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We told you earlier about the National Republican Trust PAC, which started a new advertising aimed at Republican donors that included the slogan, "Got trust?" I just interviewed executive director Scott Wheeler, who said his PAC aims to remind Republicans there are plenty of options for donating to groups that "don't squander their money."

Wheeler avoided directly criticizing Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, but said his group knows how to manage donations. He said the Trust PAC wouldn't spend fundraising money on "nightclubs" or "fancy offices," a reference to Steele's woes over spending that have gotten worse in recent weeks.

"People have a right to be outraged by that. I'm not going to tell people not to donate to a Republican group, but there are a lot of options for donating money that match the values of the donor," Wheeler said. His group spent heavily in the 2008 presidential election and in recent special elections in Massachusetts and New York.

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The Republican National Committee's 2009 fundraising haul might be thanks in part to a deal with the Michigan state party, a former GOP official told the Daily Caller.

The Caller reported today that the RNC "struck a deal with the Michigan Republican Party" to allow the state party to raise money outside of the donor limits most states have.

The RNC would then give the money back to the party in what the Caller described as a "scheme" to boost the fundraising totals of more than $90 million in 2009.

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The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has a new ad in the special election for Hawaii's First District, attacking Republican candidate Charles Djou -- a strategy that has been necessitated due to the unique circumstances of this race.

The ad slams Djou, a Honolulu city councilman, for signing the no-tax increase pledge from Grover Norquist's Americans For Tax Reform, which the ad construes as meaning that Djou would continue to support tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas. But beyond the content, it's clear that the DCCC must focus itself for now on going after the Republican, rather than promoting a Democratic candidate -- because there is no single Dem in the race, and a split vote could theoretically help Djou win the race.

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Is teaching teenagers how to use a condom illegal? A district attorney in Wisconsin thinks so.

Juneau County District Attorney Scott Southworth is reportedly telling teachers to abandon their sex education curriculum, saying that complying with a new law that calls for teaching students how to use condoms might lead to criminal charges against teachers. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinal caught the story.

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Can the Tea Partiers in New Jersey actually recall Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez from office, over his support for the health care bill? Members of Congress cannot be recalled, because the United States Constitution establishes the qualifications and term in office for representatives and senators.

But that's not stopping Recall NJ from trying to unseat Sen. Bob Menendez, a Democrat who supported health reform. So why are they taking on this uphill battle, which is currently being litigated through New Jersey's court system? What if it all comes to nothing and they lose, we asked?

"The message that is being sent, win or lose, is that public servants, you are on notice, we want accountability at the highest levels of government and the lowest levels of government," said Recall NJ spokesman James Bridge, a high school teacher and Tea Party activist. "And you can never forget we are the ones who send you to Washington, or Trenton, or your county office. And you can never forget us. We will not let you forget us."

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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich slammed President Obama's new, more restrictive nuclear weapons policy last night, saying Obama's plan was based on "a fantasy" and could "get an awful lot of people killed."

"You have the president over here in a fantasy, and it's a fantasy," Gingrich said on Fox News. "It sounds good. It would be wonderful. It just doesn't fit this particular planet."

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Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) will be welcoming a very special guest to Minnesota today: Sarah Palin, for a rally together in Minneapolis.

The much-anticipated rally will begin at 3 p.m. ET, and will be streamed online by Bachmann's campaign. Other guests will include Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a potential presidential candidate, as well as right-wing talk show host and Bachmann ally Sean Hannity.

The really interesting -- not to mention mystifying -- thing about this event is that it's not in Bachmann's district, which does not include any part of Minneapolis.

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