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The Democratic National Committee says that Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele has declined to sign on to a joint statement written by DNC Chairman Tim Kaine that condemns threats made to members of Congress from both parties. The draft text of the statement says that while Steele and Kaine disagree on the health care bill, they would "together call on elected officials of both parties to set an example of the civility we want to see in our citizenry" and ask "all Americans to respect differences of opinion, to refrain from inappropriate forms of intimidation, to reject violence and vandalism, and to scale back rhetoric that might reasonably be misinterpreted by those prone to such behavior."

DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse told reporters that Kaine sent the letter to Steele today and then phoned him asking the chairman to release a joint bipartisan statement "condemning the threats and acts of vandalism over the past week, calling for an end to such tactics and urging a more civil tone in our politics." "This afternoon, Chairman Steele, through staff, declined Chairman Kaine's offer," Woodhouse said.

RNC spokesman Doug Heye told TPMDC that Steele did reject the request. He said Steele was among the first to condemn threats in an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press" with Kaine last weekend.

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As the health care debate came to its conclusion this week, the high-running emotions of many finally crested, taking the form of threats and acts of vandalism at the offices of several lawmakers, most of them Democrats. Here, a roundup:

The FBI is investigating a severed gas line at the home of Rep. Tom Perriello's (D-VA) brother. A local tea party group had posted the brother's address online, thinking it was Perriello's and calling for a protest there.

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Sarah Palin just campaigned for Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), the man who made her a national star when he selected her as his running mate for vice president in 2008 -- their first appearance together since the 2008 campaign ended.

McCain is being opposed in the Republican primary by former Rep. J.D. Hayworth, who is seeking to mobilize Tea Party movement support by casting McCain as an establishment moderate Republican. But Palin, herself a beloved figure among Tea Partiers, declared: "Everyone here today supporting John McCain, we are all part of that Tea Party movement."

Palin also joked: "When you talk about that Tea Party movement, some would claim John was there at that first Tea Party movement. (Crowd laughs. John McCain laughs.) And I'm kidding. But I've gotta remind people, before there were protests in the street or marches on Capitol Hill, there was the maverick fighting for us."

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March 26, 2010: President Obama announced a new arms agreement with Russia.

Leading up to the announcement, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took a trip to Russia, beginning March 18.

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March 18: Clinton greets U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Beyrle, Director North American Department, Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Alexander Darchiev, and Deputy Director, State Protocol, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Andrey Yakovlev.

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March 18: Clinton speaks during a joint press conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

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March 18: Clinton shakes hands with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov before their talks.

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March 18: Clinton meets with the Foreign Minister.

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March 18: Clinton speaks with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon after the Quartet dinner in Moscow at the Osobnyak of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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March 19: Clinton watches a wreath laying at Russia's Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

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March 19: Clinton sits with the Middle East Quartet. From left to right: Quartet Special Representative Tony Blair, Clinton, Lavrov, Ban Ki-Moon, and E.U. High Representative for Foreign Policy Catherine Ashton.

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March 19: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev shakes hands with Clinton during a meeting at the Barvikha residence outside Moscow.

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March 19: Clinton, Ambassador Beyrle, and Assistant Secretary Philip Gordon meet Medvedev during a meeting at the Barvikha residence outside Moscow.

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March 19: Clinton, Beyrle, and Philip Gordon meet Medvedev.

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March 19: Clinton and Lavrov speak during a press conference.

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March 19: Vladimir Pozner interviews Clinton on the "Pozner Show" in Moscow.

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March 19: Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin speaks with Clinton during a meeting at the Novo-Ogaryovo just outside Moscow.

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The White House just released its latest batch of visitors logs - the names of thousands of people who came to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in December. Officials announced the latest release in a blog post.

What's interesting about this batch is that anyone who attended White House Christmas parties with President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama would appear on the list.

Check them out here. If you see anything good, let us know in the comments or email TPM.

Charges have been reduced against activist filmmaker James O'Keefe and the three other men charged in the alleged Landrieu phone tampering case, the Justice Department announced today.

The four men "were charged in a one-count bill of information with entering real property of the United States under false pretenses, a misdemeanor," the DOJ announced in a press release today. Read the bill of information here.

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Here are the line-ups for the Sunday talk shows this weekend:

• ABC, This Week: White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett, Gov. Ed Rendell (D-PA), Gov. Haley Barbour (R-MS).

• CBS, Face The Nation: Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN).

• CNN, State Of The Union: White House Senior Adviser David Axelrod, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD).

• Fox News Sunday: Gov. Charlie Crist (R-FL), former state House Speaker Marco Rubio (R-FL).

• NBC, Meet The Press: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY).

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