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The "Michele Bachmann For Congress" office has distributed the following email:

My Dear Friends,

Running for president was one of the greatest honors of my life.

I ran because I believe the times we live in are so threatening to our economic survival, that 2012 is our last chance to change course if we want to remain as the world's leading economic and military superpower. I did not run for president for my own personal benefit, or to climb the political ladder; I ran because someone needed to stand up for our beliefs and voice our sentiments.

In deciding to run, I believed someone needed to talk about our shared values and conservative ideals; to stand up for our voice and belief in the America we grew up in and love; and to fight for our children and grandchildren's future. We ran an honest campaign and I will always be proud of the work we did and the history we made. Together, with your support, our campaign changed the focus of this presidential election.

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A new survey from Public Policy Polling (D) shows President Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney tied in Missouri, both men getting 45 percent in a possible matchup there. Obama's approval rating is underwater at 45 - 50, but Romney struggles with favorability in the state: only 30 percent of general election voters see him positively, while a majority of 54 percent see him in a negative light. Other possible GOP Presidential candidates do a little worse -- Obama bests Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) by two, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum by three, and former House Speaker Newt gingrich by seven. 

Missouri was won by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) in 2008, surpassing Obama by a little over 3,600 votes out of nearly three million ballots cast in the state.

“It’s been a good week for Barack Obama in our polling,” said Dean Debnam, President of Public Policy Polling in a release. “He’s leading Mitt Romney nationally and in Ohio, and now tied with him in Missouri. The big question is whether this is just a State of the Union bounce or something that might prove to be more long lasting."

Only Donald Trump can pull this off. Thursday's campaign 2012 media discussion has centered entirely on who's getting the endorsement from the leading voice of the extremist conspiracy that the President of the United States is a secret foreigner. Meanwhile, recent polling suggests that a Trump endorsement is a poisoned chalice at best, as his current negatives could in fact drag down his chosen candidate.

There are only three things you need to remember as you contemplate what The Donald's endorsement means:

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Senate Republicans unveiled a proposal Thursday to avoid or delay looming, automatic cuts to defense and security programs by reducing the federal work force by five percent and freezing federal pay for two and a half years.

In a bid to recruit Democratic support for their legislation, the authors of the plan say it saves enough money to forestall automatic cuts to domestic programs, also set to kick in on January 2013. But they continue to oppose using any new tax revenues to offset any of these costs -- and in so doing they exposed a contradiction at the heart of their fiscal policy. They oppose tax increases, they say, because of their impact on economic growth -- yet their plan to avoid tax increases involves deliberately shrinking demand for jobs.

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Mitt Romney gladly accepted Donald Trump's endorsement, at a special event Thursday at Trump's hotel in Las Vegas.

"There are some things that you just can't imagine happening in your life — this is one of them. Being in Donald Trump's magnificent hotel and having his endorsement is a delight.  I'm so honored and pleased to have his endorsement. And of course, I'm looking for the endorsement of the people of Nevada.

"Donald Trump has shown an extraordinary ability to understand how our economy works, to create jobs for the American people. He's done it here in Nevada, he's done it across the country.

"He understands that our economy is facing threats from abroad. He's one of the few people who stood up and said, you know what, China has been cheating. They've taken jobs from Americans, they haven't played fair, we have to have a president who will stand up to cheaters. We believe in free trade and free enterprise — but we don't believe in allowing people to cheat day in and day out."

Donald Trump endorsed Mitt Romney, at a special event Thursday at his hotel in Las Vegas.

"It's my honor, real honor and privilege, to endorse Mitt Romney. I've gotten — (Interrupted by applause and cheering. He then points at Mitt and Ann Romney) And by the way, this is a great couple, you look at this couple. (Applause.) Mitt is tough, he's smart, he's sharp. He's not going to allow bad things to continue to happen tot his country that we all love.

"So Governor Romney, go out and get 'em. You can do it."

Following the Komen Foundatin's decision to cut its Planned Parenthood funding, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg promised to donate $250,000 of his own money to Planned Parenthood. Here's Bloomberg's statement announcing the news:

“Politics have no place in health care. Breast cancer screening saves lives and hundreds of thousands of women rely on Planned Parenthood for access to care. We should be helping women access that care, not placing barriers in their way.”

 

And a statement from Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards:


“On behalf of hundreds of thousands of women nationwide who rely on Planned Parenthood for breast cancer education and screening, we are enormously grateful to Mayor Bloomberg. This contribution will help ensure that politics don’t interfere with women having access to health care. People all across the country have stepped forward in the last 48 hours to offer help and support, and the Mayor's donation will help ensure that no woman is denied breast cancer services because of right-wing political pressure campaigns.”


A source in the Mayor's office said Bloomberg is donating the funds to "help defray the loss of the Komen funds."

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