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October 5, 2011
5) Roll Call reports Sens. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Jim DeMint, R-S.C., have mutually agreed to sideline the feud from the 2010 election cycle in favor of cooperating in 2012. Republicans who have observed the relationship over the past couple of years confirm the improvement in their interaction since Election Day 2010. 4) Consumer protection advocate Elizabeth Warren is receiving high marks for her first debate performance on Tuesday night. "Elizabeth Warren doesn't miss beat in Herald debate" reads a Boston Herald headline. "While Elizabeth Warren shines, other Democratic Senate contenders also glimmer," writes the Boston Globe. Of the six debaters in the somewhat surprisingly cordial debate, Warren came across as the most prepared. Most people will remember Warren's "I kept my clothes on. I borrowed money," line in response to a question about how Warren paid for her education (as Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., posed in Cosmopolitan to help pay his law school tuition). More notable was Warren's "this is not a hard question for me" response to when the candidates were asked whether they would encourage their children to enlist in the military. Alan Khazei said it was a "a really hard question." Warren also said her brothers had served in the military and that she had encouraged one of her children to consider it. 3) Following allegations that Univision asked Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., to appear on the network in exchange for softening or withholding a negative story about his brother-in-law, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, businessman Herman Cain, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman and Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., issued statements Tuesday saying the network needs to make amends before they would appear at a debate tentatively slated for January. 2) Obama's job-approval rating was at its lowest point in Tuesday's ABC News/Washington Post poll, but new data from that survey released early Wednesday shows that, following the release of Obama's jobs plan, he has bolstered his standing on the all-important issue. Americans trust Obama more than congressional Republicans to create jobs by a 15-point margin; last month, Americans were split down the middle on the question. A slight majority of Americans favor Obama's job-creation bill, and 58 percent believe it will at least improve the jobs situation somewhat if it becomes law. 1) Democrat Earl Ray Tomblin won a tight race over Republican Bill Maloney by about three percent in West Virginia Tuesday night. Maloney performed relatively well in the Eastern Panhandle, where Republicans had advertised heavily against Tomblin in the closing days, but not well enough to overcome the advantage Tomblin built up in his strongholds. The big question now for Maloney -- after an impressive first-run at politics, does he want to give it another go against Tomblin in 2012, with Obama also on the ballot? -- Steven Shepard contributed
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