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Controversial preacher Bradlee Dean's morning prayer on the Minnesota House floor Friday has garnered him so much attention he's now asking supporters for money to hire a publicist.

"WOW! Did you ever think going to the Capitol to give a prayer paying homage to the Founders, the Veterans and Christ could be so offensive to our politicians?" Dean wrote to supporters, the Minnesota Independent reports. "We certainly didn't start this fight but we are more than willing to respond! Our small ministry team has been going non-stop the past 72 hours to not only defend the truth but to continue fighting for the foundation that made this nation so great."

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Both parties are calling in the big guns to rally voters as residents in New York's 26th district line up to vote in today's special election.

On the Republican side, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, one of the most popular party members nationally, has a robo-call making the rounds backing Republican Jane Corwin.

"Now, I'm sure you've received many phone calls about this election already, nut please just give me a few seconds of your time as the election draws near," Christie says in the call, according to The Buffalo News. "I'm calling to ask you for your support for Jane Corwin for Congress as you go to the polls Tuesday, May 24th. I ran for governor of New Jersey because like you, I wanted to see REAL change. Jane Corwin is a fighter who knows how to get things done. We're in critical times for our country, and Washington needs stand-up leaders who will fight to control spending and change business as usual."

Rallying Democrats, former President and current New York State resident Bill Clinton has recorded a call as well. Clinton's script focuses tightly on the Medicare angle that Democrats have been pushing in the district, an approach they credit with their current lead in the polls.

"You can count on Kathy to say no to partisan politics that would end Medicare as we know it to pay for more tax cuts for multi-millionaires," he says. "That's just one reason I hope you'll join me in supporting Kathy Hochul for Congress in the Special Election tomorrow, May 24th."

Could Republicans be in for a hard time next year now that the auto industry is struggling back to its feet? Democrats say yes. On a Tuesday morning conference call with reporters, former Democratic Govs. Jennifer Granholm (MI) and Ted Strickland (OH) said voters in their states are enjoying thousands of new jobs thanks to the auto industry bailout Republicans (these days, anyway) love to hate.

And with Chrysler completing its repayment of $7.6 billion in federal loans six years early, Democrats say the Republicans running for president -- all of whom slammed the bailout program, they say -- have found themselves on the wrong side on what has turned out to be a successful jobs program.

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Is it possible that Democrats will squander the political advantage on Medicare that they just regained over Republicans? It could happen.

At his weekly Capitol briefing with reporters Tuesday, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) confirmed what aides in both parties have been telling reporters: Cuts to Medicare will be on the table in deficit and debt limit negotiations, led by Vice President Joe Biden.

After arguing that Democrats made significant headway toward extending Medicare's solvency with the health care law, Hoyer said, "Do I believe that there are other things we can do related to Medicare? The answer is I do. I'm not going to get into articulating each one, but my expectation is they will be under discussion by the Biden group."

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Newt Gingrich's naysayers should be careful about making fun of his policy flip-flops and luxurious personal spending -- they just might get challenged to a duel.

As The Hill reports, Gingrich has announced that former Sen. Zell Miller, the former segregationist Southern Democrat turned progressive turned right-wing conservative, will co-chair his presidential campaign. Also co-chairing is former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, and current Gov. Nathan Deal (who has previously flirted with birtherism, but has since moved on) will head up the campaign in Georgia.

Miller has the interesting distinction of having keynoted the 1992 Democratic convention, delivering a rip-roaring speech against President George H.W. Bush. Then 12 years later, he keynoted the 2004 Republican convention, delivering a rip-roaring speech for President George W. Bush, and slamming Democratic nominee John Kerry (a man he had previously praised as an American hero) and the whole Democratic Party.

Memorably, when questioned about these inconsistencies by Chris Matthews, Miller gave such replies as "Get out of my face," and, "I wish we lived in the day where you could challenge a person to a duel."

Since then, he has consistently endorsed Republican candidates, and railed against liberals.

There's been much speculation in recent weeks that Texas Governor Rick Perry (R), sensing an opening in the Republican primary field, could be a major player should he throw his hat in the ring. Perry says he's not running, and according to a new University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll of registered voters, that might be the right call. Perry would have a tough time drawing support even from GOP voters in his own state.

Perry polled near the back of the field among a slate of possible GOP contenders, coming in at just 4%, tying him with former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty. Sarah Palin came out on top at 12%, while Newt Gingrich trailed at 11%, and Mike Huckabee -- who announced last week that he wouldn't run -- and Ron Paul tied at 10%. Mitt Romney and Michelle Bachmann both garnered 7% of the vote, and Donald Trump earned 6%.

Only Rick Santorum (3%), Jon Huntsman (1%) and Mitch Daniels (1%) came in behind Perry.

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A new survey of the Wisconsin Senate race from Public Policy Polling (D), where Democratic Sen. Herb Kohl is retiring, gives the potential Democratic candidates consistent leads over any Republican who isn't named Tommy Thompson -- and even Thompson, the former four-term governor and Bush-era Health and Human Services Secretary, would face a close race.

