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Religious leaders from several faiths are meeting with Attorney General Eric Holder today to discuss the recent spate of anti-Muslim sentiment and violence.

At a press conference this afternoon following an interfaith meeting, Rabbi David Saperstein, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, said he and other religious leaders will meet with Holder, at Holder's request, later today.

The Justice Department confirms and says they will release a "readout" of the meeting after it occurs.

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Sharron Angle is continuing to refuse to back down from her past statements about there being "domestic enemies" in Congress.

Jonathan Karl at ABC News asked Angle about this:

Jonathan Karl: Do we have enemies of the country in the halls of Congress?

Sharron Angle: Well, certainly people who pass these kinds of policies -- Obamacare, cap and trade, stimulus, bailout -- they're certainly not friends to the free-market system.

Jonathan Karl: So, what are they? (Laughs.)

Sharron Angle: (Laughs.) They're not friends.

The TPM Poll Average puts Reid ahead by 47.6%-44.3%.

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A new round of polls this morning confirms what most analysts have been saying for a couple weeks now: thanks to their advantage in voter enthusiasm, Republicans are poised to post big gains in the 2010 elections this November.

Last week the big news was the Gallup poll, which showed the GOP with its largest lead in the the history of the firm's generic ballot polling. In that poll, the GOP led Democrats 51-41. The new polls out today confirm that Gallup's numbers are not a fluke.

An ABC News/Washington Post survey released this morning shows Republicans up 13 points in the generic ballot question, leading Democrats 53-40 among likely voters. An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll also out this morning shows Republicans ahead 49-40 among likely voters.

As has been the case in past polling, the parties are polling basically even when all adults are asked who they'd rather see in charge of Congress. In the NBC/WSJ poll, the parties were split at 43% support when all adults surveyed were asked who they'd rather see in control of Congress next year. But when likely voters were asked the same question, the GOP took the big nine-point lead. Polling from other firms this year has shown a similar result.

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Senate nominee Joe Miller (R-AK) thinks Social Security won't last, and believes privatizing the entitlement program might be the only way to save it.

In an interview with John King late last week on CNN, Miller said there "has got to be a move outside of the system," and said he'd want to see the federal government "transfer power back to the states so the states can take out the mantles of the programs if they so desire."

Miler, 43, said he does not expect to see "much" of what he's owed for Social Security when he retires. "Because the government has stolen from me," he said.

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Rep. Charles Djou (R-HI), who picked up his deep-blue seat due to a split Democratic vote in the May special election, has a new campaign ad out. Or is it a tourism ad?

"All across Hawaii, there's a new feeling of hope and progress," says the announcer. This is followed by no narrative of any accomplishments or substantive issues whatsoever -- but instead just a musical score over a montage of Djou meeting with supporters, plus some totally non-sequitur video of Hawaii's beautiful palm trees and beaches. "Making the difference for Hawaii -- Congressman Charles Djou."

One has to wonder about the "making the difference" line. Did the palm trees and beaches not exist in Hawaii until he was elected?

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There are only a few days left until Congress returns to session, and that means President Obama faces a deadline, of sorts, if he wants to quickly fill vacancies in his administration. Obama has until the beginning of next week to offer recess appointments to nominees or expected nominees to positions that typically require Senate confirmation.

Highlighting the progressive angst about Obama's general unwillingness to exercise his recess appointment power are new website ads, produced by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, pressuring him to give Elizabeth Warren the top slot at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

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Just how bad is it out there? Consider the TPM charts below showing the poll averages from each of the elections for Senate seats currently held by Democrats. Not a single Democrat in a contested race sits above 50 percent. Worse yet, many of them are outright losing to Republicans.

Election Day is still weeks off, and anything, and we mean anything, can happen to change these numbers on a dime. And it's important to remember that there are so many more factors to consider than just polls, which, as we've proven again and again, can be wrong. Many of these Democratic incumbents have mountains of cash in the bank and President Obama has continued to be a massive fundraising strength for Democratic senators despite his unpopularity nationally. Plus, some of these Dems are up against barely-ready-for-prime-time Republicans with extreme views, and those numbers seem like they could waver.

But if every TPM Poll Average culled from our PollTracker and seen below were to hold on through Nov. 2, Democrats would lose at least five seats, and possibly as many as eight.

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The chief of NATO agrees with the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan: A radical Florida church really shouldn't burn copies of the Koran.

"I strongly condemn that. I think it's a disrespectful action and in general I really urge people to respect other people's faith and behave respectfully. I think such actions are in strong contradiction with all the values we stand for and fight for," said NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, according to The Cable.

"Of course, there is a risk that it may also have a negative impact on the security for our troops," he added.

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An Arizona court has upheld a restraining order against former Minuteman (and Minuteman co-founder) Chris Simcox, granted in April to his wife Alena Simcox and their children, after she alleged that he made several threats against his family and the police.

The court determined last week that the restraining order should continue "in full force," according to The Washington Times.

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Civil liberties groups sued the Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday, alleging that the government should not be able to search, copy or keep the data on electronic devices carried by people crossing the border without a reasonable suspicion of wrongdoing.

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