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Members of the Tea Party are misunderstood, those in attendance for Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally yesterday told TPM in interviews.

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Willie Wood of Dunbar, N.C. told TPM she and her family -- sprawled out to the left of the stage on lawn chairs -- came to the rally to honor her country and to see Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin because "they stand for freedom." She is hopeful Republicans will take back the House in November. Her biggest issues are jobs, security, taxes and the national debt.

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Beck On His Obama-Is-A-Racist Comment 'I Have A Big Fat Mouth Sometimes' Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Glenn Beck sought to correct his statement from a year ago, in which he said that President Obama had a "deep-seated hatred for white people." "I have a big fat mouth sometimes and I say things, and that's not the way people should behave," said Beck. He further explained: "I think that it is much more of a theological question that he is a guy who understands the world through liberation theology, which is oppressor and victim."

Joe Miller: Transfer Control Of Land Back To The States Appearing on Face The Nation, Senate candidate Joe Miller (R-AK) said that the federal government should transfer control of lands to his state, in exchange for cutting federal subsidies. "The answer to this is to basically transfer the responsibilities and power of government back to the states and the people. That is really the only answer, I think, out of this crisis," said Miller, who may have defeated incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski in the GOP primary, depending on the final absentee ballot results. "As we continue to tighten our belts because fiscally that's critical for the economic solvency of this nation, we also transfer it to the states more power. That means more ownership of lands. It's not a situation where you just yank the financial plug, but at the same time you're transferring over discretion over the use of the resource base."

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Sen. David Vitter (R-LA), the family values conservative who became embroiled in a prostitution scandal in 2007, has just won his Republican primary tonight, easily fending off a late challenge from former state Supreme Court Justice Chet Traylor.

With 23% of precincts reporting, Vitter leads Traylor by a margin of 88%-8%, and has been projected as the winner by the Associated Press.

Traylor had called upon Republican voters to "man up" and ditch Vitter, citing such reasons as the prostitution scandal and his having kept an aide on his staff who allegedly attacked his girlfriend with a knife. But no such luck for Traylor.

Vitter now proceeds to the general election against Democratic Rep. Charlie Melancon. The TPM Poll Average shows Vitter leading Melancon by 46.6%-34.0%.

An unidentified man who said he was a federal worker said that "homosexuals" and "affirmative-action" were keeping him from moving up at his job. The man got into an argument with an African-American man at the site of Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally on Saturday.

"Why you punishing me for something I didn't do?" the man said. "Oh, I'm being punished, I'm being held back. I work for the federal government. I have a job, but I can't move up," he added.

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Conservatives attending Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally clashed with demonstrators headed towards the future site of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. memorial on Saturday.

One marcher with the "Reclaiming the Dream" rally which was organized by Al Sharpton's National Action Network, the National Urban League and the NAACP was holding a sign that said "Reclaim the dream... stop these racists" with a cartoon of Beck.

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Obama: The Iraq War Is Ending In this weekend's YouTube address, President Obama discussed the upcoming drawdown of troops in Iraq, and his administration's commitment to veterans.

"In the months ahead, our troops will continue to support and train Iraqi forces, partner with Iraqis in counterterrorism missions, and protect our civilian and military efforts," said Obama. "But the bottom line is this: the war is ending. Like any sovereign, independent nation, Iraq is free to chart its own course. And by the end of next year, all of our troops will be home."

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Glenn Beck is holding his controversial "Restoring Honor" rally today, and TPM's own Ryan J. Reilly is there. The rally, which Beck scheduled for the anniversary and location of Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech, is nominally dedicated to raising funds for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, which gives scholarships to the children of Special Ops soldiers killed in combat and financial assistance to wounded troops. But although the charity isn't political -- and has asked that the rally not be -- the line-up is a who's-who of conservative and tea party stars, including Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin, and is supported by volunteers from conservative and tea party organizations. Read more about the people, and the controversy, behind the rally here.

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Former New Jersey Education Commissioner Bret Schundler, who was fired today by Gov. Chris Christie (R) amid accusations that he'd lied to the governor about an error in the state's application for federal Race to the Top money, is now saying that he did not mislead the governor at all.

The state lost out on $400 million in funds as a result of an error in its application, which provided budget numbers for the wrong years, causing New Jersey to lose enough points to miss out on the money. On Wednesday, Christie held a press conference in which he strongly blamed the Obama administration for the loss of federal funding, saying that Schundler had tried to fix an error in the state's application during his presentation to federal education officials, but they would not let him.

Then on Thursday, the federal Education Department released a video of the presentation itself, showing the officials pointing out the error to Schundler, who was unable to correct it. As a result, Schundler was fired for seemingly misleading the administration about what had happened.

But now he says he did not mislead them at all.

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