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In a new ad, Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA) is playing up how he's closed the gap between with Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) in his state's Democratic Senate primary.

"The race between Sestak and Specter is a dead heat," the ad's narrator says, before touting Sestak's record on civil rights, the environment, and senior citizens' and women's issues.

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Obama To Blast Republicans On Jobs During a speech today in Buffalo, President Obama is set to attack Republicans for obstructing economic recovery efforts. "He'll urge Congress to act quickly on new job creation measures, including proposals to strengthen small businesses so they can grow and hire," an unnamed White House official told the Associated Press. "And he'll call on Republicans to stop sitting on the sidelines and obstructing efforts to rebuild our economy for the sake of short-term political gain."

Obama's Day Ahead President Obama will receive the economic daily briefing at 10 a.m. ET. He will depart from the White House at 10:50 a.m. ET, and form Andrews Air Force Base at 11:20 a.m. ET, arriving at 12:25 p.m. ET in Buffalo, New York. At 1:35 p.m. ET, he will tour the facilities of Industrial Support Inc. He will deliver remarks at 1:50 p.m. ET on the economy, and take questions from workers and small business owners in the audience. He will depart from Buffalo at 3:20 p.m. ET, arriving at 4:25 p.m. ET in New York City. He will deliver remarks at 7:05 p.m. ET, at a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee fundraising dinner. He will depart form New York at 8:35 p.m. ET, arriving at Andrews Air Force Base at 9:30 p.m. ET, and at the White House 9:55 p.m. ET.

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Daily Show correspondent Lewis Black was surprised last night that Glenn Beck had criticized those who have compared Arizona's immigration law to Nazi Germany. "This is a guy," said Black, "who uses more swastika props and video of the Nuremberg rallies than The History Channel."

Black then showed clips of Beck himself comparing everything, from global warming to the Peace Corps, to Nazi Germany. "It's 'Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon,'" Black said, "except there's just one degree, and Kevin Bacon is Hitler. Can I play? Let's see. Mother Teresa had a mustache. Hitler had a mustache. Mother Teresa is Hitler!"

He concluded: "Glenn Beck has Nazi Tourette's."

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The new Quinnipiac poll in Pennsylvania suggests that Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA) could be a stronger Democratic nominee than Sen. Arlen Specter in the general election against Republican former Rep. Pat Toomey. Both of them currently trail Toomey, but Sestak makes it a closer race with a higher number of undecideds.

Toomey leads Specter by a margin of 47%-40%, but only edges Sestak by 42%-40%. Last month, Toomey led Specter by 46%-41%, and led Sestak by 42%-34%. the survey of registered voters has a ±2.9% margin of error. Interestingly, yesterday's Quinnpiac poll of the Democratic primary found that likely Dem primary voters thought Specter was the stronger Democrat to win the general election, by a margin of 54%-29%.

The TPM Poll Average for the general election gives Toomey a lead over Specter of 44.9%-38.4%, and 37.9%-34.3% over Sestak. For the Democratic primary -- which is this Tuesday -- the TPM Poll Average gives Specter an edge over Sestak of 43.6%-41.7%

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Environmental law experts tell McClatchy it's likely the Justice Department will ultimately bring criminal charges against the companies involved in the oil spill, potentially under the Clean Water and Air Acts.

McClatchy reports:

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Sen. Kit Bond (R-MO), who charged yesterday that the Obama Administration has kept key terrorism-related intelligence from him, fell asleep in an intelligence briefing yesterday, according to the Wall Street Journal.

One person who was in the room for Tuesday's intelligence briefing said Bond appeared to fall asleep for 10 to 15 minutes, but that he and other senators had spirited exchanges with the briefers.

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When independent Jason Clark threw his hat into the ring for the Colorado gubernatorial race, he didn't have a Lieutenant Governor candidate he was eager to team up with. So he decided to expand his search -- to Craigslist.

Clark, who currently serves as the president of the Aurora, CO investment firm Clark Brothers, forked over $25 for a to-the-point listing on the website, calling on average Coloradans to apply for the job, via the standard anonymous Craigslist email address.

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One of the most far-reaching pieces of the Senate's Wall Street reform bill has powerful enemies. The White House doesn't like it. FDIC chief Sheila Bair doesn't like it. Obama adviser Paul Volcker--the patron saint of financial reform--doesn't like it. And neither do a number of key Democrats, including Banking Committee Chairman Chris Dodd. All of them say that a controversial proposal to force financial firms to spin off their derivative-trading desks into separate entities goes too far.

But they may have gotten themselves stuck with it--at least for now. With their assent, the plan was authored by Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR), who designed it to guard her left flank against a somewhat formidable primary challenge, and has been boasting of it on populist grounds for weeks. And that according to Republican and Democratic Senate sources, has led Democrats to quietly agree to postpone any changes they decide to make to her proposal until after this Tuesday's election has passed, to avoid embarrassing her in front of voters.

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The Justice Department has offered its first response to one of the lawsuits filed recently challenging the constitutionality of health-care reform. And it offers a strong indication of what the government's legal strategy will be as it seeks to defend against the spate of similar lawsuits.

In a filing in U.S. District Court in Michigan today, reports Main Justice, DOJ lawyers wrote that the Thomas More Law Center, a conservative legal group in that state, lacked standing to challenge the law, because the individual mandate -- the provision at issue -- won't go into effect until 2014. "They bring this suit four years before the provision they challenge takes effect, demonstrate no current injury, and merely speculate whether the law will harm them once it is in force," wrote the government's attorneys.

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Members of the California press corps are not happy with the way Meg Whitman treats them. Throughout her campaign for governor, Whitman has routinely stonewalled, sidestepped and shut out journalists. She's created her own in-house "news" operation to get her message out. She's tried to choreograph everything. And it doesn't seem to be helping.

Former eBay CEO Whitman's once-gigantic lead in the race has shrunk. The TPM Poll Average shows Whitman leading Republican opponent Steve Poizner 44.0% to 26.6% in the state's June 8 primary, but that is down from mid-March when she led Poizner 59.2% to 14.7%. As we reported yesterday, part of Whitman's problem is the drubbing she's taken over her ties to Goldman Sachs.

And she's not exactly getting good ink these days.

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