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In a new Rasmussen poll of this year's Virginia gubernatorial race, the first survey since Tuesday's Democratic primary, Democratic state Sen. Creigh Deeds leads Republican former state Attorney General Bob McDonnell by a margin of 47%-41%, with a ±4.5% margin of error.

In all the polls taken before the primary, McDonnell led Deeds (and the other two Democrats) by varying margins. But now that the Democrats have a definite candidate, Deeds is now benefitting from the traditional post-primary bounce.

From the pollster's analysis: "It is worth noting that, following Deeds' victory, the number of undecided Democrats is significantly lower than the number of undecided Republicans and unaffiliated voters. It is too early to know if this reflects a temporary bounce following Deeds' primary victory or if it signifies a more lasting change."

Senate GOPers Ask Sotomayor For More Information The Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee have sent Sonia Sotomayor a letter complaining that her questionnaire is incomplete, asking her to submit another supplement: "If you believe that your questionnaire is fully responsive, we would appreciate an explanation to that effect." They also ask her for copies of materials she edited for the Yale Law Review, and to explain why an all-female organization that she belongs to does not violate the Code of Judicial Conduct.

Obama's Day Ahead President Obama will hold a town hall meeting at 1:10 p.m. ET today in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The subject of the event will be to discuss the need for health-care reform. He will arrive back at the White House at 5:10 p.m. ET.

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Remember when I posted footage of anti-abortion activist Randall Terry from the National Press Club? Where he said that murdered abortion provider George Tiller had reaped what he sowed--and then invited members of the media out for hot wings and Guinness?

Well, now he's given those who missed out a second chance . Terry will host another press conference tomorrow, also at the National Press Club, to make the case that "Tiller's death and office closing can help propel pro-life movement, derail Sotomayor and overturn Roe."

Before that, though, he'll serve members of the press...hot wings. And Guinness.

The event was scheduled before today's act of murder by a right wing extremist--and before Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) condemned the politicization of this sort of tragedy. But it's still on the Press Club calendar.

Among the chief critics of a recent Department of Homeland Security report on right wing extremism was House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH), who, after the report was released said, "The report that came out of DHS was offensive, and unfortunately, Secretary Napolitano still has a lot of explaining to do."

After it became clear that the suspect in today's deadly shooting at the Holocaust Memorial Museum is the sort of right wing extremist that report warned about, I put in a call to Boehner's office to ask whether the tragedy had made him reconsider his earlier criticisms.

Here's the Republican Leader's response: "Trying to exploit this awful tragedy to score political points - from the right or the left - is simply grotesque. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families."

Rush Limbaugh has some interesting timing -- he made a joke on his show earlier today about Barack Obama supposedly not having a birth certificate:



"You know a lot of people talk about Obama and his Messianic complex," said Limbaugh. "He does have one thing in common with God. Barack Obama has one thing in common with God. Do you know what it is? God does not have a birth certificate, either."

Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) met with Sonia Sotomayor yesterday, and walked away impressed. Just... not impressed enough to fully endorse her nomination. "I was pleased to meet with Judge Sotomayor today and I am impressed with what I have learned so far about her life, career and views," Nelson said. "We had a very good discussion about the role of the different branches of government, her history on the bench and previous cases, and her judicial philosophy."

I believe Judge Sotomayor understands how crucial it is to faithfully uphold the law and Constitution on the bench, and not bring an agenda to the bench seeking to make law. I also believe she is committed to respecting settled law and precedent.

The American people deserve a thorough and even-handed confirmation process in the weeks ahead. I look forward to learning more about Judge Sotomayor in that process. It would be unfair to prejudge the nominee, one way or the other, before she has a fair hearing before the Judiciary Committee, has the opportunity to tell her story to the American people and the Senate has time to consider her entire record.


In earlier statements, Nelson noted the historic nature of the Sotomayor nomination, but made sure to inveigh against activist judges at the same time.

Presidential candidate Mehdi Karroubi and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad prepare for a live debate on state TV.

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President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad.

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Presidential candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi.

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Mousavi supporters wear green at rallies for the candidate.

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Supporters of President Ahmedinejad hand out campaign posters.

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Supporters of President Ahmadinejad gather at a rally at the Grand Mossala mosque in Tehran.

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Campaign rally in Tehran.

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Campaign rally in Tehran.

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Two girls hold the portrait of Former Iranian Prime Minister and presidential candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi in a campaign rally in Tehran.

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A supporter of reformist candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi sprays his name in a heart.

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An Iranian woman walks past electoral campaign posters for presidential candidate Mehdi Karroubi in Tehran on June 11.

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A supporter of Mir Hossein Mousavi holds a sign reading in Farsi "Lying is Forbidden" during a street campaign rally at Azadi Square in Tehran on June 10.

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A woman works the phones at the Tehran campaign headquarters of Mahdi Karroubi, who has adopted an Obama-like slogan for Iran's presidential election.

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In an order issued just a short while ago, the Minnesota election court has now commanded Norm Coleman to pay Al Franken $94,783.15 in itemized costs from the trial.

The Franken legal team had originally asked for $161,000, but the court rejected some of the claims as either not being sufficiently documented or not justified under the loser-pays provision of the election contest law. Bear in mind that even the $161,000 claim would only have made a small dent in the millions that have been spent in this process.

This was previously the subject of much back and forth in legal filings between the two parties, with Team Coleman arguing that no costs should be awarded until after the appeals are done. With this order now hanging over them, it will now be one more thing to litigate or otherwise sort through.

Shepard Smith has spent a good chunk of his time on Fox News today saying how today's shooting at the Holocaust Museum vindicates the Department of Homeland Security's report on the threat of right-wing extremists -- that birthers and other such conspiracy theorists who vilify President Obama have to stop.

At one point, he focused his ire on a particular group of right-wing extremists -- the Fox News viewers who write e-mails to the channel:



"I read a lot of e-mail around here," said Smith. "And the e-mail to me has become more and more frightening. It's not a new thing. it's been happening over the past few months. It's been happening, you know, to some degree, since the election process went along."

He then proceeded to read an example of the e-mails, which he collectively described as being "out there in a scary place."

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