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The seven Justices of the Wisconsin Supreme Court really don't agree about anything. Besides politics and high-profile decisions, it has now emerged that after an incident that has liberal Justice Ann Walsh Bradley accusing conservative Justice David Prosser of putting her in a chokehold, they didn't even agree about whether to meet quickly with the Capitol Police -- or proceed to a group photo session first.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel obtained e-mails through an open-records request of Prosser's office, showing that Bradley e-mailed the other judges about having a meeting with Capitol Police Chief Charles Tubbs on "workplace security."

At which point, conservative Justice Patience Roggensack -- who reportedly separated Prosser and Bradley during their altercation -- wrote back asking what problems with security there could be, and that she had "never felt unsafe." Thus, she said the pre-scheduled photo session should go ahead first, and then they could meet with Chief Tubbs afterward.

Ultimately, Justice N. Patrick Crooks -- a moderate who has become publicly identified with the liberal minority, and was reportedly the only justice who was not a witness or participant in the incident -- insisted that the meeting with Chief Tubbs be held first, and then the photo session could follow.

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To a casual observer's eyes, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is flogging a dead horse. He keeps hinting that the GOP is intentionally try to damage the economy or forestall recovery because it will improve their election chances in 2012. But he also keeps inching closer to outright declaring it.

He took another step in that direction Friday. On a conference call Friday morning, another reporter asked Schumer whether he believes the GOP's committing sabotage (my words, not the reporter's). Here's his response.

"It's a thought you just don't want to believe in, because that would be [horrible]," Schumer said. "But every day they keep giving us more and more evidence that there's no choice but to answer the question 'yes.' They give us no choice but to come to that conclusion."

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Fairs, rallies, parades! They're everywhere a candidate wants to be and July 4 is the mother lode for voter-friendly events. The top candidates are all keeping busy schedules for the holiday and their plans say plenty about their broader strategy.

In one case, two candidates will directly overlap. Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman are both participating in a parade in Amherst, New Hampshire to commemorate Independence Day. New Hampshire is the center of Romney's strength in the 2012 race and he enjoys heavy frontrunner status. Romney will also hit up a couple of other holiday events in the state, including another parade later in the day. For Huntsman, who is competing with many of the same moderate and establishment voters and donors, catching up on Romney in the polls there is crucial to scoring him some much-needed credibility.

Herman Cain will end his busy day in New Hampshire, throwing out the first pitch at a minor league baseball game, but he'll start off in Philadelphia for a Tea Party rally with former UN Ambassador John Bolton. Firing up the grassroots is crucial to Cain's candidacy and he needs to broaden his small donor base if he wants to make an impact in fundraising after a lackluster start.

Michele Bachmann's presidential hopes rest on a strong showing in Iowa, where she was born and launched her campaign (albeit with a few hiccups). Not surprisingly, she's digging in for the entire holiday weekend, hoping to capitalize on her momentum in the polls. She'll be hitting her share of parades and local celebrations across the state.

Intersecting with Bachmann will be Newt Gingrich, whose campaign has lost most of its top staff. The two are both participating in the Clear Lake Independence Day parade. Rick Santorum is also expected to campaign in Iowa that day, where he will need a strong performance to stay in the race.

One exception to the July 4 rush: Tim Pawlenty, who has not released a public schedule for the holiday.

On a conference call with reporters Friday, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) acknowledged that President Obama may not need Congressional authorization to avoid a default on the national debt. But he noted, too, that the Constitutional debate on this question isn't ripe enough yet for Obama to take an end run around Congress, even if Republicans refuse to increase the national borrowing limit.

I asked Schumer, a lawyer, whether, in his view, the administration had the power to continue issuing new debt even if Congress fails to raise the debt limit. He acknowledged that the question's been discussed, but said the White House probably shouldn't go there just yet.

"It's certainly worth exploring," Schumer said. "I think it needs a little more exploration and study. It's probably not right to pursue at this point and you wouldn't want to go ahead and issue the debt and then have the courts reverse it."

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Mitt Romney walked back his oft-repeated claim that President Obama made the recession worse, telling reporters in Pennsylvania on Thursday that he never meant to suggest any such thing.

Asked by NBC how he squared his claim that Obama worsened the lousy economy he inherited given that the stock market has surged, unemployment is down from its peak, and the economy is no longer shrinking, Romney demurred.

"I didn't say that things are worse," he said. He went on to make the case that Obama had failed to do enough on jobs, a much less inflammatory claim.

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After he stole a Ford Excursion and drove it with a .15 blood alcohol content -- almost twice the legal limit -- John McGee was charged with felony grand theft and faced the prospect of a hefty jail sentence. The Republican state senator from Idaho, who had been mentioned as a possible congressional or gubernatorial candidate, seemed to have reached the end of his political career.

Or maybe not. On Friday morning, McGee reached a plea agreement that saw the felony charged dropped, leaving him with just a misdemeanor DUI.

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Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman promised not to use his considerable wealth to fund his presidential campaign. Shortly thereafter he told the Salt Lake Tribune he donated some cash to his campaign after all -- but only to "prime the pump."

Now his campaign is reporting he raised $4.1 million in the last fundraising quarter, including the unspecified sum Huntsman put in himself. Huntsman won't be making a formal FEC filing like the rest of the 2012 contenders will, because he entered the campaign so late.

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For all the talk about August 2 being the hard-and-fast deadline for Congress to raise the debt limit, that's never really been the case. The Treasury department considers August 2 the day they're likely to run out of headroom and either take drastic action to avoid a credit default, or begin missing interest payments and unleashing hell. It's like the outer bound. But practically, White House officials now say, that means Congress needs to have a debt limit deal in hand about two weeks before then -- a legislative lifetime -- if they're going to have enough time to crank out a bill and raise the debt limit in time to prevent calamity.

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Minnesota's government is shutting down amid a fight over -- what else -- raising taxes, but former governor Tim Pawlenty couldn't be happier. In fact, he wishes his own shutdown standoff in 2005 had lasted even longer.

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