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Alvin Greene is getting a little professional help.

Corey Hutchins reports in the South Carolina alt-weekly Free Times that the state's surprise Democratic Senate nominee has hired a Los Angeles consulting firm founded by a former Congressional candidate to help run his campaign.

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Former Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ) has a new TV ad in his challenge against Sen. John McCain in the Republican primary, reminding voters of McCain's past work on immigration reform alongside the late liberal icon Ted Kennedy -- and also tying McCain to President Obama.

The ad plays old video of McCain: "I helped author with Senator Kennedy comprehensive immigration reform and fought for it twice." The ad then also shows old video of Obama: "I stood with Ted Kennedy and John McCain and took on this tough issue."

McCain has tacked noticeably right on immigration, supporting Arizona's new law cracking down on illegal immigration and running an ad in which he casts his fight on the issue as "a President versus a Senator.". But Hayworth certainly isn't leaving McCain's previous push on this issue alone.

The TPM Poll Average gives McCain a lead of 52.3%-30.6%. The Republican primary will be held on August 24.

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Ex-Rep. Tom Tancredo is throwing down the gauntlet. According to The Denver Post, Tancredo has demanded that the Republican Party's two scandal-stained candidates, Scott McInnis and Dan Maes, drop out after the August 10 primary, so that the party can appoint another nominee. If not, Tancredo says, he'll run as a third party candidate, "and I won't get out."

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A new Rasmussen survey of the Arizona governor's race is out this morning, and the results look good for Republican Gov. Jan Brewer. The poll shows Brewer up 56%-37% over Democratic state Attorney General Terry Goddard.

Brewer's lead over Goddard has been growing since late April, around the same time that the Arizona governor signed the state's controversial new immigration law. A Rasmussen poll from April 27 showed Brewer up eight points, and things have only improved for her since then.

The TPM Poll Average shows Brewer up 55.6%-36.7%. The margin of error for the latest Rasmussen poll is ±3.0 percentage points.

Lt. Dan Choi, who came out on Rachel Maddow's show 16 months ago in violation of the military's Don't Ask Don't Tell policy, appeared again last night to talk about his life after the military honorably discharged him yesterday afternoon. But he also took a few minutes to talk about the Pentagon's recent survey of service members' feelings about how the potential repeal of DADT and, like many, he's not a fan.

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The House ethics committee announced yesterday that it will charge Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) with unnamed ethics violations. The step to form an adjudicatory subcommittee to try Rangel is a rare step, one last used eight years ago in the case of former Rep. Jim Traficant (D-OH), who was then expelled from the House.

But Rangel isn't worried.

Asked by MSNBC's Luke Russert if he's worried about losing his job, Rangel got defensive.

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Former Nevada state Rep. Sharron Angle, the Republican nominee against Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, has a new ad responding to Reid's slogan that "no one can do more" than he can for Nevada.

As in her previous ad, Angle is shown speaking in a calm and measured voice to a seated group of voters, many of them elderly.

"Well Harry Reid says he does more for Nevada. He's done more for unemployment," Angle says. She also goes on to say that Reid has done more for the foreclosure rate and bankruptcies. "Harry Reid has done more, and it's time for us to say, 'Stop doing it. We can't stand any more.'"

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Former Nevada state Rep. Sharron Angle, the Republican nominee against Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, is starting to open herself up to questions from the press -- but only on key pre-determined topics.

As the NBC affiliate in Las Vegas reports, Angle appeared Thursday at an event to promote her position on repealing the estate tax. As the Q&A began, her spokesperson Ciara Matthews told reporters: "We're really focused on the death tax today, so that's what we'll be taking questions on."

Reporter Matt Kozar then asked Angle why she would not take questions on other issues. Angle responded: "Today, we're concentrating on what will get America, and especially Nevada, back on its economic wheels, if you will."

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After we reported yesterday that the Shirley Sherrod scandal came the same week as the Senate may vote on authorizing $1.15 billion in restitution for black farmers, Andrew Breitbart wrote us that that had nothing to do with it.

"No. Seriously. On everything I hold dear," Breitbart swore in an email to TPMmuckraker. As he has since the full-length video of Sherrod's speech came out, sparking a backlash against him, Breitbart reiterated that none of this was ever about Sherrod personally.

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Obama: Vilsack 'Jumped The Gun' On Sherrod In an interview with ABC News, President Obama said that Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack "jumped the gun" in the firing of Shirley Sherrod. "He jumped the gun, partly because we now live in this media culture where something goes up on YouTube or a blog and everybody scrambles," said Obama. He also added: "I've told my team and I told my agencies that we have to make sure that we're focusing on doing the right thing instead of what looks to be politically necessary at that very moment. We have to take our time and think these issues through."

Obama's Day Ahead President Obama will receive the presidential daily briefing at 11 a.m. ET, and meet at 11:30 a.m. ET with senior advisers. He does not have any public events scheduled for today.

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