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The White House announced today that it's sent a fourth bill to BP for costs related to its still-leaking oil well, this one for $99.7 million.

The administration sent the same bill to Anadarko and MOEX, a subsidiary of Japanese company Mitsui, both partners in the well. It also sent the bill to Transocean, which owns the rig.

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The new Ipsos/Reuters poll of the Florida Senate race shows that the ex-Republican and now independent Gov. Charlie Crist continues to lead in this always interesting three-way race.

The numbers: Crist 35%, Republican former state House Speaker Marco Rubio 28%, and Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek 17%. The survey of registered voters has a ±4% margin of error. In the previous Ipsos poll from mid-May, conducted for McClatchy, Crist led by a narrower 30%-27%-15%.

The TPM Poll Average gives Crist 36.6%, Rubio 32.6%, and Meek 14.7%. Ipsos pollster Cliff Young said: "Generally incumbents have been at a disadvantage this year, but that hasn't been the case with Crist in Florida. The move to running as an independent has paid off. He's capturing the middle space."

In a report released today, the Office of Compliance -- a Congressional office charged with protecting the rights and safety of Hill employees -- said that it has been blocked from getting the work email addresses of Hill employees.

The OOC said it had wanted to send a survey in 2008 to the 30,000 people who work on Capitol Hill. The idea was to gauge whether they knew about their rights they have as employees when it comes to safety, conflict resolution, sexual harassment and the like.

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The Senate Judiciary Committee today agreed to delay the vote to approve Solicitor General Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court for another week. Republicans argued -- as expected -- they needed more time to review the answers Kagan submitted to their questions for the record after her hearings earlier this month.

TPM read through the dozens of questions and answers so you don't have to. While most of the answers were a little, well, dry, we've collected the Top 5 most noteworthy below.

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Although last week Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell told reporters that, in response to the privacy concerns of heterosexual service members, the military would consider "facility adjustments" after Don't Ask Don't Tell was repealed, he told Think Progress late yesterday that those adjustments would not include segregating gay and lesbian service members.

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The new Rasmussen poll of the Nevada Senate race suggests that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) could be starting to close the gap against his Republican opponent, former state Rep. Sharron Angle, who has been coming under increased public scrutiny for her hardline conservative positions.

The numbers: Angle 46%, Reid 43%. The survey of likely voters has a ±4% margin of error. In the previous Rasmussen poll from three weeks ago, Angle led by 48%-41%. The TPM Poll Average gives Angle a lead of 45.9%-41.7%.

From the pollster's analysis: "This is Reid's best showing all year and follows a visit by President Obama to the state to help his campaign. Reid has also been trying to raise doubts about Angle and a solid plurality of voters now have negative perceptions of both candidates."

New York Rep. Gregory Meeks, under fire for undisclosed loans from friends reportedly used to renovate his house, will now face an Office of Congressional Ethics investigation as well.

The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a complaint against Meeks with the Office of Congressional Ethics today based on the NY Daily News reports that Meeks failed to disclose the personal loans and his participation on two non-profit boards.

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The new SurveyUSA poll of the California Senate race gives Republican former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina a narrow edge over Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer.

The numbers: Fiorina 47%, Boxer 45%. The poll of likely voters has a margin of error of ±4%. There is no prior SurveyUSA poll for direct comparison.

The TPM Poll Average gives Boxer a lead of 45.6%-43.2%. Boxer has generally had narrow leads in most other polls, but this could definitely be a close race.

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The new SurveyUSA poll of the California gubernatorial race gives Republican former eBay CEO Meg Whitman the lead over Democratic state Attorney General Jerry Brown, who previously served as governor from 1975-1983 and also ran for Senate and the presidency.

The numbers: Whitman 46%, Brown 39%. The poll of likely voters has a margin of error of ±4%. There is no prior SurveyUSA poll for direct comparison.

The TPM Poll Average gives Brown a lead of 44.2%-41.8%.

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