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A British attorney, who represented the family of a murder victim whose phone was hacked by News Of The World journalists, says he is teaming up with a lawyer in the U.S. to begin legal proceedings against the Murdochs and News Corporation.

In a post on RedState, Erick Erickson calls last night’s GOP debate the “worst debate…I’ve ever watched.”



"Rick Perry was a train wreck in this debate. He flubbed his response on Romney flip-flopping. he got the first question tonight and stumbled. Good grief.

Romney did so much better than Perry. So much better."


Erickson concludes that Cain, not Romney, won the debate by providing the most memorable lines.

In a post on her blog today, conservative commentator Michelle Malkin calls Gov. Rick Perry’s misfired attack on Romney’s flip-flopping the most cringe-worthy moment of last night’s debate.

Referring to Perry’s mangled attempt at uttering his attack, Malkin wrote: “Perry said he’s in favor of making English the official language of the U.S. Perhaps he should concentrate on mastering it before the next debate.”

In an opinion piece published on FoxNews.com, National Review Editor Rich Lowry bashes Gov. Rick Perry’s performance in last night’s debate and notes the huge advantage that challenger Mitt Romney seems to have in verbal acuity.

“It’s become clear that Romney has an advantage over Perry in these forums simply because he’s more articulate, detailed and authoritative-sounding in his answers; he’s like a boxer with a reach advantage,” Lowry writes.

Lowry concludes with a dire warning for the Perry campaign. “A few weeks ago, the question was how far and fast he would ascend; now, after his third debate, it’s how much he’ll drop.”

Fox News contributor and former Press Secretary to President George W. Bush tweeted her thoughts on Gov. Rick Perry after last night’s debate.

“This was like a 3rd date with Perry – where you decide if you’ll go on a 4th…would you?”

Clearly, Dana knows how to play hard to get, and Perry needs to polish his debate performance in order to convince the mainstream GOP that he’s the man they want to commit to watching Fox & Friends reruns with.

Speaking at the CPAC conference in Florida on Friday morning, former Speaker Newt Gingrich laid out an exciting new feature for his website to be launched in the next few weeks.

Starting soon, Americans will be able to “actually go to newt.org and suggest your own executive orders.”

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D), who took over as Governor in West Virginia after Sen. Joe Manchin (D) won a special election after the passing of Robert Byrd, is up by ten points on businessman Bill Maloney in an internal poll sponsored by the Democratic Governor’s Association. The special election is set for October 4th.

A new study from the University of Washington suggests that social media, in the form of millions of tweets, played a "central role" leading up to the revolutionary movements that toppled dictators in Tunisia and Egypt earlier this year.

Philip Howard, an associate professor of communication at UW, headed the research team that analyzed more than three million tweets along with several thousand videos and blog posts to produce the study, titled "Opening Closed Regimes: What Was the Role of Social Media During the Arab Spring?"

Also contributing to the PITPI study were Muzammil Hussain, Will Mari, and Marwa Mazaid of UW, Deen Freelon of American University, and Aiden Duffy of Amazon Web Services.

"Digital media is clearly used for catching dictators off guard," Howard said in a conversation with TPM's Idea Lab. "Most dictators don't have social media strategies."

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Republicans rushed to denounce President Obama's changes to No Child Left Behind in anticipation of the official unveiling Friday morning, deeming the overhaul just another government power grab by Washington.

In a White House ceremony, Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan will announce a new plan to allow states to seek waivers on the NCLB requirement for school proficiency by 2014. But in order to qualify for the exceptions, states must follow education policy changes dictated by the administration.

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