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It's no secret that Team George W. Bush and Team Rick Perry are not exactly close. And with Perry flailing after he accused Federal Reserve chair Ben Bernanke of "almost treasonous" behavior, one of Team W's biggest names is taking the opportunity to twist the knife.

"You don't accuse the chairman of the federal reserve of being a traitor to his country. Of being guilty of treason," Karl Rove told Fox News Tuesday. "And, suggesting that we treat him pretty ugly in texas. You know, that is not, again a presidential statement."

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Today will be the end of the great Wisconsin recall saga - at least for 2011 - with Democratic incumbents Jim Holperin and Robert Wirch facing the voters, though after last week, majority control of the chamber is not at stake.

Wisconsin Democrats, faced with a 19-14 Republican majority in the state Senate, attempted to mount a backlash against Gov. Scott Walker's anti-public employee union legislation, by recalling their way to a majority. However, they were also hampered by the fact that the only recall-eligible districts were ones where the incumbent had won their terms in 2008, even during that year's Democratic wave. Last Tuesday, when six Republicans were on the ballot, the Dems picked up two seats, just short of the magic three.

Democrats still hope to go for the big target next year, of recalling Walker himself. For now, it remains to be seen whether they will be able to sustain the kind of political momentum and enthusiasm necessary for that task.

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An insufficiently redacted regulatory filing mistakenly filed with the Federal Communications Commission last week reveals how AT&T plans to roll out its next generation wireless network. At the same time, it gives the world a glimpse into how the the nation's largest telecommunications carrier is trying to persuade regulators that its proposed merger with T-Mobile will be good for America.

As TPM reported last week, the botched AT&T filing shows that its executives were not willing to spend $3.8 billion to extend its next-generation LTE wireless technology from 80 percent of the country to 97 percent -- unless it is allowed to acquire T-Mobile in a $39 billion proposed deal.

TPM has posted a copy of the controversial filing, and it contains some interesting factoids.

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Coming off a dramatic and highly successful entry into the 2012 Republican nomination race, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) escalated his rhetoric against Washington and the Obama administration today by calling Fed Chair Ben Bernanke's emergency economic policies "almost treasonous."

Asked about the Federal Reserve, Perry told a questioner at a campaign stop in Iowa that if Bernanke "prints more money between now and the election I don't know what you'all would do to him in Iowa but we would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas."

Perry went on to suggest that a continuation of Bernanke's policies -- a so-called third round of quantitative easing -- would be "almost treasonous."

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Once upon a time, Google was run like a playground; it was the sort of place where you'd get points for attending the Burning Man hippie drug fest. Under new CEO Larry Page, we're seeing a more ruthless Google -- the sort of company perfect comfortable turning its business partners into creepy sock puppets today.

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Anyone who wants to protest a military funeral in Illinois will have to do so from a distance of 300 feet, according to a new measure Gov. Pat Quinn (D) signed on Sunday.

The legislation is an expansion of the "Let Them Rest in Peace Act," one of Quinn's "top initiatives", press secretary Annie Thompson told TPM. The extension expands on the law's previous 200-foot barrier.

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The Justice Department suffered a major setback last week when a federal jury in Alabama tossed out most of the charges in a massive public corruption case involving casino interests allegedly bribing state senators to support a bill legalizing bingo in the state.

But federal prosecutors indicated Monday that they'll give it another go on the charges that weren't unanimously acquitted. A judge has scheduled a new trial for October.

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