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Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA) has a new ad in the Pennsylvania Senate race, highlighting his prior career of military service. And in an interesting sign of the anti-incumbent environment in this election, Sestak's ad does not ever mention that he has been a member of Congress for the last two terms.

"Duty. Service. Joe Sestak has lived his life by those values. Thirty-one years protecting America," says the announcer, accompanied by video clips of Sestak in his Navy days. "Leading the fight against terrorism. Trusted to command 15,000 of our sons and daughters in combat. Now he's running to serve Pennsylvania -- standing up to the bosses in both parties. A decorated veteran, fighting for us. Admiral Joe Sestak."

The TPM Poll Average gives Republican former Rep. Pat Toomey a lead of 46.3%-39.6%.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has a new TV ad against Republican nominee Sharron Angle, with a simple message for the state's voters: Angle's support for a nuclear waste facility at Yucca Mountain could destroy our entire state.

The ad shows a parade of nuclear waste trucks rolling by, accompanied by scary music. "Each year, five-million pounds of radioactive nuclear waste are disposed of in the U.S.," the announcer says. "Sharron Angle wants to bring all five million pounds here, for reprocessing in Nevada. But one nuclear spill could endanger our families, and kill Las Vegas tourism forever."

The ad then cuts to a frightening image of an oil-soaked pelican, presumably from the BP oil spill: "And we all know how devastating one spill can be."

The TPM Poll Average currently puts Reid ahead by 47.6%-44.3%.

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The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that the four police officers charged with shooting unarmed civilians on the Danizger Bridge in the days after Hurricane Katrina will not face the death penalty.

The four, charged with civil rights violations and other crimes, now face life in prison if convicted. They are accused of opening fire on several people, killing two and wounding four. Two other officers are charged with crimes related to an alleged cover-up.

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In a straight-to-DVD movie that will premiere tomorrow night in D.C., Newt Gingrich and Citizens United warn Americans of the impending threat of radical Islam. As one of their talking heads says in the trailer, "This is the end of times. This is the final struggle."

The movie, called "America At Risk," paints the world as a dangerous place filled with radicalized Muslims who want to -- and, importantly, can -- destroy America.

"The war on terror, and the ideology behind it, have only just begun," Gingrich's wife, Callista Gingrich, intones while she and Gingrich stand in front of a green-screened New York skyline.

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Democrat Robin Carnahan has a new ad in the Missouri Senate race, attacking Republican Roy Blunt as a Washington insider who is too connected to lobbyists for the current reform-minded, anti-incumbent environment.

The ad shows old video of Blunt on Fox News Sunday back in 2006, when the then-House Majority Whip was running for Majority Leader. Chris Wallace is shown bringing up Blunt's ties to Phillip Morris tobacco lobbyist money, and his ties to Jack Abramoff. "Are you the one to clean up the House?" Wallace asked. (Blunt later lost the leadership race to John Boehner, remained as Republican Whip, and gave up that post after the 2008 election.)

The Carnahan campaign really has hit on something phenomenal in this ad: A leading Republican was once criticized on Fox News!

The TPM Poll Average gives Blunt a lead of 50.6%-43.8%.

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

• ABC, This Week: White House Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Austan Goolsbee, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf.

• CBS, Face The Nation: House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH), Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), former 9/11 Commission Co-Chairman and former Gov. Tom Kean (R-NJ).

• CNN, State Of The Union: FreedomWorks Chairman and former House Majority Leader Dick Armey (R), former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS).

• Fox News Sunday: White House Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Austan Goolsbee, former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA).

• NBC, Meet The Press: Senior White House Adviser David Axelrod, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R)

Just get a load of this ad. Really, just watch.

Susana Martinez, a district attorney and the Republican nominee for governor of New Mexico, has a new ad firing back at an ad from the National Education Association's New Mexico branch, which featured a teacher criticizing Martinez and praising Democratic nominee Diane Denish on the subject of school vouchers. The ad said that Martinez favored vouchers when talking to strictly Republican audiences, and has given a different message for the general election. "Teachers stand with Diane Denish, because when it comes to education, she's on our side," said special education teacher Freda Trujillo.

Now Martinez has responded with an ad of her own. "Remember this attack ad for Denish? With this teacher?" says Martinez in her spot, followed by a short clip of Trujillo in the NEA ad. "There's a reason she did it. Here's her husband. We convicted him. He's in prison now for 23 years - kidnapping. The ad looks different now, doesn't it? I don't know what they'll do next, but don't be fooled."

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In ruling Don't Ask, Don't Tell unconstitutional, U.S. District Judge Virginia Philips said she will issue an injunction to stop the military from enforcing the policy.

In her ruling, in which she said DADT violates the Fifth and First Amendment rights of gay and lesbian service members, Philips agreed to issue an injunction against the policy. She gave the plaintiffs, the Log Cabin Republicans, until Sept. 16 to submit a proposed injunction and the defendants, in this case the U.S. government, another seven days to object.

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The new Rasmussen poll of the Connecticut Senate race shows Democrat Richard Blumenthal leading Republican Linda McMahon by nine points.

[TPM SLIDESHOW: Bringing The Smackdown: Linda McMahon's Campaign For Senate, And Her Colorful Pro-Wrestling Past]

The numbers: Blumenthal 53%, McMahon 44%. The survey of likely voters has a ±4.5% margin of error. In the previous Rasmussen poll from a month ago, taken right after McMahon had won the Republican primary, Blumenthal led by 47%-40%.

The TPM Poll Average gives Blumenthal a lead of 50.1%-42.1%.

A low-cost airline wants flight attendants to fly airplanes in case of emergency. The reason: Having two pilots in the cockpit is too expensive. That's great, because I really can't wait to see Steven Slater landing a 747 at JFK.

The father of the idea is none other than Michael O'Leary, the CEO of Ryanair, the most famous low-cost airline in Europe. O'Leary does a lot of seemingly stupid things, but he's a very smart man too. In this case, he may be completely right too.

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