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The new Quinnipiac poll of the Connecticut Senate race shows Republican former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon continuing to close the gap against Democratic state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, with the Dem's lead down to only three points.

[TPM SLIDESHOW: Bringing The Smackdown: Linda McMahon's Campaign For Senate, And Her Colorful Pro-Wrestling Past]

The numbers: Blumenthal 49%, McMahon 46%. The survey of likely voters has a ±3% margin of error. In the previous Quinnipiac poll from two weeks ago, Blumenthal led by 51%-45%.

The TPM Poll Average gives Blumenthal a lead of 49.7%-44.6%.

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After ACORN's demise, you might have thought that if if the GOP takes the House and Rep. Darrell Issa becomes the new chair of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, the California Republican would have better things to worry about. You'd be wrong.

Last week, Issa issued a blueprint for his agenda titled "A Constitutional Obligation: Congressional Oversight of the Executive Branch." Among the issues he chastised the Democratic leadership for not addressing: the fraud he says was committed by the community organizing group ACORN.

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Probably not. But one conservative think tank is sounding the alarm.

Adrian Morgan, the editor of Family Security Matters, wrote a long post last week about "The 99" -- a popular comic book series featuring Muslims superheroes who embody the 99 attributes of Allah, like mercy and generosity.

The comic books have been widely praised. As their creator, Naif Al-Mutawa, describes, the books are meant to teach a moderate, peaceful, loving Islam.

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Jon Stewart had Bill O'Reilly on his show last night as a follow-up to their meeting on The O'Reilly Factor last week, which Stewart described as his visit to "the bunker, the Temple Of Doom."

Stewart told O'Reilly that when it comes to Fox News, "you really are the fairest person, by a mile." O'Reilly responded: "The fairest person in the Temple Of Doom. I gotta put that on my resume."

Stewart also asked why Glenn Beck wouldn't agree to have him on his show. O'Reilly said that it's because Beck is "in a sealed room." Jon asked: "Is he like the Bubble Boy of Fox News?"

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Americans are facing one of the toughest economies of their history, and finding a job just isn't what it used to be. In a move that appears to indicate a hiring freeze in the reality TV and Elvis impersonation industries, former Illinois governor and America's sweetheart Rod Blagojevich has landed a gig as a panelist during Advertising Week 2010, discussing his "unique take on trust."

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In a big development in the West Virginia Senate race, the new Rasmussen poll shows Republican businessman John Raese taking a narrow lead over Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin, in the race to succeed the late Dem Sen. Robert Byrd.

The numbers: Raese 48%, Manchin 46%. The survey of likely voters has a ±4.0% margin of error. The previous Rasmussen poll from last week was quite different, with Manchin ahead by 50%-43%.

From the pollster's analysis: "This race has been closer than expected for weeks as Manchin, despite his popularity with voters in the state, faces an electorate that is even unhappier with the national Democratic agenda than voters in most other parts of the country."

Just call it "Beverly Hills, 9021-Obama Is A Socialist."

Last weekend, famous crooner and national spokesman for the 60 Plus Association Pat Boone launched a "Beverly Hills Tea Party." Aimed at those lonely conservatives in Los Angeles, the rally featured the creme de la creme of right-wing celebrities, who, as always, warned against our socialist President and the tyranny he and his pesky liberal brethren are trying to impose.

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The evidence of tea party hypocrisy is long, and always growing.

The latest entry: In 1995 conservative Joe Miller, who wants to end the welfare state, acquired low-income hunting and fishing licenses, meant for families with an annual income of less than $8200 a year. Raising more questions: at the same time, Miller had just purchased a home in Anchorage and begun working as an attorney for a well-known firm for $70,000 a year, according to the Anchorage Daily News.

The Miller camp explains that he technically qualified for the low income license because he'd most recently been a law student on scholarship at Yale, and he and his wife survived on loans. To qualify for a low-income license, residents must live in Alaska for over a year. He claims his wife spent 1994 in their Alaska home while he finished up school...but he acknowledges that they were able to afford the house by selling off property he owned in the midwest.

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White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is expected to announce this week whether he will leave the White House in order to run for mayor of Chicago.

Emanuel has not yet made a decision, according to a source close to him. "Because of family considerations, no final decision has been made," the source said, but added that Emanuel "is nearing a decision" and will announce "as early as Friday."

[TPM SLIDESHOW: Fist Bumps, Football And Friends: The End Of Summer With The Obamas]

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Obama Seeks To Rally Dems In Backyards And On Campuses The Associated Press reports: "With five weeks left to Election Day, President Barack Obama is trying to rekindle some of his 2008 campaign magic on college campuses while also devoting more time to a relatively new format of backyard visits that give him time to explain his policies in cozy, unhurried settings. The two-step strategy, which will play out in four states Tuesday and Wednesday, confronts Democrats' two biggest needs: to pump enthusiasm into young supporters who may stay at home this fall, and to persuade undecided voters that Republican alternatives are unacceptable."

Obama's Day Ahead President Obama will meet with at 12 p.m. ET with a family in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and hold a discussion on the economy at 12:15 p.m. ET. He will depart form Albuquerque at 2:20 p.m. ET, arriving at 4:35 p.m. ET in Madison, Wisconsin. He will attend a Democratic National Committee fundraiser at 5:30 p.m. ET, and deliver remarks at a rally at the University of Wisconsin at 7 p.m. ET. He will depart from Madison at 8:20 p.m. ET, arriving at 9:15 p.m. ET in Des Moines, Iowa.

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