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Last night I linked to the new senate poll numbers released last night by WSJ/Zogby. There are 17 races -- Dems up in 10, GOP up in 5, ties in 2. Pretty good for the Democrats. But not enough to retake the body. In the legend to one of the graphs the data sheet says "breakdown assumes unpolled seats do not change." Which makes sense since the ones they're polling are supposed to be the most competitive.

But TPM Reader ST just pointed out -- and I'm embarrassed to say I didn't catch this -- the Burns-Tester Montana senate race isn't included in their list. That's arguably the Democrats best chance for a pick-up this year.

What's that about? Late Update: JS has another good point. WSJ/Zogby also isn't polling RI-Sen.

Sen. Bayh (D) of Indiana signs on to support Net Neutrality.

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Fresh out of the toaster. From Quinnipiac: "Pennsylvania voters give Democratic State Treasurer Robert Casey Jr. a 52 - 34 percent lead over incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, with 12 percent undecided, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today."

TPM Reader RW on Hastert's sweet earmark deal ...

You can tell how bad a deal is by the mendacity used to defend it. Take, for example, J. Randolph Evans, Esq. (sounds like someone out of Trading Places), attorney for Denny Hastert. He defends Hastert's land-deal earmarks by "asserting that a new road project would have an impact on land values more than 5 1/2 miles away 'would be like complaining about a purchase in Alexandria, Virginia, based on renovations at the Capitol'." I can assure you, there's a big difference between a change in a well-settled city like Washington, D.C. and proto-exurban farmland outside of D.C. I've lived in both places and I can tell you that before development got there, there was nothing. A multi-lane highway going through near proto-exurban farmland like that is bound to make land values skyrocket. I assure you however, if there was a way in which GOP legislators could make money off of a parcel of land in Alexandria by renovating the Capital, there would be an earmark ready to go.

In case the Casey campaign needs more stuff to beat Rick Santorum over the head with. From the Post ...

Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-Mich.), chairman of the House intelligence committee, and Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) told reporters yesterday that weapons of mass destruction had in fact been found in Iraq, despite acknowledgments by the White House and the insistence of the intelligence community that no such weapons had been discovered.

What' worse is that Hoekstra is the head of the House intel committee. Incorrigible.