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Sue Lowden, the front-running Republican challenger to Sen. Harry Reid, yesterday doubled down on her idea that health care could be paid for using the barter system.

Last week, when Lowden suggested "that bartering is really good," it seemed that she may have been talking about haggling prices and just had her vocab mixed up. It happens to everyone.

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The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has a new TV ad in the Hawaii First District special election, attacking Republican candidate Charles Djou.

"First, we learned Charles Djou supported tax breaks for big corporations who export our jobs and children's future," the announcer says. "Now we learn Djou opposed a plan that protected the plans of 2,000 Hawaii teachers and school staff."

President Obama carried this district with 70% of the vote, but the Dems could be in real danger of losing it, at least for a few months until this coming regular November election, due to a split Democratic vote.

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Some Republican lawmakers in Arizona still want to see President Obama's birth certificate.

A bill that would require presidential candidates to submit documentation proving their citizenship before they can appear on Arizona's ballot won initial approval from the state House last night.

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April 19, 2010: Two pro-gun groups gather in the Washington, D.C.-area to advocate for more lenient gun laws in the U.S. One group is unarmed, and one armed.

Here, activists at the Washington Monument dress as Button Gwinnett, George Washington, and Patrick Henry. This "Second Amendment March" did not allow firearms, and a number of pro-gun groups, such as the United States Concealed Carry Association, the Oathkeepers, and the U.S. Gun Owner's Association, attended.

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Dick Heller, the defendant in the landmark Supreme Court case District of Columbia v. Heller, speaks to the crowd. In his case, the Supreme Court held that the Second Amendment protects an individual's right to possess a firearm for private use in federal enclaves.

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A pro-gun rights activist attends the "Restore The Constitution" rally at Gravelly Point Park in Arlington, Virgina, where attendees were encouraged to be armed.

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A Democratic source tells TPM that the Democratic National Committee raised $13.5 million in March -- for a first quarter total of $29.9 million.

The DNC reportedly has $14.7 million on hand (and $3.4 million in debt).

The source tells TPM that it's the best month and quarter the DNC has had in a non-presidential year.

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It's an invitation that would make a Tea Partier's head explode -- and confirm all the worst fears of the Birthers.

The Kenyan government is taking on the Tea Partiers head on -- hosting a "Real Tea Party" in the Capitol next Tuesday to promote the country's status as the world's number one exporter of tea. And they are explicitly contrasting it with the other tea parties that have been held of late on the Hill.

"The Government of Kenya, the world's #1 tea exporter, cordially invites you to a proper Kenyan Tea Party on Capitol Hill (one without a political agenda)," the invitation boasts. (Click link to see the invitation.) "Please join Kenyan Deputy Prime Minister, the Honorable Uhuru Kenyatta, at Kenya's tea tasting event, complete with food pairings and tea leaf readings."

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The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee reported today that it outraised its Republican counterpart in the first quarter, and has $2.3 million more in cash on hand.

The DSCC raised $6 million in March and has more than $17 million on hand -- compared to the NRSC's $5.1 million March haul, and the $15 million the Republican group has on hand.

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The National Republican Senatorial Committee reported today that it raised $5.14 million in March, and has $15 million on hand. In March 2008, the NRSC raised $4.2 million.

It's also much less than the $6 million the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee raised in March. The Democratic group also has $2.3 million more in cash on hand.

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Disgraced former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, now living in north Texas and working as a salesman for a tech company, may be headed for jail after a Michigan judge ruled today he violated his probation by not disclosing assets as required under a plea deal.

Kilpatrick has been slowly paying $1 million in restitution to Detroit as part of a 2008 settlement related to misdeeds, including lying about an affair with a staffer, according to the AP. But, the wire service reports, Kilpatrick hasn't exactly been living on the cheap:

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