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Gibbs: Liberal Detractors 'Ought To Be Drug Tested' The Hill reports: "The White House is simmering with anger at criticism from liberals who say President Obama is more concerned with deal-making than ideological purity. During an interview with The Hill in his West Wing office, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs blasted liberal naysayers, whom he said would never regard anything the president did as good enough. 'I hear these people saying he's like George Bush. Those people ought to be drug tested,' Gibbs said. 'I mean, it's crazy.'"

Obama's Day Ahead President Obama will receive the presidential daily briefing at 10 a.m. ET, and the economic daily briefing at 10:30 a.m. ET. He will deliver remarks on teacher jobs at 11:40 a.m. ET. He will meet at 1:50 p.m. ET with senior advisers. At 2:45 p.m. ET, he will participate in an Ambassador Credentialing Ceremony. He will meet at 4:30 p.m. ET with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.

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Voters are headed to the polls today in Minnesota's Democratic gubernatorial primary. The party's chosen candidate, state House Speaker Margaret Anderson Kelliher, is facing off against former state House Dem leader Matt Entenza and former Sen. Mark Dayton -- and is going to need some help to pull out a victory.

The TPM Poll Average for the primary gives Dayton the lead with 41.0%, followed by Kelliher at 26.5%, and Entenza with 22.0%. The question, then, is whether the organized ground game of the state Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party -- as the Dems are called in Minnesota -- will be able to pull off a surprise for Kelliher despite the polls.

Minnesota political parties traditionally don't hold real primaries, but instead go through a system of precinct caucuses, county conventions and a state convention. If a candidate can get a 60% super-majority of delegates at the state convention, the party then officially endorses that candidate and the opponents are expected by custom to drop out. This is how presumptive Republican Tom Emmer won his nomination, for example, with tomorrow's primary a mere formality on the Republican side.

But it didn't work out quite so cleanly on the Democratic side.

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Chet Traylor, the Republican primary challenger to Sen. David Vitter (R-LA), appeared on the Washington Post/ABC News program "Top Line" yesterday in his first-ever television interview in support of his nascent campaign. And although the hosts tried hard to get him to tell them what the rumored newest scandal Vitter might face, Traylor was having none of it.

"Rick, the only thing I can tell is what the people have been telling me: that they want a viable alternative to vote for in this upcoming primary," he said. He added, "You guys are the ones who have been reporting the problems, and I'm sure that you all are keeping up with that a whole lot closer than I am."

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Today's thought experiment: who wins in a race between a Republican with Sarah Palin's endorsement and one who's birther-friendly and dared the federal government to stop him from deporting illegal immigrants?

Today, Republicans in the Peach State go to the polls to make their choice in the GOP runoff. The race pits former Secretary of State Karen Handel (the aforementioned Mama Grizzly) against former Rep. Nathan Deal (the one who just wanted to get to the bottom of the whole Obama birth certificate thing.) Who will win is anybody's guess -- the latest polls show the race as an absolute dead heat. Yesterday's Mason-Dixon poll showed Handel leading by five.

Indeed, the advantage likely goes to Handel, the woman who won the most votes in Georgia's July primary and stumped with Palin just yesterday.

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1||August 7, 2010: TPM is on the ground in Fancy Farm, Kentucky for the state's big political kickoff picnic -- and to enjoy some mutton barbecue.

Here, Democratic Senate nominee Jack Conway (left) greets Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (right), as Republican Senate nominee Rand Paul looks on. ||Newscom/Zuma&&

2||A Jack Conway supporter dresses as a 'NeanderPaul' at the Fancy Farm Picnic in western Kentucky.||Evan McMorris-Santoro/TPM&&

3||Jack Conway's camp rolled into Fancy Farm with a "Rand Paul's Waffle House" booth, with a menu that presents what Conway calls Paul's many flip-flops as he's tried to become slightly more mainstream during the campaign.||Evan McMorris-Santoro/TPM&&\

4||Fancy Farm attendees browse the dessert table.||Newscom/Zuma&&

5||Rand Paul.||Newscom/Zuma&&

6||Attendees peruse the buffet. ||Newscom/Zuma&&

7||Mitch McConnell.||Newscom/Zuma&&

8||A Kentucky state police trooper keeps watch as Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear speaks at the picnic.||Newscom/Zuma&&

9||Pete Thomas and his son Patrick cook at Fancy Farm. ||Newscom/Zuma&&

10||Mutton barbecue.||Evan McMorris-Santoro/TPM&&

11||Paul chats with Kentuckians at a pre-Fancy-Farm breakfast.||Evan McMorris-Santoro/TPM&&

12||More on Fancy Farm here.||Newscom/Zuma&&

Colorado Republican gubernatorial candidate Dan Maes raised eyebrows and kickstands last week, when he suggested that a Denver bicycling program supported by presumptive Democratic nominee and Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper was some kind of UN plot. Today on MSNBC, Maes was forced to try to explain. But instead of backpedaling, Maes just rode right on ahead.

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Kelly Ayotte, a candidate for the Republican Senatorial nomination in New Hampshire, is now giving her support to amending the Constitution to get rid of birthright citizenship for the children of illegal immigrants.

On the bright side, though, she is saying we should of course be cautious about the whole thing, and says the best focus now is to secure the border.

As the Huffington Post reports, Ayotte told a voter who asked about the issue:

"Well, I know that there's a number of proposals that are being brought forward right now to look at that issue. And I think that we should. Because one of the issues is we have to, obviously, when we look at our Constitution, if we're going to propose any changes to it we have to be very thoughtful and careful about that because it's a great document. But that said, we have people who are coming here just to become, to get healthcare and then leave. And they're not even being part of our society and there's something wrong with that. But fundamentally, I think the best thing we can do right now is secure our borders, enforce our existing immigration laws and English is the language of our country."

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Dave Weigel reports that Kentucky Republican Senate nominee Rand Paul's campaign is considering legal options in response to today's strange allegations in GQ that Paul was a pot-smoking kidnapper in his college days.

"We are investigating all our options -- including legal ones," Paul campaign manager Jesse Benton tells Weigel. "We will not tolerate drive-by journalism by a writer with a leftist agenda."

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Alveda King, the niece of Martin Luther King Jr. and a conservative activist, spoke at a sparsely attended National Organization for Marriage rally in Atlanta, Ga. this weekend about the scourge of gay marriage.

"It is statistically proven that the strongest institution that guarantees procreation and continuity of the generations is marriage between one man and one woman," King said.

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