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Former Rep. Tom Campbell has gone back on the air in California, with an ad trumpeting a recent poll that shows him beating Sen. Barbara Boxes (D-CA) in a head-to-head general election match-up. As the June 8 Republican Senate primary approaches, Campbell has struggled with his limited financial resources, but his latest ad asks voters to look past frontrunner Carly Fiorina's deep pockets.

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Federal prosecutors have added several more weapons charges in their case against members of the Hutaree militia.

Nine members of the Christian militia group were indicted in March on multiple charges involving an alleged plot to attack police, including seditious conspiracy and attempted use of weapons of mass destruction. All nine pleaded not guilty to the original charges.

According to the new indictment, released Wednesday, federal agents found machine guns, unregistered short-barreled rifles, other firearms, and more than 148,000 rounds of ammunition at the Michigan home of Hutaree leader David Brian Stone, which was used as a base for meetings and training. Federal agents also found "a variety of explosives and related items capable of being readily assembled to build several types of destructive devices including IEDs."

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The rock band Rush has sent Kentucky Republican Senate nominee Rand Paul a distant early warning: stop using our music.

Paul, who has quickly stepped into the limelight, used the Rush song "Tom Sawyer" in a Web video, and his campaign has also played "The Spirit of Radio" at a rally. In a far cry from the conservative Paul's discussion of protecting private property rights, his campaign actually used the libertarian-minded band's intellectual property without permission, attracting a letter from the band's lawyer for his attempt to get something for nothing.

The Web video using "Tom Sawyer" has already had its audio track disabled, after a complaint by Rush's attorney Robert Farmer. "This is not a political issue -- this is a copyright issue," Farmer told the Louisville Courier-Journal. "We would do this no matter who it is." Farmer also pointed out that Rush are not Americans -- they are Canadians, so the squabbles of American politics are not particularly closer to the heart for them.

Here's some video you don't see every day: Larry Marchant, a respectable, well-coiffed South Carolina Republican lobbyist whose clients have included major players like the state Chamber of Commerce, describing in uncomfortable detail his alleged affair with a leading female gubernatorial hopeful.

"I had an inappropriate physical relationship with Nikki Haley. What happened was, one time, one of those things. ... I spent the night with Ms. Haley, and we had sexual relations. We had sex," says the married Marchant, wearing a pinstripe power suit and pink tie, in an interview with WCBD in Charleston.

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Jon Stewart gave some explanation last night for the recent Israeli commando raid of a flotilla in international waters. "Guess what?," he asked. "Nobody puts Bubby in a corner."

Stewart added that regardless of your perspective on the situation in the Middle East, Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer's statement that there is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza "may be the stupidest f*cking thing anyone's ever said about the Middle East ever."

He added that if you really think that "your heart is so dead tourists flock there to float on their backs in it."

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Carly Fiorina is up with a new TV ad in the California Senate race slamming Sen. Barbara Boxer (D) for "talking about the weather" (i.e. calling climate change a national security issue) when she should be talking about something really scary, like global terrorist plots to kill us all. Trouble is, Fiorina has often found herself talking about the "weather," and even expressing concerns about it while mad bombers were likely plotting our demise on foreign shores.

Fiorina, in her new commercial: "Terrorism kills. And Barbara Boxer wants to talk about the weather...we've had enough of her politics. I'll work to keep you safe."

Fiorina, in her old job as John McCain surrogate, all the way back in mid-2008, talking about climate change: "I think it's important that when we think about taking on some of the great challenges now as opposed to leaving them to future generations, we have to talk not only about Social Security and medical care, but also about leaving our planet cleaner for the next generation than we found it."

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The new Suffolk poll of the Nevada Republican Senate primary gives Tea Party-backed former state Rep. Sharron Angle the lead.

The numbers: Angle 33%, ex-UNLV basketball player Danny Tarkanian 26%, and former state GOP chair and establishment-supported candidate Sue Lowden 25%. Lowden originally led in this primary, but has suffered dramatically from a variety of gaffes. The most notable example, of course, was when she suggested that people lower health care costs by using the barter system, referencing how her grandparents' generation would bring a chicken to the doctor's office as payment.

An Angle win in the primary would be good news for the Tea Party movement -- but very mixed for the GOP, as polling thus far has consistently shown her to be the weakest possible Republican candidate against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Daily Show correspondent John Oliver had a tough time interviewing Larry Craig last night, since the former Senator stipulated that Oliver couldn't ask him about the airport bathroom "lewd conduct" arrest that eventually led to his resignation. Oliver struggled with his words before finally asking what Senate "perk" Craig missed the most.

When Craig responded that he missed his airport parking spot the most because of all the time he spent in the airport, Oliver damn well near exploded.

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Press Secretary Robert Gibbs is trying to knock down chatter that the Obama Administration offered ex-Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff a job so that he'd pass on challenging incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) in Colorado's August 10 Democratic Senate primary.

Romanoff had already applied for a job through normal channels during the presidential transition, Gibbs said, when White House Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina called and emailed him last September to see if Romanoff was still interested in the job, or whether he was running for Senate.

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Beatle-in-chief Sir Paul McCartney last night serenaded First Lady Michelle Obama with "Michelle" as a highlight of the star-studded ceremony honoring him with the Library of Congress' Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in the White House East Room. McCartney quipped he'd been "itching" to sing the tune in the White House and hoped he would not be the first person ever "punched" by a president.

The musician also heaped praise on President Obama, saying it was an honor to receive an award from "this president." He later emphasized the point, telling the crowd at the end of the event and once Obama had left the room, "After the last eight years, it's great to have a president who knows what a library is."

Obama offered his thoughts about the people on the Gulf Coast when presenting the award, saying that in the aftermath of the oil spill his thoughts are with friends in an area "so rich in musical heritage." He said it is "heartbreaking" but said the group in the room is committed to help and see the community "made whole again."

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