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Ted Nugent Clears His Name With the Secret Service

Randy Snyder/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Rocker Ted Nugent cleared his name with the Secret Service on Thursday, emerging arrest-free from a meeting with two agents prior to taking the stage in Ardemore, Oklahoma, for a concert, ABC News confirmed.

The meeting, which, according to the Washington Post, Nugent described as a "good, solid, professional" visit, came in response to Nugent telling the audience at last weekend's National Rifle Association convention that President Obama and other members of "this vile, evil, America-hating administration," as he called it, were "criminals."

Nugent also said in his speech that conservatives need to "chop their heads off" and that he will "either be dead or in jail by this time next year" if Obama is re-elected.

But while these recent comments have sparked controversy, they are neither the first nor the harshest remarks the gun-loving rocker has spewed against the country's top Democrats.

While Nugent has been unapologetic about his remarks, some Democrats have harshly condemned them.

"Romney surrogate Ted Nugent's comments about Pres. Obama are vile & beyond the pale—and the Romney campaign should denounce them immediately," Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz tweeted Monday.

Nugent, who endorsed presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney via Twitter last month, directed his sharp tongue at Wasserman-Schultz Tuesday over the tweet, calling her a "brain dead soulless, heartless idiot."

"I couldn't be more proud that this soulless, heartless idiot feebly attempts to find fault with Ted Nugent," he said.

While Romney has not commented on the Nugent controversy, his spokeswoman Andrea Saul said in a statement Tuesday that "everyone needs to be civil."

"Divisive language is offensive no matter what side of the political aisle it comes from," Saul said.

White House spokesman Jay Carney also dismissed Nugent's remarks, telling reporters on Tuesday that they are just "noise."

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Poll Finds More Conservatives Back Government Shutdown

Comstock/Thinkstock Images(NEW YORK) -- With a government shutdown looming this Friday if Congress doesn't agree on a 2010 budget, the latest ABC/Washington Post poll finds 31 percent of Americans said it would be a good thing if it happened.

That view ranges from 19 percent among liberal Democrats to 43 percent of conservative Republicans and 55 percent of strong supporters of the Tea Party political movement. Barring a change in attitude, there would be, for them, no “blame” to lay, but rather credit due.

The finding is hardly new.  fter the partial shutdown in 1996, 26 percent polled said it had been a good thing. Moreover, only 12 percent of Americans said they personally were inconvenienced by the partial shutdown 15 years ago, including just four percent who experienced “major” inconvenience.

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House Passes 9/11 Health & Compensation Act

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The House on Wednesday passed final congressional approval of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health & Compensation Act, which provides medical care for persons exposed to harmful toxins from the 9/11 terrorist attacks. First responders, cleanup workers and those living within the terrorist attack areas are eligible for care.

The bill passed 268 - 160.  17 Republicans supported the measure, while three Democrats voted against the bill. Speaker Nancy Pelosi was in the chair when the vote was announced.

Pelosi spoke out on the House floor in favor of the bill, saying it will help those who jeopardize their health to rescue others, secure necessary medical treatment especially for the unique exposures suffered at Ground Zero, and ensures survivors and victims’ families can attain compensation for their losses.

“They and those who rushed to the scene in real time when it happened risked their lives and their health to do so. They didn’t ask any questions. Is anybody going to take care of me? They were there to help,” Pelosi said. “Today we remember all the heroes of 9/11, we praised the strength of thousands of firefighters, rescue workers, first responders and medical personnel who turned tragedy into inspiration, and gave themselves, of themselves, to help a city and our nation rebuild.”

Pelosi said the legislation, which was introduced by New York Democrat Rep. Carolyn Maloney, is fully paid for and does not increase the deficit. An attempt last July to get the bill through the House failed because it was brought to the floor under an expedited procedure requiring a two-thirds majority for passage, which it failed to get.´╗┐

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