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Rick Perry's gay-baiting Iowa ad didn't just anger human rights activists, gay service members, and gay Republicans. It roiled some of the people who work for him.

"You don't need to be in the pew every Sunday to know that there's something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military, but our kids can't openly celebrate Christmas or pray in school," Perry says in the spot.

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Pro-Mitt Romney Super PAC Restore Our Future began airing its first ad in Iowa on Thursday, the beginning of a sustained ad campaign to bolster Romney going into the Iowa caucuses. The ad buy is a whopping $3.1 million to flood Iowa TV and radio, according to Politico.

Unlike the base-courting attacks his campaign and several Romney's supporters are unleashing on chief competitor Newt Gingrich Thursday morning, the new ad reflects Romney's original campaign strategy, framing Romney is a businessman who knows how to create jobs. Without mentioning Gingrich, the new ad targets Obama as the hapless "community organizer" who doesn't know how to create jobs while Romney, the businessman, has a plan to turn the country around.

Check it out below:

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell released the following statement after a deadly shooting at Virginia Tech killed two people, including one police officer:



“I am deeply saddened by today's news of another tragedy affecting the Virginia Tech community. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those impacted by these shootings. Since this news first broke we have been monitoring the situation closely and I have made available all requested state resources to Virginia Tech, including the Virginia State Police. I have also spoken to Virginia Tech President Charles Steger earlier this afternoon.

I want to thank the multiple law enforcement agencies and all of the officers for their speedy response and focus during this difficult time. I also want to commend Virginia Tech leadership, students, faculty and staff who cooperated to efficiently respond to this emergency.

While we will await the completion of the initial investigation of this incident before commenting further, I want to again offer our continued support to all of those impacted by this tragedy. Virginia Tech is a university of great resolve, and I have no doubt that the students, alumni and faculty of this proud institution will emerge from this sad day stronger and more united than ever before.  There will continue to be needs in the days ahead as we move forward from this situation and I will ensure that those needs are met completely and fully by the Commonwealth.”

NBC News reports:



Law enforcement officials tell NBC News they believe the second shooting victim at Virginia Tech University was the man who shot and killed the campus policeman.

Rick Santorum will make a major announcement in Des Moines Friday at 6pm, his campaign announced Thursday. That will be followed by an appearance on Hannity on Fox News.

At Wednesday's Republican Jewish Coalition forum, the GOP candidates practically lined up to bash President Obama's foreign policy, insinuating with various levels of subtlety that it amounted to appeasement.

A reporter asked President Obama for his reaction to that at this morning's press conference, and Obama had some fighting words:

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Rep. Allen West (R-FL) appeared Wednesday night on Greta Van Susteren's TV show, to rail against President Obama and other liberals -- so much so, that he denounced the Democrats for what is actually an infamous Republican slogan.

"And if we believe that there are people in Washington, D.C., that are going to be the arbiters, and be the ones who are trying to create some type of fairness -- we remember FDR talking about 'a chicken in every pot,' I recall all the rhetoric of economic and social justice -- then we get away from having the right type of monetary policy, fiscal, policy, tax and regulatory policy that can turn this dismal economic situation around in our country."

However, "a chicken in every pot" was not some wild-eyed, egalitarian New Deal proposal from Franklin Roosevelt. In fact, it was a slogan from the Herbert Hoover campaign (or more precisely, the Republican National Committee, in support of Hoover) in 1928, four years before Roosevelt ever ran for president. The RNC advertising for Hoover also added, "And a car in every backyard, to boot."

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This post was updated at 11:55 a.m.

As they promised they would, the overwhelming majority of Republicans on Wednesday filibustered Richard Cordray, the uncontroversial former Ohio Attorney General whom President Obama tapped to be the director of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau -- an agency tasked with mitigating fraudulent and dangerous financial products.

The final vote was 53-45, with one Senator, Olympia Snowe (R-ME) voting present and one, John Kerry (D-MA) not on hand to vote. GOP Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) -- running for re-election against the CFPB's godmother Elizabeth Warren -- joined the Democrats in supporting Cordray.

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