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Here are the line-ups for the Sunday talk shows this weekend:

• ABC, This Week: Adm. Thad Allen, Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX).

• CBS, Face The Nation: Adm. Thad Allen, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL).

• CNN, State Of The Union: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen, Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA), Sen. David Vitter (R-LA).

• Fox News Sunday: Adm. Thad Allen, Gov. Haley Barbour (R-MS), Israeli Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren.

• NBC, Meet The Press: Will not air, due to coverage of the French Open.

Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales told Main Justice in an interview yesterday that he's looking for donations to cover his extensive legal bills -- and that he still hasn't found a book publisher.

"We need to do a better effort raising additional money, and so we're going to try to do that as soon as the last investigation [ends]," the ex-attorney general said. "That investigation has been out there going on forever. I'm not sure what's going on there, but we're waiting for that to be completed."

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The new Daily Kos/Research 2000 poll of the Arkansas Senate Democratic primary runoff gives Lt. Gov. Bill Halter a four-point lead over incumbent Sen. Blanche Lincoln, heading into the big showdown this Tuesday, June 8.

The numbers: Halter 49%, Lincoln 45%. The poll of likely Dem primary voters has a ±4% margin of error. The TPM Poll Average gives Halter a lead of 49.7%-44.9%. However, there is a huge caveat: Research 2000 has been the only pollster to publicly release numbers on this race during the runoff period, so we are dependent on only one source of data.

Daily Kos's Jed Lewison writes: "With the run-off coming up this Tuesday (June 8) and voting preferences pretty much settled, it seems like the biggest question is whether Halter or Lincoln will have a better turnout operation. Much of that depends on the enthusiasm of each candidate's supporters, and if Joe Sestak's campaign in Pennsylvania is any indication, Bill Halter is in pretty good shape -- as long as his supporters demonstrate their enthusiasm at the ballot box."

Senate hopeful Mark Kirk has gone the full Blumenthal and apologized for misrepresenting his military record.

"I simply misremembered it wrong," Kirk said in a long sit-down interview with the Chicago Sun-Times. "I want to be very contrite and say that there was a casualness with which I sometimes describe military details and if it gave the impression that my military record was larger than it was, I apologize."

Kirk took responsibility for various misstatements--both spoken and written--all of which either overstated his role or were outright false. In particular he apologized for claiming to have been named Navy Intelligence Officer of the Year when in fact he was not. Previously Kirk had acknowledged several errors but has only in the last day officially apologized for them. You can watch the entire interview below.

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The Clinton Library this afternoon released thousands of documents related to Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan's service on President Clinton's Domestic Policy Council in the 1990s, including memos related to hot-button issues of abortion and gays serving in the military.

Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee have requested more information given that Kagan, currently the solicitor general of the United States, has no judicial record. She was dean of the Harvard Law School until she took the current job in the Obama administration. Her confirmation hearings begin June 28.

The documents can be found here.

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Former CIA Agent Andrew Warren, who reportedly broke down in an epic unraveling in Virginia in April, will plead guilty in a case involving claims that he had sex in 2008 with a drugged woman in Algeria, where he was CIA station chief.

"Warren will plead guilty to one count of sexual abuse and one count of being in possession of a firearm while using illegal drugs," Politico reports.

The sex charge is related to the Algeria case -- while the weapons charge is related to an incident this spring when Warren allegedly exposed himself to a woman, lied about his name and social security number when confronted by police about it, and said he had a "Glock service weapon" (that he refused to show police). Weeks later, Warren was on the run, until police allegedly found him at a motel with a loaded Glock and drug paraphernalia.

In a judicial smackdown reminiscent of the Orly Taitz saga, the investigating officer in the court martial of Birther Army doctor Terrence Lakin has denied Lakin's request to compel President Obama to testify, robbing the Birthers of what they hoped would be a golden opportunity to try the "eligibility" question in a high-stakes trial setting.

Lakin is being court martialed for refusing to follow orders to deploy to Afghanistan on the grounds that Obama is not eligible to be president and that therefore, in Lakin's view, all military orders are illegitimate.

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It sounds like South Carolina State. Sen. Jake Knotts' "raghead" comments last night are even worse than first reported.

Not only did he refer to Republican gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley as a "raghead" during an internet political radio show taped in a bar -- but Knotts called her a "f---ing raghead" afterward, according to a report from the Free-Times.

"She's a f---ing raghead," Knotts reportedly said.

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