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Last night, Jon Stewart found it disheartening that John Boehner and Robert Gibbs were trading barbs over the Bush tax cuts on Twitter: "Once again, our national discourse over one of the most complicated issues devolves into twitter snaps."

As Stewart recounted the back-and-forth:

Gibbs: @JohnBoehner You are so orange you fart Cheetoh dust.

Boehner: @PressSec The E-Trade Baby called -- he wants his head back.

Gibbs: @JohnBoehner's so orange his d*ck looks like a circus peanut.

Boehner: @PressSec I get it. I'm orange.

But then Gibbs really got mean: "@MitchMcConnell look so much like a turtle if you draw him you get into art school."

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Remember all that talk last night about how the National Republican Senatorial Committee was cutting bait in the Delaware Senate race, and wouldn't waste its resources backing nominee (and conservative activist) Christine O'Donnell? Well now the NRSC has taken quite a contrary action -- with chairman Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) announcing that the committee is sending her $42,000.

"Let there be no mistake: The National Republican Senatorial Committee - and I personally as the committee's chairman - strongly stand by all of our Republican nominees, including Christine O'Donnell in Delaware," Cornyn said in a statement released just now.

"I reached out to Christine this morning, and as I have conveyed to all of our nominees, I offered her my personal congratulations and let her know that she has our support. This support includes a check for $42,000 - the maximum allowable donation that we have provided to all of our nominees - which the NRSC will send to her campaign today."

A GOP source had previously told us that O'Donnell would have to prove that she is a viable candidate -- and her Tea Party backers would have to fund her -- before the NRSC got involved. This of course immediately sparked a backlash from those same Tea Party activists. But now the NRSC is getting on board with O'Donnell, despite the clearly long odds.

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Long before Tea Party backed candidate Christine O'Donnell won the Republican primary in Delaware and became the GOP Senate nominee, the conservative firebrand was arguing that the government was spending too much money fighting AIDS and said condoms wouldn't stop the disease from spreading.

You already know about O'Donnell's extreme views on sex and porn, and you've seen the video of her campaign against masturbation.

[TPM SLIDESHOW: Christine O'Donnell: Anti-Masturbation Crusader. Witchcraft Dabbler. Republican Senate Nominee.]

Now TPM has unearthed a 1997 C-SPAN video that shows O'Donnell voicing concerns that a drag queen ball "celebrates the type of lifestyle which leads to the disease," objecting to terming those with AIDS "victims" and calling AIDS a consequence of a certain "lifestyle which brings about this disease."

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Newly-released poll numbers from Public Policy Polling (D), conducted over the weekend before yesterday's Delaware primary, provides yet further evidence that Christine O'Donnell's nomination for Senate has probably blown the opportunity for Republicans to pick up this seat.

The poll shows the Democratic nominee, New Castle County Executive Chris Coons, leading O'Donnell by a whopping 50%-34%. Had the GOP nomination gone to the establishment favorite, Congressman Mike Castle, he would have led Coons by 45%-35%. The survey of likely voters has a ±3.2% margin of error. In the previous PPP survey from a month ago, Coons led O'Donnell by 44%-37%, and Castle led Coons by 48%-35%.

"A small group of Delaware Republicans most likely cost their party this seat and any chance at gaining control of the Senate last night," writes PPP president Dean Debnam. "What has looked like an easy Republican win the entire cycle now looks like an easy one for the Democrats."

About 60 people gathered at the National Press Club Tuesday afternoon for a panel on the future of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights as part of the agency's annual conference.

The question over whether the commission should continue to exist was brought up for discussion by the conservative members of the agency who planned the conference.

But two conservatives commissioners -- one who moderated the panel and another who serves as chair of the commission -- indicated they believe the agency still serves an important purpose. Commissioner Gail Heriot, an independent who has served as a GOP delegate, moderated the panel and sung the praises of the agency.

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With the battle won by the ultra-right in Delaware, the national conservative pundits who backed Christine O'Donnell in last night's GOP Senate primary have turned on a man who is presumably one of their own: Karl "The Architect" Rove. After Rove bemoaned O'Donnell's nomination as the end of the GOP's chances to take back the Senate in a heated interview with Sean Hannity last night, pundits and tea partiers have slammed him as a traitor and even called for Fox News to suspend him as an on-air analyst.

In one five-minute interview, it seems, Rove went from keeper of the conservative cause to the next Jane Hamsher in the eyes of those who are ostensibly his allies. It's a stunning turn against the man who has recast himself as a right-wing media darling since Bush left office, and suggests that the next war on the establishment from angry conservatives could be aimed in part at the man who for close to a decade was the progressive movement's enemy number one.

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While they're figuring out how to proceed themselves, Democrats are giddy about a damning new report: The tax cut plan proposed by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (and backed by the vast majority of the GOP) to make all of the Bush tax cuts permanent will add about $4 trillion to the deficit over 10 years.

That's more than four times the cost of the deficit-financed stimulus bill, which Republicans cite as evidence of Democrats' fiscal recklessness.

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Carl Paladino won the Republican primary for governor last night, beating his opponent 62% to 38%. He'll face the Democratic attorney general, Andrew Cuomo, in November.

But who is Paladino? He's an ultra-conservative who's appeared in the pages of TPMmuckraker before for a series of, to be gentle, gaffes. As they say, all publicity is good publicity. Here's a refresher.

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Carl Paladino won the Republican gubernatorial primary last night in New York, and his victory speech was filled with the same populist anger that helped him beat one-time frontrunner Rick Lazio. "If we've learned anything tonight," Paladino said, "it's that New Yorkers are as mad as hell and we're not going to take it anymore!"

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Christine O'Donnell isn't sweating the national Republicans who won't be helping her Delaware Senate bid this fall, because, after all, Ronald Reagan was once a pariah too.

"They also said that Ronald Reagan wasn't electable," O'Donnell said this morning on ABC's "Good Morning America. She called the GOP's whisper campaign against her "Republican cannibalism."

The perennial candidate who has never held political office said she doesn't need the NRSC's help, and believes she can win by raising just $1 million. The Tea Party Express made an appeal to supporters today for cash to help O'Donnell after the GOP's abandonment.

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