Several different potential Democratic candidates were tested out against several Republicans, in a swing state that has become the center of a polarizing political debate over labor unions in the wake of Republican Gov. Scott Walker's anti-public employee union legislation.

"Russ Feingold's going to start out as a solid favorite if he wants to go back to the Senate," writes PPP president Dean Debnam. "His loss last year had less to do with him than the national political climate and because of Scott Walker's unpopularity things have shifted back toward the Democrats more quickly in Wisconsin than most other places."

The poll of registered voters was conducted from May 19-22, and has a ±2.4% margin of error.

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1||Legendary musician and songwriter Bob Dylan turns 70 years-old today. In honor of his birthday, TPM takes a look back at Dylan through the ages. ||91040/picture-alliance / united archiv/Newscom&&

2||Dylan arrived in New York City in January 1961 just after dropping out of the University of Minnesota. To conceal a childhood in a conventional, even doting Jewish family in Hibbing, Minnesota, Dylan told tales of growing up as a runaway in the American West. ||91040/picture-alliance / united archiv/Newscom&&

3||By the end of 1961 Dylan had become a staple of the Greenwich Village folk music scene. ||Scripps Howard Photo Service/Newscom&&

4|| Cover photo for 1963's The Times They Are a-Changin' ||Album/Album/Newscom&&

5||Bob Dylan smokes a cigarette in an interview in 1964. ||Mirrorpix/Newscom&&

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7||Bob Dylan and Joan Baez at the March on Washington, D.C in 1963. ||National Archives&&

8||Bob Dylan with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in Greenwood, Mississippi, 1963. ||Wikimedia&&

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11||Bob Dylan and Joan Baez on the Thames Embankment 1965. ||Gavin Kent Mirrorpix/Newscom&&

12||Dylan and Baez were friends and on and off again lovers through crucial years in the early-mid-1960s. ||Mirrorpix/Newscom&&

13||Bob Dylan arriving at a London airport for a tour in 1965. ||Mirrorpix/Newscom&&

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15||Bob Dylan on the Thames Embankment in 1965 with mid-60s sidekick Bobby Neuwirth. ||Kent Gavin Mirrorpix/Newscom^&&

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18||Bob Dylan at Royal Albert Hall in 1965. ||MacDonald Alisdair Mirrorpix/Newscom&&

19||Bob Dylan in Washington, DC in 1968. ||Dennis Brack/Dennis Brack/Newscom&&

20|| Dylan's move from unadorned, acoustic folk music to electric, blues-infused rock changed American music and cut a deep rift between his fans. Tours through 1965 and 1966 often witnessed competing applause and boos from fans. ||Toronto Star/ZUMA Press/Newscom&&

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22||Bob Dylan with wife Sara at Heathrow airport in 1969. ||Mirrorpix/Newscom&&

23|| Dylan had artistically uneven years in the early 1970s before releasing Blood on the Tracks in 1975, considered by many to be one of the best albums in his 50 year career. || Ken Regan/EFE/Newscom&&

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26||Bob Dylan at Earls Court in London in 1978 ||Dennis Stone/Mirrorpix/Newscom&&

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28||Bob Dylan, receiving a lifetime achievement award at the Kennedy Center from President Clinton. ||LARRY DOWNING/RTR/Newscom&&

29||Bob Dylan, receiving a Golden Globe award for his song, "Things Have Changed," in 2001. ||HO/RTR/Newscom&&

30|| In the mid-1990s Dylan managed a late career artistic resurgence, releasing a series of his most critically acclaimed and commercially successful albums of his career. Most consider the turning point 1997's Time Out of Mind. ||Agencia el Universal/El Universal de Mexico/Newscom&&

31||Bob Dylan shakes hands with President Obama after his performance at the White House in 2010. ||Pete Souza/UPI/Newscom&&

32||Bob Dylan performing at the White House in 2010. || u99/u99/ZUMA Press/Newscom&&

33||Bob Dylan performing "Maggie's Farm" at the 53rd Grammy Awards in 2011. ||LUCY NICHOLSON/RTR/Newscom&&

34||Bob Dylan performing in China for the first time in 2011. ||YAN BING/FEATURECHINA/Newscom&&

35|| Since the late 1980s Dylan has been on what is often called the 'Never Ending Tour', a calendar of almost constant touring around the globe with what most consider the tightest backing band of his career. ||c32/c32/ZUMA Press/Newscom&&

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Right next door to NY-26, a GOP freshman is on the defensive over her vote for the House GOP budget and its plan to slash and privatize Medicare.

Rep. Ann Marie-Buerkle (NY-25) is sending flyers to her constituents arguing that phasing out traditional Medicare and replacing it with a program of subsidized private insurance is not privatization. "The plan before Congress will not privatize Medicare or turn it into a "voucher" system," she claims. And she takes a swipe at Democrats for voting for deep Medicare cuts as part of the health care reform law, even though she just voted to maintain those same cuts.

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