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Rep. Michelle Bachmann's (R-MN) House Tea Party Caucus debut yesterday mimicked the tea party movement it hopes to represent in Washington -- it was confusing, bumbling and offered a dearth of solid policy goals.

Bachmann says the caucus aims to be a "receptacle" in Washington D.C. for the tea party's frustration with spending, taxes, socialism and, uh, billboard design. But if the caucus' first day is any impression, Bachmann's group will also mirror the amateurish political organizing of the movement.

[TPM SLIDESHOW: Meet The Tea Party Caucus]

Before yesterday's unbelievably diverse press conference introducing the caucus got underway, a Bachmann staffer handed out a list of the 28 Republicans that Bachmann's office said were members of the caucus. Before we fourth estaters could fold the thing up and dutifully bury it in a pocket somewhere, we were told the list was wrong -- it was missing Rep. John Mica (R-FL), we were told.

The trouble is, Mica isn't in the Tea Party Caucus -- as a general rule, he doesn't join caucuses ever, his staff told reporters. Turns out that wasn't the only thing wrong with the list -- or the last stumble of the caucus roll-out.

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Former Nevada state Rep. Sharron Angle, the Republican nominee for Senate against Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid, is still getting the hang of holding a "press conference" with the media. At an event Wednesday, Angle spoke for three minutes on cutting taxes -- and then quickly left when the assembled reporters tried to ask her questions.

The funniest thing, as shown in tracking video from the Nevada Democratic Party, is that Angle's host seemingly invited the reporters to ask questions -- then Angle suddenly walked away without saying anything.

As CNN points out, the event was in fact billed as a press conference in Angle's own campaign events schedule. It should also be noted that Angle has previously said she avoids interviews with mainstream media outlets that would ask her tough questions, opting for conservative media where she can raise money from viewers.

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Shirley Sherrod said this morning on CNN that she would like to "get back at" Andrew Breitbart.

Asked if she would consider a defamation suit against Breibart, the conservative blogger who posted the edited clip that got her fired, she said, "I really think I should."

"I don't know a lot about the legal profession but that's one person I'd like to get back at, because he came at me. He didn't go after the NAACP; he came at me," she went on.

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House To Vote On Jobless Benefits The House is set to vote today to extend unemployment benefits, after the Senate gave its approval Wednesday night. The Senate's vote came after months of gridlock in attaining the necessary 60-vote supermajority to break a Republican filibuster, and the legislation is expected to be quickly signed by President Obama after final passage by the House.

Obama's Day Ahead President Obama will receive the presidential daily briefing at 9:30 a.m. ET, will receive the economic daily briefing at 10 a.m. ET, and will meet at 10:45 a.m. ET with senior advisers. At 11:25 a.m. ET, he will deliver remarks and sign the receives the Presidential Daily Briefing. He will meet at 1:30 p.m. ET with Gen. Ray Odierno and Ambassador to Iraq Christopher Hill. He will meet at 3 p.m. ET with Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner.

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In defending his decision to fire Shirley Sherrod, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack explained multiple times that his department has a "sordid" and "checkered" history of both overt and institutionalized racism. But with the term "racism" being tossed around rather a lot recently, it is important to understand both what he meant -- and what role that acknowledged racism played in Shirley Sherrod's life.

It's also important to understand that Andrew Breitbart's timing of the release of the grossly distorted video of Sherrod, which he admits having had for weeks, may not be entirely random. Congress will soon vote on whether to fund part of a settlement between the USDA and African-American farmers who faced acknowledged discrimination -- farmers like Sherrod and her husband used to be. It's a tiny piece of the upcoming war supplemental bill.

The USDA settlements with African-American farmers are a longtime bête noire of the right, which they deem a giveaway to a core Democratic constituency. It's not clear whether Brietbart's release of the video was specifically intended to hurt the chances of other African-America farmers to receive recompense from decades of discrimination that caused them to lose their farms, but conservatives immediately used the video to attack the settlement. The discrimination claims, known globally as the Pigford settlement, is the elephant in the room, so here's the background.

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They say you can never go back, but if there's one thing TPM has learned over the years, it's that Glenn Beck doesn't adhere to conventional wisdom. Which is why we cooked up some Easy Mac, cracked open a Keystone Light, and revisited TPM: The College Years by enrolling in the online lecture series known as "Beck University."

In the latest installment Wednesday night, called "Charity 101," we learned what charity has to do with federalism. (Hint: Nothing.)

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1||July 21, 2010: Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) debuts her House "Tea Party Caucus," a group of roughly three dozen conservative House members who aim to give voice to the Tea Party movement on Capitol Hill. (There's actually been some confusion on Bachmann's end about who exactly is a member and who isn't, but we're going off her latest list).

So without further ado: Meet the Tea Party Caucus.||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

2||Louie Gohmert (R-TX)||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

3||Steve King (R-IA)||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

4||Paul Broun (R-GA)||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

5||Michele Bachmann (R-MN)||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

6||Dan Burton (R-IN)||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

7||John Culberson (R-TX)||Jeff Malet/maletphoto.com&&

8||Joe Barton (R-TX)||WDCPIX.com&&

9||Michael Burgess (R-TX)||Newscom/RollCall&&

10||Pete Hoekstra (R-MI)||WDCPIX.com&&

11||Phil Gingrey (R-GA)||WDCPIX.com&&

12||Trent Franks (R-AZ)||Newscom/CQ&&

13||Gary Miller (R-CA)||Newscom/KRT&&

14||Jerry Moran (R-KS)||Newscom/RollCall&&

15||Mike Pence (R-IN)||Newscom/Zuma&&

16||John Carter (R-TX)||Newscom/CQ&&

17||Tom Price (R-GA)||Newscom/UPI&&

18||Joe Wilson (R-SC)||Getty Images&&

19||John Fleming (R-LA)||Newscom/RollCall&&

20||Cynthia Lummis (R-WY)||Newscom/RollCall&&

21||Walter Jones (R-NC)||Newscom/RollCall&&

22||Randy Neugebauer (R-TX)||Newscom/UPI&&

23||Pete Sessions (R-TX)||Newscom/UPI&&

24||Cliff Stearns (R-FL)||Newscom/CQ&&

25||Todd Tiahrt (R-KS)||.gov&&

26||Lamar Smith (R-TX)||Newscom/RollCall&&

27||Doug Lamborn (R-CO)||.gov&&

28||Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD)||Wikimedia Commons&&

29||Denny Rehberg (R-MT)||Newscom/UPI&&

30||Todd Akin (R-MO)||Wikimedia Commons&&

31||Tom McClintock (R-CA)||cc: McClintock for Congress&&

32||Rodney Alexander (R-LA)||Wikimedia Commons&&

33||Rob Bishop (R-UT)||Newscom/KRT&&

34||Tom Graves (R-GA)||Newscom/RollCall&&

35||Adrian Smith (R-NE)||.gov&&

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