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Sarah Palin distrusts the "lame stream media" so much that she had to edit all of their coverage of her giant bus tour before adding their quotes to a video recap of that trip, according to Jon Stewart.

As Stewart pointed out on The Daily Show Monday night, Palin's recently released video documenting her family vacation/campaign rollout bus tour is spiced with a number of partial soundbites from reporters. But in paring down those quotes, Stewart said Palin changed the original intent of those quotes.

"How propaganda-y was the video?," Stewart said. "They found a way to use soundbites from lamestream media reporters whilst smoothly editing out any signs of their bewilderment or contempt."

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The Republican strategy of planting fake Democratic candidates in the state Senate recall elections won't just add some serious time to the process. It's also going to cost local governments and taxpayers throughout the state over $428,000, in just a partial estimate.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports:

Election clerks estimate the cost of a Democratic primary in the districts of the recalled GOP lawmakers as follows: Sen. Rob Cowles of Allouez, $86,000; Sen. Alberta Darling of River Hills, $69,700; Sen. Sheila Harsdorf of River Falls, $27,000; Sen. Randy Hopper of Fond du Lac, $84,200; Sen. Dan Kapanke of LaCrosse, $101,000; and Sen. Luther Olsen of Ripon, $60,200.

Those are only partial figures. Two counties in Harsdorf's district, two counties in Olsen's district and one county in Kapanke's district did not provide estimates. The figures also do not include the costs for some of the municipalities within those counties.

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If you're a Democrat hoping to get Republicans off your back by returning a donation from Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY), it's best not to get your hopes up. After demanding a number of Democratic members wash their hands of the "tainted" cash, the NRCC is slamming those who actually take their advice for being spineless flip floppers.

The NRCC has made a big deal of pressuring Democrats to cough up the Weiner cash. Or, more precisely, emailing the press to demand the contributions be returned. For example, last week the NRCC put out a release calling on Rep. Betty Sutton (D-OH) and a number of other lawmakers to give up the money, saying they must choose between "returning the scandal-tainted donations [they] received from Congressman Weiner or silently condoning his colleague's lewd and bizarre behavior that could lead to a potential ethics violation."

The very same day, Sutton announced she was doing just that. Not good enough, NRCC spokesman Tory Mazzola said.

"It's clear that Rep. Sutton is only ridding her campaign coffers of this tainted cash because she's worried about her reelection," Mazzola wrote in e-mail to reporters. "She may have caved to GOP pressure as it relates to Rep. Weiner's scandal, but voters shouldn't count on her to do the right thing and oppose Nancy Pelosi's partisan, tax-and-spend agenda that amounts to more government and debt, instead of real job creation."

On Monday, the NRCC went after Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT), saying he hesitated too long before giving back the money.

"After waiting a week, it's clear that he's not doing this because it's the right thing to do but instead because he's feeling the political pressures of the reelection fight ahead of him, especially when combined with his out-of-touch record of tax hikes and reckless spending," Mazzola said in a statement.

It wasn't the first time Democrats had been trapped in a no-win situation by the NRCC. Last month, Republicans blasted out emails slamming House Democrats who voted for a bill that would raise the debt ceiling -- and another batch targeting the Democrats who sided with the GOP and voted against it.

Asked about its practice of criticizing Democrats for following through on the GOP's own requests, NRCC communications director Paul Lindsay told TPM: "Democrats make a lot of bad decisions, and we hold them accountable for all of them."

Henry Kissinger has rubbed shoulders with some of the world's most powerful leaders in his long career, from American Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford to Chairman Mao. And now, he can add Stephen Colbert to that list.

On Monday night, Kissinger appear on the Colbert Report, where he talked about China, chess and the Cold War. In an interview sometimes weighted with silent pauses, Kissinger defused some of the more absurd questions with a flat deadpan and straight answers.

"Would you go so far as to say, 'USA number one?" Colbert asked early on.

"I would say now we are still number one," Kissinger responded. "I believe we will remain number one for any foreseeable future."

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Republicans have pulled off a neat trick since taking over the House back in January -- they've repeatedly attacked President Obama on the languishing job market while shifting government focus away from job creation and toward the deficit and debt.

Now, the House Progressive Caucus is planning to turn the government's attention back toward eliminating unemployment. Starting Wednesday, caucus members will fan out across the country on a summer tour that will attempt to push the focus away from spending reduction and toward using government resources to create jobs.

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With historic numbers of congressional Democrats thrown out of office in the 2010 midterms, the stage was set for another surge of ex-lawmakers to go through the revolving door into the lobbying business. So we figured it was time to update our ongoing "Shadow Congress" project in which we chart state-by-state which former lawmakers are now lobbying.

With the addition of recently defeated lawmakers, there are now at least 195 former lawmakers cashing in on their public service, according to an updated list compiled by TPM. That's up from 172 the last time we checked.

Check out the members of this so-called "Shadow Congress" on our updated interactive chart.

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Wisconsin GOP leaders are gearing up to pass the state's controversial anti-union law again, after it was struck down in court thanks to the way it was passed. Or to be exact, they are now declaring that could pass it in the state budget process beginning Tuesday -- if the state Supreme Court doesn't rule in their favor and restore the law first.

If such a vote were taken, it would likely have two main effects: 1) Shutting off the current litigation that has revolved around the procedural manner under which the law was passed the first time; and 2) Provide a new political kickoff for the wave of state Senate recalls throughout the state.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports:

"If need be, we are going to have to pass collective bargaining again because it is such an integral part of not having those services slashed and those people laid off," Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald, R-Horicon, said of the provisions, currently held up in court.

Fitzgerald said he expects the state Assembly to take up the two-year budget plan in an extraordinary session and may add collective bargaining as a floor amendment as soon as Tuesday afternoon.

He said lawmakers would only do so if the Wisconsin Supreme Court does not act by Tuesday afternoon. The court last week heard oral arguments on whether a legislative conference committee violated the state's open meetings law when it rushed passage of the provision in March.

"I'm an optimist. I still think they might rule yet," Fitzgerald said. "They still have some time,"

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Federal prosecutor John Durham has begun calling witnesses to testify before a secret grand jury probing the 2003 death of a man in CIA custody and other abuses at the agency, Adam Zagorin reported for Time.

A subpoena signed by Durham obtained by the publication indicates that "the grand jury is conducting an investigation of possible violations of federal criminal laws involving War Crimes (18 USC/2441), Torture (18 USC 243OA) and related federal offenses."

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OK, so the fireworks weren't quite there on Monday. The candidates seemed more concerned with introducing their dozens of grandchildren and out-doing each other's attacks on President Obama than in directly addressing each other. But the GOP debate produced some illuminating moments, from Tim Pawlenty's awkward avoidance of a confrontation with Mitt Romney to Herman Cain's plan to root out "violent" Muslims. Without further ado, here are the top five highlights:

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