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Burning symbols in public has developed something of a bad reputation this week, so perhaps this is no surprise: the Oregon progressive blogger's plan to organize Confederate flag burnings at 9/12 tea party rallies this weekend appears to have gone basically nowhere.

JC Christian, the pseudonymous blogger who hatched the plan as a way to expose tea party racism, told me last night that after more than a month in the planning phases, not a single person is willing to publicly say they're going to burn Confederate flags.

"I don't think it will be big," the blogger told me. "Looks like people like the idea more than the action. We'll have to see what happens."

Christian's Facebook group for the flag-burning event grew to more than 1,400 members since he announced it in August. Christian said he's been in contact with a few people, but that in the end, no one wanted to come forward and say they were going to go through with the plan to burn Confederate flags at tea party rallies Sunday.

"[I] had a few people say they are doing neighborhood events, but don't want to publicize it," he told me.

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Christine O'Donnell is continuing to attack Mike Castle in the Delaware Republican Senate primary -- and continuing to question Castle's manhood.

O'Donnell appeared last on Mark Levin's radio show, and fired back at an FEC complaint that was filed by the Delaware Republican Party, which supports Castle, alleging that she has illegally coordinated her campaign activities with the Tea Party Express.

"You know, these are the kind of cheap, underhanded, un-manly tactics that we've come to expect from Obama's favorite Republican, Mike Castle," said O'Donnell. "You know, I released a statement today, saying Mike this is not a bake-off, get your man-pants on. (Laughs)"

[TPM SLIDESHOW: Christine O'Donnell: Anti-Masturbation Crusader. Witchcraft Dabbler. Republican Senate Nominee.]

Some O'Donnell backers have previously dealt in innuendo and rumors that Castle is gay, though O'Donnell herself has denied having any involvement with that.

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In his news conference today, President Obama said he is concerned about copycat Koran-burners even after a Florida pastor has suspended his planned bonfire.

"Part of my concern is that we don't have a whole bunch of folks across the country thinking, this is the way to get attention," he said. "This is a way of endangering our troops, our sons and daughters."

"You don't play games with that," he said.

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As the 2010 congressional campaign shapes up to be the most expensive in history, a Supreme Court decision and unclear campaign finance regulations have thrown some of the rules out the door -- and one campaign finance expert tells TPM this is the least regulated election in recent history.

House and Senate candidates in the 2010 election cycle have raised nearly $1.2 billion, and they're on track to spend more money than candidates did in 2004, 2006 and 2008, according to an Associated Press analysis.

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Colorado Republican gubernatorial nominee Dan Maes spoke last night to a group of conservative activists -- and further addressed the crisis of many top Republicans telling him to drop out of the race over his gaffe-riddled campaign. Many of them have endorsed the third-party candidacy of former Republican Congressman Tom Tancredo.

As the Durango Herald reports, Maes particularly acknowledged the defection of former state Senate President John Andrews: "John was probably the most painful because he was a great mentor."

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What a difference a poll makes. A new survey of likely voters in Florida shows wealthy former hospital executive Rick Scott, the state's Republican gubernatorial nominee, running very close to Democratic nominee and state Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink. The poll, conducted by Republican-leaning firm Susquehanna for the news site Sunshine State News, shows Sink ahead 44-42. There is no past poll for direct comparison.

A CNN/Time poll of registered voters in Florida released Tuesday showed Sink with a comfortable seven-point lead. The new Susquehanna numbers suggest that despite the state and national GOP's trepidations when it comes to Scott, the self-funding tea party-backed millionaire has what it takes to beat Sink.

Past polls of the race -- most of which included independent-but-Democratic-leaning candidate Bud Chiles, who dropped out of the race recently and endorsed Sink -- showed the Democratic nominee with a healthy lead over Scott in the general election fight. If the new Susquehanna numbers are to be believed, that narrative may be changing.

Jon Ralston, one of the biggest names in Nevada political journalism, is hopping mad with Republican Senate nominee Sharron Angle, accusing her campaign of dishonestly canceling a scheduled debate with Harry Reid, after Ralston had worked hard to arrange it.

When Angle appeared in late June on Ralston's show, Face to Face, she challenged Reid to come on the show alongside her for a debate. Ralston clearly liked the idea, and worked to nail down a future date with the two campaigns. He then announced last night on his Twitter account that the event would be held on October 21 -- only to follow up by saying that Angle's team was pulling out.

Ralston's tweets from last night tell the humorous story. First there was this:

So you thought there would only be one #nvsen debate? Not so: Reid and Angle have now agreed to debate on F2F on Oct. 21 in Reno. #gameon


However, it was quickly followed about an hour later by this:

Thought I had seen it all in #nvsen, tweeps: Just got a call from Team Angle spox. Now he says they are not agreeing to debate. #shootme

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