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Hewlett-Packard employees aren't the only ones facing the axe as the company struggles to reinvent itself for the post-PC era: CEO Leo Apotheker is reportedly on the verge of being ousted by the company's board in favor of former EBay CEO and California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman, according to a report from Bloomberg.

The decision could come as early as Thursday when the company's full board of directors is set to meet. The board was apparently unhappy with Apotheker's tenure at helm of the world's largest PC maker since taking over in late September 2010, namely Apotheker's inability to stop HP stock from tanking as sales dried up.

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The campaign of Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) announced the endorsement of Gov. Sam Brownback (R-KS) on Thursday.

“Rick Perry balanced budgets in tough economic times, signed the largest tax cut in state history and helped Texas become the national leader in job creation,” Brownback wrote in a statement released by the campaign. “On the most important issues of our time, his record of leadership serves as a blueprint for America’s renewal.”

Perry has already won endorsements from Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA) and Gov. Brian Sandoval (R-NV).

In an interview with Sean Hannity on Wednesday afternoon, Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) called his rival Mitt Romney “Obama lite” as part of his charge that the former governor is too centrist to beat President Obama in the general election next year.

“We need to nominate someone who has a stark clear difference between the Republican nominee and President Obama,” Perry said.

In the same interview, Perry downplayed his use of the word “secession” during a 2009 Austin tea party rally and ducked a question about his executive order requiring sixth grade girls receive a vaccine for the HPV virus.

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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