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I asked Florida state GOP press secretary Katie Gordon for comment from chairman Jim Greer about the latest developments regarding President Obama's upcoming speech to schoolchildren -- namely the decision of the Department of Education to revise a section of its materials about how children could "help the president," to remove that phrase.

Gordon e-mailed me back: "He [Greer] is still concerned about what the President will say, but the White House revisions shows that President Obama now knows that parents across this country will be watching and listening carefully to his speech to our children."

The materials now more clearly ask students "how they can achieve their short‐term and long‐term education goals," which was what the students were supposed to help Obama with before. The new version is now free of any potential political context from that section.

After suggesting that the public option had passed on into the realm of the spirits, White House adviser David Axelrod now says Obama still embraces the measure, but will not say whether he'll stand behind it when he addresses Congress on Wednesday.

"The President embraced the public option because he believes" it would be a boon to consumers, Axelrod told CNN's Ed Henry.

However, he would not say one way or another whether that means Obama will rally for it when he addresses a joint session of Congress next week. "I'm not going to deal with the details of the President's speech," Axelrod said. "Otherwise there wouldn't be any point in giving it."

The Democratic National Committee is pumping some serious cash into the Virginia gubernatorial race, with $5 million set to go to Democratic nominee Creigh Deeds and the state Dems.

Deeds currently trails Republican Bob McDonnell in the polls, but is hoping to capitalize on McDonnell's weaknesses -- especially the hard-right manifesto that McDonnell wrote as a 34-year-old for Pat Robertson's Regent University.

It should of course be noted that DNC chairman Tim Kaine's current day job is being the current Governor of Virginia. So if the GOP were to win this one, he'd hardly look good at all, now would he?

The Department of Education has now changed their supplementary materials on President Obama's upcoming address to schoolchildren on the importance of education -- eliminating a phrase that some conservatives, such as the Florida GOP, happened to have been bashing as evidence of socialist indoctrination in our schools.

In a set of bullet points listed under a heading, "Extension of the Speech," one of the points used to say: "Write letters to themselves about what they can do to help the president. These would be collected and redistributed at an appropriate later date by the teacher to make students accountable to their goals."

However, that bullet point now reads as follows: "Write letters to themselves about how they can achieve their short‐term and long‐term education goals. These would be collected and redistributed at an appropriate later date by the teacher to make students accountable to their goals."

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Could George Allen -- the one-term Republican Senator from Virginia who in 2006 threw away a seemingly certain re-election and future presidential run when he called a Jim Webb staffer by the obscure racial epithet, "macaca" -- actually be able to make a comeback?

The new survey of Virginia from Public Policy Polling (D) finds that Allen has a 50% favorable rating, with 38% unfavorable. When asked whether they would vote for Allen if he ran for office again, 31% said they would definitely vote for him, 36% said definitely not, and 31% said they would consider it.

One caveat: Due to a higher motivation among GOP voters at this time, this poll comes from a likely voter pool that is more white, less black, and more conservative than the 2008 electorate. For example, respondents voted 49%-45% for McCain (plus respondents who wouldn't divulge their votes), compared to a 53%-47% Obama win in the actual election. Still, as Dave Weigel points out, 12% of African-Americans would vote for Allen, and 19% would consider it -- which does seem rather odd.

President Obama will clarify his health care reform principles before a joint session of Congress Wednesday, and a number of White House officials have come forward to suggest that the public option will not be among them. If that's the case, it will devastate the large segment of the reform community that regards the public option as one of the most crucial elements of legislation.

"The question is what's he gonna do in a week," says Richard Kirsch, campaign director for Health Care for America Now. "He's giving his address next Wednesday. We have to see what the President says."

HCAN is an umbrella group for dozens of influential liberal interest groups supporting reform.

"A lot of people will be disappointed if he doesn't continue to show his commitment [to the public option], but hopefully he will," Kirsch tells me.

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Usually, historical revisionist arguments of the "Hitler Was Actually A Man Of Peace" variety are confined to the kind of poorly designed and little-read white supremacist and neo-Nazi websites that Holocaust Museum shooting suspect James Von Brunn patronized.

But that doesn't account for the mainstream media's token Hitler sympathizer, Pat Buchanan. To mark the 70th anniversary of the Nazi invasion of Poland, Buchanan, a frequent commentator on MSNBC, has written a syndicated column entitled "Did Hitler Want War?"

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Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge's backpedaling book tour continues!

As we've reported, Ridge's new book, The Test of Our Times: America Under Siege, asserts that Attorney General John Ashcroft and Defense Secretary Donald Rumseld "strongly urged" him to raise the terror alert level -- possibly for political reasons -- just before the 2004 election. Ridge has since backpedaled and contradicted himself about whether the terror alerts might have been politicized.

Just now on Hardball, Chris Matthews, calling Ridge's book "the Bible according to Tom Ridge" and "the Bible of truth," asked Ridge, "Should we believe every word in this book?"

Ridge: "I stand by the words that I wrote, Chris. I stand by the process that I helped design. I stand by the notion that nobody pressured anybody."

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Curt Schilling, the former baseball pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies, the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Boston Red Sox, appears to be considering a possible run as a Republican for Ted Kennedy's Senate seat. Schilling previously campaigned for George W. Bush in 2004 and John McCain in2 008.

Schilling told New England Cable News that he's been contacted about that race, but that as of today, he was "probably not" running. Nevertheless, the idea remains. "I do have some interest in the possibility," Schilling wrote. "That being said to get to there, from where I am today, many many things would have to align themselves for that to truly happen. I am not going to comment further on the matter since at this point it would be speculation on top of speculation."

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