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Here are the line-ups for the Sunday talk shows this weekend:

• ABC, This Week: Vice President Joe Biden.

• CBS, Face The Nation: Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM), former Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ).

• CNN, State Of The Union: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD).

• Fox News Sunday: House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC), House Republican Conference Chair Mike Pence (R-IN).

• NBC, Meet The Press: National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn (R-TX), Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-NJ), National Republican Congressman Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-IN), Democratic Congressional Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen (D-MD).

Won't somebody please think of the children?!

After meeting with conservative lobbyists and trade group representatives this morning, House Minority Leader John Boehner addressed the media to propose a moratorium on all non-emergency federal regulations. It's possible, however, that he didn't think that one through enough. And now Democrats are pouncing.

Over at The Gavel, the Speaker's office asks, "Which of these proposed federal regulations to protect taxpayers and consumers does Mr. Boehner think is "a great idea" to stop to give "breathing room" to the special interests?"

Her top example: "SAFE CRIBS AND BASSINETS FOR CHILDREN: The Commission is proposing a more stringent safety standard for bassinets and cradles that will further reduce the risk of injury associated with these products."

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Joe Wilson raked in the cash when he shouted "You lie!" during President Obama's speech to a joint session of Congress last fall, but it seems the wind has now gone out of that particular sail.

According to Wilson's new fundraising numbers from the SC-02 race, his Democratic opponent Rob Miller (D) has outraised him since the primary, putting them on roughly even ground when it comes to cash on hand.

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House Minority Leader John Boehner, fresh out of a meeting with business and trade group lobbyists, announced a new idea this afternoon: A moratorium on all new federal regulations, for a year.

"I think having a moratorium on new federal regulations is a great idea it sends a wonderful signal to the private sector that they're going to have some breathing room," he said, according to Greg Sargent.

"I think there's probably a way to do this with an exemption for emergency regulations that may be needed for some particular agency or another," he said. "But if the American people knew there was going to be a moratorium in effect for a year that the federal government wasn't going to issue thousands more regulations, it would give them some breathing room."

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Gov. Joe Manchin (D-WV) has officially announced the appointment of his former general counsel Carte Goodwin as West Virginia's new Senator, temporarily filling the vacancy created by the death of Democratic Sen. Robert Byrd.

Manchin opened the press conference by announcing that he had already filed the necessary paperwork with West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant (D), appointing the 36-year-old Goodwin to the Senate. "He will join the United States Senate as the youngest Senator serving, and it is fitting that he is replacing the most beloved, the most historic figure that the Senate has ever known, and who happened to be the oldest. What a tremendous signal I think that shows of West Virginia, and what an opportunity we have to show that we passed the torch to a new generation."

It is expected that Goodwin will not seek election in his own right, but instead that Manchin himself will run in a special election to be held this November. Manchin said that the legislature has some final work to do on a bill for holding the election, but that it is almost there after a thorough process. Manchin also thanked the White House, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), and West Virginia's Sen. Jay Rockefeller (who was himself at the event) for their patience in allowing the process to go through.

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An attack ad against Terry Branstad -- the former Republican governor of Iowa who is challenging Dem Gov. Chet Culver for the seat -- labels him as a "liberal." So which group of liberal-haters paid for the ad?

As it turns out...it was the Democratic Governors Association.

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A day after he posted a screed to his personal website calling the NAACP "racist" for using the word "colored" in its name, the Tea Party Express' Mark Williams has taken the post down and called upon tea partiers and NAACP activists alike "to fight those who seek to divide us by race, no matter the color of the racist."

These are the words of a man who, yesterday, posted a faux letter from NAACP President Ben Jealous -- whom he called "Tom's Nephew" in the letter -- to Abraham Lincoln meant as a protest of the recent NAACP resolution calling on tea party leaders (like, for example, Williams) to disavow racist signs and rhetoric that have been at least a small part of some tea party gatherings. A sample of the fake letter, now removed from Williams' blog:

Perhaps the most racist point of all in the tea parties is their demand that government "stop raising our taxes." That is outrageous! How will we Colored People ever get a wide screen TV in every room if non-coloreds get to keep what they earn? Totally racist! The tea party expects coloreds to be productive members of society?

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The Utah governor's office announced today that "at least" two state employees have been placed on administrative leave, accused of creating a list of alleged illegal immigrants that was sent to state agencies and news outlets this week.

The two employees work for the Department of Workforce Services but have not been identified. Their information will be turned over to the state attorney general's office as part of the state's ongoing investigation.

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Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and his primary challengers, former Rep. J.D. Hayworth and conservative activist Jim Deakin, will be holding two -- count 'em, two -- debates in as many days, starting tonight.

The first debate will be tonight, at 7 p.m. PT, on 3TV in Phoenix. The second debate will be at 7 p.m. PT the very next night, Saturday, on Arizona Public Media.

The TPM Poll Average gives McCain a lead over Hayworth of 52.3%-30.6%. (Not all polls have included Deakin.) McCain at first seemed vulnerable to some kind of anti-establishment challenge, and Hayworth has attempted to build up a Tea Party-style campaign targeting McCain for his past weaknesses on issues like immigration. However, McCain has noticeably veered right on issues like immigration, and cast himself as a staunch opponent of the Obama administration. And beyond that, Hayworth has stumbled thanks to public scrutiny over an infomercial he did in 2007 for a company offering shady seminars on how to receive "free money" from the government.

So let's see how they do tonight -- it should be fun, when you have candidates who openly hate each other as much as these two guys do.

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