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The National Republican Senatorial Committee has been subpoenaed by the federal grand jury that's investigating the John Ensign sex-and-lobbying scandal, reports Politico.

Federal investigators asked the NRSC for documents relating to the Nevada senator's 2007-08 tenure as chair of the committee.

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Key players in the year-long fight over health care reform -- including heavyweights like PhRMA's Billy Tauzin and Karen Ignagni of America's Health Insurance Plans -- rake in huge annual salaries, according to tax filings.

New IRS rules require non-profits, including trade associations representing health care stakeholders, to disclose more salary information than ever before, a development first [reported on](http://www.rollcall.com/issues/55_105/lobbying/44283-1.html?type=printer_friendly) by *Roll Call*.

So TPMmuckraker decided to take a look at what the lobbyists and leaders of these organizations make for a day's work.

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March 17, 2010: Politicians and media moguls mingled last night at the 2010 Radio and Television Correspondents' Association dinner at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington. TPM looks back at the festivities.

Above: Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) with wife Gail Huff.

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Jesse Jackson and MSNBC host Chuck Todd.

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RNC Chairman Michael Steele.

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Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) with wife Hadassah.

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Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) with wife Elizabeth Kucinich.

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Fox News Channel host Bill O'Reilly.

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CNN's Dana Bash and actress Kathy Griffin.

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FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, center, and Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE), right, with guest.

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Fox News Channel host Geraldo Rivera with wife Erica Levy.

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Fox News Channel commentator Tucker Carlson.

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MSNBC host David Shuster and wife Julianna Goldman, a White House correspondent for Bloomberg News.

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Fox News President Roger Ailes and contributor Judith Miller.

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Bloomberg News journalist Margaret Carlson and CNN host Wolf Blitzer.

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Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY).

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MSNBC host Ed Schultz with wife Wendy.

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Fox News Channel host Megyn Kelly.

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Rep. Steve King (R-IA) appeared today on Glenn Beck's radio show, and reiterated his previous call for people to swarm the Capitol in order to stop the health care bill.

"We can beat them if we fill this capital city up full of patriotic Americans," said King. "If tens of thousands's pour into this city again, like they have done numerous times before, pack this capital, jam this capital, surround the place, don't let anybody in or anybody out, they will have to capitulate. They will have to tip over their king and say, 'We just don't have the will to do this to the american people who despise this process.'"

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The new Susquehanna (R) poll of the special election for Pennsylvania's 12th District, formerly held by the late Democratic Rep. John Murtha, shows an initial lead for the Democratic candidate, but with very high undecideds.

The numbers: Mark Critz, a former Murtha chief of staff, 36%, businessman Tim Burns 31%.

The district is a swing seat, having voted for John McCain by a margin of less than one point in 2008 -- and it was the only district in the country to switch from John Kerry in 2004, who had a 51%-48% margin, to McCain in 2008. One factor that could help Democrats is that the special election will be held on May 18, the same day as the statewide primaries. There are more contested Democratic races than Republican ones that day, and this could potentially boost Democratic turnout for Critz.

Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA), who voted for the House health care bill in November, will now vote against the Senate bill, Politico's Glenn Thrush reports.

Although Lynch is a strongly pro-life Democrat, it is interesting to note that the language on abortion does not appear to be his sticking point. Instead, he opposes any tax on cadillac health care plans, even under the delayed version in the new compromise, according to Thrush's report.

House Democrats need 216 votes in order to pass the bill, and don't appear to have much room for error.

Late Update: Lynch told TPMDC's Brian Beutler that he will be meeting with President Obama this afternoon.

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President Obama will not go on his already delayed trip to Indonesia, Australia and Guam this weekend, preferring to stay in Washington to see health care through, the White House said today.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs announced that Obama will postpone the trip until June and that he phoned the leaders of those nations to express his regret but to say that the health care vote was too important to be out of town.

"The president is determined to see this battle through," Gibbs said during the first ever press briefing held in the White House Rose Garden.

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The new national survey from Public Policy Polling (D) finds President Obama in tight potential races against Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney, and continuing to maintain a bigger advantage over Sarah Palin.

The numbers: Obama leads Huckabee by 46%-44%, leads Palin by 49%-41%, and is tied with Romney 44%-44%. Gov. Mitch Daniels (R-IN), was also tested, but as a national unknown he trails Obama by 45%-34%. The margin of error is ±2.6%.

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