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Jon Runyan, the former pro football player and now Republican candidate for the House against freshman Rep. John Adler (D-NJ), had a fun exchange at a debate Tuesday night. He says members of Congress should read all the bills they pass; he wants to fully repeal the health care reform bill; and, it turns out, he hasn't read the health care bill.

Adler shot this at his Republican opponent: "Respectfully Jon, I'm not sure you've ever read one bill in Congress ever, not one."

"Well I'm not in Congress," Runyan responded.

Runyan went on to explain further: "I've read several bills. If you're gonna pass a piece of legislation, you should be able to walk out on the street and hand it to the first person you see. They should be able to read and understand that."

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The owner of the bank used by American Crossroads also owns a nursing home that has been charged -- by Kentucky Attorney General and Senate candidate Jack Conway -- with failure to report the sexual abuse of one of its patients.

The Karl Rove-backed super PAC American Crossroads, as the Washington Post noted today, uses a small Kentucky bank for its financial dealings. Forcht Bank, based in Lexington, Ky., is owned by Terry Forcht, who also owns several other businesses, including a chain of nursing homes.

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If you are one of the gazillion people planning on attending Jon Stewart's Rally to Restore Sanity this Saturday here's what you can expect: Sheryl Crow. Also some other stuff.
National Park Service, which has probably received more attention in the last two months than in the last 20 years combined - has made the Rally permit publicly available (i.e. read it over the phone to someone at CSM). Here's what the Sanity rally asked permission for back in Sept.

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President Obama, who has said time and again that he is in favor of civil unions over same-sex marriage, yesterday suggested that his view may "evolve."

Obama, who has drawn the ire of the LGBT community most recently by fighting to enforce Don't Ask, Don't Tell even while trying to repeal it, was grilled by Joe Sudbay of AMERICABlog during a meeting with progressive bloggers yesterday.

"I just really want to know what is your position on same-sex marriage?" Sudbay asked, according to a transcript.

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Today's Muhlenberg daily tracking poll of the Pennsylvania Senate race gives Republican Pat Toomey a solid lead over Democrat Joe Sestak.

The numbers: Toomey 48%, Sestak 40%. In yesterday's tracking poll -- which overlaps this one by three days out the four-day samples -- Toomey had a slightly narrower lead of 46%-41%

The survey of likely voters has a ±5% margin of error.

The TPM Poll Average gives Toomey a lead of 46.4%-43.1%.

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Misleading fliers are showing up on the windshields of vehicles at a predominately African-American polling place in Houston that claim to come from a non-existent group called the "Black Democratic Trust of Texas."

The fliers were placed on the windshields of vehicles at and near the Sunnyside Early Voting location and tell voters not to voter straight Democrat, according to Texas Democrats and local news reports.

"Republicans are trying to trick us!" the flier reads. "When you vote straight ticket Democrat, it is actually voting for Republicans and your vote doesn't count. We are urging everyone to VOTE for BILL WHITE. A VOTE for BILL WHITE is a VOTE for the ENTIRE DEMOCRATIC ticket. We have fought too hard to let Republicans use voting machines to deny us our basic rights. We must guard the change and NOT VOTE STRAIGHT TICKET DEMOCRAT!"

"YES WE CAN," the flier reads.

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No more beating around the bush. In a brutal new segment running on network and cable television in Louisiana through election day, Rep. Charlie Melancon makes a final, daring pitch to voters that Sen. David Vitter's sex and abuse scandals make him unfit to serve.

"Our tax dollars pay David Vitter's salary, and he used it for prostitutes," the ad's narrator says. "Our money paid for Vitter's serious sin. Phone calls to prostitutes during official votes and tax dollars to help defend an aide who violently abused his girlfriend. In return, we got a disgraced senator ranked among the least effective in Congress."

Melancon hasn't exactly been shy about discussing Vitter's past. It's an issue he's highlighted around the state, and in a two minute that ran on cable TV earlier this cycle. But his camp's long been aware that it has to be fresh on voters' minds if Melancon's going to win.

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Clinton Postpones Trip To Charlotte

In a statement released Friday evening, Hillary Clinton's campaign announced that the Democratic nominee…