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Coroner: Cause of death in Breitbart death not expected for weeks

The Los Angeles County Coroner said Friday that he could not issue a cause of death determination for conservative activist and writer Andrew Breitbart, who collapsed and died Thursday while walking in his neighborhood.

According to the coroner's office, the final cause of death has been "deferred" while waiting for the results of toxicological and microscopic tests.

Those tests could take between six and eight weeks. It's not known what killed the 43-year-old website editor, although family and friends have noted that Breitbart had heart issues in the past.

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Huntsman meets with Va Gov. McDonnell

GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman had a private sit-down with Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) on Wednesday.

Huntsman sat down with the conservative favorite while he was in Richmond for a fundraiser, according to the former Utah governor's campaign. Huntsman campaign staffers were mum on what was discussed, only saying that  it was a private discussion.

McDonnell's name has never strayed far from 2012 presidential talk. He has been floated both as a potential presidential candidate and, more often, as a prominent part of several candidates' short lists for vice president.

Unlike other potential vice presidential candidates, McDonnell, a popular Republican governor in a key swing state, has not completely shot down the possibility of accepting an offer to be on a ticket. In August in an interview with Fox News he indicated that he would be interested although he isn't "looking for it or expecting it."

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Cain clarifies abortion comments as Santorum continues attack

Herman Cain issued a statement Thursday clarifying comments on CNN in which he said abortion "ultimately gets down to a choice that that family or that mother has to make. Not me as president, not some politician, not a bureaucrat. It gets down to that family."

Cain was scrambling to defend himself as opposing abortion rights after the comments raised eyebrows with conservatives, who generally support government restrictions on abortion procedures. Rick Santorum sent a fundraising appeal to supporters Thursday night, saying he was "absolutely floored" by Cain's comments.

"Herman Cain’s pro-choice position is similar to those held by John Kerry, Barack Obama and many others on the liberal left. You cannot be both personally against abortion while condoning it — you can’t have it both ways. We must defend the defenseless, period," Santorum wrote.

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Romney says Obama deserves credit for Gadhafi killing

Mitt Romney said Thursday that President Obama deserves some credit for the death of Moammar Gadhafi, breaking with other Republican candidates who had steadfastly refused to offer the president praise after the killing.

A reporter at an appearance in Council Bluffs, Iowa asked Romney if Obama deserved some credit.

"Yes. Yes. Absolutely," Romney said, according to CNN.

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