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According to ABC News, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum has essentially “moved to Iowa” as part of a strategy to build support for his struggling 2012 bid. However, he’s not just trying to convert undecided voters.

Santorum said his camp has even been in talks with “key people” in Bachmann’s camp. These people are not paid staff, but Iowa activists that “are in conversations with us and see things not going well for her,” he explained.

“There’s no question that doubts have been raised about Michele [Bachmann] and her electability, and certainly we clearly benefit from that,” Santorum said. “We are picking up people, not just [Tim] Pawlenty people in Iowa, but also folks who had supported Bachmann and we know that folks, even some of her key people are coming to talk to us, let’s put it that way.”

Apple has scheduled a special event next week, titled “Let’s Talk iPhone” to be held at the company’s California headquarters, Reuters reports.

Speaking to a crowd of New Hampshire politicians and business leaders on Tuesday morning, President Obama’s chief political advisor offered a blunt assessment of the road ahead for the president. According to the Huffington Post, Axelrod conceded that the president is facing a “Titanic struggle,” and that he doesn’t have the wind at his back.

Axelrod wasn’t too upset to avoid taking a poke at the GOP field, however, noting that their plans to fix the economy are the same plans that led to the economic downturn in the first place.

Unsurprisingly, former WI senator Russ Feingold has endorsed Elizabeth Warren in her run to challenge Senator Scott Brown (R-MA), the Huffington Post reports. The announcement is a key pick up for Warren in what is turning out to be a top priority for progressives across the country.

Engineers are examining the extent to which the Washington Monument was damaged last month after an earthquake hit the East Coast. Watch the engineers rappel down the monument:

Democrats are hoping Republicans' more conciliatory spirit displayed Monday night to avert a government shutdown over disaster aid is a sign of shifting political winds after August's debt showdown that resulted in Standard & Poor downgrading the nation's creditworthiness.

After the vote last night to fund the Federal Emergency Management Agency through November, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) told TPM he hopes the Senate's agreement to pass a compromise bill sends a message to Tea Party House GOP members that the do-or-die brinkmanship has got to go.

"I think we were less close to the precipice this time," he said. "I think there was a little bit more anxiety on the part of the GOP to go there, and I hope it sends a message back to the House and the Tea Party that the Senate is not going to be amenable to this stuff anymore."

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It's been fun coming up with a new fantasy presidential candidate every couple of weeks: Sarah Palin, Paul Ryan, now Chris Christie. But the time for speculation is coming to an end soon thanks to some hard deadlines for getting on the ballot in key states.

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An oil company supplying the U.S. military with gas in Iraq was able to overcharge the government because they were the only company authorized by Jordan to transport through their country, according to a Defense Department Inspector General report obtained by TPM via Freedom of Information Request.

The International Oil Trading Company (IOTC) was paid "about $160 to $204 million (or 6 to 7 percent) more for fuel than could be supported by price or cost analysis," according to the report. Investigators also found that Kellogg, Brown, and Root performed an "inherently governmental function" by accepting fuel on behalf of the government.

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