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What exactly is Tom Emmer's position on the minimum wage? The short version is that the presumptive Republican nominee for governor of Minnesota has long opposed the minimum wage, calling it "a true from of socialism," and has recently gotten in hot water for proposing policies that critics argue would result in lower wages -- but his campaign says that scrapping the minimum wage or lowering wages is not on their agenda.

Emmer has gone into damage control mode over comments that seemed to indicate that he thought waiters were being paid too much money, and credits should be instituted for their employers to apply tips towards their wages. Since then he has scheduled a listening session with servers, and even waited tables to show his solidarity with the waiters of Minnesota. What especially got Emmer in trouble was this claim: "With the tips that they get to take home, there are some that are earning over $100,000 a year -- more than the very people that are providing the jobs and investing not only their life savings but their family's future. Something has to be done about that."

Emmer campaign communications director Bill Walsh called TPMDC on Monday, and explained that Emmer did not commit to any solid plan for a tip credit -- and does not want to lower anyone's wages -- but simply indicated that he would support the idea when he was asked about it. "Obvious, Tom Emmer does not think most servers make that much money," said Walsh. "We're not saying that he didn't say people make 100,000 per year. The restaurant owner said it to Tom, and Tom repeated it in a press conference. Absolutely. All we're saying in the Emmer Truth thing is we get it. We know that most servers don't make $100,000 per year."

Walsh added: "It's an extreme example, that's what we do in politics. You go to the extreme examples to make your point."

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The Justice Department has charged four New Orleans police officers with opening fire on unarmed civilians in the days after Hurricane Katrina, killing two and wounding four. The DOJ has also charged them, and two other officers, with conspiracy relating to the resulting cover-up.

U.S. Attorney Jim Letten and Attorney General Eric Holder announced the charges in an afternoon press conference today, five years after the shootings on the Danziger Bridge in New Orleans.

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Sharron Angle, the Republican nominee for Senate in Nevada against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, fired back at Sen. Bob Bennett (R-UT), who predicted that she would lose to Harry Reid because of her associations with the Tea Party movement. In response, she says that Bennett, who lost his renomination at the state GOP convention this spring, has "outlived his usefulness."

"I'm glad to be lumped to a crowd of mainstream Americans who believe as they showed at the polls that Sen. Bennett has outlived his usefulness. I suppose he's not mainstream any longer," Angle said during an appearance Monday on the Neil Cavuto show. "He has become one of those elitists that is no longer in touch with what the country is really thinking about in these economic times."

The TPM Poll Average currently gives Angle a lead of 45.9%-41.7%.

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It took a few weeks, but the man who helped Rand Paul achieve his meteoric rise to the Republican Senate nomination in Kentucky -- and then oversaw Paul's spectacular fall in a series of national television appearances shortly thereafter -- is finally leaving the Paul campaign for good.

Back in May, after the string of disastrous national press appearances that resulted in Paul's high-profile cancellation of an appearance on Meet The Press, campaign manager David Adams was shifted to the role of campaign chairman. Jesse Benton, a longtime Paul family ally and a veteran of Rep. Ron Paul's (R-TX) presidential campaigns, took the reins as Rand Paul's campaign manager.

Today, the AP reports that Adams is leaving the Paul campaign all together, and heading to a new campaign job at an unnamed gubernatorial campaign.

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The DOJ announced new indictments in the Danziger Bridge shooting case today. Here's the full release:

WASHINGTON -Six officers with the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) were charged today in connection with the federal investigation of a police-involved shooting on the Danziger Bridge in the days after Hurricane Katrina, the Justice Department announced today. The incident resulted in the death of two civilians and the wounding of four others.

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The two Senate campaigns in Kentucky have been bringing in big money -- some self-financing helping the Democratic nominee, state Attorney General Jack Conway, boost his haul.

Conway's campaign announced that they raised $1.4 million. The Associated Press reports that this includes about $400,000 in loans from the candidate himself. The Paul campaign had previous announced raising $1.1 million, which in a press release today they said is "beating Democrat Jack Conway by over $100,000," not counting Conway's self-financing. Cash on hand figures were not immediately available.

The TPM Poll Average gives Paul a lead of 48.8%-41.8%

1||July 13, 2010: George Steinbrenner, owner of the New York Yankees, dies after suffering a massive heart attack.

Here, Yogi Berra, Steinbrenner, and Billy Martin celebrate winning the pennant after beating the Kansas City Royals on Oct. 14, 1976.||Newscom/iconphotos&&

2||April 5, 1982: Joe DiMaggio recieves the "Pride of the Yankees" award from Steinbrenner at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. ||Newscom/UPI&&

3||February 15, 1999: Red Sox Hall of Famer Ted Williams and Steinbrenner.||Newscom/Zuma&&

4||October 13, 1998: Derek Jeter pours champagne on Steinbrenner's head after the Yankees beat the Cleveland Indians in Game Six of the American League Championship Series. They went on to sweep the San Diego Padres in the World Series. ||Newscom/UPI&&

5||January 7, 2003: Former New York Yankee Yogi Berra and Steinbrenner. ||Newscom/UPI&&

