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It's tough being Blanche Lincoln these days. Her approval ratings are in the tank, and she faces a bleak reelection landscape, assuming she defeats her primary challenger. By and large, she's dealt with this reality by distancing herself from the Democratic party, in an at-times heavy handed fashion--so why is she now paying for an ad that boasts, "[w]hen Blanche Lincoln, our U.S. Senator, helped President Barack Obama pass health care reform, the tea party and insurance companies attacked her. But she didn't back down"?

It's because that ad is running on black radio.

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The Republican Governors Association released the following statement today announcing its first-quarter fundraising for 2010. The Democratic Governors Association also released its fundraising numbers today.

The Republican Governors Association announced today that it received contributions totaling $9.04 million in the first quarter of 2010 and holds $31.2 million cash-on-hand.

"The smart money is with the RGA this year," said RGA executive director Nick Ayers. "We are receiving a record number of donations from supporters at all levels because they are confident in our strategy and know we will win back a majority of governorships this November."

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FBI agents found 46 guns and 13,000 rounds of ammunition in the Indiana home of one of the nine alleged members of the Hutaree Christian militia, prosecutors said at a hearing Wednesday.

That man, Thomas Piatek, was ordered held without bond and will face charges with the other charged Hutaree members in Detroit.

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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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