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The five must-read blogs from today, including benefit fraud, Gordon Brown and the Republicans.

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1. George Osborne must correct his claims about benefit fraud

The Telegraph's Peter Oborne attacks the Chancellor for grossly exaggerating the scale of benefit fraud.

2. Former prime ministers don't usually say much in the Commons

As Gordon Brown prepares to make his first Commons speech since the election, Labour Uncut notes that ex-premiers rarely address the House.

3. The same policy can be good or evil – depends who thought of it

Over at Liberal Democrat Voice, Iain Roberts notes that Labour pledged to cap housing benefit in its 2010 manifesto. Members who now oppose it may have fallen prey to a common psychological phenomenon.

4. Why are there protests against Vodafone? A simple guide

Liberal Conspiracy's Sunny Hundal explains the origins of the protests against the communications company.

5. Agreeing to disagree: size of Republican wave hard to predict

FiveThirtyEight's Nate Silver considers how good a night Tuesday could be for the Republicans.