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State Sen. Chris McDaniel (R-MS), the tea party candidate in the Mississippi Senate race, was listed as the keynote speaker at a gun rights event along with a Confederate memorabilia store owner who has advocated for racial segregation -- and backed out of it when it was highlighted by a state political blog.

As of 2 p.m. on Wednesday McDaniel had been listed as the keynote speaker at the Combined Firearm Freedom Day/Tea Party Music Fest in Guntown, Mississippi on May 17. McDaniel was listed as the primary headliner of the event alongside a number of tea party groups, McDaniel's campaign manager, who is also a state senator, and a seller of American Revolution relics and Confederate memorabilia called Pace Confederate Depot.

The online store's owner, Brian Pace, founded the Council of White Patriot Voters in 2011 and is quoted in a local news report as saying "whenever we had racial segregation things were much better off."

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House Republicans will vote on Thursday to repeal yet another piece of Obamacare: the provision that sets 30 hours as the threshold for defining full-time employees, raising it to 40 hours. A company's compliance with the law's employer mandate depends on its number of full-time employees, so fewer full-time workers would presumably lighten the mandate's load on businesses.

If that seems like small potatoes for the party after its leaders continued to advocate for full repeal this week, here's why: The Obama administration has outmaneuvered Republicans on Obamacare, and the opposition party doesn't have many options left in its quest to roll back any part of the law. The administration already made unilateral alterations to unpopular pieces of the law, drawing bewildered reactions even from supporters.

But by making changes itself, the White House hasn't let the GOP get in on the game, despite the party's unending stream of anti-Obamacare bills -- therefore denying Republicans the opportunity to extract the high-profile pound of flesh from the law that they've been seeking for years.

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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal circulated the outlines of his ambitious new health care plan to reporters in Washington on Wednesday, insisting that Republicans "can't be the party of no; we have to be the party of ideas."

The blueprint repeals Obamacare and proposes to replace it with popular conservative ideas like health care tax breaks for individuals, letting people buy insurance across state lines, health savings accounts, tort reform, partially privatizing Medicare, and turning Medicaid over to the states.

It's mostly vague. But where Jindal -- a second-term governor with 2016 presidential ambitions -- does get specific, the fatal flaws with his plan emerge.

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Conservative Supreme Court justices handed down another landmark 5-4 ruling Wednesday to wipe out overall campaign contribution limits by an individual to candidates and political committees, bringing the ire of the liberal wing.

"Where enough money calls the tune, the general public will not be heard," Justice Stephen Breyer wrote, in a dissenting opinion signed by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.

The blistering dissent went after the controlling opinion by Chief Justice John Roberts as "wrong," "faulty" and premised on a misreading of the facts and constitutional importance of the laws.

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Updated: April 2, 2014, 12:47 PM

In the Supreme Court's new ruling striking down limits on the total amount someone can contribute to political committees or political candidates, the justices made a counterintuitive argument: organizations that make campaign contributions more transparent actually eliminate the need for the laws the Supreme Court just eroded.

The ruling specifically cited the existence of work from the Center for Responsive Politic's and the National Institute on Money in State Politics'

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A lot has changed for Obamacare since October. From 100,000 enrollees to more than 7 million. From record-low public support to record-high in at least one poll. From President Barack Obama being publicly humbled for a botched rollout to his admonishing the GOP on Tuesday for their obsession with repeal.

But one thing hasn't changed: In their own reality, conservative politicians and their allies at Fox News are convinced, all evidence to the contrary, that the law is an unmitigated disaster.

Seven million enrollees isn't a guarantee of Obamacare's eventual success anymore than's disastrous launch was a sure sign of its failure. But, as both parties struggle to steer the narrative about the law going forward, let's revisit how conservatives portrayed the latter -- and examine how little their tune has change even as the facts on the ground have.

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The Mississippi legislature passed a 'religious freedom' bill Tuesday and shipped the measure to Gov. Phil Bryant (R) for his signature, the Associated Press reported.

It is the first 'religious freedom' legislation, which have drawn backlash from LGBT rights advocates and the business community, to pass since a similar bill in Arizona drew national attention. The Mississippi bill originally mirrored the Arizona proposal that passed the state legislature before Gov. Jan Brewer (R) vetoed it, but some of the more controversial language had been gutted before Mississippi lawmakers approved their version.

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