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Top Democratic leaders and Democrats in conservative districts are among the names the tea party movement hopes to defeat this year. At the last stop of its nationwide tour in Washington this morning, organizers of the Tea Party Express revealed their list of 2010 "Tea Party Targets," a list that includes Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Rep. Barney Frank and Rep. Alan Grayson.

Others on the list include Democratic politicians representing relatively conservative states, including Reps. Betsy Markey (D-CO), Dina Titus (D-NV) and Gerry Connolly (D-VA).

The group also announced a list of Tea Party Heroes, which included tea party favorites like Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) as well as a single Democrat -- Rep. Walt Minnick (D-ID).

After the jump, the full list of tea party targets.

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LAT: Obama Picking Up Fundraising Steam The Los Angeles Times reports that President Obama has stepped up his fundraising schedule: "Obama has surpassed his predecessor, George W. Bush, in money-raising appearances at this point in his tenure. And with the midterm elections approaching, he is headlining dinners for the party and embattled Democratic candidates around the country."

Obama's Day Ahead President Obama will receive his daily briefing at 9:30 a.m. ET. He will meet at 10:15 a.m. ET with Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and Mine Safety and Health Administrator Joe Main. He will deliver remarks on mine safety at 10:50 a.m. ET. He will depart the White House at 11:20 a.m. ET, depart from Andrews Air Force Base at 11:35 a.m. ET, and arrive in Cape Canaveral at 1:30 p.m. ET. he will tour a commercial rocket processing facility at 1:55 p.m. ET. He will deliver remarks on a new course for NASA at 2:50 p.m. ET. He will depart from Cape Canaveral at 3:45 p.m. ET, arriving in Miami at 4:40 p.m. ET. He will attend a DNC fundraiser at 5 p.m. ET, and deliver remarks at another DNC fundraiser at 7:10 p.m. ET. He will depart from Miami at 7:50 p.m. ET, arriving at Andrews Air Force Base at 9:55 p.m. ET, and back at the White House at 10:10 p.m. ET.

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Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), who is working with Democrats on financial regulatory reform, said on Good Morning America today that he would be "stunned" if senators don't hammer out a bipartisan deal.

"I will be stunned if we do not reach a bipartisan agreement," Corker said. "Unfortunately, the winds are blowing, health care has created momentum, there's a lot of things happening here that don't aid that effort. But at the end of the day, I think we're going to have a solid bipartisan bill and I'm gonna work toward that end."

Corker said Republicans want to see financial reform, and will work constructively on the bill. He also said he expects the senators will be able to come to an agreement and have a bill on the floor within a week.

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The new Quinnipiac poll in Florida provides further confirmation that Charlie Crist is on track to lose his Republican primary for Senate against the insurgent conservative Marco Rubio -- but also suggests that Crist could potentially win the general election if he were to bolt the GOP and run as an independent.

In the Republican primary, Rubio leads by a margin of 56%-33%, compared to a 47%-44% Rubio lead in Quinnipiac's last poll of this race in January. The TPM Poll Average gives Rubio a lead of 59.1%-27.9% in this primary.

But if Crist were to quit the Republican Party and run as an independent, this poll has him in a narrow lead among registered voters: Crist 32%, Rubio 30%, Meek 24%, with a ±2.8% margin of error.

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Andy Stern will be remembered as a successful and controversial union leader at a time when labor had little power. Though he and other leaders still lack the clout to win labor's biggest battles--and though he gave rise to schisms within the labor community that have angered many, the outgoing SEIU President raised the profile of a declining movement, and successfully pushed for worker friendly reforms in Washington. With his impending retirement now official, the process of replacing him will soon touch off, and all eyes are on his number two, SEIU Secretary-Treasurer, and Stern acolyte Anna Burger.

SEIU's Constitution holds that Burger will begin serving temporarily in the role of President. That post will end when the Executive Board selects a new, permanent president in an election that must occur within 30 days. Labor insiders believe Burger is likely to prevail, though she will likely have rivals.

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As the names of those not running against Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) continue to pile up, one Republican and former Bear Stearns executive announced today that he will enter the race.

David Malpass was the chief economist at Bear Stearns from 2001 until its collapse 2008. He also served during the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations, in the Treasury and State departments and also as a congressional staffer.

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We haven't yet found any hidden bombshells in the lengthy document filed today by prosecutors in the Rod Blagojevich case.

But here's one excerpt that offers a pretty vivid picture of the kind of casual corruption and self-dealing that, the Feds allege, seemingly permeated almost every action that the then-governor of Illinois took -- to a level that appears to have put off even his closest advisers.

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