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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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In the new issue of Newsweek, Sarah Palin says in no uncertain terms that she can win a national election. Of course, she hasn't decided if she'll try to prove it.

"I believe that I can win a national election," she says, adding that she firmly believes Americans are "desperate" and "deserving" of "positive change."

"I'm not so egotistical as to believe that it has to be me, or it can only be me, to turn things around, but I do believe that I can win."

Palin: I Can Win!

This week's Newsweek cover story on the ex-Alaska Governor comes shortly after the release of the erroneously-titled documentary about her, The Undefeated.

Sarah revealed that her daughter, Bristol Palin, wants her to run for president in 2012, "but we're still thinking about it; I'm still thinking about it," she said.

Palin said the "deal killer" would be if her family told her not to.

Her husband, Todd, says it's "up to her. I mean, we'll discuss it. But she's definitely qualified to run this country. And she's a got a fire in the belly to serve."

Or to tease the possibility of a presidential bid as long as humanly possible, keeping her profile high and ego stroked without actually having to do work.

That's our guess. Especially since Michele Bachmann, who appeals to many in the pro-Palin camp and is arguably more qualified, is already running hard.

What do you think? Should Palin run in '12?

 

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Daughter. Wife. Mother. Warrior.

With a tagline like this, and quotes such as “She’s like a marine. She runs towards the danger,” from rugged-looking citizens, The Undefeated feels more like a big-budget action-adventure blockbuster than a documentary.

Would you expect anything else from a Sarah Palin film?

Of course, The Undefeated is a misnomer, given her losing bid for Lt. Governor of Alaska in 2002, and the GOP ticket that was trounced in 2008. But those are just "gotcha" facts from the liberal "intelligenstia," don'cha know.

The sound and visual effects alone make this an 8.5 out of 10 on the unintentional comedy scale. Watch the lone WASILLA WARRIOR TOPPLE THE MACHINE:

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Barack is dealing with a lot these days.

Trying to manage two wars, revive a stagnant economy, provide health care, reach a compromise over the federal debt ceiling and keep various factious of constituents happy regarding social issues is a balancing act, to be sure.

One he seems a bit overwhelmed by in this College Humor video, which uses a Fourth of July BBQ as a metaphor for President Obama's life ...

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The Fox News Politics Twitter account reported this morning that President Obama had been shot twice in Iowa and killed. Not the case. Obama is fine.

The account was hacked shortly after midnight and the messages about the president were left around 3:00 a.m. The Tweets have since been deleted.

Mr. President

In total there were six Tweets that reported the death of the president, going so far as to wish Vice President Joe Biden luck in his assumed new role.

Unlike Rep. Anthony Weiner, who used the hacking defense after sending photos of his junk to women everywhere, it appears to be true in this case.

The account was hacked by "The Script Kiddies" (a slang term for beginner hackers), who vaguely aligned themselves with another hacking ring, Anonymous and changed the picture for the Fox account to their logo.

The "Script Kiddies" account has also been taken down.

According to Gawker, one of the members of "The Script Kiddies" says they are quite sophisticated despite the name, and chose to target Fox, "because we figured their security would be just as much of a joke as their reporting."

While hacking someone's Twitter - especially to report the president is dead - is reprehensible, we have to give them credit for that little dig.

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Stephen Colbert will not be our next President. But he may have a say who gets the job.

The comedian/talk show host won approval today from the Federal Election Committee to form a SuperPAC, meaning Colbert can raise money and produce/buy television time for political advertisements.

"Moments ago the Federal Election Committee made their ruling," Colbert said ta crown below outside the FEC headquarters. "And ladies and gentlemen I'm sorry to say, we won!"

How did this come about? Former FEC Chairman Robert Lenhard said the ruling "means people can use their network's resources to fund their own PAC ads without needing to report it on their network, on their show."

As for the host of The Colbert Report? Added Lenhard:

"I think he's going to have fun. But until he gets at least a million dollars he's not going to run many ads outside of his show."

Colbert is already working on that, however. He solicited donations from fans during his speech, telling supporters: "I don't know about you but I do not accept limits on my free speech, I don't know about you but I do not accept the status quo. But I do accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express."

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Mark Halperin must be watching too much Tracy Morgan stand-up.

During a live appearance on MSNBC's Morning Joe today, the political analyst was asked about President Obama's behavior yesterday during a meeting with Republicans, inquired about whether or not the show was on a seven-second delay and then said:

The President "acted like a dick." Watch the host's stunned reaction to the insult now:

Halperin, who co-authored the book "Game Change," has been suspended indefinitely by the network and said in a statement:

"I want to offer a heartfelt and profound apology to the president, to my MSNBC colleagues, and to the viewers. My remark was unacceptable, and I deeply regret it."

Should he have been punished?

 

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Announcing her bid for the presidency Monday, Michele Bachmann noted that she shares her birthplace of Waterloo, Iowa, with acting legend John Wayne.

"Just like John Wayne is from Waterloo, Iowa, that's the kind of spirit I have too. It's embracing America. It's sacrificing for America," Bachmann said.

The problem? The Duke is from Winterset, Iowa, about 150 miles away. John Wayne Gacy, the notorious rapist and serial killer, hails from Waterloo.

While an honest mistake, and no big deal in the grand scheme, such gaffes and other ridiculous Michele Bachmann quotes pop up with surprising frequency.

As Bachmann, who now represents a Minnesota district in the U.S. House, gears up for her presidential run, we pulled together a greatest hits list.

Much like Sarah Palin's greatest hits, some of these Bachmann lines seem straight out of The Onion, classic "did this really happen?" moments ...

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Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who resigned after attempting to sell or barter President Obama's seat in the U.S. Senate, has been convicted of a VAST range of corruption, bribery and extortion charges.

A jury deemed him guilty on 17 of 20 counts.

His attorneys insisted that FBI wiretap recordings in which he discussed many illegal activities were just the ramblings of a politician who liked to think aloud.

But Blagojevich, who spent 2 1/2 years becoming a punchline, yet professing his innocence on reality shows and on the witness stand, went down hard.

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The guilty verdict caps an incredible story in which Rod Blagojevich infamously said, on a tapped phone, that the chance to appoint the Senate successor to Obama after he was elected president was "f---ing golden."

Not something to give away "for f---ing nothing," in other words.

He faces up to 300 years in prison, though sentencing guidelines are sure to reduce his time. Still, prosecutors will likely push to have him incarcerated.

Rod may not have a leg to stand on. The Feds had been investigating him for years before the senate seat incident (hence the number of charges).

A status hearing for sentencing was set for August 1.

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