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Republicans are trying to limit any damage John Boehner may have done by agreeing, reluctantly, if given no other choice, to support allowing tax cuts on the rich to expire. But at least one very prominent House member held the exact same view just two months ago -- and he's the GOP's top policy guy.

In a July 23 Associated Press story, Rep. David Camp (R-MI) acknowledged that he'd have a hard time voting to block a tax cut package that didn't extend cuts for the wealthy.

"I'll probably vote for it myself," said Camp, who serves as ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee.

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The Saudi diplomat who began seeking asylum in the United States because he is gay is now receiving death threats, his lawyer told TPMMuckraker Tuesday.

Ali Ahmad Asseri, the first secretary of the Saudi consulate in Los Angeles, spoke with NBC News' Michael Isikoff last weekend about his request for asylum in the U.S. after Saudi officials refused to renew his diplomatic passport after they discovered he was gay and was close friends with a Jewish woman from Israel.

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Democratic and Republican leaders paint the growing debate over the Bush tax cuts as a choice between extending the cuts on the middle class alone, or extending them to everybody -- including the wealthiest Americans -- permanently. But some members, including Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), now say they'd support a compromise measure that only temporarily extends tax cuts for the rich.

"I think three years would do us well," Graham said on Fox News earlier today.

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Tea Party Express national coordinator Joe Wierzbicki has expanded on his group's call for the "termination" of Delaware Republican party Chairman Tom Ross, in light of the fact that Ross temporarily left his home in response to a death threat.

The call for Ross' "immediate resignation or termination" was made over the state party chair's support of GOP establishment pick Rep. Mike Castle over tea party favorite Christine O'Donnell in the Senate Republican primary.

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The Republican nominee for Senate in Pennsylvania, Pat Toomey, is leading the race against Democratic nominee Joe Sestak 47-41, according to a new poll for Fox News conducted by a subsidiary of the Rasmussen polling company. The survey of 1000 likely voters was conducted Saturday and has a margin of error of 3.0%.

Recent past polling of the race has also shown Toomey ahead. The TPM Poll Average shows the Republican leading the race 46.9-40.1.

According to Fox, polling on the ground shows a tough environment for Democrats.

"Half of respondents said they wanted their vote to represent opposition to the policies of the Obama administration, and 56 percent favored repealing the president's national health care program," the pollsters report. "Only 40 percent approved of the job Obama is doing as president. The president carried Pennsylvania in a 10-point landslide in 2008."

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People hurt by the Gulf oil spill can't sue BP until after they take their claim to the oil company's $20 billion escrow fund, BP argued in a court memo filed yesterday.

BP's lawyers say the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 requires victims to bring their claims directly to the responsible party first. In this case, BP says, that's the escrow fund funded by BP and administered by Kenneth Feinberg.

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The new Fox News poll of the Nevada Senate race gives Republican Sharron Angle a one-point edge over Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

The numbers: Angle 45%, Reid 44%. The survey of likely voters has a ±3% margin of error. There is no prior Fox poll for direct comparison. (However, this poll was conducted through a Rasmussen offshoot, Pulse Opinion Research, which performs made-to-order robopolls. The previous Rasmussen poll from two weeks ago gave Reid a 50%-47% lead, after undecided voters were pushed.) The TPM Poll Average currently puts Reid ahead by 47.2%-44.3%.

From Fox's analysis: "Reid is unpopular, but he does have ardent supporters. While only 63 percent of those backing Angle said they "strongly" supported the former state senator (sic - Angle was a state representative), Reid got strong support from 77 percent of his backers. If enough of Angle's lukewarm supporters ditch her in favor of a protest vote, Reid can win the election and not move much beyond the 44 percent he garnered in the poll."

Democrats are calling it a game-changer that might just save their butts in November. Republicans are shouting loudly from the rooftops they want the Bush-era tax cuts to be made permanent and that they think that means they will win this fall.

Whichever happens on Nov. 2, it all started with Minority Leader John Boehner's surprise embrace for President Obama's tax-cut plan. Boehner said if it was the only option presented to his party, he'd support Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her Democrats in voting for an extension of the tax cuts for the middle class only.

Republicans are being very coy about blasting Boehner (R-OH) openly just as the Democrats are reminding the nation that he wants to be speaker of the House should the GOP win back control. But reading between the lines of their actions, it's pretty clear that few of his colleagues agree with Boehner. Could it spell trouble for the GOP?

Let's roll tape.

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