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It looks like America's Facebooking-est failed governor has been using a fake account to shower praise on her daughter and "like" herself. And she's friends with some creepy people!

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Several prominent former lawmakers, government officials and military leaders have added their names to the growing list of political heavyweights backing an Iranian opposition group currently considered a terrorist organization by the State Department. The group, the Mujahedin-e Khalq or MEK, has a history of support in Washington. But a recent series of events organized by a group called Executive Action, LLC, has brought in some surprisingly marquee names. At an event in Washington D.C. on Saturday, several of those speakers argued that the MEK is critical to any chance of regime change in Iran.

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White House budget director Jack Lew writes some pretty strong stuff, just as the administration prepares to scuffle with the GOP over Social Security.

"Social Security does not cause our deficits," he writes in a USA Today op-ed. "According to the most recent report of the independent Social Security Trustees, the trust fund is currently in surplus and growing. Even though Social Security began collecting less in taxes than it paid in benefits in 2010, the trust fund will continue to accrue interest and grow until 2025, and will have adequate resources to pay full benefits for the next 26 years."

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has laid down an ultimatum to the 14 state Senate Democrats who've gone AWOL to stop Walker's union-busting budget from going forward: come home, vote on a budget or I'll start laying off state workers. Like, next week.

From an interview with WISC-TV in Madison on Tuesday morning:

If Walker's bill is passed, the governor said benefit and wage reforms would prevent the layoffs of 1,500 state government employees. If the bill is not passed by the end of the week, and the state is unable to restructure its debt -- something Walker said would save $165 million -- he warned more public employees could be laid off and services cut.

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In a speech in Spartanburg, South Carolina on Saturday, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) offered some solutions to the country's financial woes, saying, "We can't put the so called social issues on the back burner while we are solving our economic challenges because the family is the solution to those challenges."

Bachmann offered that when it comes to entitlement reform, "I think if we give Glenn Beck the numbers, he can solve this."

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On the back of a new union poll suggesting the Wisconsin public is ready to stand with the protesters gathered in and around the Capitol in Madison, a coalition of unions is going on air in the Badger State with an ad calling on the public to do just that.

As Greg Sargent first reported, the AFL-CIO, National Education Association, American Federation of Teachers and others are paying for the spot, which features a Racine, WI firefighter urging Gov. Scott Walker (R) not to ban collective bargaining for teachers, nurses and other unionized state employees.

"They're simply asking that you not take away their rights," the firefighter says.

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Stephen Colbert pined for the exciting days of the Egyptian uprising on his program last night, saying that the turmoil in other Middle Eastern countries just didn't compare.

"I miss the emotional heights of Egypt," Colbert said. "It had everything: huge crowds, pyramids, the chance of a mummy attack."

Yet Colbert said he was not impressed with the protests that have cropped up in other countries throughout the region.

"Bahrain? More Like Bore-ain," he said. "Yemen? More like 'Yawn, man.' And Morocco? I could us a little less rocco."

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Is Wisconsin the new Egypt? Or perhaps a fiscal 9/11? That's what The Daily Show sought to answer last night, as Jon Stewart analyzed a number of metaphors being tossed around in the media to find the one that best fits the situation in Madison.

Many pundits and politicians have compared the protests in Wisconsin to the uprising in Egypt that ended President Hosni Mubarak's three decades in power. Stewart minced no words in shooting down that comparison.

"They're not the fucking same, in any way, shape, or form, at all," Stewart said.

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President Obama will arrive in Cleveland Tuesday for a series of small business events with entrepreneurs and members of his own cabinet.

But the Democratic senator from that state is unhappy with Obama's performance on this score thus far -- particularly when it comes to promoting manufacturing. And he's taking his critique public.

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