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House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) thinks Washington has an "illness." And according to him, that illness is spending.

"The debt is a symptom of that illness," Boehner reportedly said at a Republican retreat in Baltimore Saturday. "The American people want it cured."

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House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) has asked the Department of Homeland Security to provide documents related to its Freedom of Information Act policy -- a policy which had political appointees reviewing FOIA requests.

The Associated Press reported in July that political appointees working for Secretary Janet Napolitano were reviewing FOIA requests, gathering information about the requesters and, in some cases, delaying responses.

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Newly elected Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus, in one of his first official actions, has fired everyone on the RNC's convention planning committee.

The Committee on Arrangements became yet another source of ire for RNC members fed up with the RNC's overspending under erstwhile chair Michael Steele. The committee was lead by Belinda Cook, Steele's longtime aide, and staffed with her family and friends. Cook alone pulled in $15,000 a month for the job; altogether, her "cabal," as the Daily Caller once put it, were paid $139,923 in a single three-month period last year.

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We may not have seen the last of former Sen. George Allen (R-VA) -- and what's more, we could be in for a top-tier rematch between him and Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA), who defeated Allen in 2006.

Politico's Mike Allen reports:

George Allen, the former U.S. senator and Virginia governor, plans to tell supporters within a week that he is mounting a campaign to retake the Senate seat he lost to Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) in 2006. Allen, 58, the most prominent 2012 challenger to announce so far, has begun to line up key staff members. Webb, 64, who won by 1 percent, has sent mixed signals about whether he will seek reelection. DNC Chairman Tim Kaine, a former Virginia governor who could be the Democratic nominee if Webb bowed out, has been telling friends he thinks Webb will run.

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Criticism of Sarah Palin in the wake of the Tucson shootings has been described as everything from "blood libel" to part of an "ongoing pogrom" against conservatives. And now, Pat Buchanan has added a new hyperbolic comparison to the list, describing President Obama's speech on Wednesday as "a fairly stern admonition, especially to the far left in this country, which has been quite frankly conducting something of a lynch mob against Glenn Beck, against Sarah Palin, against Rush Limbaugh."

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Two big names are now on board with the push to have Democrats and Republicans sit together at the State of the Union, with Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) -- who previously endorsed the idea last week -- announcing that his date for the presidential prom will be none other than the very conservative Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK).

The idea was proposed by the think-tank Third Way, which is identified with moderate Democrats, and taken up by Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO).

"My colleague Senator Mark Udall called for Democrats and Republicans to sit together at the State of the Union," Schumer said on Meet The Press. "I called up Tom after he did that, and he graciously agreed, we're going to sit together Wednesday night [ed. note: The address is in face next Tuesday.] at the State of the Union , and we hope that many others will follow us. Now, that's symbolic, but maybe it just sets a tone and everything gets a little bit more civil."

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1||Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is perhaps best remembered as President Bill Clinton's Republican foil in the 1990s. He's flirted many times over the years with a presidential run, but finally made the push for 2012. He struggled spectacularly in the early going, but has since -- sort of -- righted the ship. At least in so much as he's still around. Let's take a look at Gingrich over the past two decades.

October 25, 2011: Gingrich and his wife Callista wield a giant axe at an event in Concord, New Hampshire, after signing a pledge to cut taxes, spending, and government. ||Associated Press&&

2||May 7, 2009: From left, senior advisor Valerie Jarrett, Gingrich and Rev. Al Sharpton discuss education reform with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office.||newscom/Pete Souza - White House via CNP&&

3||President Ronald Reagan and Gingrich in 1985.||Wikimedia&&

4||April 12, 1996: Gingrich answers reporters' questions while holding a python at the St. Louis Zoo.||newscom/Bill Greenblatt&&

5||December 22, 1996: Gingrich and President Bill Clinton during a meeting on the budget and partial shutdown of the government.||newscom/Ken Cedeno&&

6||February 6, 1996: From left, former First Lady Betty Ford, former President Gerald Ford, former First Lady Nancy Reagan and Gingrich at Ronald Reagan's 85th birthday. More than 500 attended the celebration at Chasen's, the restaurant where Reagan proposed to his wife.||newscom/Jim Ruymen&&

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8||September 17, 1996: Gingrich at a press conference in Tampa, Florida, holds an ice bucket to represent government waste, and how he saved money on ice being delivered to the House.||newscom/ZUMA Press&&

9||October 21, 2010: Gingrich speaks at a Tea Party Express event in San Diego. ||newscom/ZUMA Press&&

10||Gingrich in 2004 discusses his book Grant Comes East at a Borders bookstore in New York City.||newscom/Nancy Kaszerman/ZUMA Press&&

11||August 13, 1996: Gingrich addresses the Republican National Convention in San Diego.||newscom/Jim Ruymen&&

12||July 17, 1997: From left, Rep. John Boehner (R-OH), former House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R-TX), Gingrich and former Rep. Jennifer Dunn (R-WA) at a news conference.||newscom/Congressional Quarterly&&

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14||August 5, 1997: From left, Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg, Gingrich, President Clinton and Vice President Al Gore during a ceremony to sign budget reconciliation measures.||newscom/Congressional Quarterly&&

15||July 29, 1997: Gingrich greets Boy Scouts from New Orleans.||newscom/Congressional Quarterly&&

16||May 19, 2007: Gingrich delivers the commencement address at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.||newscom/ALEXIS C. GLENN/UPI&&

17||January 13, 1998: Bill Gates and Gingrich in Redmond, Washington.||newscom/ZUMA Press&&

18||Gingrich and his wife, Callista, arrive at the 2010 Kennedy Center Honors in Washington.

See more of our 2012 GOPer slideshows here: Tim Pawlenty, Mitt Romney.||newscom/Mike Theiler/UPI&&

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