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The Democratic National Committee outraised its Republican counterpart in April, with the Dems raking in $10.3 million compared to the RNC's $6.8 million.

The DNC has $15.1 million on hand, and the RNC has $12.4 million on hand.

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Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum is going up today with his first ad in his state's Republican gubernatorial primary. The ad's star? Former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL).

"Tough times require proven leadership," Bush says, "Bill McCollum is a principled conservative with a record of doing what's right for Florida."

Bush also says McCollum, who he refers to as "my friend," is "leading the charge to stop President Obama's health care takeover."

McCollum faces health care astroturfer Rick Scott in the the August 24 primary.

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After walking back his criticism of the Civil Rights Act yesterday, Rand Paul has been making the rounds defending himself against Democrats who have "trashed" him "up and down" with their "talking points."

On Good Morning America today, Paul also steered the conversation toward something more recent, President Obama's criticism of BP following the oil spill. Paul said: "This sort of, you know 'I'll put my boot heel on the throat of BP,' I think that sounds really un-American in his criticism of business."

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Chuck DeVore, the conservative candidate in California's U.S. Senate election, has apparently embellished an incident in which he says he was "shot at in Lebanon."

As the L.A. Times reports today, part of DeVore's personal mythology is that he was "shot at in Lebanon." He said it in a recent debate, in interviews, in a Facebook post about whether the Council for American-Islamic Relations is really a "terror-loving group."

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Kentucky Republican Senate nominee Rand Paul has been a guest on the show of wacky conspiracy theorist radio host Alex Jones multiple times in the past couple years.

For Jones, who runs the site Infowars.com and broadcasts his eponymous radio show out of Austin, 9/11 trutherism is only the beginning. He regularly devotes his show to investigating the Bilderberg Group, the "rise of FEMA," the Bohemian Grove, how to fight the New World Order, etc.

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The GOP went there. In an email sent to reporters in the height of the Rand Paul firestorm yesterday, the NRSC defended its Senate nominee in Kentucky by pointing out that it wasn't Republicans who were the most vocal opponents of the 1964 Civil Rights Act when it was in Congress.

"As a side note, I would point out the irony - which seems to have been lost in some of the news coverage -- that the same party seeking to manufacture this issue today, is in fact the same political party which led the filibuster against the Civil Rights Act in 1964," NRSC spokesperson Brian Walsh wrote.

The true history of the Civil Rights act, according to Princeton university Sean Wilentz, is not exactly worthy of glib emails from the GOP.

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A soon-to-be-launched ad campaign by the SEIU will attack Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) for her ties to oil and gas companies.

Lincoln is currently in a tight runoff against Lieutenant Governor Bill Halter for the Democratic nomination for Senator. The runoff will be held June 8.

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Hillary Clinton: Response To North Korea Sinking South Korean Ship 'Cannot Be Business As Usual' Speaking in Tokyo, Japan, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told reporters that "the evidence is overwhelming and condemning" that North Korea sunk the South Korean warship, the Cheonan. "We cannot allow this attack on South Korea to go unanswered by the international community," said Clinton. "This will not be and cannot be business as usual. There must be an international, not just a regional, but an international response."

Obama's Day Ahead President Obama and Vice President Biden will receive the presidential daily briefing at 9:30 a.m. ET, and Obama will met at 10 a.m. ET with senior advisers. Obama will deliver remarks at 10:45 a.m. ET, and sign a Presidential Memorandum outlining the next steps in his vision for cleaner, more efficient vehicles. Obama and Biden will have lunch at 12:30 p.m. ET.

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California Gubernatorial candidate Douglas Hughes (R) is running on a platform of expelling all convicted pedophiles from his state.

Don't worry though, Hughes has a plan for where they'll go: Santa Rosa Island, or as he calls it, "Pedophile Island."

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By a vote of 59-39 tonight, the Senate passed sweeping legislation to tighten the rules governing the U.S. financial system.

Four Republicans -- Sens. Scott Brown (R-MA), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Susan Collins (R-ME) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) -- joined with all but two Democrats, Sens. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Russ Feingold (D-WI), who opposed the bill for not being more aggressive in reforming Wall Street. Sens. Robert Byrd (D-WV) and Arlen Specter (D-PA) didn't vote.

In the weeks ahead, House and Senate negotiators will meet in a formal conference committee to iron out the differences between this package, and the broadly similar bill the House adopted late last year. The Senate is expected to name their negotiators on Monday.

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