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Crist Won't Commit To Voting For Democratic Or Republican Senate Leadership Appearing on Meet The Press, Gov. Charlie Crist (I-FL) refused to commit to caucusing with either the Democrats or the Republicans, if he is elected to the Senate. "I might not vote for either one," said Crist, who left the Republican Party this past Thursday. "You know, I'm going to vote for who I think would be best for the people of Florida. And if that happens to be a Democrat, so be it. If it happens to be a Republican, so be it. But I got to look out for the people of my state."

Rubio On Crist's Switch: 'I Don't Think It Means Anything For Republicans In Florida' Appearing on State of the Union, Senate candidate Marco Rubio (R-FL) brushed off the party-switch of his former rival in the primary, the more moderate Gov. Charlie Crist, from Republican to independent. "I don't think it means anything for Republicans in Florida," Rubio said. "Our party has never been about an individual. It's been, hopefully, about a set of principles and ideals - the idea of the free market - free enterprise system has made Americans the most prosperous people in the world - that our constitutional republic has made us the freest people in the history of the world. I've always felt that, that belief system finds its natural home in the Republican Party."

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Obama: Congress Must Stop 'Potential Corporate Takeover Of Our Elections' In this weekend's YouTube address, President Obama called upon Congress to pass a new set of campaign finance reforms in reaction to the Citizens United decision from the Supreme Court:

"Now, we can expect that these proposed changes will be met with heavy resistance from the special interests and their supporters in Congress. But I'm calling on leaders in both parties to resist these pressures," said Obama. "For what we are facing is no less than a potential corporate takeover of our elections. And what is at stake is no less than the integrity of our democracy. This shouldn't be a Democratic issue or a Republican issue. This is an issue that goes to whether or not we will have a government that works for ordinary Americans - a government of, by, and for the people."

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President Obama will visit the Gulf of Mexico in the next 48 hours to check in on the oil spill and the response, a White House official announced this morning.

The president's trip will have "a very small footprint."

Check out TPM's guide the the Gulf oil spill here.

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In what might be seen as a signal that he is indeed running for president in 2012, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) has made a deal with Tyndale House to publish his new memoir in 2011.

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Here are the line-ups for the Sunday talk shows this weekend:

• ABC, This Week: Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar.

• CBS, Face The Nation: Rep. Charlie Melancon (D-LA), Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL), Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL), former Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ).

• CNN, State Of The Union: Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Gov. Charlie Crist (I-FL), Senate candidate Marco Rubio (R-FL).

• Fox News Sunday: Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Senate candidate Marco Rubio (R-FL).

• NBC, Meet The Press: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Gov. Charlie Crist (I-FL), Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D-MI), Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN), Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM).

The FBI has launched a criminal investigation of the Massey Energy Co. mine where earlier this month an explosion killed 29 West Virginia miners, according to the Associated Press.

Citing an unnamed law enforcement official, the wire service reported that the FBI has interviewed nearly two-dozen of the company's current and former employees in its probe of the April 5 accident.

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Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Michael Mullen are urging Congress not to take action on Don't Ask, Don't Tell until after the Department of Defense completes its review of the policy. The review is due in December.

Roll Call (sub. req.) reports today that Gates, in a letter to House Armed Services Committee Chair Ike Skelton (D-MO), said he would "strongly oppose" legislation offered before the review is finished, and said such a move would send a "very damaging message" to troops.

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Just one month after saying that Republicans will not cooperate with Democrats for the rest of the year, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) lamented in an interview that the Obama Administration has not been bipartisan enough.

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