orangutan pee into his own mouth."

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Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi, codenamed "Curveball" by German and American intelligence officials, now admits he made up tales of mobile biological weapons trucks and clandestine weapons factories in Iraq, information that was used by the Bush White House to press the case for war. He also says he'd do it again.

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If House Republicans succeed in cutting tens of billions of dollars in discretionary spending over the next six months, some of the most immediate victims will be federal employees, many of whose jobs will be slashed as their agencies pare back.

At a press conference in the lobby of RNC headquarters Tuesday morning, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) shrugged this off as collateral damage.

"In the last two years, under President Obama, the federal government has added 200,000 new federal jobs," Boehner said. "If some of those jobs are lost so be it. We're broke."

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