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Amidst a contentious debate over the debt ceiling, with America losing more and more faith in both political parties, Gabrielle Giffords gave us a reason to be hopeful this evening:

Just six months after being shot in the head, the Arizona Congresswoman made a surprise return to Congress and received a standing ovation prior to voting in favor of the resolution. It passed by a count of 269-161.

The debt bill is virtually guaranteed to be passed in the Senate tomorrow, as the government waited until the last possible moment to avoid a crippling default.

The measure aims to not raise any taxes, while cutting federal spending by at least $2.1 trillion over the next 10 years. It has critics on both sides, although John Boehner is not among them: "The legislation will solve this debt crisis and help get the American people back to work," the House Speaker said at a press conference.

Nancy Pelosi was less enthusiastic: "I'm not happy with it, but I'm proud of some of the accomplishments in it. That's why I'm voting for it."

All involved, however, welcomed Giffords with open, warm arms.

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Kelsey Grammer can scarcely keep his own house in order. But the actor still thinks he'd make a good politician, admitting to The New York Post that he possesses the "narcissistic personality" necessary for that world and would consider a run for Mayor of NYC.

"I have a great career and extraordinary opportunities," the Grammer said.  "But I look at my political aspirations as that last piece of my life, where I hope to do something good for people and pay back a little."

Grammer is a known Republican, while Alec Baldwin - an outspoken Democrat - has shared a similar sentiment. Can you imagine a general election between these two? Who would you rather... elect?

And the Winner is?

They've both expressed interest in the gig. Which of these actors would make a better Mayor? View Poll »



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The National Geographic Channel will air a documentary on the September 11, 2011 terrorist attacks with George W. Bush speaking in intimate detail about the days and weeks following the world changing event, the network says.

The special, set for September 11, will mark a rare appearance by president #43.

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A release quotes him as saying during the interview:

“One of my concerns, like the concerns of other husbands and wives, was, ‘Was my spouse okay? Was Laura okay?’ My second concern was ‘Were our girls okay?’”

The chat was filmed two days after the death of Osama bin Laden.

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A conservative group in Wisconsin has been running an a political ad attacking Democrat Shelly Moore, a candidate for the State Senate in that fine state.

It's even narrated by Morgan Freeman ... or so they want you to think.

"The political ad in Wisconsin by a conservative group narrated by someone trying to sound like Morgan Freeman was not narrated by Mr. Freeman," his rep Stan Rosenfield said. "Morgan Freeman did NOT narrate that ad."

Duplicity aside, their voiceover guy did some nice work!

The Oscar-winner, it should be noted, is not only unassociated with the ad, but a friend of Nelson Mandela and a supporter of President Barack Obama.

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It's a bad week for Democrats. First, Barack Obama interrupts The Bachelorette during a crucial moment.

Now, three days after reports surfaced that David Wu engaged in an “unwanted sexual encounter” with a young California woman last November, the seven-term Congressman from Oregon has resigned.

“The time has come to hand on the privilege of high office. I cannot care for my family the way I wish while serving in Congress and fighting these very serious allegations,” Wu said in a statement. “The well-being of my children must come before anything else. With great sadness, I therefore intend to resign effective upon the resolution of the debt-ceiling crisis.”

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Former U.S. Senator and presidential candidate John Edwards was ordered to repay the treasury $2.3 million, the Federal Election Commission ruled.

Edwards was indicted last month for breaking campaign finance laws by using his political war chest to cover up a tawdry affair with Rielle Hunter.

John fathered a love child with Rielle while his wife, Elizabeth, who is now deceased, was diagnosed with terminal cancer, and lied about it a lot.

Federal auditors said all but approximately $200,000 of $13 million he received for his 2008 presidential bid came from federal matching funds.

Though lawyers for Edwards said the campaign owes no money, auditors accused the campaign of understating cash and overstating expenses.

The repayment need not come out of John Edwards’ own pocket, and records show he has $2.6 million remaining in his campaign account.

However, Thursday's decision does mean that he will no longer have those leftover campaign funds available to help with his mounting legal bills.

Severel friends of the disgraced, indicted Edwards have privately expressed concern about the former trial lawyer's personal finances, too.

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The tax rate on wealthy Americans is at its lowest figure in over 50 years, but Steve Wynn doesn't care.

The casino magnate spoke to the press in Las Vegas yesterday and blasted President Barack Obama for his job-creating record, bringing back the misunderstood "S" word Republicans fired Obama's way during the 2008 election.

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"This administration is the greatest wet blanket to business, and progress and job creation in my lifetime," Wynn said. "The guy [Obama] keeps making speeches about redistribution, and maybe we ought to do something to businesses that don't invest or hold too much money. We haven't heard that kind of talk except from pure socialists."

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Movie reviews of Stephen K. Bannon's Sarah Palin documentary The Undefeated are about what you'd expect. Not great from the LAME-stream media, with staunch defenders on the other end of the political spectrum.

Aside from being erroneously titled (even if you don't count the 2008 presidential election, Palin lost a 2002 bid for Lt. Governor of Alaska all on her own), the film is essentially a troop-rallying campaign infomercial.

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Or, as the L.A. Times puts it, The Undefeated is nothing short of a "a hero-worshiping, crescendo-edited, thunderously repetitive talking points briefing."

It gets worse from there.

Roll Call calls it: "A flattering portrait of Palin as someone unafraid to take on her own party's bosses. There's little doubt Palin, who did not participate in its  production, will be pleased with the final result. But it's not a good film."

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Will there be a 51st state called South California? No, there will not. But 13 mostly conservative counties there are floating the idea to make a point.

One official, local Republican Jeff Stone, has asked fellow members of the Riverside County Board of Supervisors to support a motion to do just that.

He wants to bring together officials from the 13 counties to discuss the idea.

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Stone said California is too big to govern, a situation that has led the Golden State to raid local government coffers because of runaway spending.

He knows it will be a challenge to create another state but doesn't believe impossible. "We are sending a message," Stone told the L.A. Times.

That message is that it may be a giant waste of everyone's time at the taxpayers' expense, but it can still generate widespread media attention.

Even if the 13 counties were serious, the U.S. Constitution says no state can be formed without consent of Congress and the state Legislature.

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If you have no idea who Tim Pawlenty is, we don't blame you.

The GOP presidential candidate polls way behind Mitt Romney, Michelle Bachmann and even Sarah Palin, who on top of being incapable, isn't even running!

Point being, T-Paw is running, even if no one outside Minnesota, where he served two terms as governor, knows it. So how does he change things up?

Get his name in the headlines. More importantly, get Lady Gaga's name in there. In this Q&A, he asks the interviewers which Gaga song is their favorite:

Granted, it was a personal and pop-culture interview, so it's not like he name-dropped "Born This Way" in a debate. But he digs the song. Good to know.

The a cappella version is better, if you ask him, though, and "Bad Romance" gives it a run for a money because of the beat. Think he's making all this up?

Even if he's an avid watcher of Lady Gaga videos, we don't expect she'll be pulling the lever for Tim in '12. He's staunchly opposed to gay marriage.

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