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    This week New Jersey Governor Chris Christie revealed that he underwent Lap-Band surgery in February. Christie says his decision to have the surgery- a common procedure aimed at improving weight loss- was based on concerns about his health and his family, saying he wants to be there for many years with his wife and kids. But the news has increased speculation that he’s planning to run for president in 2016, and sparked a lot of discussion online and on social media.

    Ashley wrote in on Yahoo! answers: People involved directly in Washington politics and with the president- they all to be in shape and perfectly groomed. Perhaps because they are more in the public spotlight and have more pressure to look healthy?

    Dane Volyn asked: Nobody cared about William Howard Taft’s weight, or FDR’s paralysis and Kennedy’s womanizing was kept very quiet. Why is Christie’s weight such a (pardon the pun) heavy topic?!

    And Dave tweeted: Two words: He’s running!

    Thanks to everyone for all of

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  • Tea Party leader: Lindsey Graham “begging for a primary” challenge

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    FreedomWorks president Matt Kibbe has a warning for Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and other GOP incumbents up for reelection in the 2014: don’t expect Tea Party support just because you’re already in Congress.

    “It's utterly contrary to Republican philosophy, we believe in competition, we believe in open democratic processes and I think that leads to better candidates,” Kibbe tells Top Line.

    Kibbe singles Graham out as one of his Super PAC’s major targets in the midterm elections, citing Graham’s criticism of the filibuster over the Obama administration’s drone program led by Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-Ky.) as a major reason for replacing him.

    “The way he lashed out against Rand Paul…he's begging for a primary,” says Kibbe, who continues on to say that he hopes to replace Graham with someone “who is worthy of that seat.”

    Kibbe says FreedomWorks is also looking to make gains for Tea Party candidates in Arkansas and Alaska come 2014 and says he’s not concerned about protecting

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  • Gen. Dempsey: China takes no ownership of cyber attack on U.S.

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    The Pentagon officially blamed China of cyber attacks against the United States in a new report, but America's top military official Gen. Martin Dempsey told ABC’s Bob Woodruff in an exclusive interview during his recent trip to Beijing that China is not claiming responsibility for such attacks.

    "Of course, they admit there is criminal activity in cyber, they take no ownership for it," the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in an interview with On the Radar. "I was very candid about our concerns."

    Gen. Dempsey, who met with top Chinese leaders including President Xi Jinping and the military leader Gen. Fan Changlong during his three-day-long tour, warned that cyber warfare is a serious concern in the U.S. relationship with China.

    "There are state and non-state actors and individuals acting that I think we need to understand what we are each doing, and we have to also understand where this could go, where the future could take us in cyber, and we need to take that

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