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Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), the national Tea Party movement star who is on the verge of announcing a run for president, is also reportedly set to have some top-flight talent heading up her campaign: Longtime Republican operative Ed Rollins.

Two sources close to Bachmann told CBS that Rollins will join the campaign. Rollins was previously campaign manager for President Ronald Reagan's landslide re-election in 1984, and in 2008 he was national campaign director for the insurgent candidacy of Mike Huckabee, who won an upset victory in the Iowa caucuses.

A call by TPM to Ed Rollins's office was not immediately returned.

In a potentially dire sign for Republicans looking ahead to 2012, a Pew poll released Monday finds that a strong majority of elderly Americans oppose the GOP's proposal to privatize Medicare.

In addition, the poll found that not only do Democrats oppose the proposed changes, but pluralities of both Republicans and independents do as well.

Overal 41% of Americans opposed turning Medicare into a voucher program where seniors would buy their own coverage in the private sector, while 36% supported such a plan, according to the poll. Opposition is heavily skewed toward older Americans, as might be expected, with people over 65 years-old lining up against the plan by a 51% to 25% split. Fifty-one percent of respondents in the 50-64 year-old bracket also opposed the plan, while 32% supported it.

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Janice Hahn, the Democratic candidate in the CA-36 special election to succeed Jane Harman, has a new ad tying her Republican opponent Craig Huey to several democratic bogeymen: Sarah Palin, the GOP plan to privatize Medicare, and extreme right-wing rhetoric.

"Sarah Palin and Craig Huey. Which would ban a woman's right to choose in every case?" the announcer asks. "Both Palin and Huey. Which supports a radical plan to end Medicare, but wants to give tax breaks to the wealthy? Both Palin and Huey again.

"But which one called Planned Parenthood a 'murder mill'? Only Craig Huey.

"We don't need Craig Huey's extremist, right-wing agenda. Janice Hahn will fight for our agenda -- common-sense solutions, create green jobs, and cut Washington spending while protecting Medicare."

The election will be held on July 12. The district in its current form is strongly Democratic, and has only been getting more so over the past decade: It voted 64%-36% for Barack Obama in 2008, 59%-40% for John Kerry in 2004, and 55%-37% for Al Gore in 2000.

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Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) has scheduled a 4 p.m. ET press conference in New York City following the publication by conservative media guru Andrew Breitbart of a set of photos allegedly depicting a shirtless Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) that were allegedly emailed by Weiner to an female admirer. The Weiner press conference also comes after reports in the Star tabloid and Radaronline.com that another woman had provided them with a series of sexually oriented texts between herself and the married Weiner from earlier this year.

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Herman Cain told TPM this weekend that he supports the idea of using offset spending to pay for disaster relief funds, but says that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's approach of only allowing that option strikes him as playing political games.

"Human suffering isn't something we should negotiate over a bill," Cain said. "Find the money. That's the difference between a business attitude and a business approach and maybe a political approach."

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Apple CEO Steve Jobs on Monday unveiled the company's revamped strategy to cloud computing, showing off how users can create content and buy music from one computer or device, and have it all appear seamlessly on their other Apple devices without having to manually plug in and synchronize their devices any more.

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Former Utah Governor and Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman now says he will not compete in Iowa for his potential presidential run -- and leaders in Iowa aren't thrilled by his open snubbing of the state.

As ABC News reported over the weekend, Huntsman spoke to a crowd in New Hampshire:

"I'm not competing in Iowa for a reason. I don't believe in subsidies that prop up corn, soybeans and ethanol,"Huntsman said, according to multiple news sources at the event.

Huntsman, the former ambassador to China, continued, "I think they destroy the global marketplace.... We probably won't be spending a whole lot of time in Iowa. I guess I understand how the politics work there."


Now, the Des Moines Register reports, Iowa Republicans are firing back.

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Newly minted GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum is appalled that President Obama would disrespect those who fought at Normandy by not trusting them to make their own health care decisions. "Those Americans risked everything so they could make that decision on their health care plan," he said Monday.

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With Republicans on the ropes when it comes to defending their proposal to privatize Medicare, a group of Senate Democrats is hoping to deliver a body blow to GOP plans to push for the proposal in talks about reducing the nation's spiraling debt.

Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Charles Schumer (D-NY) on Monday called for Republicans to take Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-WI) plan for Medicare off the table in ongoing bipartisan deficit-reduction talks.

"We owe it to our children and our grandchildren to pay down the debt but not at the expense of our seniors' healthcare," Brown told reporters on a conference call. "Ending Medicare as we know it should not be part of our debt-reduction negotiations."

Ryan's Medicare proposal has sparked a backlash with the public and has been roundly panned in national polls. Some Republicans are already distancing themselves from the plan, but GOP leaders and most of the party's presidential contenders remaining strongly committed to it.

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) on Sunday said his state will not "subsidize" anyone's drug addiction, defending recent legislation requiring welfare applicants to undergo drug testing.

Scott told CNN anchor T.J. Holmes he isn't sure how many welfare recipients are using drugs in Florida, but said "I know it's not right for taxpayer money to be paying for someone's drug addiction."

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