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Law enforcement officials are searching today for a middle-aged man videotaped Saturday in Times Square taking off his shirt near an SUV packed with fertilizer, fuel and fireworks.

Police say the man may be connected to the failed bombing.

"There are millions of people that come through Times Square," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said on the Today show. "This person happened to be in a position which a camera got a good shot of him, and maybe he had something to do with it but there's a very good chance that he did not. We're exploring a lot of leads."

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Sen. Bob Bennett (R-UT) could very well become the first incumbent Senator to lose re-election in 2010, when his state party convention convenes next weekend. So how is that even though Bennett has voted against the Obama administration's key initiatives, he may become a casualty of the anti-spending Tea Party right and its fellow travelers?

Bennett himself has offered an explanation, which rings true in many ways. There is an anti-incumbent, anti-establishment mood among conservative activists, who want to throw the bums out in Washington. "But in this state, there is no Democrat to get really mad at in this fashion, so they get mad at me," Bennett has said.

A recent Mason-Dixon poll of convention delegates gave attorney Mike Lee 37%, followed by businessman Tim Bridgewater with 20%, the incumbent Bennett at only 16%, and businesswoman Cherilyn Eagar with 11%. In another bad sign for Bennett, a whopping 61% of delegates view Bennett unfavorably, with only 28% having a favorable view of him.

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Arizona isn't the only state looking to take extreme measures to crack down on illegal immigration. At least 10 other states -- many inspired by Arizona -- are talking about enacting similarly draconian legislation. And most aren't places that are traditionally thought of as hot-spots in the immigration battle.

With a major hat tip to Think Progress, here's a quick rundown:

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Crist Won't Commit To Voting For Democratic Or Republican Senate Leadership Appearing on Meet The Press, Gov. Charlie Crist (I-FL) refused to commit to caucusing with either the Democrats or the Republicans, if he is elected to the Senate. "I might not vote for either one," said Crist, who left the Republican Party this past Thursday. "You know, I'm going to vote for who I think would be best for the people of Florida. And if that happens to be a Democrat, so be it. If it happens to be a Republican, so be it. But I got to look out for the people of my state."

Rubio On Crist's Switch: 'I Don't Think It Means Anything For Republicans In Florida' Appearing on State of the Union, Senate candidate Marco Rubio (R-FL) brushed off the party-switch of his former rival in the primary, the more moderate Gov. Charlie Crist, from Republican to independent. "I don't think it means anything for Republicans in Florida," Rubio said. "Our party has never been about an individual. It's been, hopefully, about a set of principles and ideals - the idea of the free market - free enterprise system has made Americans the most prosperous people in the world - that our constitutional republic has made us the freest people in the history of the world. I've always felt that, that belief system finds its natural home in the Republican Party."

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Obama: Congress Must Stop 'Potential Corporate Takeover Of Our Elections' In this weekend's YouTube address, President Obama called upon Congress to pass a new set of campaign finance reforms in reaction to the Citizens United decision from the Supreme Court:

"Now, we can expect that these proposed changes will be met with heavy resistance from the special interests and their supporters in Congress. But I'm calling on leaders in both parties to resist these pressures," said Obama. "For what we are facing is no less than a potential corporate takeover of our elections. And what is at stake is no less than the integrity of our democracy. This shouldn't be a Democratic issue or a Republican issue. This is an issue that goes to whether or not we will have a government that works for ordinary Americans - a government of, by, and for the people."

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President Obama will visit the Gulf of Mexico in the next 48 hours to check in on the oil spill and the response, a White House official announced this morning.

The president's trip will have "a very small footprint."

Check out TPM's guide the the Gulf oil spill here.

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In what might be seen as a signal that he is indeed running for president in 2012, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) has made a deal with Tyndale House to publish his new memoir in 2011.

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Here are the line-ups for the Sunday talk shows this weekend:

• ABC, This Week: Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar.

• CBS, Face The Nation: Rep. Charlie Melancon (D-LA), Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL), Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), former Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ).

• CNN, State Of The Union: Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Gov. Charlie Crist (I-FL), Senate candidate Marco Rubio (R-FL).

• Fox News Sunday: Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Senate candidate Marco Rubio (R-FL).

• NBC, Meet The Press: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Gov. Charlie Crist (I-FL), Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D-MI), Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN), Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM).

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