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9-9-9, meet 9-0-9.

Herman Cain came to Detroit on Friday to defend his signature tax plan against the attacks its suffered from all sides since he rose to frontrunner status in the GOP presidential primary. And he did it by publicly dropping one of his 9s for the poorest Americans.

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Actor Will Ferrell stopped by the White House briefing room today. See him at the podium with White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, via ABC News' Mary Bruce, here.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) is spitting up venom after eating scorpions for breakfast.

Brewer's arthropodically-titled new book, which hits stores Nov. 1, lashes out at the Obama administration over its opposition to her push for SB 1070, the state's anti-immigration law critics said would lead to racial profiling. In the period leading up to the bill's passage, Brewer writes, the flood of feedback from either side of the debate threatened to overwhelm her. The torrent was so strong that she explicitly compares the experience to waterboarding, the Arizona Republic reports.

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Did another Senate tradition come to an end this week?

Not exactly. But something very rare did happen and Democrats are using it as a cautionary tale, to warn Republicans not to get too brazen.

Thursday night, Democrats filibustered a Republican-backed provision of President Obama's jobs bill, because the GOP proposed to pay for it by slashing $30 billion worth of funds for federal programs. Republicans forced the vote to build a counter-narrative that Democrats don't want to work with them on jobs legislation, even bits of Obama's own plan.

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The details of former Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi's final moments are still sketchy. Several graphic images emerged Thursday, some showing a bloodied Qaddafi appearing to be alive in rebel hands, others showing him apparently dead in the street.

In short, it's unclear exactly how Qaddafi was killed. His burial is being postponed until the circumstances of his death can be further investigated, the AP reports.

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Republican presidential candidates are not offering President Obama any compliments after announcing U.S. troops will completely withdraw from Iraq. Bachmann fired off the following statement:

"Today's announcement that we will remove all of our forces from Iraq is a political decision and not a military one; it represents the complete failure of President Obama to secure an agreement with Iraq for our troops to remain there to preserve the peace and demonstrates how far our foreign policy leadership has fallen. In every case where the United States has liberated a people from dictatorial rule, we have kept troops in that country to ensure a peaceful transition and to protect fragile growing democracies. We will now have fewer troops in Iraq than we have in Honduras – despite a costly and protracted war.

"President Obama's decision represents the end of the era of America's influence in Iraq and the strengthening of Iran's influence in Iraq with no plan to counter that influence. We have been ejected from a country by the people that we liberated and that the United States paid for with precious blood and treasure. The administration claims that we got exactly what we needed, but today's announcement demonstrates otherwise. The United States needed a working democratic partnership in Iraq and we should have demanded that Iraq repay the full cost of liberating them given their rich oil revenues. I call on the president to return to the negotiating table with Iraq and lead from the front and not from weakness in Iraq and in the world."

The standoff over the Republican primary calendar, sparked by Florida jumping the calendar into January -- and in which New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner has now threatened to hold his state's primary in December, if Nevada does not move its caucus from January 14 to January 17 -- could be on the verge of resolution. And interestingly, the compromise would go even further than that: Nevada would move its caucus all the way to February 4, after even Florida.

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American Crossroads, the big money GOP group founded by Karl Rove, is warning Republicans that President Obama's new campaign to raise taxes on millionaires is a political winner.

Under the header "Obama's New Class Warfare May Resonate," the group's director, Steven Law, cited their own polling data in a strategy memo to argue that the White House was gaining ground with its proposal to raise taxes on the wealthy.

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House Speaker John Boehner credited America’s service members after President Obama announced the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq. Boehner released the following statement:

“The continued drawdown of American troops that began under the previous administration wouldn’t be possible if not for the hard work and sacrifice of our service members, diplomats and their families. While on a congressional visit to Iraq this year, several lawmakers and I saw firsthand the progress our men and women in uniform had made. American forces not only freed Iraq from a vicious tyrant, but – under the strategy developed and implemented by our generals, and the leadership of both President Bush and President Obama – ended a violent terrorist insurgency that threatened the Iraqi people, and provided an opportunity for the Iraqi government to build the capacity needed to effectively meet the needs of the country.

“We must never forget the sacrifice of those who’ve served and all who will soon be making the journey home. And we owe it to them to continue engaging with the Iraqi government in a way that ensures our hard-fought gains translate into long-term success. While I’m concerned that a full withdrawal could jeopardize those gains, I’m hopeful that both countries will work together to guarantee that a free and democratic Iraq remains a strong and stable partner for the United States in the Middle East.

“We must also keep working to ensure our veterans have our full support as they return home to a tough economy. That’s why the House recently passed a bipartisan veterans hiring bill that provides training and assistance to unemployed veterans, and breaks down barriers preventing them from finding work.”