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Did Michael Steele pull the wool over the eyes of the Tea Partiers he met with last night? Or is the RNC chair just not so up on what his party's doing? Or was there just a big misunderstanding?

An Indiana Tea Partier, Greg Fettig, said he asked Steele whether national Republicans had recruited Dan Coats into the GOP Senate race, CNN reports. There were already several Republican candidates before Coats entered the race, and Fettig said Tea Party activists in the state are "adamantly against" Coats, a former senator who now works as a Washington lobbyist.

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It's not exactly "We the people."

Conservatives have published their "Mount Vernon Statement" -- which is modeled after the Sharon Statement of 1960 -- states that America's "founding ideas" are "under sustained attack" and have "been undermined and redefined in our culture, our universities and our politics."

The change we urgently need, a change consistent with the American ideal, is not movement away from but toward our founding principles. At this important time, we need a restatement of Constitutional conservatism grounded in the priceless principle of ordered liberty articulated in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

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A man who was working at the newspaper distribution center where police apprehended a fleeing Amy Bishop after she killed her brother in 1986 tells TPMmuckraker that investigators never followed up with him, even though Bishop had threatened him with a shotgun, demanding to know if he had a car.

The revelation is at least the second -- and possibly the third -- known instance of Bishop pointing her gun at people she encountered after fleeing her home. And it provides more evidence of possible police missteps in the investigation of the shooting of Seth Bishop -- which was ruled an accident, mainly on the word of Seth and Amy's mother.

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Everyone loved Google's "Parisian Love" Super Bowl ad, right? Well, the National Republican Senatorial Committee is borrowing its style in a new web video slamming Democrats.

Implying that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid takes bribes and that the stimulus is an "epic fail," the GOP video isn't quite as touching as Google's original.

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Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) told Morning Joe today that he's opposed to changing the Senate's filibuster rules. He also spoke to the virtues of partisanship.

Dodd, who recently announced he will retire from the Senate this year, said he thinks it would be "foolish" to change filibuster rules.

"I'm totally opposed to the idea of changing the filibuster rules. I think that's foolish, in my view," he said.

The problem, he said, was a lack of civility in the Senate, stemming from a lack of "chemistry" among senators.

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The Conservative Political Action Committee is the most establishment of all the gatherings on the right, but the tea partiers will be in on the action.

When CPAC kicks off tomorrow in Washington, members of the tea party movement will be on hand. They are sort of strange bedfellows, since tea party members insist they aren't about the Republican party and CPAC is viewed as the marquis event for the GOP and its potential presidential candidates. As we've been writing, Republicans across the country have been trying to harness the tea party energy for their own races as anti-establishment sentiment sweeps the nation in the leadup to the midterm elections.

There are plenty of divisions from within the tea party umbrella as well - a split between groups like the Tea Party Nation which charged $549 for its recent convention and citizens who say the last thing they want is to be an official third party.

Despite these fissures, top officials with tea party groups will speak and the documentary about the Tea Party will be on hand. Rapper Hi-Caliber, who stars in Tea Party material, even plans to perform.

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Biden: U.S. Got 'Money's Worth' Out Of Stimulus In an interview with the CBS Early Show, Vice President Biden said that taxpayers have "gotten their money's worth" out of the stimulus bill, saying that it had saved as many as two million jobs. Biden also said that more benefits would come, explaining that the bill was designed to be implemented in two stages: "we've only been halfway through the act."

Obama's Day Ahead President Obama and Vice President Biden will receive the presidential daily briefing at 9:15 a.m. ET, and the economic daily briefing at 9:45 a.m. ET. Obama will deliver remarks at 10:25 a.m. ET, on the one-year anniversary of the signing of the stimulus bill. Obama will meet at 11 a.m. ET with his national security team on Afghanistan. Obama and Biden will meet at 12:05 p.m. ET with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Obama will have lunch at 12:50 p.m. ET with King Juan Carlos I of Spain. Obama and Biden will meet at 2:30 p.m. ET with Gen. Ray Odierno and Ambassador to Iraq Chris Hill. Obama will meet with senior advisers at 3:15 p.m. ET. Obama will make a call to NASA astronauts at 5:15 p.m. ET.

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New numbers from the ABC News/Washington Post poll reveal Americans of all political stripes are overwhelmingly upset with the Supreme Court's decision to allow more corporate money into electoral politics.

As the Post reports, the results from the poll are undeniably negative toward the decision. Sixty-five percent of respondents said they were "strongly opposed" to the ruling, with 72% saying they supported congressional action to reinstate the campaign fundraising limits the Supreme Court removed in the Citzens United case.

The negativity cuts equally across party lines, according to the poll.

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The Norfolk County District Attorney has found and released the missing Braintree police report describing the 1986 incident in which Amy Bishop killed her teenage brother.

The DA concludes that, "The analysis of the newly received documents, as well as the previously released March 30, 1987 State Police report indicate that probable cause existed at that time to place Amy Bishop under arrest charged with: Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, Chap. 265 Sec. 15B Carrying a Dangerous Weapon, Chap. 269 Sec. 10, 12D Unlawful possession of ammunition, Chap. 269 Ch. 10 (h)"

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