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Al Davis, the owner of the Oakland Raiders, died Saturday, the team said on its website. He was 82.

Davis was part of professional football for six decades, and he first came to the Raiders in 1963. Since then, the team has had 28 winning seasons and won three Super Bowl championships.

Davis was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1992.

On stage at the Values Voter Summit Saturday, Mitt Romney called out Bryan Fischer — an event sponsor and prominent anti-Mormon evangelical — who went up on stage directly after Romney’s speech.

That transition had been hyped for days leading up to VVS, and Romney addressed it in his remarks:

Our values ennoble the citizen, and strengthen the nation. We should remember that decency and civility are values too. One of the speakers who will follow me today, has crossed that line. Poisonous language does not advance our cause. It has never softened a single heart nor changed a single mind. The blessings of faith carry the responsibility of civil and respectful debate. The task before us is to focus on the conservative beliefs and the values that unite us – let no agenda, narrow our vision or drive us apart.

Former Reagan Education Secretary Bill Bennett took the stage at the Values Voter Summit and dismissed Rick Perry’s new supporter, Southern Baptist Convention chief Robert Jeffress.

Jeffress shook things up yesterday when he called Mormonism a “cult” and urged social conservatives to vote for a candidate who’s a “true follower of Christ.”

Bennett called out Jeffress for bringing up Mitt Romney’s faith.

“You did Rick Perry no good, sir,” Bennett said.

Ron Paul is set to take the stage at the Values Voter Summit in DC this morning. He kicks off a day that will feature Mitt Romney and the VVS Straw Poll results.

TPM caught up with Rick Santorum in the foyer of D.C.'s Omni Shoreham Hotel tonight following the flare-up over the anti-Mormon sentiments expressed by the pastor who introduced Rick Perry at the Values Voter Summit.

"I don't believe it is," Santorum said of the introduction given by Dr. Robert Jeffress, who contended Moromonism is a cult. "He's allowed to believe what he wants to believe, I don't believe that it is."

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Staffers for Rep. Michele Bachmann jumped the gun a bit this evening and sent out out a press release claiming -- over 30 minutes before she took the stage -- that she spoke before a "standing-room only crowd at the Values Voter Summit."

Now that she's taken the stage, TPM can officially report there's plenty of room up front. Here's a photo we snapped just as Bachmann took the stage.

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Politico reported Friday evening that the organizers of Values Voter Summit asked the Perry campaign if they wanted to have Robert Jeffress introduce Perry. It was not Perry’s idea.

But the Perry campaign approved him.