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Harry Reid has an offer for John Boehner and Senate Republicans to keep FEMA's disaster relief efforts funded and avoid a government shutdown. It goes like this: Democrats will accept the House GOP's lower funding total disaster aid, if Republicans drop the extraordinary demand that funding recovery from natural disasters be offset with partisan budget cuts.

Republicans now say the only way to keep the entire government funded after September 30 is if Democrats agree to slash a successful manufacturing program to pay for disaster aid included in the House's federal funding bill.

Speaking for his caucus at a Friday press conference, Reid categorically rejected the idea disaster aid should be offset. After the Senate rejected that proposal on a bipartisan basis, Reid urged Boehner to sit down with himself, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to review his offer, in the hope of avoiding a government shutdown. And he said if House Republicans continue intransigently to demand that the Senate swallow their bill, President Obama will call the House back into session from its week-long recess.

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In an appearance Friday afternoon on Fox News, Rick Santorum responded to one of the most controversial moments from Thursday night's debate: When a few audience members could be heard booing a gay soldier serving overseas in Iraq, who asked via YouTube video whether the candidates would roll back the progress made by gay soldiers who are now able to serve openly.

Megyn Kelly showed Santorum the video clip from the debate, showing the soldier asking his question on the large screen in the auditorium, then the booing of some unidentified audience members, and Santorum beginning to answer the question. (Neither Santorum, nor any of the other candidates, acknowledged or responded to the booing of the soldier.)

"So there a couple of boos in the audience -- I mean, there were 5,000 people there," Kelly said. "And now some people are criticizing you for not responding to it, and Republicans for, you know, booing a gay soldier. Your response?"

"Yeah, well, I condemn the people who booed that gay soldier," said Santorum. "That soldier is serving our country, I thank him for his service to our country. I'm sure he's doing an excellent job. I hope he is safe, and I hope he returns safely, and does his mission well.

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Blockbuster is attempting to mount a comeback with a new streaming movie service aimed directly at Netflix.

"Blockbuster Movie Pass" was unveiled by the movie rental chain's new parent company, Dish Network, at a press conference in San Francisco on Friday.

The new service will combine Dish Network's satellite on-demand subscription service with Blockbuster's physical mail rental service, offering Dish subscribers their choice of over 100,000 titles by mail, 3,000 movies streamed to TV and 4,000 movies streamed to computer for $10 a month (on top of Dish Network's current subscription prices, which start at $19.99 a month).

The service launches October 1 for all Dish subscribers and is free for the first three months.

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Gary Johnson, a nonentity in the presidential campaign up to this point, is finally getting some love on the Internet after his debate performance last night. And he has no illusions as to the reason why.

"As of last night I'm the most Googled name on the planet," he said at CPAC in Florida on Friday, "because I came up with a witty statement about dog poop."

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In an address to CPAC in Florida this morning, National Rifle Association executive VP Wayne LaPiere called President Obama’s decision not to pursue gun control legislation “a massive conspiracy,” and argued that it’s just another reason not to give him a second term.

“The president will offer the Second Amendment lip service and hit the campaign trail saying he’s actually been good for the Second Amendment,” LaPiere said. “But it’s a big fat stinking lie! It’s all part of a massive Obama conspiracy to deceive voters and destroy the Second Amendment in our country.”

ORLANDO, FL -- If you can't win the game, change the rules. That's what Rick Perry tried to do in an address to the CPAC Florida conference here Friday, one day after what was universally derided as a terrible debate performance Thursday.

Speaking to what sounded like a friendly crowd, Perry told his supporters not to worry and asked his party to remember that debating isn't everything.

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