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Sharron Angle has resorted to an unusual maneuver to counter Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's attacks on her past quotes and positions, the Reid campaign has announced: A cease-and-desist letter, demanding that Reid no longer republish Angle's previous campaign website.

The short version of the story is as follows: After the former state Rep won Nevada's Republican Senate primary, Angle's campaign took down most of its website, and later replaced it with a relaunched version that in some ways toned down her right-wing rhetoric. But Internet pages are rarely ever forgotten -- the Reid campaign saved the old version, and put up a website called "The Real Sharron Angle," reproducing the old content.

Then, they say, the Angle campaign sent them a cease-and-desist letter, claiming misuse of copyrighted materials in the reposting of the old website -- which was, of course, being posted for the purposes of ridiculing Angle. The Reid campaign has in fact taken down the site, rerouting visitors to another website that goes after Angle's positions, "Sharron's Underground Bunker."

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Vice President Joe Biden said today the Iraqi government has "stepped up" with the training of a police force and that those Iraqi forces are "absolutely" ready to take over to allow for the major drawdown of U.S. combat troops this summer.

"Nobody that I'm aware of is worried about, not withstanding how long it takes to form a government, the security apparatus breaking down," Biden told NBC's Andrea Mitchell in an interview from Iraq. She is traveling with him on a surprise trip to meet with generals on the ground, a short visit that included a major explosion near the base where the group is staying. "That's not a big deal, it happens," Biden told Mitchell.

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1||1975: President Gerald Ford celebrates the Fourth of July by swimming in front of the press.

Here's a look back at more politicians celebrating Independence Day, America style. ||Ford Library Museum&&

2||1996: President Bill Clinton talks with government biologist Craig Koppe about Freedom -- the aptly-named American bald eagle who'd just been treated for a shoulder injury at the Baltimore Zoo. Clinton helped Koppe release Freedom back into the wild. ||Newscom/UPI&&

3||2007: Former President George H. W. Bush and Tiger Woods drive up to the first tee at the inaugural AT&T National PGA event at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, MD. ||Newscom/UPI&&

4||2001: President George W. Bush passes out birthday cake at a block party in Philadelphia, as he stands arm in arm with Mayor John Street.||Whitehouse.gov&&

5||1986: President Ronald Reagan and the First Lady at the Statue of Liberty Centennial Celebration.||NYC.gov&&

6||1971: House Speaker Carl Albert, President Richard Nixon and Chief Justice Warren E. Burger before the delivery of speeches opening the Bicentennial commemorations in the National Archives.||CC: The U.S. National Archives&&

7||2009: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama watch the fireworks over the National Mall from the White House.||Official White House photo by Pete Souza&&

8||1998: Eunice Shriver and Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) attend the annual Kennedy Clam Bake in Hyannisport, MA. ||Newscom/Sipa&&

9||2007: President George W. Bush arrives for a speech at an air national guard base in Martinsburg, West Virginia.||Newscom/UPI&&

10||2003: Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-CT) greets parade attendees in Amherst, New Hampshire, during the presidential campaign.||Newscom/PDI&&

11||2010: The Obamas wave to military families from the South Lawn balcony of the White House, as the President's Marine Band stands below.||Newscom/Sipa&&

There's at least one thing that can be said about Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele: He is reliably entertaining.

Steele has had a history of gaffes during his time as RNC Chairman, often as a result of his attempts to make the GOP appealing to disaffected folks both to his right and his left. More than once, the gaffes have come from Steele's bad habit of listening to somebody criticize the GOP, then reaching out to them by agreeing with the initial criticism before trying to discuss how we can all come together to fix the problem. Other times, he just seems to speak without thinking about what his words actually mean -- and whether they match up with Republican principles.

So let's take a look at some of Steele's greatest hits.

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Despite a slew of negative press over the past two weeks, former Rep. John Kasich (R) is building a lead on incumbent Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland (D), according to a new poll from Rasmussen out today which shows Kasich leading Strickland 47-40.

Rasmussen surveyed 500 likely voters on June 29. The new poll has a margin of error of 4.5%. A similar poll taken by Rasmussen on June 3 showed Kasich ahead 47-42. But other recent polling of the race has shown the race to be closer than that, and some show Strickland in the lead.

The TPM Poll Average shows the race to be a dead heat (Strickland's ahead in the average by a margin of 43.3-42.9.)

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Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has a new TV ad against his challenger in the Republican primary, former Rep. J.D. Hayworth, continuing to hammer away at Hayworth over his involvement in a 2007 infomercial promoting questionable seminars for "free money" in government grants.

The ad uses video of Hayworth's very unfortunate original reaction to the story: "One of the staples I learned growing up is caveat emptor -- buyer beware." Hayworth subsequently released a more detailed apology for the infomercial.

The announcer says: "J.D. Hayworth. Pork barrel spender. Lobbyist. Huckster. Voter beware."

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Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, who has come under fire for his comments late last week seemingly opposing the war in Afghanistan, is actually attracting praise from one Republican: Rep. Ron Paul, the renegade GOPer from Texas who has long opposed interventionist foreign policy.

"I would like to congratulate Michael Steele for his leadership on one of the most important issues of today. He is absolutely right: Afghanistan is now Obama's war," Paul said in a statement over the weekend. "During the 2008 campaign, Obama was out in front in insisting that more troops be sent to Afghanistan. Obama called for expanding the war even as he pretended to be a peace candidate."

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Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) called for the resignation of Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele over the weekend, in the wake of Steele's comments criticizing the Afghanistan war.

"Frankly, I find Steele's remarks totally unacceptable," said Cole, a former chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, in a statement on Saturday. "He should apologize and resign. He undercut American forces fighting in the field, politicized further a war that two presidents of different parties have deemed in the national interest and embarrassed the party he purports to lead. It is time for him to go -- quickly."

This came after comments by Steele late last week, in which he said: "Keep in mind again, federal candidates, this was a war of Obama's choosing. This is not something the United States had actively prosecuted or wanted to engage in." He quickly backed away from his denunciation of the war itself, while sticking to criticism of Obama.

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