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In Roseto, Pa., a carnival company closed down a shooter game called "Alien Attack," after complaints and news stories that President Obama was one of the targets.

The black "alien leader" is holding a scroll titled "Health Bill" and wearing a presidential seal belt buckle. He also has antennae and a troll doll with a KISS T-shirt on his shoulder.

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Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) will vote against Elena Kagan's confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court this afternoon, the freshman announced in a statement. Brown said he does not believe Kagan has enough experience since she hasn't served on the bench.

Brown said Kagan lacks "both" practical courtroom experience and having served on the bench, which he said was his main concern.

Brown has been a sometimes-vote for the Democrats, and as recently as yesterday aides said they believed he would be backing Obama's nominee. As we've written, Brown has crossed party lines several times.

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The Department of Justice today unsealed indictments against 14 people, a number of them U.S. citizens, accused of "providing money, personnel and services" to the Somali terrorist group al-Shabaab. Ten are accused of leaving the country to join the group. According to the DOJ release, seven of the defendants had been previously charged. Two of the suspects were arrested today.

"The indictments unsealed today shed further light on a deadly pipeline that has routed funding and fighters to the al-Shabaab terror organization from cities across the United States," said Attorney General Eric Holder.

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The Tennessee primary tonight will again test the electability of Rep. Steve Cohen in a Democratic primary, with the liberal Congressman seeking his third term as the white representative of a majority-black district. And headed into today's vote, all signs point to him easily passing that test.

Cohen is being challenged in the primary by former Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton. Cohen is heavily favored to win, and has far outdistanced Herenton in fundraising. FEC records show that through July 16, Cohen had raised $898,832, spent $487,412 and had $892,102 on hand (including extra cash rolled over from the previous cycle). By contrast, Herenton raised only $42,750, spent $17,326, and had $25,422 on hand. Indeed, Cohen has even received a donation from the Congressional Black Caucus's PAC, a caucus that he has unsuccessfully attempted to join in the past. And one poll has predicted a landslide win for Cohen.

Herenton has made his campaign centrally about race, arguing that Tennessee's currently all-white Congressional delegation should have a black member from this majority African-American district. "I believe that it is very clear to the majority of the citizens of this community that we lack representation. And all we are seeking is just one, well-qualified, African-American to serve in an 11-member Tennessee delegation that is currently all white," Herenton has said. Herenton has also accused Cohen of "trying to act black," and has implored voters to "come off that Cohen plantation and get on the Herenton freedom train."

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A lot of attention has been paid to what Republicans are saying about plans to build a Muslim community center near Ground Zero in New York City, but many New York Democrats have been relatively silent on the issue.

Here's a round-up of what some prominent New York Democrats are saying -- or not saying -- about the Cordoba House plans, which won a key legislative approval earlier this week.

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Sharron Angle can save herself a phone call inviting Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to campaign for her this fall in her bid to unseat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Reporters today asked McConnell (R-KY) if he would campaign for Angle (R-NV) as his party attempts to win more Senate seats in the midterm elections.

"I will not go to Nevada," McConnell told a handful of reporters following a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor. "I don't think it's appropriate."

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Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-VA) is not taking a position on the idea of nullification -- the notion that a state can unilaterally override a federal law (and a notion that has been consistently rejected in federal courts).

The Roanoke Times reports on McDonnell's appearance at a town hall meeting on Wednesday:

He also fielded questions about how to deal with the problems of illegal immigration, the influence of lobbyists, losses in education funding, the placement of electricity-generating windmills and the constitutional question of "nullification."

While complimenting the questioner on his knowledge of the Constitution, McDonnell declined to say whether he backed that notion, a legal argument that a state may invalidate or nullify a federal law it believes violates the 10th Amendment's delegation to the states or the people all rights not designated to the federal government.

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Yesterday, a federal judge ruled that Proposition 8 -- the voter initiative that amended the California Constitution to define marriage as heterosexual -- is unconstitutional. The usual pro-Prop 8, anti-gay marriage suspects began hollering almost immediately.

Here, the best of the best (or worst, depending on how you look at it):

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Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer's still out in front of Republican nominee Carly Fiorina in California's Senate race, a new Rasmussen poll reports. The survey puts Boxer in the lead, 45%-40%.

The new numbers are in line with past polling from Rasmussen, which since May has shown Boxer with a lead wavering between five and seven points. Most post-primary polls also give Boxer the edge, although a July 11 SurveyUSA poll showed Fiorina up two.

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A contested GOP primary in Connecticut is turning ugly, and, with just days to go before voters choose a nominee, an insurgent is accusing the Republican-endorsed candidate of engaging in illegal electioneering activities.

The controversy centers on an unsolicited mailer from the campaign of State Sen. Sam Caligiuri, which includes both a letter and an absentee ballot application. In the letter, Caligiuri identifies himself not as the Republican-endorsed candidate, but as the "Republican nominee."

"As the Republican nominee to take on [Democrat] Chris Murphy, I hope I can count on your support in the August 10th primary," the letter reads.

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