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Pawlenty airs first campaign ad in Iowa

Looking to gain some traction in the presidential field, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty is up with the first Iowa television advertisement of the 2012 presidential campaign, highlighting his record as governor while suggesting some of his GOP rivals offer some of the same empty rhetoric that he blames for the country's current problems.

Stewart stands by criticism of Fox

Jon Stewart wouldn't walk back his criticism of Fox News and stood by his claim that the cable channel is little more than a "propaganda delivery system" during an uncomfortable back-and-forth with host Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday."

Minnesota Democrat skeptical of Bachmann

The chairman of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor party is calling on Rep. Michele Bachmann to drop any plans to run for her House seat in 2012 if she is serious about pursuing the presidency. But he also freely admits that the Republican's White House should help her re-election chances and give a boost to her political career.

Weiner action figures for sale

A Connecticut toy company is capitalizing on the Anthony Weiner sex scandal by selling replica action figures of the congressman that come in two styles; standard and an anatomically correct version.

Senate Democrats mum on Weiner

While an increasing number of high profile Democrats have suggested — or outright demanded — that embattled Rep. Anthony Weiner resign, Senate Democrats largely have ducked the issue.