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Supporters of the Occupy Wall Street movement and its associated global protests in cities across the world have not been shy about their use of social media, especially Twitter, to spread awareness and news about their causes. But good luck even mentioning the phenomena in China, where the country's second-most popular microblog, Sina Weibo, has gone ahead and blocked basically all "Occupy"-related keywords in uers' searches.

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Republicans don't have the White House's megaphone, but give them credit for creativity.

They've co-opted President Obama's new jobs mantra, "We Can't Wait," and turned it around on Democrats. On Twitter.

For the most part, Republicans are using the hashtag, #WeCantWait, to pressure Senate Democrats to pass House-passed anti-regulation legislation. They claim those bills will grow the economy, quickly, though most experts disagree.

Here's House Speaker John Boehner on jobs. And here's RNC Chairman Reince Priebus using Obama's slogan as a rallying cry for the future GOP presidential nominee.

Republicans did basically the same thing several weeks ago, when the White House asked voters to tweet Twitter Town Hall questions for Obama with the hashtag #AskObama. Let's see if Democrats get in on the game.

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Karl Rove has emerged once again to proclaim a GOP candidate dead in the water.

"If you look at the polls, in fact, there's a hint that sometime between October 6th and October 10th, Cain peaked and had begun to slide slightly since then," Rove told Fox News on Monday."

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Federal Judge Jay Bybee accepted $3.4 million in free legal assistance from 2007 to 2010 as he was under investigation for his role in the so-called "torture memos," the National Law Journal reported. Much of the money -- $3,251,893 of it -- came from the Latham & Watkins law firm, whose lawyers previously appeared before Bybee in the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.

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President Obama’s reelection campaign has launched a Tumblr site where supporters can submit a story, photo or video. See the site here.

Michele Bachmann's New Hampshire campaign team has now publicly confirmed via press release that they have quit en masse. And what's more, they blame the separation on Bachmann's national campaign team.

As the press release (via National Journal) explains, the team " holds no ill will towards the candidate, but not [sic] longer feels relevant based on their poor relationship with the national team."

The press release says that certain unspecified "incidents" happened during Bachmann's recent trip to the state, and the team was unable to deal with these problems through the national team, and that their concerns were not communicated to the candidate. In addition, members were asked to temporarily go off payroll in mid-September, due to "financial concerns" within the campaign, and the situation has not yet been resolved.

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The late Democratic Rep. John Murtha's Pennsylvania congressional office made most of the decisions about how a defense contractor that "acted solely as a pass-through entity" dished out money to law enforcement agencies in his district, according to a new DOJ Inspector General report.

DOJ investigators are questioning $3,335,583 in grants received by MountainTop Technologies Inc. between Sept. 2004 and Sept. 2006. They also note that MountainTop, which had close ties to Murtha, received $1,964,730 from a congressionally-mandated grant in Sept. 2008 after their audit was completed.

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Rick Perry got a bump from former Republican presidential candidate Steve Forbes on Monday, who announced his support after several days of gushing praise.

"Steve Forbes is a well known fiscal conservative, and provided strong support and advice throughout the process of drafting my economic and jobs plans," Perry said. "I am honored to have Steve's endorsement of my candidacy for president."

The endorsement came shortly after Perry announced he would support a flat tax, the details of which are expected to come later this week. Forbes made a similar proposal the centerpiece of his presidential campaigns in both 1996 and 2000.

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