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Confirming the ABC/WaPo poll from early this morning, Quinnipiac University released some very similar national numbers on the GOP Presidential primary: former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney back in the lead, with businessman Herman Cain a surprising second.

Romney gets 22 percent, Cain 17 and former national frontrunner Texas Gov. Rick Perry all the way down to third at 14 among the announced candidates. Quinnipiac also polled the race with NJ Gov. Chris Christie in the field, showing him in a first place tie with Romney at 17 percent each, Cain at 12 and Perry fourth at 10.

In response to an inaudible question, Christie says the following:

“You begin to lose your bearings a little bit, and people in New Jersey have gotten me back on course.”

Christie says he did think hard after the imprecations of donors from around the country, but “in the end I came back to the same place I’d been in all last year”: not running.

The liberal group Progressive Change Campaign Committee has been making Elizabeth Warren's Senate campaign in Massachusetts a top cause. And now, the group tells TPM that they raised nearly a half million dollars for the former White House financial reform adviser's campaign against incumbent Republican Scott Brown.

The figure, $407,899, starts from the group's draft effort for Warren, which started in late July. Previously in mid-September, the group announced that they had surpassed the $200,000 mark by the day after Warren had gotten in the race.

Thus, the group has raised about $200,000 in the two weeks since Warren officially jumped in.

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NJ Governor talking now… Says he “thought long and hard,” having been swayed by the number of people calling him from all around the country.

“Now is not my time,” he says. He has a “commitment” to “fix a broken New Jersey.”

“The people sent me to Trenton to get a job done, and I’m just not ready to walk away.”

It's Nobel Prize Week again, and the organization named for Swedish dynamite inventor Alfred Nobel has already bestowed two honoraries on six winners, including one bittersweet posthumous award.

On Monday, one half of the $1.46 million Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to the heirs of Canadian-American scientist Ralph M. Steinman,of Rockefeller Univesity in New York, "for his discovery of the dendritic cell and its role in adaptive immunity."

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