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Rumors about Elena Kagan's sexuality have been flying since she appeared on President Obama's short list for the Supreme Court. Now that's she's been officially nominated, the rumors -- that Kagan is gay -- have bubbled right up to the surface: Cable news.

The debate officially entered mainstream media when the Wall Street Journal published a front page photo of Kagan playing softball some 17 years ago. Some argue that playing softball signifies playing for the other team (although it seems it only does so for those over 50). Others argue that we shouldn't be discussing her sexuality at all. And besides, they say, the White House and Kagan's friends have publicly said she's straight.

All we know is that the debate has been entertaining:

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Arizona's new law restricting ethnic studies is the brainchild of the state's ambitious top education official, Tom Horne, who is locked in a Republican primary for Attorney General against a prominent ally of hardline Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Horne, the state's superintendent of public instruction since 2002, has long sought to kill the Tucson school district's ethnic studies classes, including La Raza studies -- and he wrote the bill to target that single program. "It's just like the old South, and it's long past time that we prohibited it," he has said of ethnic studies classes that, he claims, teach Hispanics to resent whites.

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The City of Phoenix -- a convention hot-spot -- is facing a "near economic crisis" caused by lost revenue stemming from organizations canceling events in response to Arizona's controversial immigration law, according to its mayor.

In the wake of the bill's passage last month, immigration rights leaders, including Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), have called for a nationwide boycott of the state. This week, at the request of Mayor Phil Gordon, a study was presented to the city council on the potential economic impact of canceled trips.

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The new Daily Kos/Research 2000 poll of Arkansas suggests that Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln could potentially be forced into a runoff in her Dem primary, in which she is being challenged by Lt. Gov. Bill Halter.

The numbers: Lincoln 46%, Halter 37%, and a third candidate, businessman D.C. Morrison, with 6%. The poll of likely Dem primary voters has a ±5% margin of error. In the last poll from two weeks ago, Lincoln had 43%, Halter 35%, and Morrison 7%. The TPM Poll Average has Lincoln ahead of Halter by 45.2%-31.8%.

Kos makes his prediction: "Seems like much treading water compared to two weeks ago, both candidates have inched up. Lincoln will desperately try to capture enough of that undecided vote to get her above 50 percent and avoid the runoff. I'll call it right now -- she won't get to 50. I suspect she'll be around 44-45 percent."

With polls showing Rand Paul ahead by double digits in the Kentucky Republican Senate primary, the Republican party establishment that once feared him is now ready to hug and make up. Less than a year ago, twenty-three Republican Senators -- including the chair of the NRSC, John Cornyn -- held a joint fundraiser for the party's choice in the race, Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson. Now, Republican operatives in Washington say they'd be happy to have Paul on the ticket.

At the RNC's annual state party chair's meeting this week, party leaders from across the country were chatting about the Kentucky race, which pits the tea party -- and supporters of Texas Rep. Ron Paul -- against the establishment GOP represented by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. But as the race has shifted in favor of Paul, top Republicans are preparing to embrace him the same way they embraced Marco Rubio when it became clear the voters were with him in Florida.

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Along with the high-profile Senate primaries this Tuesday, another race to watch will be the PA-12 special election, for the Johnstown-area House seat formerly held by the late Democratic Rep. John Murtha. Democratic candidate Mark Critz, a former Murtha aide, and businessman Tim Burns are fighting it out for the swing seat -- and a lot of money has been spent along the way.

In the most recent federal filings, the National Republican Congressional Committee has spent a total of nearly $960,000 on the race, including a $230,000 expenditure in the last few days. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has spent $937,000, including $291,000 in the last few days. The candidates have also raised a lot of money, and spent the majority of it so far: Burns has raised a total of $1.18 million, including $380,000 of his own money, and Critz has raised about $784,000.

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Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D) said moments ago on MSNBC that President Obama will not be coming to Sen. Arlen's Specter's (D-PA) rescue in the next few days. At least not in person.

"He's not coming to Pennsylvania," Rendell said. "But he's giving the green light for a ton of direct mail. He's done robo-calls."

Not to mention an ad for Specter that closes with Obama saying, "I love Arlen Specter."

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