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Roy Nicholson, the former founding chairman of the Mississippi Tea Party, is one of the supporters of state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) who says Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) and his allies stole the runoff election for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate.

"To my mind they are, again, actively engaged in a conspiracy to distort the election results in favor of Thad Cochran. So that's my reasons for offering to be involved in a plaintiff," Nicholson said in an interview with TPM.

He's putting his money where his mouth his. Nicholson joined voter-fraud-myth-pushing group True The Vote as one of the plaintiffs in its lawsuit to get Mississippi to open the poll books that granted Cochran his win in the runoff (its an argument that some experts met with skepticism).

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According to its own ticker, DraftMitt.org has gathered more than 28,000 names of people who want Mitt Romney to run for president in 2016. That isn't anywhere near the 2 million-plus claimed by Ready for Hillary. It's only about a quarter of the interest needed to earn an official response from the White House (if it were on the We The People website, which requires 100,000 signatures.)

But it's not nothing.

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Senate Democrats are crafting legislation, which could be unveiled as early as next week, to counteract the Supreme Court's decision against the Obamacare contraception mandate, according to well-placed sources familiar with the effort.

The effort is being led by Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, No. 4 in Democratic leadership and Budget Committee chair. Democrats are debating whether the legislation should be narrow and confined to the specifics of the ruling, or whether it should be broad and aim to prevent additional consequences.

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President Barack Obama appears to have options to act alone to fill the birth control coverage gap for thousands of women created by the Supreme Court's ruling against Obamacare's contraceptive mandate, legal experts say.

The Supreme Court said religious business owners like Hobby Lobby may opt out of providing cost-free insurance coverage for emergency contraception such as the morning-after pill and intrauterine devices (IUDs), which means their female employees would have no option other than to pay for birth control out-of-pocket.

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Everybody is looking for distance between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Every current political issue is run through her. Reporters are parsing her media appearances and recently released book for any arm-lengthening by Clinton from the current administration.

It's going to be a real question for her campaign, should she decide to run. Republicans want to tie her to the most unpopular elements of the Obama White House, while Democrats remain fond of the 44th president. As the administration's former secretary of state, the questions are inevitable and they will require a certain balancing act on Clinton's part.

So what might she do to set herself apart? Veterans of two previous presidential campaigns that faced the same question offered TPM a guess: Hillary Clinton can say that she will, as one strategist put it, "get shit done."

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