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GOP Candidates gathered in the Motor City tonight for a debate focused on the economy. Engines roared as the candidates went bumper-to-bumper, but one candidate in particular suffered an embarassing stall...

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Rick Perry, already under widespread criticism for his listless debate performance, found a way to dig himself into a deeper hole on Wednesday night by forgetting which executive branch departments he would eliminate mid-answer. Even in a campaign loaded with cringe-worthy debate moments, this was easily the low point for any candidate.

The Texas governor drawled through his plan to cut three government agencies, but then stumbled and admitted that he couldn't recall which ones they were.

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Newt Gingrich was asked about his work for Freddie Mac at the CNBC debate, drawing a testy answer in which he forcefully clarified he was never a lobbyist -- only an "historian."

"I have never done any lobbying," he said, saying every contract he signed after leaving office "specifically said I would do no lobbying."

"I offered advice," he said. "My advice as an historian when they walked in and said we are now making loans to people that have no credit history and have no record of paying back anything but that's what the government wants us to do. I said at the time, this is a bubble. This is insane. This is impossible. It turned out unfortunately I was right and the people who were doing exactly what Congresswoman Bachmann talked about were wrong."

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A robust debate took place on the Senate floor on Wednesday as lawmakers debated a measure introduced in February by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) and other Republican lawmakers to repeal the "Net Neutrality" rules established by the Federal Communications Commission in December 2010, which will go into effect November 20, 2011.

A vote on the measure is scheduled for Thursday, and it is expected to be close, according to the Boston Globe. But even if the Senate votes in favor of the measure, the White House has vowed that President Obama will veto it when it lands on his desk.

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The Washington Post reports that the two Cain accusers whose names are now public have agreed to hold a joint press conference.

The details have not been worked out, but the conference would consist of the two accusers, Sharon Bialek and Karen Kraushaar, along with their attorneys, Gloria Allred and Joel P. Bennett.