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Looking ahead to the 2010 Senate races, when Democrats hope to expand their 60-seat supermajority and Republicans want to chip away at it, there are a whole bunch of competitive races on each side -- and with no immediately obvious sure bets for which seats might flip, a whole lot could happen.

In theory, the Democrats could expand their ranks even further, after two consecutive wave elections, for the reason that only one-third of the Senate is up at a given time. Thus, the Senators who are up in 2010 were shielded from the 2006 and 2008 Democratic waves, in which the Dems won nearly all the Senate races they could possibly take. To sweeten the deal for Democrats, more Republican-held seats are up in total than Democratic ones -- because 2004, when this Senate class was last up for election, was a Republican year.

A lot will depend on the national environment. In marginal cases, whether it's a Democratic or Republican year, and the extent of this, can make the difference for the candidates involved, and likely made the difference in some of those close races in 2004, 2006 and 2008.

Let's take a look at some of the top races.

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We don't know if this is reason for hope, or just low comedy. But the right-wing think tank that published conservative author Dave Gaubatz's call for a backlash against the "Muslim community" has now scrubbed the line and replaced it with a call for a backlash against the "Muslim Brotherhood."

Here's how the passage of the Fort Hood Q&A with Gaubatz, the author of Muslim Mafia, read on Monday (see a screengrab of the original here):

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November 10: A memorial service is held in Fort Hood, Texas, to commemorate those killed in the November 5 shootings that claimed 13 lives and wounded 29. President Obama attends the service with his family, and in his remarks says of the fallen: "Their memory will be honored in the places they lived and by the people they touched. Their life's work is our security, and the freedom that we too often take for granted. Every evening that the sun sets on a tranquil town; every dawn that a flag is unfurled; every moment that an American enjoys life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness -- that is their legacy."

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Soldiers await the start of the memorial service.

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Heather Baker, left, whose husband is in Iraq, gets a hug from Sergeant 1st Class Kelley Macek at the memorial service.

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Soldiers wounded during the shooting arrive for the memorial.

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Defense Secretary Robert Gates arrives at the service.

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President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive at the memorial.

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The President and First Lady observe a moment of silence.

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Soldiers stand at attention during the national anthem.

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Gen. George Casey, Army Chief of Staff, also speaks at the memorial.




Obama takes the stage to make his remarks.

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Soldiers fold a large American flag used as the backdrop during the service.

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The President and First Lady pass pictures of the fallen as they leave after the ceremony.

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White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel said today that the issue of Israeli settlements should not become a roadblock to peace talks between Israel and Palestine.

"No one should allow the issue of settlements to distract from the goal of a lasting peace between Israel, the Palestinians and the Arab world," Emanuel told a conference of the Jewish Federations of North America, CNN reports.

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In a scrum with reporters just now, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) was asked how strong his commitment to filibustering any health care reform public option really is. Asked if he saw any "wiggle room" on his pledge -- say, a trigger for example -- Lieberman said he'll stand firm.

"I don't feel like wiggling," he said.

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The Texas prosecutor appointed by Governor Rick Perry to chair a state forensics commission won't say when, if ever, his panel will hear from an arson expert who had been scheduled to testify about a flawed arson investigation that may have led to the death of an innocent man.

Asked, during a state Senate hearing, about when the Texas Forensic Science Commission would hear from nationally recognized expert Craig Beyler, John Bradley declined to give a specific answer.

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Seems like everyone is hopping on the pressure Sen. Blanche Lincoln train, with the vulnerable senator getting targeted from the left and the right.

Lincoln (D-AR) is the subject of a new ActBlue push dubbed Campaign For Health Care Choice, where 822 people have raised $32,247 so far.

Blue America is organizing the drive and charges Lincoln, a key vote on the health care plan pending in the Senate, "is refusing to commit to a quality public plan to keep the insurance companies honest."

They are using the money to run this ad statewide in Arkansas:

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The White House issued the following statement from President Obama following his nomination of Dr. Rajiv Shah to the post of Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Here's the full text:

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Sen. Al Franken's (D-MN) wife Franni has been taking an active role in his Senate office and in Minnesota politics, the Star-Tribune reports in a new profile of her -- and could be making some very unlikely friends along the way:

Franni Franken has also begun to explore the political side as well as the policy and will co-host a fundraiser this month for Tarryl Clark, a state senator seeking the DFL endorsement in a race to unseat Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann.

But when Franken found herself this summer sitting on an airplane next to Bachmann, the two bonded unexpectedly over a love of good deals and spent the plane ride swapping local bargain spots.

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