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Trekking through the state on his bus tour this week, Republican Senate candidate Pat Toomey offered up a playful remark on his thoughts about gun policy. "My idea of gun control is steady aim," Toomey said Tuesday in York County.

A prominent Pennsylvania gun control group didn't appreciate that.

CeaseFirePA hammered Toomey for the comment, which it called "disrespectful and disappointing for a candidate who seeks to represent Pennsylvania in the Senate."

The group also noted that 22 law enforcement officers have been killed in the state over the last decade, and that 46 municipalities have passed lost or stolen handgun reporting laws in the last year-and-a-half.

"Pat Toomey's remark show he doesn't get it--gun violence affects us all," CeaseFirePA executive director Joe Grace said in a statement Thursday.

"His remark is insensitive to victims of gun violence in Pennsylvania--and to family members, friends and colleagues of persons who've been shot and killed. Given the gun violence directed at our police officers in Pennsylvania, it also seems like Mr. Toomey isn't paying attention to this important public safety issue. That's not acceptable."

Toomey's campaign didn't immediately comment Thursday evening.

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A board member of Germany's central bank told the German paper Welt am Sontag that "all Jews share a certain gene." As you might imagine, everyone is feeling just great about a powerful German just sharing his opinion about Jews.

Ha, whoops! Totally kidding. No, everyone is feeling uncomfortable, about this situation. Thilo Sarrazin, who serves on the board of Bundesbank, and has one of those names where you can just tell he's got some seriously wacky opinions about race, recently wrote a book called Deutschland schafft sich ab (translation: "Germany does away with itself"). And, well, it sounds like a doozy:

In the book he claims the country is on the road to ruin because of the influx of immigrants from the Middle East which would overwhelm the indigenous population and create a nation of 'dunces'.

In particular he singles out Muslims for failing to integrate and having low IQs....
'Muslims immigrants don't integrate as well as other immigrant groups across Europe. The reasons for this are apparently not based on their ethnicity, but are rooted in their culture of Islam,' he told Welt am Sonntag.

In that same interview, he said "All Jews share a certain gene. Basques have particular genes, that distinguishes them from others." Which is, well, maybe not a specifically anti-Semitic statement! But public figures may be well served to just, you know, avoid making sweeping pseudo-scientific statements about race or ethnicity. Especially if, say, you are a public figure in a country that participated in a rather well-known recent genocide. Just a thought!

[Daily Mail; pic via AP]

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Democrats are sounding increasingly confident they can work out a bipartisan legislative fix to get around a judge's order halting all stem cell research, but in an election year where everything matters, are moderate Republicans really going to go along with the majority party? And might that cost one GOPer his Senate bid?

The two clearest examples are Republican Senate candidates Rep. Mark Kirk (IL) and Rep. Mike Castle (DE), who Democrats told TPM last week they expect to continue to support embryonic stem cell research as they have before.

But Castle is locked in a tough and nasty fight with Christine O'Donnell, a tea party favorite who is looking to become the next conservative insurgent to topple the establishment's pick. With the O'Donnell campaign targeting evangelical voters in advance of a Sept. 14 primary that could have fewer than 50,000 voters, this could be the issue to turn the race.

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Fresh off of his "Restoring Honor" rally in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, Glenn Beck said on Fox News Sunday that he regrets saying that President Obama has "a deep-seated hatred for white people" last July, but chalked it up to a misunderstanding: "I didn't understand really his theology. His viewpoints come from liberation theology. That I think is what at the gut level I was sensing, and I miscast it as racism."

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Aides to President George W. Bush weren't troubled by the threat, due to a tech glitch, of losing millions of emails -- the preservation of which is required by federal law.

According to a new report by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, Vice President Cheney and others ignored warnings that, with no viable archive system in place, emails could be lost as the White House switched to the Microsoft Exchange email system in 2002. White House Counsel Harriet Miers even rejected a 2005 plan to restore the emails, according to the report.

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Republican Senate hopeful Joe Miller is leading Democratic nominee Scott McAdams in a new survey of Alaska voters by Public Policy Polling (D) taken after Miller's surprise showing in last week's primary.

Miller is not the nominee, though thanks to tea party support and a Sarah Palin endorsement, the conservative political upstart leads Sen. Lisa Murkowski by 1,668 votes. There are nearly 20,000 absentee ballots outstanding and Team Murkowski believes she has a shot at retaining her seat, though it will be weeks before a result is determined.

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In 2010, Obama's Poll Numbers Less Of An Asset For Congressional Democrats The Washington Post reports on the effect that President Obama's sagging poll numbers could have on Democratic fortunes in the midterm election -- a big change from 2008, when his numbers were high and Dem candidates readily associated themselves with him. "In midterm elections, the presidential numbers serve like a weight on scale," said an unnamed senior Democratic consultant. "The heavier [or worse] the numbers, the harder it is for any person in the party to get back to even keel."

Obama's Day Ahead President Obama will meet with senior advisers at 10:30 a.m. ET, will receive the presidential daily briefing at 11 a.m. ET, and will receive the economic daily briefing at 12:05 p.m. ET. He does not have any scheduled public events today.

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An interesting pattern has started to emerge in this midterm election, which could be dominated by the continuing debate over the health care reform law passed earlier this year. A whole bunch of Dems from Republican-leaning districts have been running ads in which they tout their opposition to the bill.

So let's take a look at some of these conservative Dems. Will their votes against the bill -- and their public campaigning on those votes -- actually work for them in November?

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