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A new Rasmussen poll shows Texas Democratic gubernatorial nominee Bill White is running close to incumbent Gov. Rick Perry (R).

The poll, taken on Wednesday among 500 likely voters, shows Perry in the lead by a margin of 48-40. The poll has a margin of error of 4.5%.

Past polling has shown Perry with a wider lead. In the last Rasmussen poll, taken on May 13, Perry led 51-38.

The TPM Poll Average for the contest shows Perry ahead by a margin of 49.0-39.1.

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Senate nominee Sharron Angle (R-NV), who has adopted a pattern of avoiding all media except for friendly right-wing radio and TV talk show hosts, had an amusing run-in with a local CBS station's reporter in Las Vegas -- who repeatedly asked her tough questions.

Reporter Nathan Baca asked Angle about past policy position statements on her campaign website about "transitioning out" of Social Security. Angle strongly denied that this meant she wanted to eliminate the program entirely -- saying instead that she wanted to save it. "You believe the Harry Reid lie," Angle replied, also adding that "transitioning out" really meant: "Transition into a personalized account...personalized Social Security accounts that they can't raid."

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Obama Prods G-20 On Economic Recovery In a letter to G-20 countries, President Obama sought cooperation on strengthening the economic recovery, with language seemingly aimed at assuaging doubts over public finances while also promoting stimulus goals: "We must act together to strengthen the recovery. We need to commit to restore sustainable public finances in the medium term. And we should complete the work of financial repair and reform."

Obama's Day Ahead President Obama will depart from the White House at 10:15 a.m. ET, and depart from Andrews Air Force Base at 10:30 a.m. ET, arriving at 11:40 a.m. ET in Columbus, Ohio. He will tour a Recovery Act Highway Project site at 12:05 p.m. ET, and deliver remarks on the economy at 12:15 p.m. ET. He will depart form Columbus at 12:55 p.m. ET, arriving back at Andrews Air Force Base at 2 p.m. ET, and at the White House at 2:15 p.m. ET. He will meet at 2:45 p.m. ET with senior advisers.

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Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX), the ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, went out on a limb today to do something maybe no other American would think to do: He apologized to BP for having to put $20 billion into a fund for Gulf spill damages. Only Barton called it a "slush fund" and a "shakedown."

Barton's apology to BP led at first to a delicate dance, as some Republicans tried to move away from the so obviously toxic statements without outright condemning Barton, and later a full court press as Republican leaders publicly called Barton's comments "wrong."

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton let the gato out of the bolsa when she spoke to a reporter in Ecuador last week, telling the world the Obama administration would challenge Arizona's new immigration law.

"The Justice Department, under [Obama's] direction, will be bringing a lawsuit against the act," Clinton said in a June 8 interview with NTN24 that went unnoticed until some conservative blogs posted the video today.

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Today's oil spill hearing ensures Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) will be entertaining YouTube audiences and warming Democratic hearts for weeks and months to come.

But we've been here before!

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These BP executives just can't seem to avoid saying stupid things. While scrambling to deal with the worst oil spill in U.S. history, they keep putting their feet right in their mouths -- making statements that make the oil giant come across as elitist, insensitive and disingenuous. It sure doesn't seem to be helping their PR problem.

Here's a roundup of the seven dumbest things BP executives said over the last two months:

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Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Charles Grassley (R-IA) is as suspicious as the rest of America that BP might have had a small inkling in May that their oil well was spewing slightly more than 5,000 barrels of oil a day. And, having seen internal documents that indicate they had already estimated and then dismissed the worst-case scenario of a 60,000-barrels-a-day gusher -- the current official estimate -- he'd like some answers.

In a sternly-worded letter sent to BP yesterday, Grassley demands answers from BP about when they came up with the 60,000-barrels-a-day estimate and whether they were in compliance with various government safety standards.

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