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In the wake of TPMmuckraker's report yesterday on the RNC's deceptive fundraising mailers, Congressional Democrats are calling for an investigation. The mailers, marked "Census Document," were sent just weeks after Congress passed a law aimed at banning such misleading missives.

Reps. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) and William Clay (D-MO), both senior members of the House Oversight committee, yesterday evening sent a letter to the Postmaster General, urging him to "act swiftly" to put a stop to the mailers. You can read the letter here.

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Obama Hitting The Campaign Trail President Obama will be spending the next two days on the mid-term campaign trail, for an election year in which the Democrats are expected to lose a significant number of seats. Obama will be making stops in Illinois, Iowa and Missouri, all states that have important races this year.

Obama's Day Ahead President Obama will greet members of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform at 9:30 a.m. ET, and deliver remarks at 9:45 a.m. ET on the importance of forging bipartisan consensus around recommendations to improve the country's fiscal health. Obama will depart the White House at 10:05 a.m. Et, and depart from Andrews Air Force Base at 10:20 a.m. ET. He will arrive at 12:30 p.m. ET in Quincy, Illinois. At 1:30 p.m. ET, he will tour the Siemens Wind Turbine Blade Manufacturing Plant in Fort Madison, Iowa. At 2:10 p.m. ET, he will deliver remarks on how to grow the economy. At 3 p.m. ET, he will tour a local business in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. At 5:35 p.m. ET, he will hold a town hall meeting at Indian Hills Community College, Ottumwa, Iowa.

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In a sign that the 2010 money race is heating up, the Republican National Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee earlier this month set up a joint fundraising committee which will allow each group to benefit from the other's donor base as well as inject money into key House races, NRCC spokesman Paul Lindsay confirmed to TPMmuckraker.

NRCC Deputy Finance Director Jenny Sheffield Drucker describes the advantages of the committee, called Congressional Trust 2010, in an April 23 email to prospective donors obtained by TPMmuckraker: "It allows the RNC and the NRCC to fund such activities as direct contributions and coordinated expenditures for Republican House candidates in targeted races across the country."

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Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT), author of the Democrats' financial reform bill, told reporters tonight he remains hopeful the Senate will soon have the votes to begin debating financial reform.

"There will be a second vote, clearly," Dodd said. "[M]y hope is by this time they will have satisfied the leader they stuck with him on this point here but they want to get to a debate."

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After failing to push through their motion to proceed on financial reform, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called an open quorum on the Senate floor tonight, forcing Republicans to return, briefly, to the Capitol--a move designed to draw attention to their filibuster.

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Senate Republicans followed through on their threat today to block debate on a financial regulatory reform bill authored by Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT). The final tally on the vote to break the filibuster was 57 to 41, with Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) joining the Republicans, but failed to meet the 60 vote threshold required to end debate and bring the bill to the Senate floor. (Majority Leader Harry Reid also voted no -- a procedural move he had to make in order to hold a swift revote.)

The move ratchets up a political food fight between Democrats and Republicans, with Dems on the offense, charging that the GOP's decision to block progress on the legislation puts them on the side of Wall Street.

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James Dobson, the founder and former head of Focus on the Family, has endorsed Trey Grayson in the Republican Senate primary in Kentucky, involving himself in a key primary that is pitting the GOP establishment against Grayson's Tea Party-courting opponent, Rand Paul.

"Trey Grayson is the only candidate with the conviction to lead on the issues that matter to Kentucky families," Dobson said in a statement. "His unwavering commitment to the sanctity of human life and the family resonates with me. I know that he will be a leader on these issues, not just another Senator who checks the box."

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It sure sounds like Goldman Sachs bond trader Fabrice Tourre knew exactly what he was doing.

In a series of 2007 emails released over the weekend by Goldman Sachs, Tourre, who was charged earlier this month in the SEC's civil fraud case against Goldman, comes across as a sly dealer of financial products that he seemed to know were ticking time bombs -- bragging about selling them to a "widow and orphans" -- but also as someone ethically conflicted about doing so.

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The immigration debate is suddenly front and center, and there are signals that the Senate might take up immigration reform in the relatively near future (even at the expense of an anticipated bipartisan deal on energy).

But that doesn't mean you should count House Dems in on this one.

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