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Sharron Angle has a plan if she defeats Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid and is elected to the Senate: Filibuster Democratic initiatives.

"I guarantee that I can talk most anything to death," she said.

The Las Vegas Review Journal reports:

Angle said that as a junior senator she could wield power by joining Republicans to block tax hikes, excess regulation and spending bills, and Supreme Court nominees who don't meet a strict constitutional test, including Elena Kagan.

"There are certain things that can be done just by your junior senator," Angle said, explaining that even if Republicans remain in the minority after 2010, she could filibuster, which allows lone lawmakers to delay legislation through lengthy debate. "I guarantee that I can talk most anything to death."


The TPM Poll Average currently gives Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid a lead of 44.3%-42.6%.

(Via Greg Sargent.)

Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) has added his voice to those who are speaking out against the construction of a Muslim community center in downtown New York, close to Ground Zero, an issue that has become a major cause on the right.

During an interview on the Don Imus show today, Lieberman was asked what he thought of the project. "Well, I guess I'd say I'm troubled by it. But I don't know enough to say it ought to be prohibited. But frankly I've heard enough about it, and read enough about it, that I wish someone in New York would just put the brakes on it for a while and take a look at this.

"If -- obviously in our country we give a special status to people wanting to build houses or worship. And we don't consider what religion it is. So that's what we start with, and what makes this an awkward conversation. On the other hand, if the people building this large Islamic center are just looking to build a large facility and house of worship and center in New York, why so close to 9/11, with all the sensitivity associated with that? If they're doing it so close 9/11 to try to bridge the gap and do outreach, as some have said, it obviously hasn't worked, as a lot of the people who lost family and friends on 9/11 are unhappy with it and troubled by it.

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Republicans know they could retake the House of Representatives. But, they say, they're reluctant to adopt a complete legislative agenda until they complete a nationwide listening session -- part of their new America Speaking Out initiative, which included a listening session with the nation's top corporate lobbyists.

They've tipped their hand just a bit recently, however. America Speaking Out allowed voters to suggest, in brief, some policy prescriptions they hope the GOP will back. In a recent web video, House Republicans picked 20 of their favorites. Many of them will be familiar to anyone who paid attention to the GOP agenda for the last decade. Some of them Republicans liked so much they picked them twice... verbatim.

"The Government needs to enact a balance [sic] budget amendment so that the government can finally learn to live and need speed [sic] more than what we have," writes Republican1988. (This would, of course, make extending the Bush tax cuts nearly impossible.)

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Democrat Elaine Marshall is gaining ground on Republican Sen. Richard Burr in North Carolina's Senate race, a new poll shows. A PPP (D) survey (PDF) released today finds Burr with a thin lead over Marshall, 39%-37%. PPP's previous survey of the race from late June showed Burr ahead five points, 38%-33%.

PPP isn't the only pollster to find Marshall closing in on Burr. SurveyUSA polls from July 11 and July 25 show Burr's 10-point lead on the 11th shrinking to three points on the 25th.

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Sharron Angle has further expounded on her strategy of courting conservative media and avoiding more mainstream sources -- it's not just about money, as she's said before, but also about only being asked the questions she wants.

"We needed to have the press be our friend," Angle said in an interview that aired on Fox over the weekend.

"Wait a minute. Hold on a second. To be your friend?" said a disbelieving Carl Cameron. Before Angle could fully answer, he added: "That sounds naive." Apparently this was too much for even him.

"Well, no," said Angle. "We wanted them to ask the questions we want to answer so that they report the news the way we want it to be reported."

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The tea party movement's Not Racist Week continues tomorrow with a "National Black Conservatives Rally" in Washington on behalf of the group nearly everyone in the movement agrees went too far on the issue of race, the Tea Party Express. More than a dozen African American conservatives will pack the National Press Club to attack the NAACP and set the record straight about what the press release for the event calls "the unrelenting attacks on the tea party movement" and the "effort to dissuade Americans from rebelling at the ballot box in the November 2010 elections."

The keynote speaker at the event will be perhaps the most prominent African American conservative, Alan Keyes. He'll be joined by the Tea Party Express' national spokesperson, Lloyd Marcus.

Marcus pointed to the extensive lineup of black conservatives on deck for tomorrow's event as evidence that the movement is more racially open than some critics have painted it.

"Apparently the NAACP and other groups are afraid to acknowledge the fact that the tea party welcomes people of all races, and is a much bigger and more diverse group than they're willing to admit," Marcus said in a statement.

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Kendrick Meek, who's battling billionaire Jeff Greene in Florida's Democratic Senate primary, is out today with a new television spot, his third of the campaign. Unlike Meek's first two efforts, negative ads that tore into his opponent's Wall Street ties, the new ad is cheery, focusing on Meek's life and career. Greene isn't mentioned once.

At a time when many Floridians either don't know who Meek is or view him unfavorably, the new ad is an effort to endear him to voters: his mother is seen in the ad gently ribbing Meek for losing his hair, a state trooper lauds Meek's performance as a highway patrolman, and a black-and-white photograph depicts Meek shaking Sen. Ted Kennedy's hand.

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Last night, Stephen Colbert named military contractor David H. Brooks his "Alpha Dog Of The Week," after Brooks allegedly used company funds to pay for personal expenses, including a $100,000 ruby-encrusted American flag belt buckle which Colbert said "makes it a patriotic duty to salute his crotch."

Colbert added that Brooks also used the funds to pay for a face-lift for his wife, and pornographic videos for his son. "Although i seriously doubt his son will ever see anything more pornographic than his father f*cking over our troops to buy a face-lift for his mother," he said.

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Jon Stewart was pleased to learn last night that Fox News finally has a front row seat in the White House Briefing Room. "Fox News," he said. "Finally in the front. Oh, so that's why they get so much sh*t wrong! They couldn't hear!"

Stewart also commented on the choice of the Associated Press to get Helen Thomas's old seat. Thomas retired after a flap over her comment that the Jews should "get the hell out of Palestine."

"Ironically," he said, "Thomas's retirement led to a territorial dispute over who would get her tiny, purely symbolic piece of land."

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