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Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) thinks today should be BP's last chance to plug the leak that's still gushing oil into the Gulf of Mexico. If BP fails today, Nelson says, it's time for President Obama to step up and take over.

"If this thing is not fixed today, I think the President doesn't have any choice, and he better go in, completely take over," Nelson said on CNN this morning. "Perhaps with the military in charge, not because the military can do this, but the military has the apparatus, the organization by which it can bring together the civilian agencies of government, and to get this thing done."

And I think the President is gonna have to have Secretary Salazar clean house in the Minerals Management Service, which has had such a cozy, incestuous relationship with the oil industry, and basically let the oil industry rule the roost.

Vaughn Ward, dubbed the "worst candidate ever" by TPMDC, has lost the Republican contest to take on Rep. Walt Minnick (D-ID) in the state's first Congressional district.

Ward was the Republican establishment's pick for the seat. The National Republican Congressional Committee had named Ward a "Young Gun," and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin stumped for Ward at a rally last week.

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Senate candidate Sue Lowden (R-NV), who has become nationally known (and joked about) for her suggestion that people use the barter system to lower health care costs -- discussing how her grandparents' generation would bring a chicken to the doctor as payment -- is now being dubbed with the nickname "Suicidal Sue." And the person doing it, Reno Mayor Bob Cashell, is one of her supporters.

The Reno Gazette-Journal asked Cashell last week whether he was worried about Lowden's missteps, ranging from "Chickens For Checkups" to finance questions surrounding her campaign bus. Cashell shook his head, the paper reports. "She's suicidal," he said. "Suicidal Sue."

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It's getting pretty testy in Arizona.

Yesterday, a web video from Sen. John McCain's campaign suggested that primary opponent and former Rep. J.D. Hayworth had been "among the dumbest members of Congress."

Hayworth struck back last night, with a press release titled "SHAMEFUL McCAIL WEB BLASTED BY HAYWORTH CAMPAIGN." In it, the Hayworth campaign criticized McCain's "faulty memory," and said the Senator was using members of the Greatest Generation as a "political tool."

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Supporters of gun rights have hit on a new gambit that ties in perfectly with the far-right's fears during the Obama era.

Under the rationale that the federal government only has the power to regulate issues that affect inter-state commerce, they've been pushing legislation in states from Florida to Alaska that would exempt guns and ammunition made within the state from federal gun laws. The idea is "the latest crack cocaine for gun-rights advocates," says Peter Hamm of the Brady Campaign.

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Obama: We'll Give GOP A Ride, 'But We're Not Gonna Let You Drive' Speaking at a fundraiser last night for Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), President Obama continued his metaphor likening the Republicans to people who drove a car into a ditch. "If you wanna get in we'll give you a ride," said Obama, according to the pool report. "But we're not gonna let you drive."

Obama's Day Ahead President Obama will tour Solyndra, Inc., a solar panel manufacturing facility in Fremont, California, at 12:35 a.m. ET. He will deliver remarks on the economy at 1:20 p.m. ET. He will depart from San Francisco at 2:15 p.m. ET, arriving at Andrews Air Force Base at 6:55 p.m. ET, and at the White House at 7:10 p.m. ET.

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South Carolina blogger and political consultant Will Folks has released a series of what he claims are text messages between himself, an AP reporter, another GOP political operative, and the campaign manager for gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley -- with whom Folks claims he had an inappropriate physical relationship.

The texts, posted on Folks site, FITSNews, are dated about 10 days ago and consist of discussions about various reporters working on a story that involves Haley and Folks, and how to kill the story. In one May 15 text, Haley campaign manager Tim Pearson tells Folks "I'm telling you man, we keep this under wraps and nh is going to win."

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