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The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that a group of Bobby Jindal supporters in Louisiana have set up their own PAC, called the Jindal For President Draft Council Inc., to urge the Louisiana Governor to run for President and to build up support for him across the country.

Rama Mohanty, one of the lead organizers, said that Jindal's people are not involved with the draft PAC, but they are aware of it. "They are supportive of what we are doing," said Mohanty.

Jindal spokesman Kyle Plotkin indicated differently, though. "The governor has said that he has the job he wants, and he hopes to be re-elected (in 2011) to continue to move Louisiana forward," Plotkin told the Times-Picayune. He added: "It's flattering, but the governor does not support this effort. This is a distraction from the critical issues that we face, and the governor will not be involved in any capacity."

(Via Newsmax.)

A fun pattern has emerged among the Republican efforts to reach out to voters through the new social-networking online media: They're failing massively, with episodes that just make them look stupid and ham-fisted, and even sometimes force them to apologize for offending people.

Michael Steele has made a big deal of reaching out to online media in the same way that Democrats have done very effectively -- cultivating what is known on his side as the "rightroots." And of course, honorable mention goes out to former Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN), who spoke of the GOP's need to compete in the "ethernet." So how's it working out for them?

In just the last few days, we had two ignominious events from just one state. A prominent South Carolina GOP activist, Rusty DePass, said on his Facebook page that Michelle Obama was a gorilla (and not in the sense of the evolutionary fact that we are all apes -- DePass actually seems to be offended by this). He kind of apologized -- but said Michelle started it.

And another South Carolina Republican operative, Mike Green, apologized for a racist Tweet against President Obama himself:

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Add another (perhaps more minor) entry to the list of ways in which the Obama administration is mimicking its predecessor on issues of transparency.

MSNBC.com reports that the Secret Service has denied the news outlet's request for the names of visitors to the White House since President Obama was sworn in. It also denied a narrower request by the good-government group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington for records of visits by coal executives.

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Sen Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), who has been the only Senator from Minnesota for the last five and a half months, is now predicting that the heavily-litigated Senate race between Al Franken and Norm Coleman will be over by July 4 -- or she'll be mad.

"I have predicted the 4th of July, when the corn is knee high on the 4th of July," Klobuchar told Minnesota Public Radio. "I've already predicted that it would be done when the ice melted on Lake Minnetonka. That was incorrect. And I've now predicted the 4th of July. And if that is incorrect I will make no more predictions. I'll just be mad."

WaPo: Documents Suggest CIA Mistakes In Torture Of Detainees, False Confessions The Washington Post reports that new documents show that key Guantanamo detainees told the Combatant Status Review Tribunal that they either lied to the CIA in order to stop being tortured, or were later informed of mistakes in their capture. "They told me, 'Sorry, we discover that you are not Number 3, not a partner, not even a fighter,'" said Abu Zubaida. And Khalid Sheikh Mohammed described his interrogation: "Where is he? I don't know," Mohammed said. "Then he torture me. Then I said yes, he is in this area."

Obama's Day Ahead President Obama will meet one-on-one with President Lee Myung-bak, of the Republic of Korea, at 10:30 a.m. ET. They will have an expanded meeting at 10:45 a.m. ET, and then a joint press availability at 11:35 a.m. ET, and a working lunch at 12 p.m. ET. At 4:30 p.m. ET, Obama and Vice President Biden will meet with Sec. of Defense Robert Gates.

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Defeated reformist presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi (center) appeared in public on Monday, June 15 for the first time since Friday's election. Mousavi and thousands of his supporters defied a ban to stage a mass rally in Tehran in protest of the results, which they claim to be fraudulent.

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Mousavi and his wife Zahra Rahnavard outside his office in Tehran on June 15.

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Mousavi addresses his crowd of supporters at Azadi Square. According to the BBC, he said "the vote of the people is more important than Mousavi or any other person." His wife told the AFP "we will stand until the end."

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Supporters of Mousavi crowd Azadi Square in Tehran on Monday.

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Mehdi Karroubi, another one of the presidential candidates, attends the Tehran rally on June 15.

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Zahra Rahnavard, wife of Mousavi.

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Monday afternoon, the AP started reporting that "gunfire from a pro-government militia killed one man and wounded several others."

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A riot policeman is injured in clashes with protesters.

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Mousavi supporters run from the police.

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The CIA is now walking back Director Leon Panetta's comments that former Vice President Dick Cheney may be hoping for the country to be attacked by terrorists again.

"The Director does not believe the former Vice President wants an attack," CIA spokesman Paul Gimigliano said in a statement to CNN. "He did not say that. He was simply expressing his profound disagreement with the assertion that President Obama's security policies have made our country less safe. Nor did he question anyone's motives."

For the record, here's what Panetta said to the New Yorker about Cheney's recent speeches. "I think he smells some blood in the water on the national-security issue," said Panetta. "It's almost, a little bit, gallows politics. When you read behind it, it's almost as if he's wishing that this country would be attacked again, in order to make his point. I think that's dangerous politics."

Sunday, June 14 saw continued demonstrations in Iran after Friday's hotly contested election - supporters and critics of Ahmadinejad both flooded the streets. Here, thousands of Ahmadinejad's supporters attend a victory rally in Tehran's Valiasr square.

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Ahmadinejad waves to his supporters in Valiasr square.

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Members of the Iranian hardline volunteer Basij militia enter Tehran's university where supporters of the defeated presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi were protesting against the results.

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Iranian plain clothes policemen beat a demonstrator with batons during a protest against the election results.

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A supporter of Ahmadinejad at his victory rally.

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An Ahmadinejad supporter holds up a poster bearing a picture of Jerusalem's holy Dome of the Rock mosque with the slogan "Our war will culminate with the takeover of Palestine" during Sunday's victory rally.

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After the New York Republicans won a state Senate majority in a fantastic feat of party-switching last week. they have now lost it. And now...nobody has the majority. It's a 31-31 tie.

State Sen. Hiram Monserrate, one of two Democrats who switched his organization vote to the Republicans, has now switched back to the Democrats -- and the old Democratic leader Malcolm Smith is now out of his leadership office, and has been replaced by a more amenable choice, state Sen. John Sampson.

At the same time the other Democrat who switched, Pedro Espada, insists that he is still Senate president -- the office that he, Monserrate and the 30 Republicans voted him into -- and that Monserrate still supports him.

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Indigo Journal, a liberal blog in South Carolina, reports that GOP operative Mike Green posted a racist joke about President Obama on his Twitter account over the weekend -- and in a brief conversation with TPM, Green did not deny it. (Late Update: Green has now admitted it in a new set of Tweets, and apologized. See new section after the jump.)

Green posted this, then deleted it some time later:

JUST HEARD OBAMA IS GOING TO IMPOSE A 40% TAX ON ASPIRIN BECAUSE IT'S WHITE AND IT WORKS.


That post is not currently on Green's actual Twitter page, but Indigo Journal has what purports to be a screenshot, documenting it from when it was still up. I called Green to ask if this was true. "I don't know," said Green. "Let me give you a call back." I also asked Green if anyone else writes on his Twitter account, or if it's just him. Again, he said he would have to call back. He has not yet called back.

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