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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has a new TV ad out, attacking Republican nominee Sharron Angle for opposing the extension of unemployment benefits. And this new ad puts a new twist on the Reid campaign theme of using Angle's words against her -- featuring a woman who was on unemployment for 12 months, reacting to Angle's various comments.

The ad shows Angle saying, "We really have spoiled our citizenry," and also, "they want to be dependent on the government."

"I'm not spoiled, and I don't want to be dependent on anybody," the woman in the ad says. "If Sharron Angle doesn't get that, she should be out of work -- not people like me."

The TPM Poll Average puts Reid ahead by a margin of 46.6%-43.7%.

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The Michigan Court of Appeals denied a bid by the Michigan Tea Party to get on the November ballot yesterday, citing "the plaintiff's failure to strictly comply with the requirements" of state election law, according to The Detroit News.

Last week, a state elections panel split on whether the Tea Party should appear on the ballot, following concerns that the former political director of the Oakland County Democrats committed fraud when he filed papers for Tea Party candidates who weren't really tea partiers at all.

The Michigan Tea Party had sought to get dozens of names on the ballot, which many tea partiers and Republicans believed was actually an effort by Democrats to use the Tea Party to split the Republican vote in the state.

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Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) is saying that a lot -- a lot -- of people attended Glenn Beck's rally in Washington over the weekend.

Appearing on Laura Ingraham's radio show yesterday, Bachmann said: "The crowds were overwhelming, and if you saw the aerials on the Drudge Report this weekend, there was an aerial photo. Unofficially, off the record, we talked to one of the guys from the National Park Police who told us he thought it was 1.6 million. There had to be over a million people there. People were packed in from the Washington Monument all the way to the Lincoln Memorial. And for anyone who's ever been there, that's a huge area."

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Focus on the Family has a message for gay rights activists: stay off the playground.

Candi Cushman, an education analyst for the James Dobson-founded group, told The Denver Post this weekend that gay rights advocates have inserted their agenda into anti-bullying efforts, at the expense of Christian values.

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Breaking his TV silence more than three months after a wildly successful primary advertising blitz, Democrat Senate candidate Joe Sestak is up with his campaign's first commercial of the general election cycle.

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On April 28, Jarod Mcintosh went to work on the nuclear submarine the USS Wyoming -- where he served as a cook -- with one extra disallowed piece of equipment in tow: his G-1 phone from T-Mobile. By the end of the day, the presence of his phone set into motion of a chain of events that will result in Mcintosh's general discharge from the U.S. Navy under Defense Secretary Gates' much-vaunted new rules for Don't Ask Don't Tell enforcement. Those rules, of course, were supposed to protect service members from being outed by third parties and in the course of other investigations -- but, in Mcintosh's case, they didn't work that way.

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Obama To Honor Troops As Iraq Combat Mission Ends The Associated Press reports: "As President Barack Obama prepares to officially end the lengthy and divisive U.S. combat operation in Iraq, he'll personally thank some of the soldiers who fought there for their service to a mission he forcefully opposed from the start. Many of those soldiers deployed from Fort Bliss, the sprawling Army base in El Paso, Texas, that Obama will visit Tuesday. After speaking with the troops, Obama will return to Washington to address the nation and formally end a combat mission in Iraq that lasted more than seven years, leaving more than 4,400 U.S. troops dead and thousands more wounded."

Obama's Day Ahead President Obama will depart form the White House at 8:30 a.m. ET, and depart from Andrews Air Force Base at 8:45 a.m. ET. He will arrive at 12:30 p.m. ET in El Paso, Texas, and he will meet with troops at Fort Bliss Army Base at 1:10 p.m. ET. He will depart from El Paso at 2:20 p.m. ET, and arrive back at Andrews Air Force Base at 5:55 p.m. ET, and at the White House at 6:10 p.m. ET. He will address the nation from the Oval Office at 8 p.m. ET, on the official end of the American combat mission in Iraq.

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Alan Grayson's GOP opponent Daniel Webster has a thorn in his side. Listed in his official voter guide as a top supporter is a right wing activist named David Barton, who has already come under scrutiny for addressing two white supremacist organizations.

Barton claimed in both circumstances that he was unaware of the group's white supremacist ties. But that doesn't mean he's not possessed of extreme views of his own. From 1998 to 2006, he served as vice-chair of the Texas Republican party, which is notorious for having one of the most zealously conservative platforms in the country.

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Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) is openly defending health care reform from Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman (R), who this week pressured the state's educational professionals to choose between the new law and, potentially, their jobs.

"It's...troubling that he's using that misinformation to intimidate groups involved in all aspects of our children's health, safety and education, pitting one against the other," Nelson said of Heineman in a statement issued last night.

Nelson voted for the health care bill earlier this Congress, despite hailing from a Republican state and being one of the most conservative Democrats in the Senate. Though he's not up for re-election this year, he has since that vote distanced himself from his Democratic colleagues on several issues.

But on this issue he's parting with Republicans.

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