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Is Rick Perry the latest Republican flameout? Following Trump and Bachmann, Perry looked real. He doesn’t look as real today. He had the worst week of his young campaign, culminating in his big loss in the Florida straw poll Saturday. Contrarian opinion here from the New York Times’ Nate Silver.

 

Cain is Able: Herman Cain is your surprise winner in the Florida straw poll, besting frontrunners Rick Perry and Mitt Romney.

 

Still room for Christie? The Republican establishment is begging New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to get in the race. Christie, who repeatedly vowed not to run in 2012 in the starkest terms, will give his final answer within a week.

 

President Obama got some good licks in on Perry and the Republican party at a Bay Area fundraiser.

 

A record-high number of Americans say they’re dissatisfied with the way the nation is being run, according to Gallup. 81% say they’re not satisfied with the governance of the country – a record high.

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