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President Obama is speaking on the need for infrastructure improvement in the U.S., with a dilapidated bridge in Speaker Boehner’s district as his backdrop. Watch the speech live:



There's already been one book written all about the loosely-knit "hacktivist" collective Anonymous, but another is on the way.

This one will be authored by two former members. It will concentrate largely on one of the group's less well-publicized break-ins into defense systems security company HBGary Federal, and it will discuss the social revolutionary aspirations of a certain subset of Anonymous-affiliated activists focused on the Middle East and North Africa.

On Tuesday, The New York Observer broke the news that former Anonymous spokesman Barrett Brown and outed member Gregg Housh are shopping around a book they co-authored on their perspective of Anonymous's activities, called Tales From Inside The Accidental Cyberwar.

Scant details have emerged about what the book will actually be about, aside from Housh's comments to The Observer that it'll "detail the origins of his involvement with Anonymous, and explain what they do in a way that will reach a wide audience, as opposed to a technical manual," and that Housh set out to write "a page-turner."

TPM's Idea Lab can now provide more concrete details about the actual subjects of the book direct from coauthor Barrett Brown.

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America's vulnerable millionaires are at risk, with nowhere to turn if President Obama raises their taxes.

"Every day, America loses more and more millionaires to abusive individual and corporate tax rates," Jon Stewart said Wednesday. "Their habitats (expensive yachts) are slowly disappearing, their watering holes (champagne fountains) are drying up. "If we don't act quickly, these once plentiful creatures will be relegated to zoos and heartbreaking documentaries."

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Rick Perry’s team is out with a press release accusing Mitt Romney of wavering on whether he supports the White House’s education policy. Romney recently praised the Obama administration’s Race To The Top program, which encourages states to set common standards for math and reading curriculum. But Perry’s camp dug up footage a Town Hall in June in which Romney told a woman concerned about a national curriculum that he would “fight it to the ‘n’th degree. It’s against the Constitution and it’s wrong for America.”

Romney has been putting out a ton of press releases attacking Perry on Social Security in advance of Thursday’s debate, priming the pump for it to be a major topic. With this release, it looks like Perry is trying to score a question on education to launch a new attack on Romney.

The battle of the pre-debate endorsements continues today with Rick Perry’s announcement that he’s picked up the backing of state Rep. Carlos Lopez-Cantera ®, the leader of the legislature’s Republican majority.

New Hampshire has always been former Mass Gov. Mitt Romney's territory in the GOP primary process. Now that national frontrunner Texas Gov. Rick Perry is in the race, New Hampshire is doubling down....on Romney.

A Suffolk University/WHDH-TV poll shows Romney with nearly three times as much support as the next closest GOP contender, Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX). Romney is ahead of the field with 41 percent of the total, with Paul 14 percent and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman the only other candidate with a surprising 10 percent. Huntsman has run a campaign declaring himself the more moderate and electable choice, railing against some of the more controversial statements of frontrunner Perry on evolution and global warming, and it seems to have paid off in the New England. Perry himself only gets 8 percent of the primary vote in the poll.

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Pakistan would not tolerate any incursion on its territory by U.S. forces targeting militant groups, the country’s interior minister said on Thursday, calling for Washington to provide the intelligence Islamabad needs to take them out itself.

Via Reuters.

The S&P on Thursday shed 2.8% and the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 3.2%, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Mystery solved … sort of. An archivist on Wednesday discovered a missing lunar rock from the Apollo 17 mission, one of the moon rocks NASA gave to each state in the 1970s, in former President Bill Clinton’s gubernatorial papers. But what’s not clear is how the rock ended up there.

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