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A new Reuters/Ipsos national poll of the Republican race shows a familiar trend: former Mass Gov. Mitt Romney back in front with businessman Herman Cain surging and Texas Gov. Rick Perry falling off. Way off. The new survey has Romney in front with 21 percent, Cain with 19, Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) with 13 and Perry back in fourth with ten.

The poll also shows the the Occupy Wall Street Movement has more support than not: 38 of those Americans surveyed said they had a favorable view of the protests, versus 24 percent who viewed them negatively. There was a partisan belt to the finding too, a trend that’s emerging in the polling around the movement. Democrats were much more likely to have a favorable opinion, with Republicans the opposite.

A U.S. military official tells Reuters on Wednesday that the United States has finished its investigation into a deadly August helicopter crash in Afghanistan. The crash killed 30 American troops, the deadliest incident for U.S. forces in the war.

Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm will host a new prime-time show starting January 2012 on the expanding Current TV network.

"The War Room will be a nightly show for political junkies like me and anyone who cares about the future of our country, focusing on the 2012 election from all angles," Granholm said in a statement on Wednesday. "We will actively engage viewers with a blend of smart analysis and relevant commentary from guests on the cutting edge of politics, business and entertainment."

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Freshman Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) says he didn't pay tens of thousands of dollars in child support payments to his ex-wife because he was under the impression they had an informal agreement that he'd keep the money.

"He reasonably relied on [ex-wife Laura Walsh's] representations and conduct, to his detriment," Walsh's lawyer said in a court filing, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Through his attorney, Walsh claimed he had a "verbal agreement" with his wife on child support because "Joe and his former wife were both tired of court appearances and the resulting emotional and financial impact on the family. Neither party had the financial or emotional wherewithal to continue the battle."

Ms. Walsh, who is suing the Congressman for over $100,000 in missed child support payments, sees things differently, however. Her attorney denied the claim, as well as Mr. Walsh's office's claim that the suit is "an attempt to tarnish the Congressman's reputation" timed to his emergence as a public figure. According to her attorney, she only launched the latest effort to collect the money after the then-candidate lent his campaign $34,000, indicating that he had significantly more cash than he had let on.

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CNN reports that the Republican National Committee raised $9.1 million in September, the group’s highest one-month yield in a non-election year.

The campaign in Ohio for this November's referendum, on whether to sustain or repeal Gov. John Kasich's new law SB 5 -- getting rid of most collective bargaining rights for public unions -- just got a lot uglier.

Now, the Dayton Daily News reports, some TV stations are pulling an ad from the pro-bill campaign -- and splicing it into an ad for the anti-bill campaign, and making it look like the woman in the earlier spot favored the bill.

Last week, the progressive group We Are Ohio released an ad starring a senior citizen, Marlene Quinn, talking about how firefighters saved the life of her grand-daughter.

"I don't want the politicians in Columbus making decisions for the firefighters, the police, teachers, nurses, or any organization that's helping people," Quinn declares in the ad. "Fewer firefighters could mean the different between life or death -- and that's why I'm voting 'No' on Issue 2."

In response, the pro-SB 5 group Building A Better Ohio has a new spot up, sampling from We Are Ohio.

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Sony hasn't had a good year for network security, but it is finally getting its act together when it comes to notifying customers about breaches.

Late Tuesday, the company's chief information security officer reported on the Sony blog that the company detected a break-in attempt of massive proportions.

Philip Reitinger, Sony's senior vice president and chief security officer, said that hackers engaged in a large-scale attempt to log into Sony's customer accounts, and that the attack succeeded in accessing 93,000 of them around the world. Those accounts have since been locked down. Sony isn't saying who it thinks is behind the most recent hacking attack.

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by Stephen Engelberg, ProPublica, Greg Gordon, McClatchy, Jim Gilmore and Mike Wiser, PBS Frontline Oct. 11, 2011, 12:05 a.m.

This story is a joint project with ProPublica, PBS Frontline and McClatchy. The story will air on Frontline on Oct. 11. Check local listings.

WASHINGTON -- Months after the anthrax mailings that terrorized the nation in 2001, and long before he became the prime suspect, Army biologist Bruce Ivins sent his superiors an email offering to help scientists trace the killer.

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DOJ is firing back at Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) after he issued subpoenas to the Justice Department as part of the House Oversight Committee’s ongoing investigation into Fast and Furious.

“We’ve made clear from the beginning that the Department intends to work with the Committee to answer legitimate questions,” DOJ spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler told TPM in an email. “However, this subpoena shows that Chairman Issa is more interested in generating headlines than in real oversight important to the American people.”

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