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If you live in a state with a Republican senator--or, more specifically one of the many Republican senators who used to decry filibustering executive nominations--you may be getting a phone call from a sultry-sounding supporter of Barack Obama's appointees.

Kathleen Turner, who you may remember from such films as Body Heat and The Jewel of the Nile, has agreed to record a robocall urging recipients to call their senators and tell them to confirm Dawn Johnsen, President Obama's designated chief of the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel.

The call--which will go out in Alaska, Arizona, Maine, Missouri, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Utah--is part of a campaign by People for the American Way aimed at preventing Johnsen's nomination from being filibustered. Turner has been a member of the organization's board for years. The transcript of the robocall appears below the fold.

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Geithner To Face Questions On TARP Treasury Sec. Tim Geithner will be testifying at 10 a.m. ET today before the Congressional Oversight Panel for the TARP program, where he is expected to face tough questions on the progress of the program -- and regarding a recent report by Inspector General Neil Barofsky criticizing the program for benefitting business and being potentially unfair to the taxpayer.

Obama's Day Ahead President Obama will meet with King Abdullah of Jordan one-on-one at 10 a.m. ET, and the two will hold an expanded meeting at 10:30 a.m. ET. At 2 p.m. ET, Obama will present the Commander in Chief's trophy to the Naval Academy football team. At 2:45 p.m. ET, he will meet with Ted Kennedy and Bill Clinton to discuss national service, and at 4 p.m. ET he will sign the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act into law, at the SEED School in Washington.

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DSCC chairman Bob Menendez released this statement tonight, regarding Norm Coleman's appeal of his defeat in the Minnesota election trial:

"It is sad, but not surprising, that Norm Coleman would continue to drag this process out any longer. While it is certainly within his right to appeal, given all of the challenges facing this country right now, we'd hope that he would put the interest of Minnesotans above his own and allow all of us to move on. It is 167 days since the election - it is time for Republicans to stop holding this seat hostage as a way to obstruct President Obama's agenda. We should all let Senator-elect Franken get to work for the people who elected him. The Minnesota Supreme Court needs to be the end of the road."


The Dems have been steadily drawing a line in the sand, that Al Franken should be seated after he presumably wins at the state Supreme Court, without this getting further bottled up in the federal courts. We'll find out in due time how successful they are.

Jake Tapper of ABC News asked White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs today about a subject we've been writing about lately -- the administration's several invocations of the state secrets privilege, despite Barack Obama's criticism, as a presidential candidate last year, of President Bush's use of the privilege.

In response, Gibbs talked about the need to balance transparency with the need to protect national security.

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Earlier today, Josh flagged Andrea Mitchell bringing the supposed controversy over Barack Obama's brief handshake with Venezuela's Hugo Chavez into the mainstream. As ridiculous as this all is--and Josh lays out the reasons nicely--she's had a lot of help in the last few days from many of her colleagues.

But there was a small problem with her segment. She said "the analogy [conservatives and Republicans] are making is when John F. Kennedy went to Vienna, Kruschev sized him up and realized or thought that he was weak, and what we had then was the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Berlin Wall, and a series of East-West conflicts."

That's not really the point Newt Gingrich made on the Today Show during the segment Mitchell was referring to. Here's Gingrich:

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On a conference call with reporters, lead Franken lawyer Marc Elias reacted to the Coleman campaign's filing of its notice of appeal -- and lambasted it up and down, before calling for a super-speedy expedited schedule for the state Supreme Court to handle this.

"So what we have now is the death throes of the Coleman legal effort," Elias said. "This is a process that has obviously been going on for some time now. I understand how difficult it is, emotionally and otherwise, for a candidate and a legal team to come to the place where they must accept that they simply didn't get as many votes as the other candidate. And I've said to some of you before, both on calls and one on one, I've represented enough campaigns to know how difficult that is."

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President Obama heads to the motorcade in Mexico City after a helicopter ride aboard Marine One on April 16, 2009.

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The president meets Mexican President Felipe Calderon's family (and golden retriever) on April 16, 2009.

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Security agents fan out in Mexico City as Presidents Obama and Calderon chat before their press conference on April 16, 2009.

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President Calderon introduces dinner guests to President Obama on April 16, 2009.

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Aboard Air Force One en route to Trinidad and Tobago, President Obama works on his opening remarks to the Summit of the Americas with speechwriter Adam Frankel on April 17, 2009.

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A red carpet is rolled out after Air Force One arrives in Port of Spain, Trinidad on April 17, 2009.

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President Obama greets Costa Rican President Oscar Arias during the opening reception at the Summit of the Americas in Port of Spain, Trinidad on April 17, 2009. Also pictured are Brazilian President Luiz Lula da Silva, middle, and Dominican Republic President Leonel Fernandez, far right.

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White House aides review President Obama's opening remarks one last time on April 17, 2009. From left, Mark Lippert, Adam Frankel (standing), Denis McDonough, Robert Gibbs, and Dan Restrepo.

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President Obama walks back to his seat after giving his opening remarks at the Summit of the Americas on April 17, 2009.

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President Obama participates in a multilateral meeting with CARICOM (Carribian Community), a side meeting at the main Summit on April 17, 2009.

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President Obama backstage before the opening plenary session of the Summit of the Americas on April 18, 2009.

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President Obama confers in a hallway with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper as trip director Marvin Nicholson checks for a cue on whether the other heads of state are ready for the group photo on April 18, 2009.

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At the heads of state retreat at the last session of the Summit of the Americas on April 19, 2009.

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President Obama conducts a wrap-up press conference in Port of Spain, Trinidad on April 19, 2009.

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Cricket legend Brian Lara shows President Obama how to properly swing a bat on April 19, 2009.

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President Obama enters the presidential limousine en route to the airport on April 19, 2009

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The president greets people at the Port of Spain airport before departing for Washington, D.C. on April 19, 2009.

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Trinidad and Tobago foreign minister Paula Gopee-Scoon bids farewell to President Obama on April 19, 2009.

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President Obama boards Air Force One for the flight home to Washington as a security blimp hovers overhead on April 19, 2009.

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On the flight back, President Obama recaps the trip with some of the Congressional delegation accompanying him on April 19, 2009.

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Allen Stanford has gone on a PR blitz in an effort to clear his name. But from the looks of it, he may already be regretting doing so.

The Texas billionaire, accused earlier this year by the SEC of orchestrating a "massvie ongoing fraud," sat down today with the New York Times, in the office of his lawyer, Dick DeGuerin. That interview was preceded by one with the Houston Chronicle.

The Times' writeup is worth excerpting at length:

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Big congratulations to all of the Pulitzer winners this year. As always, they seem worthy.

You can argue about whether this series or that cartoonist should have won instead but it's hard to look at the winners and not think them worthy of the distinction bestowed on them.

I would think TPM readers would particularly love, as they should, David Barstow's piece on the military message machine.

Taken as a whole, though, the prizes seem a little odd. First, it's kind of weird that more of the prizes didn't focus on the 2008 campaign and the financial crisis which were kind of, oh, big last year.

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CQ's blockbuster story, about a wiretap that picked up Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA) discussing the AIPAC spying case with a "suspected Israeli agent", picks up on a sequence of complex events from several years ago, and involves several moving pieces.

So we thought it would be worthwhile to put together a timeline of events laying out the major reported developments in this sprawling story.

Without further ado:

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