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AIG has responded to the letter from Rep. Ed Towns requesting information about the company's PR expenses, that we first reported on yesterday -- and which has now been picked up by Reuters, Bloomberg, and ABC News, among others.

Here's the statement they sent us:

In more than 30 media appearances since the beginning of the year and elsewhere, Mr. Greenberg and his lawyers have made false and misleading statements about AIG, including his role in creating AIG Financial Products and its credit default swap business, as well as the circumstances surrounding his forced departure from AIG during an accounting fraud investigation. We look forward to providing Congressman Towns with background on why it has been necessary to correct these and other misstatements, which are both misleading to the American public and damaging to AIG and its ability to repay taxpayers.

This issue is not about AIG's corporate public relations expenditures, which are down sharply since last year. It is about correcting Mr. Greenberg's false and damaging statements.

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NYT: White House Making Plans To Reveal Bank Information The New York Times reports that the Obama Administration is drawing up plans to publicly reveal key information from the stress tests for the 19 biggest banks in the country. All are expected to pass the tests, but some would do so better than others. After initial reluctance to make this move, it has been decided that doing so will better help prevent the kind of market uncertainty that would send investors fleeing.

Obama's Day Ahead President Obama will be delivering a speech at 11:55 a.m. ET from the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, recognizing Tax Day by discussing his efforts to make a fairer tax code and provide more tax relief for working families. Obama will meet for lunch with Vice President Biden at 12:30 p.m. ET, and at 4 p.m. ET he will meet with U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk.

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The Democratic National Committee announced tonight that they're airing a radio ad in the Twin Cities media market, calling on Norm Coleman to concede defeat after the three-judge court ruled that Al Franken won the election -- the first major step in real political mobilization by either side after last night's verdict.

The announcer starts off by reading the legal language from the court's opinion, that Franken won the highest number of votes and is entitled to the certificate of election, and then emphasizing that Franken is the winner. "Yet Coleman, and national Republicans who want to thwart the will of the voters, have vowed to file more appeals and hopeless legal challenges that will only result in more delay," she then says.

The ad concludes by asking listeners to call Norm Coleman and tell him that it's time to concede defeat: "Tell Norm Coleman to stop putting his political ambition ahead of what is right for Minnesota."

The ad can be heard here.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) has now published an op-ed piece lambasting the campaign of GOP candidate Jim Tedisco, for challenging her absentee ballot and keeping it out of the count for now in the special election for her old House seat:

Today the Republicans stooped to a new low by challenging my ballot. The Republican's challenge is frivolous and without merit.


Their latest move to challenge my ballot is part of a much larger attempt to disenfranchise legal Democratic voters and delay Scott Murphy's inevitable victory in the 20th.

National Republicans are trying to turn the 20th District of New York into the next Minnesota. It is wrong.

The reason Gillibrand's ballot is being challenged is that the Republicans allege she was in her home county on Election Day, and thus wasn't legally qualified to vote absentee and should have gone to the polls. Gillibrand spokesman Matt Canter told TPM that Gillibrand was in Albany that day, and was never in the district at all.

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Eagle-eyed reader B.K. passes along this tidbit which we missed from late last week.

As we told you, former New York GOP congressman -- and Jack Abramoff buddy -- John Sweeney last week was charged with a felony DUI after he told officers who stopped his car that he was in "big trouble" and refused to take a roadside sobriety test. But later in the week, a local New York news channel reported that Sweeney's court appearance, scheduled for last Friday, had been postponed.

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I see via Politico that House GOP Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) has put together an online "Solutions Center," which purports to answer the four big questions Americans are asking. Patrick O'Connor and Mike Allen see this as the GOP scrambling "to show it has ideas," which suggests, perhaps, that they didn't spend too much time on the site. Because in all their scrambling, House Republicans didn't come up with much that hasn't already cost them the last two elections.

Here's an abbreviated version of the problems Americans face, and the solutions the GOP is positing.

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The RNC has (finally) released a statement in support of Norm Coleman's (predictable) decision to appeal last night's court ruling in Minnesota. We were wondering whether behind the scenes the RNC might be on the verge of throwing in the towel...but no. It's the Michael Steele Show now. It's just very, very slow.

Full statement below the jump.

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Bloggers of the world: It's quite possible that you can blame me for the fact that the Virginia GOP took down that lesbian soft-core pornography that was linked from their YouTube page. (And how exactly did it get there, anyway?)

Earlier today, it was discovered that the Virginia Republican Party's YouTube account had selected as a favorite video to link to a soft-core porno video of what appeared to be two women speaking to each other in Russian, having a conversation over some marital aids and then making out. (Obviously, this is not safe for the workplace.)

After I contacted Virginia GOP chairman Gerry Scimeca and asked him who put this there, he looked into it for a bit and then got back to me a little while later. "The video has been taken down," said Scimeca. "Apparently it was some kind of internet prank. So it's down now."

When I asked him how exactly this happened, or whether he knew who did it, he said that "from what I understand you would need a password. So whoever posted it somehow got ahold of a password."

"This happens on occasions," he added. "You see candidates' Web sites or party Web sites will get pranked. I've seen it before. It's unfortunate but there are enough depraved people out there who will do this."

We've saved a screenshot of the old page.

A young participant makes his way toward the finish line at the White House Easter Egg Roll on Monday, April 13.

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President Obama is joined by his daughters Sasha and Malia to help start things off.

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President Obama greets children preparing to participate in the Easter Egg on the South Lawn of the White House.

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President Obama watches a youngster shooting hoops on the White House basketball court.

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A young girl is welcomed to the Roll by President Obama.

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President Obama uses Rabbit Ears as a microphone while technicians try to fix the microphones on stage.

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A young child rolls her egg toward the finish line.
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Families pose for photos.

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The President and the First Lady watch as children participate in rolling eggs across the South Lawn.

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Jump rope performers draw a big crowd on the South Lawn of the White House.

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President Obama, joined by First Lady Michelle Obama, their daughters, Sasha and Malia, and Michelle Obama's mother, Marian Robinson, prepares to read "Where The Wild Things Are" to a group of children.

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The Obama family waves from the South Portico of the White House to guests attending the White House Easter Egg Roll.

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