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You know there are only days left to get in your nominations for this year's 7th Annual Golden Duke awards. Here are the instructions for submitting your nominees for the crookedest, ridiculousest, slimiest of 2013 in each of seven categories we've chosen for this year. But in the spirit of the Dukes, TPM's Hunter Walker tracked down the "Duke Stir", that's the yacht at the center of the Cunningham scandal. Hunter managed to get himself a tour of this monument to political corruption and even pictures of the remaining Duke Cunningham memorabilia onboard. While you're putting together your Duke's nomination, join us on this trip down this watery memory lane.
Advocates for health care reform are convinced GOP-controlled states that decided not to expand Medicaid under Obamacare will eventually come around. Too much money is being left on the table for it not to happen ... eventually. But they're not waiting around. Advocates are beginning to organize those who have been caught in the GOP's Medicaid gap as Exhibit A for why states should expand the program. As Dylan Scott reports, that campaign is farthest along in Texas.
The Republican Study Committee saw its mission as pushing the GOP even further to the right, but this week Executive Director Paul Teller was fired. Read more about him and how his firing represents the fight for the soul of the Republican party.
One observer said: "Maybe that's the concern from the leadership; that he's too effective."
The latest twist in the birther conspiracy theory involves the tragic death of a Hawaiian official who once verified President Obama's birth certificate. You guessed it: the birthers suspect she was killed because she knew too much. Oh, and because she was involved in Obamacare. Or something.
Diane Ravitch: "For the past dozen years, ill-advised federal policies have rained down on students, teachers, principals and schools."
We're hosting a TPM Prime (sub. req.) live chat with Ravitch tomorrow at noon ET. Also joining us: Rachael Brown, manager of teacher retention and recognition for District of Columbia Public Schools, and Chad Alderman, associate partner at Bellwether Education Partners. Should be a good discussion.