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The Democratic Governors Association released the following statement yesterday announcing record-breaking fundraising for 2010. The Republican Governors Association also released its fundraising numbers today.

Washington, D.C. - The Democratic Governors Association raised more the in the first quarter of 2010 than any other quarter in its history, capitalizing on growing intensity from the grassroots and putting the organization on track for a third consecutive record-breaking year, DGA Chair Gov. Jack Markell announced today.

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Sen. John McCain's (R-AZ) call for the deployment of troops to the U.S. border with Mexico has set off a war of words over immigration in the Arizona GOP Senate primary. Rep. J.D. Hayworth, who's trying to defeat McCain for the GOP nomination by attacking him from the right, immediately called McCain's plan a cynical political ploy that takes advantage of the death of an Arizona rancher. The McCain campaign, not surprisingly, says it's simply shocked anyone would accuse him of playing politics with the issue.

"I'm glad John McCain has decided to join the effort to secure our borders," Hayworth said in a statement. "I only wish this same passion and fervor had come sooner. One day of anger and outrage does not make up for 28 years of inaction."

But he also went farther, suggesting that McCain was using the death of Arizona rancher Robert Krentz -- who neighbors say was recently shot to death by someone who crossed the border illegally onto Krentz' southern Arizona ranch -- to run away from a record on immigration reform that's left him vulnerable to attacks from the right.

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Geithner: Unemployment Will 'Stay Unacceptably High For A Very Long Time' In an appearance on the Today show, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner said that unemployment is "still terribly high and is going to stay unacceptably high for a very long time," as a result of the damage caused by the recession. "Just because this was the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression," Geithner said, "a huge amount of damage was done to businesses and families across the country ... and it's going to take us a long time to heal that damage."

Obama's Day Roundup President Obama will receive his daily briefing at 9:30 a.m. ET. He will depart from Andrews Air Force Base at 1:20 p.m. ET, arriving in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, at 2:35 p.m. ET. He will then arrive in Portland, Maine, at 3:05 p.m. ET. He will deliver remarks on health insurance reform at 3:25 p.m. ET. He will depart from Portsmouth at 4:55 p.m. ET, arriving at 5:40 p.m. ET in Boston, Massachusetts. He will deliver remarks at a DNC fundraising reception at 6:05 p.m. ET, and at a DNC fundraiser at 8:05 p.m. ET. He will depart from Boston at 8:45 p.m. ET, arriving back at Andrews Air Force Base at 10:05 p.m. ET.

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House Democrats who weren't there for the party on the final health care vote are starting to see the consequences. Despite long enjoying the support of organized labor, Rep. Tim Holden (D-PA) will not be receiving an endorsement from the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO in his primary campaign against challenger Sheila Dow Ford.

"He's been good to us on a number of bread-and-butter issues, but this was a revolutionary, historical vote," Pennsylvania AFL-CIO President Bill George told the Republican Herald in an interview yesterday. And that means they'll be withholding their vigorous door-to-door campaign.

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Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) released the following statement today in response to President Obama's announcement to permit offshore drilling for oil and gas:

The Obama Administration's announcement today has set the stage for the largest expansion of the offshore drilling program since its inception in 1953. This is a welcome change in federal policy that will create thousands of jobs and put America on a path to a more secure energy future. This is the absolute right step for the country. Today's announcement signals that this administration is serious about a jobs and energy security policy. Expanded onshore and offshore drilling for oil and natural gas creates high quality jobs here in America, while making our country more secure and less dependent on oil from unstable and often hostile governments.

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The head of the Family Research Council will ask the group's members to stop donating to the Republican National Committee after FEC reports revealed that the committee had spent $2,000 at a nightclub that features topless dancers, Politico reports.

In an email to supporters, Tony Perkins writes, "I've hinted at this before, but now I am saying it-don't give money to the RNC. ... If you want to put money into the political process, and I encourage you to do so, give directly to candidates who you know reflect your values."

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In a radio interview with Chris Fitzsimon, Director of North Carolina Policy Watch, Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) said that he might not seek full repeal of President Obama's health care overhaul -- even though some Republican lawmakers have promised to run on repeal.

Apparently in response to criticism that Republicans have become the "party of no," Burr said, "I don't believe it's good enough to be against something, you have to be for something."

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President Barack Obama is thanking his supporters for their help on health care reform in a new video posted by Organizing For America.

Speaking immediately before taking the stage at an Iowa City rally on March 25, Obama said: "We were able to get the kind of grassroots support all across the country that was able to sustain this effort during a very difficult process, and part of the reason we were able to get it done was because you were knocking on doors, you were making phone calls... it shows that you can make a difference, the same way you made a difference during my campaign."

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