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Igor Bobic

Igor Bobic is the assistant editor of Talking Points Memo, helping oversee the site's coverage of politics and policy in Washington. While originally from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Igor feels best at home on the beaches of Southern California. He can be reached at igor@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Sunday blasted the Obama administration's handling of Iraq as a failure and dictated by nothing more than campaign tactics.

"At a time when we need troops in Iraq to secure the country, we have none," Graham told Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday." "It was his job to end this right [and] they failed."

Graham, a long-standing critic of the Obama administration's foreign policy, also scolded the President for letting politics guide his decisions, rather than strategy.

"I think he's made some poor decisions on the strategic level. Israel has been thrown under the bus by this President. Iraq and Afghanistan [are] being run by Chicago and not Washington for these past six months."

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Speaking with Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday," U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton defended the timing of the Obama administration's effort to withdraw American troops from Iraq by the end of 2011.

Pointing to the 2008 Status of Forces Agreement with Iraq reached by the previous administration, Clinton said, "Bush also committed to withdrawing all troops by end of this year, so you have a bipartisan commitment to remove combat troops" by the end of 2011.

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Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann's campaign is hitting some rocky terrain - "The Granite State" to be more specific - and it couldn't have come at a worse time.

The New York Times reported on Friday that Jeff Chidester, Bachmann's campaign manager in New Hampshire, is in fact leaving. This follows an earlier report by WMUR Political Scoop's James Pindell that Michele Bachmann's paid staffers in New Hampshire have also quit, citing frustrations not with the candidate but the national campaign operation itself.

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A new Pew report details a sharp decline in fertility rates across the United States that appears closely tied to the economic recession that hit the country in approximately 2007.

The correlation between a faltering economy and the national birth rate is nothing new. What is astounding, however, is that the birth rate for almost every state has dropped dramatically. In 2007, the country experienced a record number of births, 4,316,233. Since then, following one of the worst recessions the U.S. has ever seen, Pew's provisional data shows that the number of births in 2010 was just 4,007,000.

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David Lewis, a 26 year old Tea Party activist believes the man he is mounting a primary challenge against, Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-OH), is a "socialist."

Appearing on Fox's Your World with Neil Cavuto, Lewis stated that the reason he has decided to challenge Boehner is because he voted to fund Planned Parenthood and for a bill that would have overturned President Obama's health care reform law.

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Long-time California campaign treasurer Kinde Durkee not only "nearly wiped out" Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) campaign funds, but it appears she has "wiped out" Sen. Dianne Feinstein's (D-CA) war chest as well, Politico's Jonathan Allen and John Bresnahan report.

"I was wiped out too, we don't know how much," said Feinstein, who is up for reelection next year. According to Feinstein, the company headed by Durkee handled her campaigns in 1992, 1996, 2000, 2006, and her gubernatorial campaign. "I trusted her implicitly."

Durkee, arrested this month on mail fraud charges for allegedly using money from campaign funds she managed for personal expenses, was ordered to be released on $200,000 bond on Friday.

Sen. Feinstein is the latest victim in what is amounting to one of the largest finance scandals in California history, one that has already ensnarled a California state assemblyman, Jose Solorio (D), and Reps. Susan Davis (D-CA) and Loretta Sanchez (D-CA).

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September 8, 2011, courtesy of the White House: Remarks of President Barack Obama in an Address to a Joint Session of Congress Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, and fellow Americans: Tonight we meet at an urgent time for our country. We continue to face an economic crisis that has left millions of our neighbors jobless, and a political crisis that has made things worse. This past week, reporters have been asking "What will this speech mean for the President? What will it mean for Congress? How will it affect their polls, and the next election?" But the millions of Americans who are watching right now: they don't care about politics. They have real life concerns. Many have spent months looking for work. Others are doing their best just to scrape by - giving up nights out with the family to save on gas or make the mortgage; postponing retirement to send a kid to college.

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Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is still not running for president. She just doesn't want you to forget she might, though, however slim her chances may be.

Palin, greeted by cheers of "Run, Sarah, Run" at a Tea Party rally in Iowa on Saturday, attacked President Obama, Washington, and her fellow Republican rivals, but declined to announce whether she would enter the race in 2012.

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After squaring off with House Speaker John Boehner over when President Barack Obama could address Congress on his job plan, the White House announced late Wednesday that they would postpone the speech back a day to Thursday, Sept. 8. But the final result came after an entire day of partisan bickering over who would come out on top. Here's a look at how the day played out, blow by blow:

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While still at large on the heels of a dramatic sacking of his Bab Azizia compound by rebel forces, ousted Libyan leader Moammar Qaddafi resurfaced to deliver a late Tuesday evening radio address to the Libyan people, Reuters reports.



In his address, the ousted dictator called his withdrawal a "tactical move" in the face of NATO "aggression," citing that 64 NATO airstrikes that had leveled his compound.

"We are resisting with all our strength...we will either win or become martyrs, God willing," Qaddafi said.

A spokesman for Qaddafi, Moussa Ibrahim, told Al-Orouba TV in a live interview after the address aired that the regime can resist for months or years.

He threatened to turn the country into a "burning volcano and a fire under the feet of the invaders," BBC reported.

Ibrahim also claimed that the Qaddafi government controlled 80% of Tripoli, and that 6,500 volunteers had entered Tripoli "in the past six hours" and have spread throughout "all the streets of Tripoli" in order to repel the rebels.

Earlier Tuesday Qaddafi also spoke via telephone with the Russian head of the World Chess Federation, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, who is Qaddafi's chess partner of many years.

IIyumzihinov said he received a phone call from Qaddafi's son Mohammed around 6 p.m. Moscow time, who said that he was with his father and that he wanted to speak with him. Qaddafi told him that he remains in Tripoli and that he simply "wants to defend his country."

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