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Mitt Romney takes GOP friendly fire in Michigan
Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.) held a rally touted as a "harsh welcome" to former Massachussetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R), who is in Michigan for the week, according to Talking Points Memo's Evan McMorris-Santoro. McCotter charges that Romney is too similar on the economy to President Obama.

What's wrong with suicide?
The New York Times's Ross Douthat responds to criticism by Kevin Drum of Douthat's recent column on Dr. Kevorkian. 

Can Anthony Weiner survive?
The Monkey Cage's John Sides examines some research that "sheds a little light."

Why isn't the national debt a sexy story?
Does Weinergate deserve as much media attention as the national debt? Rob Bluey wonders at the Heritage Foundation's The Foundry blog.

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White House redefines 'winning' in Afghanistan ahead of review
The Hill's John T. Bennett reports that the Obama administration is lowering the bar on success in Afghanistan with an strategic war policy review on the horizon. 

Senate rejects delay of debit fee regulations, ending K Street battle
On Wednesday, a bipartisan group of lawmakers successfully repelled a heavily lobbied attempt to delay debit-card swipe fee regulations, according to The Hill's Alexander Bolton.

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