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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has some advice for Sarah Palin: You'd be a great, if you only had a brain.

In a recent interview with Newsmax, Bush was asked whether he thought Palin was a viable candidate for president. Though he had some nice things to say about her "charisma," it was clear that Bush thinks Palin doesn't have the intellectual heft to occupy the oval office. He said that Palin's success depends on her willingness to add a "depth of understanding of the complexity of life we're living in today" to her rhetoric.

"That's up to her," he said. "I mean, I don't know what her deal is, but my belief is in 2010 and 2012, public leaders need to have intellectual curiosity."

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Minority Leader John Boehner has named Rep. Paul Ryan as one of his picks to attend the White House health care summit, something President Obama might use to put Republicans on the spot about Ryan's proposal to cut Social Security and create a voucher system for Medicare.

Boehner will bring Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Rep. Charles Boustany (R-LA), Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL) and Ryan (R-WI), the Daily Caller reported.

In a release, Boehner announced the attendees in addition to health care ranking members and GOP leadership. He also announced his plans for a GOP Health Care "Truth Squad."

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The new issue of the Michele Bachmann comic, False Witness! The Michele Bachmann Story, is now out on sale. The producers of the comic appear to be taking a thematic approach in the series, dedicating an issue to a particular area of Bachmann's right-wing obsessions -- and they've done a great job of it in this issue. This episode: The gays.

The good news is that the creators have dropped a vice that plagued them in the second issue -- all speech balloons from Bachmann are direct, word-for-word quotes from our favorite Minnesota Republican, with no comedic paraphrasing or embellishment. At the same time, they don't quite acknowledge that doing otherwise was a mistake the last time around. C'est la vie.

As for the treatment of the subject matter, the creators set out to make a serious point: That Bachmann has advanced her career on a platform of singling out a group within society for hatred and ostracism, and that this is a highly dangerous thing to do.

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President Obama is speaking to a business roundtable this afternoon in Washington D.C. Here are his remarks as prepared for delivery:

It is great to be back here with the men and women of the Business Roundtable. Over the last year, we have worked together on a number of issues - from economic recovery and tax policy to education and health care. And more often than not, we've found common ground.

This is important, because we meet at a time of great economic anxiety and sharp political divisions. We are still emerging from the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. Eight million Americans have lost their jobs over the last two years. Home values in too many parts of the country have plummeted. Too many businesses are still reluctant to invest and expand.

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Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has a new Web video attacking his right-wing primary challenger, former Rep. J.D. Hayworth, blasting Hayworth for being "consumed by conspiracies" about President Obama's birth certificate.

The video compares Hayworth's pro-Birther comments on both TV and radio to the infamous rantings of such leading Birthers as Orly Taitz and Philip Berg. "The only difference between these people" the narrator says. "Only one is running for the U.S. Senate."

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That didn't take long. Just weeks after Sen. Scott Brown's (R-MA) victory was heralded as the first shot in a Republican revolution, with Brown himself signing "41" after his name, the magic vanished. On Monday, Brown voted yes on a procedural motion on the Democrats' jobs bill -- and many of his supporters turned against him.

Christen Varley, for example, the president of the Greater Boston Tea Party who a month ago took credit for Brown's win, plans to give the senator a piece of her mind.

"He's going to hear from us," Varley told the Boston Herald. "In the end, this is stimulus spending -- and it's a disappointment."

Just last month, Varley said her group had sent 150 people to a Brown fund-raiser during his campaign. "I spent the next two days saying, if you like Scott Brown, go out and spread the word,'' Varley said. "That's what they did. And it exploded.''

His grassroots supporters aren't pleased either. A sampling of comments on his Facebook page:

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Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), under fire in a GOP primary for his support for the bailout, is now claiming, inaccurately, that Barack Obama joined him in suspending his presidential campaign to address the 2008 financial crisis.

As we told you, the Arizona Republic reported Monday on an interview its editorial board had conducted with the senator:

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Congressional Democrats have acknowledged privately one reason health care hasn't passed yet is that they lost control of the message sometime last year, and they say they aren't about to let that happen again now that they see the finish line.

They say the angry town halls of August - when members in most cases didn't have a plan to defend, or couldn't get talking points together in the face of heated criticism nationwide - won't be repeated if they get the messaging straight.

Overall they blame themselves for not moving quickly. The House blames the Senate for dilly-dallying in the Finance Committee to try and win Republican votes. The Senate blames the White House and President Obama for not giving them more direction or a specific bill early in the process.

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