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The campaign office of Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) has reportedly been vandalized, with the phrase "You Lie" spray-painted on a wall and campaign sign -- the same phrase that Wilson became famous for yelling at President Obama during a speech to Congress last September.

"We have no idea who did this," Wilson communications director Brian DeRoy told the local NBC station. "It's pretty obvious there's probably a fair amount of 'donkey dung' probably on this incident," DeRoy added -- a remark clearly reminiscent of Rep. James Clyburn's (D-SC) accusation that there was "elephant dung" tainting the state's Democratic primary.

The West Columbia police are investigating the incident. DeRoy also said that a similar act of vandalism occurred months ago.

(Via National Review)

Lawyers from both sides gave their closing arguments on Wednesday in the lawsuit by two same-sex couples over California's Proposition 8, which overturned the same sex marriage law in the state of California.

Supporters of the Proposition 8 focused on arguing that the institution of marriage is about procreation, and that it is "common sense" that children "do best when they are raised by their own mother and father." They failed during the trial to present any peer-reviewed scientific research proving either point.

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White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said this afternoon that when he briefed President Obama on Rep. Joe Barton's apology to BP, the president was baffled. "He shook his head and ... said, 'I can't understand why anybody would say that,'" Gibbs told reporters during his daily briefing.

Meanwhile, Vice President Joe Biden had just told the press that Barton's comments were "outrageous" and "insensitive." Biden said Barton's comments seemed "incredibly out of touch," especially since the lawmaker hails from Texas, which also has been impacted by the spill. The vice president said anyone in Florida, Louisiana or Texas should disassociate themselves from Barton's remarks.

"This is an entire way of life that's in jeopardy," Biden said. He said he's surprised that for Barton would say he's "ashamed" because the White House is being "tough an oil company who caused the problem." Biden added, "There's no shakedown, it's insisting on responsible conduct, [a] responsible response to something they caused."

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Tea party hero and newly elected Senate nominee Sharron Angle (R-NV) will be a featured speaker at the Tea Party Nation's Unity Convention in Las Vegas this summer, the group announced.

Angle was boosted in the June 8 primary above other contenders in part thanks to support from tea party groups, and Tea Party Nation asked members in an email this afternoon to donate to the Angle campaign to unseat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV).

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Jeff Greene, the eccentric billionaire running for Senate in Florida, has released a new ad calling for an investigation of his opponent in the Democratic Primary, Rep. Kendrick Meek (D-FL), over the earmarks the Congressman sought for a developer now facing fraud charges. The ad isn't targeted at voters, however. It's up in the DC market, making the case for Congress to look into the matter.

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Rep. Steve King (R-IA) may have been disinvited from two political events this weekend in Colorado, after he made inflammatory remarks about President Obama. But he's still going to Colorado, and will speak at a different venue with none other than former Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo.

The Coloradoan reports that King will be appearing this Saturday at an event for a group called the 9-12 Project Liberty Circle, also featuring Tancredo, a longtime proponent of strict limits on legal immigration as well as cracking down on illegal immigration. The rally's subject is entitled, "United We Stand With Arizona," referring to Arizona's anti-illegal immigration law.

King said earlier this week that Obama has a "default" mechanism that "favors the black person" in an argument. Following this, he was disinvited from a fundraiser for Colorado GOP House candidate Cory Gardner, and a speech at an event for the Northern Colorado Tea Party was also canceled. Yes, that's right -- Steve King actually managed to say something so nasty about Obama that a Tea Party group has disassociated itself from him.

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Not everyone's criticizing or running from Rep. Joe Barton after the Texas Republican apologized to BP today. Pat Buchanan said on MSNBC that Barton's defense of BP was "very courageous" considering that the oil giant is "universally loathed and despised and even hated."

At today's House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on the BP oil spill, Barton said this of the $20 billion Gulf spill fund that BP has agreed to create at the Obama administration's request: "I think it is a tragedy of the first proportion that a private corporation can be subjected to what I would characterize as a shakedown, in this case a $20 billion shakedown."

Here's what Buchanan had to say about it:

"Barton made a very courageous statement in my judgment, when you consider that BP is probably universally loathed and despised and even hated for what is happening, that horrendous tragedy down on the Gulf."

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House Minority Leader John Boehner doesn't want to be lumped in with Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), who in a hearing today apologized to BP CEO Tony Hayward for the $20 billion escrow fund that, in Barton's words, amounts to a "shakedown" and a "slush fund."

In an interview with Fox News this morning a few minutes after Barton spoke, Boehner was asked if he agreed.

"Would you call it a shakedown?" Fox News anchor Bill Hemmer asked.

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