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Bachmann Proud to Share Origins With John Wayne... Gacy, Serial Killer

Just after Michele Bachmman announced her presidential candidacy in her hometown of Waterloo, Iowa, Monday morning, she told Fox News, "Well what I want them to know is just like, John Wayne was from Waterloo, Iowa. That's the kind of spirit that I have, too." But The Washington Times' Stephen Dinan reports that Bachmann got her John Waynes mixed up. The rugged manly-man movie star was born in Winterset, Iowa, three hours away.

Posted: Monday, June 27, 2011 - 3:40pm

Scaring Kids: Our First Amendment Right

It's not often you get references to Dante, dime store novels and Snow White in a Supreme Court ruling. Justice Antonin Scalia did just that in telling California it can't regulate sales of even the grossest video games to kids. The Supremes also agreed to hear cases about indecency and police use of GPS tracking devices on their last Read more here.

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Posted: Monday, June 27, 2011 - 3:40pm

Bachmann's Credibility Gap

A chastened Chris Wallace apologized for asking Rep. Michele Bachmann, “Are you a flake?’’ during a Fox News Sunday interview. But his question forced the Minnesota Republican to confront the single-largest obstacle in her path to the GOP nomination.

Posted: Monday, June 27, 2011 - 3:40pm

Obama Raises the Stakes on Dinner

Seeking to boost small donations ahead of the second fundraising quarter's Thursday close, President Obama's campaign is upping the stakes on a fundraising gimmick it unveiled on June 15: Donate $5, enter a lottery to win a dinner with the president.

The campaign released a message Monday morning saying that it is setting another place at the table for Vice President Joe Biden.

The campaign will cover the cost of the flight and the meal for the contest winner.

Posted: Monday, June 27, 2011 - 2:40pm

Momentum For Mandel In Ohio

It's been a good couple of days for Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel.

First, former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell announced Friday that he wouldn't run for Sen. Sherrod Brown's, D-Ohio, seat. And today, he landed a huge endorsement: Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C.

Posted: Monday, June 27, 2011 - 2:40pm

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Broadcast Indecency Case

The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to decide whether the Federal Communications Commission’s indecency rules are too broad.

At issue is whether the indecency regulations, which the FCC uses to enforce standards on the airwaves, are “impermissibly vague,” as an Appeals Court ruled last year. The lower court also said that the commission's rules violate the First and Fifth Amendment rights of broadcasters.

Posted: Monday, June 27, 2011 - 2:40pm

Today's e-Reads: LightSquared's Ambitions; Advice

The Supreme Court agreed Monday to decide whether police need a warrant before installing GPS trackers on cars.

The Washington Post examines LightSquared’s ambitions.

Posted: Monday, June 27, 2011 - 1:40pm

White House Debt Deal Meeting 'Good' and 'Constructive,' Spokesman Says

White House spokesman Jay Carney said a meeting between President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., on Monday morning was "good" and "constructive" in moving toward striking a deal to reduce the deficit.

"Coming out of it, the president told me that everyone in the room believes that a significant deal remains possible," Carney said.

Posted: Monday, June 27, 2011 - 1:40pm

Plan to Kill Libya's Qaddafi Carries Dire Risks

NATO Joint Operations Commander and U.S. Adm. Samuel Locklear told a U.S. congressman last month that NATO is attempting to kill Libyan leader Muammar el-Qaddafi, ForeignPolicy.com reported on Friday. Rep.

Posted: Monday, June 27, 2011 - 1:40pm

Supreme Court to Review FCC's F-Bomb Policy

The Supreme Court agreed today to review the Federal Communications Commission's indecency rules governing what broadcasters can depict during hours when children may be watching TV.

Posted: Monday, June 27, 2011 - 1:40pm