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U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann said Monday that she has filed paperwork to enter the presidential race and said she plans to make a formal announcement "soon."

The Minnesota Republican's meteoric rise from state lawmaker to unofficial Tea Party ambassador has made her a polarizing figure in D.C. and beyond.

Love her or hate her, she says what she thinks, relishes the spotlight and seldom cedes ground, with an unpredictable edge almost always on display.

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Case in point? At Monday night’s GOP presidential debate, she announced out of the blue she had filed papers to be an official candidate for the nomination.

“I do what I say and say what I mean and I don’t change what I do based on the political wind or desire to simply move up the next ladder,” she said later.

Michele Bachmann stressed her eagerness to “take on not only the opposing party but my own party as well to do what I think is right.”

Known for biting but sometimes inaccurate commentary (like someone else we know) she regularly aggravates foes and provides comedic fodder.

At the same time, the conservative is also regarded as a skilled, resilient politician with a large base of support and a force to be reckoned with.

Would Michele Bachmann be a good president?

 

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Anthony Weiner has likely taken the first step toward resignation. But if the embattled Congressman needed a push out of office, Barack Obama gave it to him this week.

In an interview with Ann Curry that airs today, the President was asked about Weiner and his texting scandal. He made his thoughts on it quite clear.

"If it were me, I'd resign," Obama said. "What he did was highly inappropriate.  I think he's embarrassed himself... he's embarrassed his wife and his family."

  • Barack Obama in Ireland
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As he readies himself to run against a Republican candidate in 2012 - Michele Bachmann officially declared her intentions yesterday - Obama concluded:

"When you get to the point where, because of various personal distractions, you can't serve as effectively as you need to - at the time when people are worrying about jobs and their mortgages and paying the bills - then you should probably step back."

Do you think Weiner should resign?

 

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Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson is one of many people seeking the Republican nomination for president in 2012, and his campaign is underway.

What better way to prep than by debating ... a Barack Obama impersonator?

Johnson recently appeared on Fox Business Network's "Media Matters for America," where host John Stossel moderated a debate between Johnson and a (pretty decent) President Obama impersonator, Reggie Brown ...

Very interesting. On one hand, Brown reiterates Obama talking points awfully well. On the other hand ... what the HELL goes on over at Fox News?

Their ticker gets hacked. They use photos of Tina Fey instead of Sarah Palin. They employ Sarah Palin. Now this, perhaps the most absurd of all.

Not that Gary Johnson is a serious candidate anyway, but how can anyone take him halfway seriously after this ridiculous debate with Faux-bama?

Seriously. We keep expecting to hear "Live From New York ..."

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The first photos of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, taken about five months after she was tragically shot in the head, have emerged on Facebook.

The images depict a a woman in recovery, smiling and with short, dark hair. They were taken by a professional photographer on May 17 at TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital, a day before Giffords under a cranioplasty.

Gabrielle Giffords Facebook Photo

The picture above was not altered or edited, according to her staff, who said it shows "Gabby has traveled a remarkable distance since Jan. 8."

“This was Mark and Gabby’s decision,” said spokesman CJ Karamargin of the pictures' release. “There is intense interest in the Congresswoman’s appearance and on the threshold of her going to outpatient treatment, we thought this was a good way to satisfy public curiosity.”

Giffords is expected to leave the hospital this month.

The man accused of opening fire on her and her constituents in Arizona has been deemed mentally incompetent.

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Anthony Weiner should really just resign already.

Under mounting pressure from fellow politicians, and with police getting involved in his recent spat of Twitter exchanges, the embattled Congressman has announced a leave of absence from his post.

What a Weiner

Can one seek professional help for being a horny moron?

A statement from Weiner's camp reads:

"[Congressman Weiner] will request a short leave of absence from the House of Representatives so that he can get evaluated and map out a course of treatment to make himself well. Congressman Weiner takes the views of his colleagues very seriously and has determined that he needs this time to get healthy and make the best decision possible for himself, his family and his constituents."

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30 Rock star Alec Baldwin has long mused about running for political office, but some of his recent Tweets have stoked more speculation than ever.

Earlier this week, Baldwin wrote that it's still "a long way till November of 2013" and then posted a link to the iconic song "New York, New York."

Interestingly, Baldwin just wrote an essay for The Huffington Post that was sympathetic to the plight of embattled U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner.

Alec Baldwin For Mayor!

Weiner represents Brooklyn and Queens in the U.S. House, but has openly coveted the NYC mayoral post and was all but certain to run in 2013.

His rampant crotch-shot texting likely slammed the door on that lifelong political aspiration - but did it open one for Alec Baldwin in the process?

It certainly could happen. The actor owns an apartment on Central Park West, though his primary residence is in the Hamptons on Long Island.

He has flirted with running for Congress from his Suffolk County district, but this is the first time his name has been tied to the mayor's office.

Baldwin is a registered Democrat whose political views are the polar opposite of his 30 Rock character Jack Donaghy, a Reagan-loving elitist.

What do you think? Should Alec run for mayor?

 

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Sarah Palin has given us so many memorable moments over the years.

Undeniably, her every move is scrutinized and picked apart like no other politician in history. But just as undeniably, she brings these things upon herself.

With Alaska releasing thousands of emails from Sarah Palin's brief stint as governor, we can only imagine what revelations lie in store in those reams of paper, and where they will rank on the list of Sarah Palin's greatest hits.

Sarah Palin uses crib notes on her hand in February 2010.

From her 2008 campaign interview with Katie Couric to her pardoning a turkey, then preening for the cameras as others are slaughtered in the background, you just never know what you're going to get with Palin.

Recently, her rendition of Paul Revere's ride added another historic chapter to her resume. An inaccurate one, it turned out, but we laughed a lot.

What was your favorite moment since she burst on the scene? Take a look back at some epic Sarah Palin videos from the last three years and decide:

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The state of Alaska will release thousands of Sarah Palin's emails from her half term as governor, a disclosure that has taken on national prominence due to the media's obsession with her and Palin's potential presidential run.

More than 24,000 pages of Palin emails will be made public in paper form only in Alaska's capital city, Juneau, which is accessible by only air or water.

Yes, Alaska is a real state.

Sarah Palin Shaking Hands

Reporters from several news organizations have already begun arriving and are making various plans to disseminate the emails to the public.

Palin told Fox News Sunday that "every rock" that could have possibly been kicked over to uncover things in her family already has been.

However, "a lot of those emails obviously weren't meant for public consumption" and that people might seek to take some "out of context."

Like the coverup to hide the pregnancy of Bristol Palin and claim the baby was Sarah's own? Just kidding. That was a great rumor, though.

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Rapper Lupe Fiasco is, clearly, aptly named.

In an interview for a segment of CBS' online show What's Trending, Lupe made quite a controversial comment about the president, stating, "To me, the biggest terrorist is Obama, in the United States of America."

His reasoning for that claim?

Lupe Fiasco Picture

In "Word I Never Said," he calls out Obama specifically, rapping, "Gaza Strip was getting bombed, Obama didn't say s--t/ Thats why I ain't vote for him, next one either/ I'mma part of the problem, my problem is I'm peaceful."

He says he finds political causes "meaningless."

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NYC real estate mogul Donald Trump posted his thoughts on the Anthony Weiner photo scandal on YouTube today. Let's just say he does not mince words.

The embattled Congressman, who made no secret of aspiring to run for New York City Mayor, is a "psycho" and a "bad guy," according to The Donald.

Laying into Weiner for sending lewd pics to Ginger Lee and others, Trump says he had a "death wish" and should never be allowed to run for office. Ever.

The silver lining, according to Trump? You gotta watch and see:

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