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In his news conference today, President Obama said he is concerned about copycat Koran-burners even after a Florida pastor has suspended his planned bonfire.

"Part of my concern is that we don't have a whole bunch of folks across the country thinking, this is the way to get attention," he said. "This is a way of endangering our troops, our sons and daughters."

"You don't play games with that," he said.

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As the 2010 congressional campaign shapes up to be the most expensive in history, a Supreme Court decision and unclear campaign finance regulations have thrown some of the rules out the door -- and one campaign finance expert tells TPM this is the least regulated election in recent history.

House and Senate candidates in the 2010 election cycle have raised nearly $1.2 billion, and they're on track to spend more money than candidates did in 2004, 2006 and 2008, according to an Associated Press analysis.

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Colorado Republican gubernatorial nominee Dan Maes spoke last night to a group of conservative activists -- and further addressed the crisis of many top Republicans telling him to drop out of the race over his gaffe-riddled campaign. Many of them have endorsed the third-party candidacy of former Republican Congressman Tom Tancredo.

As the Durango Herald reports, Maes particularly acknowledged the defection of former state Senate President John Andrews: "John was probably the most painful because he was a great mentor."

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What a difference a poll makes. A new survey of likely voters in Florida shows wealthy former hospital executive Rick Scott, the state's Republican gubernatorial nominee, running very close to Democratic nominee and state Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink. The poll, conducted by Republican-leaning firm Susquehanna for the news site Sunshine State News, shows Sink ahead 44-42. There is no past poll for direct comparison.

A CNN/Time poll of registered voters in Florida released Tuesday showed Sink with a comfortable seven-point lead. The new Susquehanna numbers suggest that despite the state and national GOP's trepidations when it comes to Scott, the self-funding tea party-backed millionaire has what it takes to beat Sink.

Past polls of the race -- most of which included independent-but-Democratic-leaning candidate Bud Chiles, who dropped out of the race recently and endorsed Sink -- showed the Democratic nominee with a healthy lead over Scott in the general election fight. If the new Susquehanna numbers are to be believed, that narrative may be changing.

Jon Ralston, one of the biggest names in Nevada political journalism, is hopping mad with Republican Senate nominee Sharron Angle, accusing her campaign of dishonestly canceling a scheduled debate with Harry Reid, after Ralston had worked hard to arrange it.

When Angle appeared in late June on Ralston's show, Face to Face, she challenged Reid to come on the show alongside her for a debate. Ralston clearly liked the idea, and worked to nail down a future date with the two campaigns. He then announced last night on his Twitter account that the event would be held on October 21 -- only to follow up by saying that Angle's team was pulling out.

Ralston's tweets from last night tell the humorous story. First there was this:

So you thought there would only be one #nvsen debate? Not so: Reid and Angle have now agreed to debate on F2F on Oct. 21 in Reno. #gameon


However, it was quickly followed about an hour later by this:

Thought I had seen it all in #nvsen, tweeps: Just got a call from Team Angle spox. Now he says they are not agreeing to debate. #shootme

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Elena Kagan's recent appointment to the Supreme Court means that Staten Island is the only borough of New York not represented among the Justices. So Daily Show correspondent Wyatt Cenac (with a little help from a be-robed and be-wigged John Oliver) set out to prove that this overlooked borough could just as easily produce a SCOTUS judge.

Like one Staten Island man, who wouldn't call himself a Constructionist when it comes to the Constitution, but would rather describe himself as a "hard-ass."

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After watching President Obama's speech in Cleveland on Wednesday, in which he called out John Boehner and the Republicans multiple times, Jon Stewart was impressed: "That may be as close as any President of the United States has ever come to saying: 'So fuck all ya'll.'"

Stewart added that the message of Obama's speech was basically: "You should vote for Democrats because (a) That'll keep that sweet sweet stimulus coming, and (b) It turns out the Republicans are kind of assholes to deal with."

Correction: This post orignally may have misquoted Stewart's paraphrasing of Obama. Because of a bleep, it's not entirely clear what Stewart said. The post has been revised.

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