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In Polls, Perry's Down And Cain Is Up; Meanwhile, Christie Really Not In?

Apply all the usual caveats: Poll numbers go up, poll numbers go down and we're still months away from Republicans actually casting meaningful votes for their presidential contenders.

But if you're keeping track of such things, Texas Gov. Rick Perry's standing has now dipped in two national polls — one from Fox News and the other from ABC News/The Washington Post. He runs second in both to former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

Businessman Herman Cain places third in both surveys.

Meanwhile, the ongoing "will he or won't he?" speculation about New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is getting some more fuel today. While this morning it was being reported that he "does not have any public appearances scheduled today," we just heard from NPR's Ken Barcus that the Republican governor has scheduled a 1 p.m. ET news conference in Trenton. As Fox News says, the "late addition to the schedule ... has election watchers wondering if he's going to announce his entry into the 2012 Republican presidential race."

Our friend Frank James is following the 2012 campaign on It's all Politics. He's been pooh-poohing the idea of a Christie presidential bid.

Update at 1:25 p.m. ET: Christie says he's not running.

Update at 10:50 a.m. ET: ABC News' The Note also reports being told, by "a source with direct knowledge of the governor's thinking," that he's not going to run for president.

Update at 10:20 a.m. ET. National Review's The Corner blog writes that:

"New Jersey Republicans tell National Review Online that Gov. Chris Christie will not run for president. The governor, they predict, will make this clear at a press conference this afternoon."

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No Longer Omar: Actor Michael K. Williams On Lucky Breaks And Letting Go

Over the course of his career, Williams says he's learned to separate himself from his characters (like The Wire's Omar). In HBO's The Night Of, he plays a powerful prison inmate named Freddy.
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#FoodPorn, Circa 1600s: Then And Now, It Was More About Status Than Appetite

A new study of old masters finds that capturing and showing off decadent and expensive meals is a decidedly old-fashioned practice. Like today's Instagrammers, it was all about projecting an image.
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The Legality Of Restoring Virginia Voting Rights

Virginia's governor is bypassing the commonwealth's Supreme Court ruling and restoring felon voting rights individually. Kojo examines Terry McAuliffe's move with a legal expert.

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The Big Internet Brands Of The '90s — Where Are They Now?

Verizon's purchase of Yahoo will close the book on one of the oldest Internet companies. What happened to the other famous 90s brands, like GeoCities, Netscape and CompuServe? A nerdy remembrance.

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