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Report: White House To Remove References To 'Islamic Radicalism' The Obama administration will reportedly remove terms such as "Islamic radicalism" from the upcoming National Security Strategy document, in an effort to emphasize that the administration does not view Muslim nations through a lens of terrorism. "You take a country where the overwhelming majority are not going to become terrorists, and you go in and say, 'We're building you a hospital so you don't become terrorists.' That doesn't make much sense," said National Security Council staffer Pradeep Ramamurthy.

Obama's Day Ahead President Obama will meet with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton 9:30 a.m. ET. He will receive the presidential daily briefing at 10 a.m. ET, and meet with senior advisers at 11 a.m. ET. He will depart from Andrews Air Force Base at 7:30 p.m. ET, en route to Prague, Czech Republic, where he will sign the new nuclear arms control treaty with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

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In a statement released today, the Republican National Committee announced its March fundraising numbers. RNC Chairman Michael Steele's statement follows:

The RNC raised $11.4 million, a record high for a mid-cycle March. The RNC has $11.3 million cash-on-hand and $0 debt.

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Call it the Stevens Supreme Court Scramble -- both sides are preparing for the next confirmation battle royale, should Justice John Paul Stevens' strong hints in recent days that he'll soon retire pan out.

Law professors and congressional staffers who have handled confirmations tell me that Solicitor General Elena Kagan has a good chance of making the top of President Obama's short list again, as she did when Sonia Sotomayor got the nod last year. Obama was widely impressed with her during his round of selection meetings, and she has already been thoroughly vetted. She also has the advantage of having been confirmed to her current post last year with seven Republican votes.

"It would be hard for Republicans to explain how they voted to confirm her for solicitor general without hesitation but she is now unacceptable," UC Berkeley law professor Daniel Farber, who clerked for Stevens early in his career, told me in an interview.

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Here are some key fundraising numbers from today:

• State Sen. Tarryl Clark (D-MN), who is seeking the Democratic nomination to run against the vocally right-wing Rep. Michele Bachmann (R), raised over $505,000 in the first quarter. Clark, the officially endorsed candidate of the state Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, must still face a Dem primary against former state university regent Maureen Reed, who was also the 2006 Independence Party nominee for lieutenant governor. Reed has not yet released her fundraising numbers.

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When Rush Limbaugh suggested last week that the census was deliberately skipping Republican neighborhoods in order to under-represent the right, he added yet another theory to the growing library of census paranoia stories emanating from right-wing blogs, and Republican congressmen.

Conservatives have kicked up such a fuss about the census -- suggesting, for example, that it will help legalize gay marriage or lead to WWII-style internment camps -- that Republicans have become worried that their supporters will be under-represented. The Census Bureau even pushed back, getting Karl Rove to cut an ad lauding the constitutionality of the head count.

TPM brings you some of the best tales of horror and intrigue surrounding the census:

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Alex Castellanos, who was hired late last year by the RNC to help reform Chairman Michael Steele's image, said on CNN moments ago that he thinks "a change in leadership" would be good for the RNC.

CNN's Wolf Blitzer introduced Castellanos as an "unpaid adviser to the RNC" -- though Castellanos corrected him at the end of the interview, saying, "I've lost my ability to be of service, I think, to the RNC" and "I've stepped away from the RNC."

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The man who threatened House Minority Whip Eric Cantor and his family in a YouTube video is not fit to stand trial and will be sent to a prison mental health facility for four months for treatment, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

A federal judge ordered Norman Leboon, who is 38, to undergo psychiatric treatment before he can stand trial. He will likely be sent to a facility in Butner, N.C.

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Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Jon Kyl (R-AZ) released a joint statement today following the release of President Obama's Nuclear Posture Review:

The Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) is a lengthy and complex document that we look forward to reviewing and discussing it with appropriate Administration officials to understand precisely what its meaning is.

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Wilma Mankiller, the first woman to lead the Cherokee native American tribe, died today at 64. The White House released the following statement on behalf of the President:

I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Wilma Mankiller today. As the Cherokee Nation's first female chief, she transformed the Nation-to-Nation relationship between the Cherokee Nation and the Federal Government, and served as an inspiration to women in Indian Country and across America. A recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, she was recognized for her vision and commitment to a brighter future for all Americans. Her legacy will continue to encourage and motivate all who carry on her work. Michelle and I offer our condolences to Wilma's family, especially her husband Charlie and two daughters, Gina and Felicia, as well as the Cherokee Nation and all those who knew her and were touched by her good works.

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