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When Congress returns from August recess, high on their list of priorities will be figuring out what to do about the Bush tax cuts. They're scheduled to expire at the end of the year and, if that happens, it will look and feel like an across the board tax increase -- a scenario the GOP is happy to peddle to anxious voters. It's shaping up to be another round in the perennial fight between Republicans and Democrats over the size of government and economic inequality. But it'll also be a fight about debt. In the end, Congress will choose between a number of options, each of which will blow a big hole in the deficit. The question is how big will it be.

Here are the four possibilities.

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Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell has a robust evangelical outreach program, and she's appealed to these voters in her Republican primary bid in part with her old-fashioned views about sex.

O'Donnell has said, for example, that masturbation is wrong, and that looking at pornography is equivalent to cheating on your spouse. She outlined her views in a November 1998 article titled "The Case for Chastity" for Cultural Dissident.

She wrote:

When a married person uses pornography, or is unfaithful, it compromises not just his (or her) purity, but also compromises the spouse's purity. As a church, we need to teach a higher standard than abstinence. We need to preach a righteous lifestyle.

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Is there anything more patriotic than a get-rich-quick scheme? The folks over at TeaPartyBizOpp, a pyramid scheme targeted at the tea party set, don't seem to think so.

Billed as the "first ever patriotic home based business opportunity" and the place "where you get paid to help defend our freedom and stop Liberal Tyranny!!", TeaPartyBizOpp offers like minded liberty-lovers the chance to "make up to $50,000 or more a year helping raise funds to defend our freedom."

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It's a good time to be running for statewide office in Ohio if you're a Republican. That's the message from a pair of polls out this weekend showing Republican nominees for Senate and governor in Ohio with big leads over their Democratic rivals.

The polls were conducted by the Columbus Dispatch Aug. 25-Sept. 3. Surveys were mailed to respondents by the paper and then returned. The total number of respondents is 1,622 and the margin of error is 2.2%.

In the race for Ohio's open Senate seat, Republican Rob Portman is leading Democratic nominee Lee Fisher 50-37 in the Dispatch poll. The TPM Poll Average for that race shows Portman ahead 45.7-40.0.

Recent surveys have shown Portman gaining momentum in the contest as the final two months of campaigning begins:

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Rand Paul has built up a double-digit lead in the Kentucky Senate race, according to a poll out this weekend by respected firm SurveyUSA. The poll shows Paul, the Republican nominee, with a 55-40 lead over Democratic nominee Jack Conway.

Past polling has shown the race to be much closer. The TPM Poll Average shows Paul ahead 46.0-40.4.

In the last SurveyUSA poll of the race -- taken July 27-29 -- Paul was also ahead, leading 51-43. Republicans say the new SurveyUSA poll, which shows Paul has almost doubled his lead from July, shows that Paul's campaign is in the driver's seat.

"I do think the momentum of the state is with us," Paul told WHAS-TV when asked about the poll. "What the exact number is.... we're happy to be 15 ahead. That's for sure."

Conway's campaign says the SurveyUSA poll is suspect.

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President Obama spoke today before a union rally in Milwaukee to announce a $50 billion initiative to improve American infrastructure, and used the opportunity to paint his administration as a fighter of special interests like Wall Street bankers.

He said rebuilding the American middle class on stronger foundations, like better education, has required "taking on some powerful interests."

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Sharron Angle doesn't see what the big deal is with her past statements and long-held ultra-conservative views. In a new interview with CNN -- which the network rightfully touts as "rare" -- Angle suggests that observers of the Senate race in Nevada who want to paint her as "extreme" are ignoring the truth about her.

"I'll be a mainstream Senator," she told CNN. Angle, the Republican nominee, says that the all-but-universally-accepted notion that she's pushing the envelope when it comes to conservative politics in mainstream races this year is nothing but spin.

"As you speak, as we're conversationally speaking, sometimes when you pick out words, they're not the best words you could have used," Angle says in the interview. "When taken out of context, you can make anybody look like they don't know what they're talking about."

Harry Reid, the Democratic nominee in the race, was blunt in his response to that comment. "It's a little hard to take out of context when they say they want to phase out Social Security," Reid told CNN.

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President Obama is commemorating Labor Day today with a speech this afternoon in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He'll also be announcing details on a new $50 billion infrastructure jobs program. Here are his prepared remarks, as released by the White House.

Hello, Milwaukee! Thank you to the Milwaukee Area Labor Council and to all of my brothers and sisters in the AFL-CIO for inviting me to spend this day with you - a day that belongs to the working men and women of America. I want to acknowledge your outstanding national president, a man who knows that a strong economy needs a strong labor movement: Rich Trumka; Dave Newby, president of the Wisconsin AFL-CIO; and our host, your Milwaukee Area Labor Council Secretary-Treasurer, Sheila Cochran, who I hear has a birthday tomorrow. I'm proud to be here with our Secretary of Labor, a daughter of union members, Hilda Solis; and our Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood. And let's hear it for the folks at the forefront of every fight for Wisconsin's working men and women - Senator Herb Kohl; Congresswoman Gwen Moore; and your outstanding mayor, Tom Barrett. Your other great senator, Russ Feingold, was here with you earlier, standing with you and your families just like he always has, but he had to head to his hometown of Janesville to participate in their Labor Day parade.

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The Republican who hopes to replace the late Sen. Robert Byrd (D) in West Virginia, wealthy businessman John Raese, is up with a new TV commercial that -- not surprisingly -- tries to tie the Democratic nominee, Gov. Joe Manchin, to the policies of President Obama. What is at least a little surprising about it is that the ad attempts to make its point about how close Obama and Machin are by showing a photo of the two men sharing a moment at Byrd's memorial service in July.

The Byrd family has cried foul, calling the use of the photo in the ad "tasteless and insensitive." Raese's campaign claims it didn't know where image was taken before using it.

"That's a stock photo," Raese campaign manager Jim Dornan told the AP. "We had no idea it was from the memorial service."

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Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander of the Afghanistan War, said today the planned burning of Korans by a Florida church could put American troops in danger.

"It could endanger troops and it could endanger the overall effort," Petraeus told the Wall Street Journal. "It is precisely the kind of action the Taliban uses and could cause significant problems. Not just here, but everywhere in the world we are engaged with the Islamic community."

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