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All year, we've been hearing from Tea Party candidates who think Washington politicians have lost touch with average Americans. As a Nazi reenactor, Ohio Tea Party Republican congressional candidate Rich Iott has some harsh words for one of those professional politicians who just happens to be a Republican: House Minority Whip Eric Cantor. On CNN this afternoon, Iott, who was recently outed as a Nazi reenactment enthusiast, called Cantor out for repudiating him on Fox News Sunday yesterday. Iott even compared Cantor to a Democrat.

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In audio interviews obtained by MediaMatters, accused shooter Byron Williams says Fox News host Glenn Beck "blew my mind" with "the things he exposed."

Williams is charged with allegedly opening fire on police on Interstate 580 in Oakland, California, while on his way to "start a revolution" by attacking members of the ACLU and the Tides Foundation. As we've reported, the Tides Foundation is a favorite punching bag of Glenn Beck's, and he counts the group among his cabal of liberals aiming to bring socialism to America.

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Gov. Joe Manchin literally takes aim and fires upon Democrats' climate legislation in a new television ad, promising voters if they elect him to the U.S. Senate next month he'll "take dead aim at the cap-and-trade bill, because it's bad for West Virginia."

In a remarkable ad for a Democrat, Manchin is seen wearing sportsman-style clothes and touting his NRA endorsement as he loads a rifle.

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When Tom Tancredo first entered the Colorado gubernatorial race, it was seen as a obstructive act of defiance. Early polls showed him in third place, far behind the front-runner, Democrat John Hickenlooper, and ruining any electoral chance for Republican nominee Dan Maes (whose dysfunctional candidacy is in part what spurred Tancredo's run).

But since then, Maes' campaign has crumbled even further, while Tancredo has been raising money, rising in the polls and gaining endorsements. In the process, he's switched his focus from bashing Maes to attacking Hickenlooper. And though he still trails Hickenlooper by a bunch, the message is clear: Tancredo is playing to win.

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Viva California!

Republican Senate nominee Carly Fiorina sure can trill, and both she and gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman seem to be able to hold their liquor.

Friday night at the Hispanic 100 Lifetime Achievement award dinner, the women -- both former CEOs of Silicon Valley businesses -- were captured on video doing tequila shots and getting into the spirit as a mariachi band played.

The video, shot and edited by NBC's John Boxley and NBC's Domenico Montanaro, also portrays Fiorina saying the night had "spoiled" her forever.

"I think every speech should begin with a shot of tequila," Fiorina said, letting out a loud trill.

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President Obama's appearance at a Philadelphia rally yesterday took a bizarre turn, when an unidentified attendee hurled a book at him after he made his remarks.

Things got even stranger when a naked man was arrested at the rally, reportedly as a part of a publicity stunt for a website.

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Jobs, jobs, jobs. Did we mention jobs? Because everyone else has.

Politicians on both sides are rightfully talking about the thing 14.8 millions Americans don't have but want: a job. But some are maybe doing a better job than others. As several prominent Republicans have shown recently, when it comes to one of the basic foundations of the working class in America -- the federally-mandated minimum wage -- they have no clue what it is. Or want to get rid of it altogether.

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When a Senate candidate makes a political ad featuring words never uttered before in a television commercial, there's the clear upside that it will be shown for free on an endless loop on cable news, maximizing fundraising and exposure. Then there's the downside (which Christine O'Donnell has experienced since telling Delaware voters in her first ad, "I'm not a witch"): sharp mockery.

In the latest parody over the weekend, Saturday Night Live spoofed the O'Donnell ad, with the show's Kristen Wiig speaking just like the Republican Senate candidate directly to the camera about being elected to the "human Senate."

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New York gubernatorial hopeful Carl Paladino (R) made the cable news rounds Monday, defending his weekend remarks that he doesn't want children "to be brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid or successful option. It isn't."

In several appearances, Paladino insisted "I'm not a homophobic. I have no reservations whatsoever about gays, except for marriage."

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Clinton Postpones Trip To Charlotte

In a statement released Friday evening, Hillary Clinton's campaign announced that the Democratic nominee…