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GOP campaign operative Ed Rollins, who just signed on to manage the presidential campaign of Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), made headlines earlier this week when he told Politico that Sarah Palin was not a “serious” Republican presidential candidate. Then it came out that he basically said the same thing about his new boss two months ago.

The veteran consultant — he managed Ronald Reagan’s re-election campaign in 1984 — explained to Mother Jones that there was a simple reason for that comment: “That was before she hired me!”

“There are great downsides to having been a political analyst with hundreds of appearances over the years,” he added. [ Mother Jones]

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In New York City, a statue of Thomas Jefferson has graced the City Council chamber for 100 years. This week, the Public Design Commission voted unanimously to remove it. "Jefferson embodies some of the most shameful parts of our country's history," explained Adrienne Adams, a councilwoman from Queens. Assemblyman Charles Barron went even further. Responding to a question about where the statue should go next, he was contemptuous: "I don't think it should go anywhere. I don't think it should exist."

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