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Oakland Mayor Jean Quan on Friday apologized for riotous clashes between Occupy Wall Street protesters and police earlier this week. Police used flash grenades and tear gas on protesters who threw bottles and rocks at the cops. An Iraq War vet was badly injured in the brawl.

Via Reuters.

No matter how obvious it seems to outsiders that Mitt Romney's the GOP's most electable potential challenger to Barack Obama, conservatives don't like him. There are a lot of reasons for that. Of course, there's the conviction issue (the impression that he lacks it) and the track record issue (liberal Republican governor of bright blue Massachusetts) but the right's problems with him go beyond the ways in which they feel he's crossed them. Turns out Romney's got an intelligence problem.

Take George Will, a conservative columnist for the Washington Post, part of whose Sunday column was leaked to Politico.

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Michele Bachmann’s presidential campaign announced on Friday that Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch and House Majority Leader Matt Dean have given her their endorsement.

“Amy and Matt are strong and true leaders who have worked hard in the state of Minnesota to create positive change for citizens all across the state. They understand that, now more than ever, we need a president who will create a better tomorrow for all Americans,” Bachmann said in a release. “Amy and Matt recognize that I am the only candidate in the race that has the skills and the plan necessary to move our country forward. I’m thrilled to welcome their support as we press on to make Barack Obama a one-term president.”

Bill Clinton plugged President Obama’s jobs plan on Friday during a speech at Georgetown University, Politico reports.

“I like the jobs plan, I think it would help,” Clinton said. “I like the student loan plan which is a national system which we made option the direct loan program.”

Clinton went on to warn that it would be impossible to fix the economy without first solving the housing crisis, which he said would require “politically controversial” decisions.

“But the problem is, everybody’s been hurt by this now. Everybody,” Clinton concluded.

The feds say there's "ample circumstantial evidence" that the redistricting maps signed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry had the effect and intent of limiting the voting power of Hispanic voters. But what's the evidence exactly? Let's take a look.

The most telling evidence Justice Department lawyers cite in terms of the state redistricting maps is a comment from state Rep. Beverly Woolley, who led the redistricting process in Harris County (an effort which excluded any minority members of the Harris County delegation). "[Y]ou all are protected by the Voting Rights Act and we are not," Woolley told a number of minority representatives. "We don't want to lose these people due to population growth in the county, or we won't have any districts left."

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A 6.9 magnitude earthquake shook Peru Friday, Reuters reports, but there were no immediate reports of injuries.

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