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* Sheldon Adelson defended the DREAM Act, abortion, and socialized health-care, while promising to double his commitment to the GOP. 

* Marco Rubio explained that he does know how old the Earth is, thank you.

* Conservatives lashed out at John Boehner for a committee purge.

* Obama said won't play games with the debt ceiling.

* And he won't make a deal without higher tax rates

Rachel Weiner covers cops and courts in Arlington and Alexandria.
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