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It's not very subtle.

The uber-conservative National Republican Trust PAC is running ads that might just be trying to convince Republican National Committee boosters to put their money elsewhere. The group, which spent big in 2008, has a new slogan: "Got trust?"

We first noticed the ad above a story critical of the RNC posted on The Daily Caller. The PAC boasted it is made up of "Republicans you can trust: With your principles ... your time ... your investment."

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Ken Cuccinelli, Virginia's far-right attorney general, has launched a political action committee to bolster his influence within state politics.

"Liberty Now" is designed to "support the efforts of Ken Cuccinelli in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and to elect Republicans to non-federal offices in the Commonwealth of Virginia," according to a filing made by the organization with the IRS last month.

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A Democratic source told TPM the Democratic National Committee has raised "at least $13 million" in March.

The DNC is still tallying the donations, and the source said the end of the month may have been even more lucrative due to the passage of health care reform.

The source did not disclose cash on hand.

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The ex-fiance of the leader of the Hutaree Christian militia tells the AP that the group harbored delusions of grandeur to the point that they created "a big map on a room in their house of their own country and their own names of their countries and cities and stuff."

Andrea Harsh, who was engaged to alleged Hutaree leader David Stone, described the map as "very extensive."

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Report: White House To Remove References To 'Islamic Radicalism' The Obama administration will reportedly remove terms such as "Islamic radicalism" from the upcoming National Security Strategy document, in an effort to emphasize that the administration does not view Muslim nations through a lens of terrorism. "You take a country where the overwhelming majority are not going to become terrorists, and you go in and say, 'We're building you a hospital so you don't become terrorists.' That doesn't make much sense," said National Security Council staffer Pradeep Ramamurthy.

Obama's Day Ahead President Obama will meet with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton 9:30 a.m. ET. He will receive the presidential daily briefing at 10 a.m. ET, and meet with senior advisers at 11 a.m. ET. He will depart from Andrews Air Force Base at 7:30 p.m. ET, en route to Prague, Czech Republic, where he will sign the new nuclear arms control treaty with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

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In a statement released today, the Republican National Committee announced its March fundraising numbers. RNC Chairman Michael Steele's statement follows:

The RNC raised $11.4 million, a record high for a mid-cycle March. The RNC has $11.3 million cash-on-hand and $0 debt.

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Call it the Stevens Supreme Court Scramble -- both sides are preparing for the next confirmation battle royale, should Justice John Paul Stevens' strong hints in recent days that he'll soon retire pan out.

Law professors and congressional staffers who have handled confirmations tell me that Solicitor General Elena Kagan has a good chance of making the top of President Obama's short list again, as she did when Sonia Sotomayor got the nod last year. Obama was widely impressed with her during his round of selection meetings, and she has already been thoroughly vetted. She also has the advantage of having been confirmed to her current post last year with seven Republican votes.

"It would be hard for Republicans to explain how they voted to confirm her for solicitor general without hesitation but she is now unacceptable," UC Berkeley law professor Daniel Farber, who clerked for Stevens early in his career, told me in an interview.

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Here are some key fundraising numbers from today:

• State Sen. Tarryl Clark (D-MN), who is seeking the Democratic nomination to run against the vocally right-wing Rep. Michele Bachmann (R), raised over $505,000 in the first quarter. Clark, the officially endorsed candidate of the state Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, must still face a Dem primary against former state university regent Maureen Reed, who was also the 2006 Independence Party nominee for lieutenant governor. Reed has not yet released her fundraising numbers.

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