6||April 23, 1999: New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Henry Kissinger, Berra and Steinbrenner attend the special memorial service held at St. Patrick Cathedral for DiMaggio. ||Newscom/UPI&&

7||October 29, 1999: Steinbrenner and Giuliani gaze upon the team's trophy at a victory celebration, after the Yankees beat the Atlanta Braves to win their third World Series championship in four years. ||Newscom/BS&&

8||1997: Steinbrenner and his grandchildren appear in a KFC ad campaign.||Newscom/FPS&&

9||March 27, 2008: Yankees players Alex Rodriguez, Jeter and Wilson Betemit face the the scoreboard during the National Anthem after the naming ceremony for George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida. The field is the home of the minor league Tampa Yankees, and the site of New York Yankees spring training. ||Newscom/Zuma&&

10||January 7, 2003: Steinbrenner attends a press conference after being named "The Most Powerful Person in Sports" by Sporting News. ||Newscom/UPI&&

11||Steinbrenner in the 70s.||Newscom/iconphotos&&

12||July 15, 2008: MLB Hall of Fame players greet Steinbrenner during the opening ceremonies of the 79th All Star Game at Yankee Stadium.||Newscom/UPI&&

13||October 18, 1995: Steinbrenner talks with the press after leaving a meeting with Giuliani at New York City Hall. ||Newscom/lrphotos&&

14||May 19, 1994: On the Seinfeld episode "The Opposite," a never-seen Steinbrenner, played by Larry David, hires George Costanza (played by Jason Alexander) to work for the Yankees. David "appeared" as Steinbrenner in several episodes throughout the series' run. ||CNN&&

15|February 19, 1984: Steinbrenner sits alone in the Yankee dugout at the Yankees spring training camp in Fort Lauderdale.||Newscom/Zuma&&

16||October 23, 1998: Steinbrenner gives a thumbs up to the crowd at City Hall during the ticker tape parade in celebration of the Yankees winning the 1998 World Series against the Padres. Mayor Giuliani and Yankees Manager Joe Torre look on.||Newscom/UPI&&

17||August 16, 2006: Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig and Steinbrenner at the new Yankee Stadium groundbreaking ceremony.||Newscom/Sipa&&

18||September 16, 2000: Senate candidate Rick Lazio, Giuliani and Steinbrenner march in the German-American Steuben Day Parade. ||Newscom/showcasepix&&

19||April 16, 1998: Giuliani and Steinbrenner at a game.||Newscom/aiwire&&

20||May 1997: Japanese pitcher Hideki Irabu is introduced to the media by Steinbrenner.||Newscom/UPI&&

21||March 27, 2008: Steinbrenner unveils a new sign during the naming ceremony for George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa. Also pictured are his daughter Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindal (second from the left), and his wife Jessica Steinbrenner (right). ||Newscom/Zuma&&

22||April 2, 2010: Yankees Senior Vice President Felix Lopez sits with Steinbrenner as they watch the Yankees host the Baltimore Orioles during spring training. ||Newscom/iconphotos&&

23||October 28, 1998: Giuliani and Steinbrenner at a ceremony to present relief money to victims of Hurricane George in the Dominican Republic. ||Newscom/lrphotos&&

24||March 2010: Steinbrenner at a spring training game.||Newscom/spnphotos&&

25||February 17, 1998: Steinbrenner talks on the dugout phone during a Yankees spring training practice. ||Newscom/Zuma&&

26||September 26, 2001: Former Yankees player Dwight "Doc" Gooden sits in the stands and watches the Yankees' minor teague team play, with Steinbrenner in the background.||Newscom/Zuma&&

27||April 16, 2009: Steinbrenner, Hal Steinbrenner, Randy Levine and Bud Selig wait for the start of the opening day ceremonies before the Yankees play the Cleveland Indians in the first regular season game at the new Yankee Stadium. ||Newscom/UPI&&

28||June 15, 2005: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Steinbrenner and New York Governor George Pataki pose in front of an artist rendering of the new Yankee Stadium. ||Newscom/iconphotos&&

29||October 26, 1999: Steinbrenner signs autographs before the start of Game 3 of the World Series, between the Yankees and the Atlanta Braves. ||Newscom/UPI&&

The White House announced today that it's sent a fourth bill to BP for costs related to its still-leaking oil well, this one for $99.7 million.

The administration sent the same bill to Anadarko and MOEX, a subsidiary of Japanese company Mitsui, both partners in the well. It also sent the bill to Transocean, which owns the rig.

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The new Ipsos/Reuters poll of the Florida Senate race shows that the ex-Republican and now independent Gov. Charlie Crist continues to lead in this always interesting three-way race.

The numbers: Crist 35%, Republican former state House Speaker Marco Rubio 28%, and Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek 17%. The survey of registered voters has a ±4% margin of error. In the previous Ipsos poll from mid-May, conducted for McClatchy, Crist led by a narrower 30%-27%-15%.

The TPM Poll Average gives Crist 36.6%, Rubio 32.6%, and Meek 14.7%. Ipsos pollster Cliff Young said: "Generally incumbents have been at a disadvantage this year, but that hasn't been the case with Crist in Florida. The move to running as an independent has paid off. He's capturing the middle space."

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