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Former Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN), who is rumored to be considering a challenge to Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, is skipping the RNC's summer meeting, which is beginning today in Kansas City, Missouri.

Coleman was originally supposed to attend. As CNN reports, Coleman's spokesperson did not give a reason for his late change in plans.

This could be a sign that Coleman is trying to tone down the speculation about him possibly running...which might be a sign that he is running...or that he's not running but wants us to talk about him...or...

Yeah, this stuff can get confusing.

Sharron Angle's campaign is staffing up with a more seasoned national player, with the campaign announcing Tuesday that they had named Jarrod Agen as their new communications director.

Agen has in the past served as communications director in California for the gubernatorial campaign of Steve Poizner in the Republican primary (lost), was a regional communications director for Rudy Giuliani's presidential campaign (lost), and worked for the Ohio Republican Party on President George W. Bush's 2004 re-election (won), and was director of press logistics at the 2004 GOP convention in New York City.

He has also held positions in the Department of Homeland Security, and with some organizations that the right wing usually hates: the State Department, the Environmental Protection Agency -- and MSNBC.

The TPM Poll Average currently gives Harry Reid a lead of 45.1%-42.7%.

A new Rasmussen poll of the Florida governor's race shows Democrat Alex Sink trailing GOP frontrunner Rick Scott, but leading Republican state Attorney General Bill McCollum -- a first in Rasmussen's polling. The new survey puts Scott ahead of Sink 35%-31%, with Independent Bud Chiles in third with 16%. Against McCollum, Sink is out in front 31%-27%, while Chiles takes 20%.

All signs point to Scott becoming the Republican nominee in the August 24 primary. He's well ahead in the polls, and has a huge financial advantage over McCollum.

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It has become commonplace for Republicans to claim that Democratic policies violate this or that part of the Constitution. But Nevada's Senate Republican candidate Sharron Angle is taking that one step further, claiming that her opponent's legislative victories amount to a violation of the Bible's First Commandment.

"[T]hese programs that you mentioned -- that [President] Obama has going with [Harry] Reid and [Nancy] Pelosi pushing them forward -- are all entitlement programs built to make government our God," Angle said in a little noticed interview with Christian Radio this past spring. "And that's really what's happening in this country is a violation of the First Commandment. We have become a country entrenched in idolatry, and that idolatry is the dependency upon our government. We're supposed to depend upon God for our protection and our provision and for our daily bread, not for our government."

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Jon Stewart was confused last night about why conservatives are up in arms over what they call "anchor babies," a conservative buzz phrase for the U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants who are automatically granted citizenship under the 14th Amendment. "Anchor Babies?" he asked. "You mean the hottest new show on Nick Jr.?"

Stewart continued: "Ya'll are repealing the 14th Amendment to send a message to babies?" He added: "The free ride is over you drooling, diaper-soiling, poor motor-control having little shits."

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Tea Party Nation is asking its membership to tell the "true story about illegal immigration" and any abuses they've seen. In a new posting to members that is likely to make pro-immigration reform advocates cringe, Tea Party Nation asks about "The Horrors of Illegal Immigration."

They don't mean how illegal immigrants have been taken advantage of. Here's the pitch, in a message talking about President Obama's "regime" and the media's desire for amnesty:

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