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Rand Paul has a new ad in the Kentucky Republican Senate primary, slamming his rival Trey Grayson for having voted for Bill Clinton in 1992, and alleging that Grayson and President Obama are "dangerous allies." Grayson's spokesman fired back, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports -- by slamming Rand Paul for supporting his father, Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX).

The Paul ad blasts Grayson on national security. "He admitted to voting for draft-dodger Bill Clinton," the announcer says. "Worse, listen to what Grayson said about Barack Obama."

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The House ethics panel has now released the documents in the investigation that found Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) violated House rules by taking corporate-funded junkets to the Caribbean.

We ran down the results of the investigation here. But we need your help going through the raw materials for any good nuggets. Links after the jump.

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John Sweeney will serve 30 days in jail after pleading guilty to driving drunk, reports the Albany Times-Union.

The former Republican congressman from New York was pulled over in April for doing 59 mph in a 40 mph zone, and refused to take a Breathalyzer test. He had also pleaded guilty to DWI charges in 2007, but avoided jail time.

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Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) has forwarded materials on the writing of the torture memos to state bars where John Yoo and Jay Bybee are licensed, calling on the bar association to consider possible disciplinary action, Nadler's office announced today.

The torture memo report produced by the Justice Department's ethics office concluded that Yoo, now a professor at Berkeley, and Bybee, now federal judge on the ninth circuit, committed professional misconduct in their drafting of the memos that authorized torture.

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The White House just released its latest batch of visitors logs - which catalog the thousands upon thousands of people who come through the gates at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

In a blog post here, Norm Eisen details the release, which covers the month of November.

The format to search these is tough to navigate, but we'll be taking a look. You can check it out here. Worth noting is November is the month when the White House hosted its first state dinner, when three guests showed up uninvited.

The First Couple released the following statement today in response to the resignation of Desiree Rogers as White House Social Secretary after 14 months on the job. Here's the full text:

We are enormously grateful to Desiree Rogers for the terrific job she's done as the White House Social Secretary. When she took this position, we asked Desiree to help make sure that the White House truly is the People's House, and she did that by welcoming scores of everyday Americans through its doors, from wounded warriors to local schoolchildren to NASCAR drivers. She organized hundreds of fun and creative events during her time here, and we will miss her. We thank her again for her service and wish her all the best in her future.

Here are the line-ups for the Sunday talk shows this weekend:

• ABC, This Week: Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN).

• CBS, Face The Nation: Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND).

• CNN, State Of The Union: Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

• Fox News Sunday: Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI).

• NBC, Meet The Press: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ).

Gov. Tim Pawlenty, (R-MN), a potential presidential candidate, will be visiting Iowa in mid-April, his PAC announced.

Pawlenty will give the keynote speech to an "Iowa Taxpayers' Day" event on April 17, hosted by Iowans for Tax Relief.

The four Republican candidates for governor will also be in attendance -- so whoever ends up winning the primary on June 8, Pawlenty will have already met them.

In an interview with blogger Mike Stark, Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) appeared to say that African-Americans are worse off today because of legalized abortion, than they were compared to slavery.

"It seems like humanity is very gifted at hiding from something that's obviously true. I mean in this country we had slavery for God knows how long. And now we look back on it and we say, 'Well how blind were they, what was the matter with them, you know, I can't believe, I mean four million, this is incredible,'" said Franks. "And we're right. We're right, we should look back on that with criticism. It is a crushing mark on America's soul. And yet today, half of all black children are aborted. Half of all black children are aborted. Far more black children, far more of the African-American community is being devastated by the policies of today, than were being devastated by the policies of slavery.

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A pair of new polls show that Republicans have the momentum to seize Vice President Biden's seat in the Senate this November. Both polls, one by Rasmussen and the other by Research 2000 (for DailyKos), show Rep. Mike Castle (R) with a big lead over Democratic candidate Chris Coons, who stepped into the contest after Biden's son Beau bowed out.

Castle leads Coons 53-32 in the Rasmussen poll, which was released yesterday. The DailyKos numbers show Castle ahead 53-35. But despite the deep hole he remains in, there are signs that Coons is making up some ground.

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