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Afternoon Fix: Scott Brown accused of plagiarism, blames staff

at 05:17 PM ET, 10/13/2011

Scott Brown lifted from Elizabeth Dole, Huntsman and Gingrich are threatening a boycott, John Edwards says Obama could have stopped his indictment and Paul Ryan loves 9-9-9.

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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED:

* Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) blames his staff for language on his website lifted word-for-word from the old page of ex-Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-N.C.). The Democratic group American Bridge, which uncovered the similar pages, accused the Massachusetts Republican of plagiarism. One of the copied phrases: “I was raised to believe that there are no limits to individual achievement and no excuses to justify indifference.”

* In a speech at North Greenfield University in South Carolina, Anita Perry opened up about the tolls of her husband’s presidential campaign. “It’s been a rough month,” she said. “We have been brutalized and beaten up and chewed up in the press to where I need this today.” She suggested that Texas Gov. Rick Perry was targeted due to his religion: “ So much of that is, I think they look at him, because of his faith ... And they may feel like God called them too. But I truly feel like we are here for that purpose.”

* Former Utah governor Jon Huntsman and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich are both threatening to boycott the Nevada caucuses unless the state changes the date. New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner has declared that he will call the state’s first-in-the-nation primary for December unless Nevada moves its contest, which is currently set for Jan.14th. Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney is overwhelming favorite in Nevada, so this boycott isn’t particularly bold.

* Lawyers for former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) argues that the Obama administration didn’t have the political courage to stop a Bush-era indictment of the disgraced politican on campaign-finance charges. Edwards, who is accused of using campaign money to cover up an extramarital affair, argues that he was targeted by a former aide to ex-Sen. Jesse Helms (R).

WHAT YOU SHOULDN’T MISS:

* The 60 Plus Association, a conservative seniors advocacy group, is launching a campaign targeting the health-care law’s Independent Payment Advisory Board (the board tasked with finding Medicare savings.) The campaign, “No Medicare IRS” will argue that “this bureaucratic board will deny many seniors a voice in their health care treatments.”

* Former Obama adviser Raja Krishnamoorthi is touting his cash on hand — $635,997 — more than primary rival Tammy Duckworth will anounce. But Duckworth, a former Veterans Affairs official, raised more in the third quarter — $476,894 to Krishnamoorthi’s  $313,536. She just got into the race later.

* Former GOP Rep. Heather Wilson raised about $530,000 in the third quarter for the open Senate seat in New Mexico. She’s raised almost $1.3 million since she declared her candidacy in March and has close to $1 million cash on hand. Lt. Gov. John Sanchez, her chief primary rival, has yet to release his numbers.

* Some conservatives — including the candidate’s own consultants — might be down on former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain’s “9-9-9” economic plan. But House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is a fan. “We need more bold ideas like this because it is specific and credible,” he told the Daily Caller

* The Cook Political Report has moved Hawaii’s open Senate seat from “Leans Democratic” to “Toss-Up” now that former Republican Gov. Linda Lingle is in the race. It’s an odd move, given the state’s overwhelming Democratic nature and the fact that there have been no polls since Lingle got in.

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