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More than a month after the flap over an ad from Liz Cheney's group attacked lawyers who represented Guantanamo detainees as terrorist sympathizers, Attorney General Eric Holder denounced the ad today as "reprehensible" and offered an impassioned defense of what the lawyers did.

In an exchange with Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) flagged by Huffington Post, Holder reference the ad from Cheney's group Keep America Safe, but did not cite it by name.

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The American Bankers Association doesn't like Senate Democrats' financial regulatory reform legislation, and it's providing talking points to its members to help them take that opposition directly to Congress.

"We need you to TAKE ACTION and send your letter of opposition today," reads the ABA's latest Action Alert.

Let your Senators know that the legislation in its current form is a bad deal for community banks who were not responsible for the financial meltdown. This bill will impose new costs and regulatory burdens on traditional banks that will make it more difficult for them to serve their communities and make more loans. We have provided talking points to help you write your letter. Remember, the more original your letter is, the more impact it will have.

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Sen. Jim Bunning (R-KY) announced today that he will support tea party favorite Rand Paul in the Republican primary for the retiring Bunning's Senate seat.

Bunning described Paul as the kind of traditional conservative Kentucky needs:

Kentucky needs a conservative who will say no to bailouts, stop the government takeover of our economy, end wasteful spending, and bring down our national debt. And Kentucky's families need a conservative who believes in traditional values and the rights of the unborn. In 2010, there is only one such conservative running for the United States Senate -- Dr. Rand Paul.

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The right-wing blogosphere erupted this afternoon with news that the New Hampshire Democratic Party was searching for "liberal activists" to infiltrate tomorrow's Tax Day tea party rallies and "carry signs expressing racist or fringe sentiments" to discredit conservative protesters on their big day.

The story was first posted on the small Now Hampshire blog before quickly matriculating up to the highest echelons of the conservative noise machine, including Michelle Malkin's blog. The story caused a lot of conservative angst, coming as it does on the heels of other reports of tea party infiltration nationwide.

There's only one problem, according to Democratic officials in New Hampshire: not a lick of it is true.

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April 13, 2010: First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden make a surprise trip to survey the devastation in Haiti after a January 12 earthquake. See pictures of the earthquake's aftermath here and here.

Here, Obama greets children at a center for displaced children in Port-Au-Prince.

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Haitian President Rene Preval welcomes Obama and Biden at the Presidential Palace in Port-Au-Prince.

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Preval, Obama, and Elisabeth Delatour Preval, the First Lady of Haiti, begin the tour of earthquake damage.

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U.S. Ambassador Kenneth Merten and Michelle Obama survey the wreckage from a helicopter.

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Refugee camps.

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The First Lady tours a tent city.

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The streets of Port-au-Prince.

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Jill Biden, Elisabeth Delatour Preval, and Michelle Obama receive flowers from children at "The Children's Place" in Port-au-Prince. The Children's Place, which was created by Preval, has Haitian artists work with children on art projects as part of a post-quake therapy program.

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Police are searching for a local Tea Party leader in Ohio who is wanted for violating a temporary protection order. Meanwhile, speakers at a Tea Party rally organized by the man, Brian "Sonny" Thomas, have pulled out after he suggested in a tweet that he wanted to shoot Hispanic immigrants -- then blaming it on a Bee Gees song.

Thomas is the founder and president of the Springboro Tea Party in southwest Ohio. He faces a misdemeanor charge after recently going to the home of the mother of his son, in violation of a protection order. The woman had previously told police that their son had returned from Thomas's home with bruises.

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Following a judge's order in response to media requests, prosecutors in the corruption case of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich have released their full case against him.

Read it in full after the jump. See anything good in there? Leave a comment or send us an email.

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In her weekly radio address today, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) said that she "absolutely" empathizes with tea party members and respects their "ability to protest and complain."

When asked what she thought was the cause of the tea party movement, McCaskill said:

First of all, people in Missouri don't trust the government. It's in our DNA. I'm very respectful of that. There's nothing wrong with that.

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