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Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 12/21/2011

Robo-calls for Hillary; Congress = Bill Murray; and Trump gets a boost (read-this roundup)

There’s a rash of mysterious robo-calls touting Hillary Clinton for
Who’s behind the pro-Clinton robo-calls? (JONATHAN ERNST - REUTERS)
president in 2012, our colleague Ann Gerhart reports. The group behind the calls remains shrouded, so there’s rampant speculation: is it Republicans looking to exploit fissures in support for President Barack Obama? Deluded Hillary supporters who can’t take a hint from the Secretary of State herself, who says she’s not interested?

Elsewhere, after House Republicans took inspiration from the flick “Braveheart” in their opposition to a bipartisan payroll tax plan, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) has a different movie metaphor (and a Yogi Berra reference to boot). “It’s like deja vu all over again,” he said, according to our colleagues Rosalind S. Helderman and Paul Kane. “It’s like ‘Groundhog Day.’”

So...Mel Gibson v. Bill Murray?

Donald Trump is apparently getting more likeable, Post pollsters find, though perhaps not likeable enough to be a successful third-party candidate. And the White House is inviting people to tweet about what $40 a week can buy, in a bid to win the p.r. war over the expiring payroll tax holiday that will result in $40 less in the average weekly paycheck.

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