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At the CPAC conference, Human Events editor Jed Babbin introduced Grover Norquist, the top anti-tax conservative activist in the country. During his introduction, Babbin joked about the recent airplane attack on an IRS building in Texas, which reportedly killed both the alleged perpetrator and a person who was in the building.

"And let me just say, I'm really happy to see Grover today," said Babbin. "He was getting a little testy in the past couple of weeks. And I was just really, really glad that it was not him identified as flying that airplane into the IRS building."

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House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) isn't exactly laying the foundation for the bipartisan part of next week's bipartisan health care summit at the White House.

At CPAC this morning, Cantor declared that "we will say no to this health care bill because no is what the American people want."

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Former Republican Majority Leader Dick Armey said in an interview that Republicans would be wise to talk straight about making cuts to Social Security and Medicare if they really want to cut the deficit.

TPMDC interviewed Armey at CPAC yesterday, and we asked him about Rep. Paul Ryan's budget roadmap we've been following that cuts privatizes Social Security and creates a voucher system for Medicare.

Armey (R-TX) was an architect of the Contract with America that helped Republicans win control of Congress in 1994. When we asked, he at first danced around the issue but then agreed "Yes," the Ryan plan is the smart way to go if the GOP is "courageous."

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Last night, Scott Brown weighed in on the Austin plane crash that appears to have been a suicide attack aimed at an IRS office building in Texas.

It wasn't totally clear what Brown meant -- but when asked about the attack on Fox News, he did say that since he's entered national politics, he's seen that "people are frustrated. They want transparency, they want their elected officials to be accountable and open and talk about the things that are affecting their daily lives."

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The California Franchise Tax Board suspended the licenses of two businesses owned by Joe Stack because of unpaid taxes or failure to submit returns, KCRA in Sacramento reports.

Stack, who allegedly flew a small plane into a building with IRS offices in Austin yesterday -- reportedly killing at least one person inside -- railed against the tax system in the note he is thought to have written before allegedly carrying out the attack.

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Could Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite (R-FL) be retiring? The St. Petersburg Times reports that the fourth-term Congresswoman has scheduled a "major announcement" at the Citrus County GOP's Lincoln Day Dinner tonight:

In a short and cryptic statement, the Brooksville Republican said she would do so "amongst family, friends, longtime supporters and party faithfuls."

Her aides said they did not know what the announcement would be, including how it factors in her re-election bid.

A Republican source told TPMDC that they did not know whether she is retiring. It could be a retirement, the source said, or it could be a re-election announcement or possibly something else.

Did the White House offer Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA) a top administration job in a bid to get him out of the U.S. Senate race? That's what Sestak claimed in a TV interview yesterday -- but the White House denies it.

Yesterday, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer, Sestak conducted a taping of Larry Kane: Voice of Reason, a cable news show. When Kane put the question to him directly, Sestak answered "yes," but declined to elaborate.

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The White House released a transcript of remarks delivered by President Obama at a grassroots fundraiser for Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO). Read the full text after the jump.

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Iraq War Being Renamed The Iraq War is being officially renamed, ABC News reports, from its current label of "Operation Iraqi Freedom," to "Operation New Dawn." The change will take effect on September 1, coinciding with the withdrawal of U.S. combat forces from the country, and the official change of mission for the troops who will still be there.

Obama's Day Ahead President Obama will hold a town hall at 1 p.m. ET, in Henderson, Nevada. At 2:55 p.m. ET he will deliver remarks to the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. He will depart from Las Vegas at 4:05 p.m. ET, arriving back at Andrews Air Force Base in Washington at 8:05 p.m. ET.

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