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In the latest flareup of extremist anti-government activity, the FBI is investigating a fringe group that says it wants to "restore America" by peacefully dismantling the government.

The group, Guardians of the Free Republics, recently sent letters to at least 30 state governors informing them that if they didn't step down within three days, they would be removed, according to an internal federal intelligence memo obtained by TPMmuckraker.

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You'd think that after watching the four month health care fight turn into a year-long game of legislative Calvinball, Democrats wouldn't take anything for granted. But when it comes to financial regulatory reform, they're downright assured: they're going to get a bill, and it's not going to require any concessions to the GOP.

This confidence manifests itself in many ways.

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Via Suzy Khimm at Mother Jones: A longshot Republican gubernatorial candidate in Idaho says in a new interview that he has no problem with militias showing "a little force behind the scenes."

ABC's Nightline caught up with Rex Rammell at a training session of the North Idaho Lightfoot Militia. Rammell, who last made national headlines in August when he joked about buying tags to hunt President Obama, is seen in the ABC segment firing a large scoped semi-automatic rifle.

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The new Daily Kos/Research 2000 poll of Arizona gives Sen. John McCain a big lead over his challenger in the Republican primary, former Rep. J.D. Hayworth.

The numbers: McCain 52%, Hayworth 37%, with a ±4% margin of error. There is no previous Research 2000 poll of this race for direct comparison. A Rasmussen poll from two weeks ago -- before Sarah Palin visited Arizona for a high-profile campaign appearance with McCain last week -- gave McCain a somewhat narrower lead.

The current TPM Poll Average gives McCain a lead of 48.3%-40.3%.

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President Obama spoke at a reception for the DNC yesterday afternoon in Boston, MA. Here are his complete remarks:

Hello, Boston! (Applause.) Hello, Boston! (Applause.) It's good to be back. Good to be back in Beantown. (Applause.)

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President Obama addressed Democrats at a DNC fundraising dinner in Boston last night. Here are his complete remarks:

Hello, everybody! Have a seat, have a seat. (Applause.) Thank you. Thank you. (Applause.) Please, everybody be seated.

Let me just begin by acknowledging some great friends. First of all, somebody who I consider one of the finest governors in the country, and somebody who I know you guys are going to reelect -- Governor Deval Patrick is in the house. (Applause.)

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Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) said on Fox News today that Democrats aren't loudly promoting health care reform back home because they're "afraid of the truth."

"The people that supported the bill are afraid of the truth. You don't see Harry Reid holding town hall meetings to talk about this in Nevada," he said. "The American people know it's not a good thing."

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Lt. Gov. Bill Halter is proving himself to be a force to be reckoned with in the Arkansas Democratic Senate primary. Just a month after announcing his insurgent candidacy against Sen. Blanche Lincoln, Halter is beating her badly in the fundraising race and is polling better than her against Republican opponents.

Yesterday, Halter's campaign announced it raised more than $2 million since the campaign kicked off on March 1. That's double the "more than $1 million" Lincoln's campaign told the AP she raised in the past three months.

Suddenly, Lincoln's $4 million war chest -- thought my many before Halter got in to be insurmountable -- doesn't seem so intimidating. Halter's still got a long way to go to beat her, but right now the momentum is entirely on his side.

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