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Finally a reason for liberals to love Sharron Angle?

In a 2004 candidate questionnaire, the Nevada Republican Senate hopeful indicated she was "undecided" on the Patriot Act, the post-9/11 law that expanded the power of police and the government and has long drawn the ire of civil libertarians, according to a copy of the questionnaire obtained by TPM.

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Ten days of constant and often mocking media coverage has done nothing to damage the self-esteem of South Carolina Democratic Senate candidate Alvin Greene -- just the opposite.

Time catches up with Greene at his Manning, South Carolina, home as he begins to show signs of megalomania:

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Democrats and their allies in the Nevada Senate race have been gearing up to make Sharron Angle's position on phasing out Social Security and Medicare a big issue in the campaign.

The Alliance for Retired Americans, an AFL-CIO-affiliated group, has been staging a series of events of senior citizens throughout the state. An event was held outside of an Angle campaign office late last week, and a demonstration also occurred at the state Republican headquarters this week. Another event was also held Wednesday, at the Cambridge Community Center in Las Vegas, and another event is set for Thursday in Sparks.

We asked Alliance spokesperson Laura Markwardt about the organization's push going forward. "It's definitely a big issue for Nevada and nationally, as the senior population grows in this country," said Markwardt. "Sharron Angle's stances are obviously -- she's come out and said some very abrasive things, has some dangerous plans and would like to dismantle Social Security and Medicare."

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BP's Hayward To Tell Congress He Is 'Personally Devastated' By Disaster BP CEO Tony Hayward is set to testify today before the House Energy and Commerce Committee's subcommittee on oversight and investigations. According to prepared remarks, Hayward will say that he is "personally devastated, and that the explosion and sinking of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig, and the resulting underwater oil gusher "never should have happened - and I am deeply sorry that they did."

Obama's Day Ahead President Obama will receive the presidential daily briefing at 10 a.m. ET, the economic briefing at 10:30 a.m. ET, and a briefing at 11 a.m. ET on the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. He will meet at 11:35 p.m. ET with the Veterans of Foreign War's New Commander in Chief Tommy Tradewell. He will meet at 2:25 p.m. ET with Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. He will meet at 2:45 p.m. ET with senior advisers. He will meet at 3:15 p.m. ET with Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, at 3:45 p.m. ET with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and at 4:30 p.m. ET with Marine Corps Commandant Nominee General James Amos.

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The Republican Study Committee, a group of conservative members of the House, released a statement today calling the $20 billion BP escrow account a "Chicago-style political shakedown."

"BP's reported willingness to go along with the White House's new fund suggests that the Obama Administration is hard at work exerting its brand of Chicago-style shakedown politics, wrote chairman Tom Price (R-GA). "These actions are emblematic of a politicization of our economy that has been borne out of this Administration's drive for greater power and control."

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Via ThinkProgress: Yesterday, after Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle met with Senate Republicans for the first time, Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) commented to Fox News on her performance.

"She did a good job. She's an articulate lady," Isakson said. "This was an introduction. It wasn't the kind of speech you would give to the unwashed back home. She was talking to her colleagues."

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Amy Bishop, the Alabama biology professor who allegedly shot three colleagues to death in February, was indicted today in Massachusetts for the murder of her brother at their Braintree, Massachusetts, home in 1986.

As TPMmuckraker has reported, the shooting of Bishop's brother Seth was presented as an accident at the time. She was not charged. But after the alleged Alabama shootings this year, media reports indicated the investigation of the 1986 incident was rife with irregularities.

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On May 5, BP CEO Tony Hayward told Congress in a closed-door briefing that, in the worst-case scenario, the oil well in the Gulf Coast would leak 60,000 barrels of oil per day.

Back then, official government estimates said the well was leaking 5,000 barrels of oil every day. Those estimates have since been repeatedly revised, most recently to reflect an estimated leakage of 35,000-60,000 barrels of oil per day.

Here's a look at how the estimates evolved over time:

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June 8, 2010: South Carolina unknown Alvin Greene wins the Democratic Senatorial primary against party-backed Vic Rawl to face Sen. Jim DeMint in the general election. But following his win, Greene is the subject of a series of bizarre revelations, including that he is unemployed, lives at home, didn't exactly campaign for his position, and is facing an obscenity charge. House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) even accuses Greene of being one of three "plants" in his state, part of a greater conspiracy to subvert the voting process.

But Greene is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the craziness that seems to consistently emerge from South Carolina. This got us thinking about our favorite recent (and classic) scandals from the Palmetto State...

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June 4, 2010: South Carolina State. Sen. Jake Knotts (R) refers to Republican gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley (who is of Sikh descent) as a "raghead." Though he is called upon to resign by other GOPers, Knotts refuses because the loss of "us rednecks" would leave a "void" in the GOP.

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May 24, 2010: South Carolina blogger Will Folks claims he and Nikki Haley had an "inappropriate physical relationship" and releases text messages that he claims prove the allegation. The texts, purportedly exchanged between Folks and Haley campaign manager Tim Pearson have messages like "your the one who screwed her." Haley denies the affair, even after a second SC GOP consultant claims to have had an affair with her. She later says she will resign if she wins the election and the claims are proven to be true.


April 26, 2010: Haley isn't the only candidate for South Carolina governor who has made headlines. Her opponent in the Republican primary, Lt. Governor Andre Bauer, gets some attention for saying that "flat-out lazy" people are the real cause of the immigration problem in the U.S., because "people would rather sit home and do nothing than do these jobs." Bauer has previously compared poor people to "stray animals," saying "if you give an animal or a person ample food supply, they will reproduce, especially ones that don't think too much further than that."


September 9, 2009: Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) raises eyebrows when he shouts "you lie" at President Obama during an address to Congress about health care reform. Obama had just said that the bill will not cover illegal immigrants, prompting Wilson's heckle, which then prompts a round of boos from other House members.

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June 18, 2009: Gov. Mark Sanford (R) kicks off his whirlwind disappearance tour, vanishing for a few days before claiming he had just been "hiking the Appalachian Trail." Of course, he is soon caught disembarking from a flight from Argentina, and later admits he was there visiting his mistress.


December 14, 2003: Essie Mae Washington-Williams comes forward at 78 to reveal she is the daughter of the late Sen. Strom Thurmond and a black woman who once worked as a maid in the Thurmond household. Thurmond was a well-known segregationist in his time, and even conducted a 24-hour filibuster by himself in opposition to the Civil Rights Act of 1957.

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May 22, 1856: Rep. Preston Brooks (D-SC) nearly beats Sen. Charles Sumner (R-MA) to death with his wooden cane on the Senate floor. A few days earlier, Sumner had made a speech comparing Andrew Butler, a Brooks relative, to Don Quixote, and mocked Butler's handicap.

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The man who owns a bounty hunting firm tracking Minuteman founder Chris Simcox is himself a former Minuteman, one who has personal beef with Simcox.

Simcox, who co-founded the Minuteman Project in 2005 to protect the U.S.-Mexico border from illegal immigrants, has been court-ordered to stay away from his ex-wife and to surrender his firearms to the Scottsdale Police Department. His ex-wife requested the order after, she says, Simcox pointed a gun at her and threatened to kill her and her children.

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