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Feingold Highlights His Support Among Far-Right Republicans

“If you’re wondering whether Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) thinks his seat is under threat this November, look no further.

Poised to face wealthy Tea Party favorite Ron Johnson in the general election this fall, Feingold is trying to draw attention to the support he’s had in the past from some of the most conservative people and organizations in Republican politics.”

Hey! Glenn Beck! Leave Them Kids Alone: ‘Beck University’ Launches This Week

“Thinking of going back to school, but don’t want to pay good money to those elitist institutions with their liberal values and their hoity-toity accreditations?

Well, Glenn Beck’s new “Beck University” kicks off tomorrow evening, and provides the perfect curriculum for someone looking to brush up on his or her knowledge about “faith,” “hope,” and “charity.””

Steele cancels appearance last minute in the wake of his latest gaffe, provides ‘no explanation whatsoever.’

“Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele has come under intense pressure from his own party in recent days over comments he made last week suggesting that the war in Afghanistan was un-winnable. The latest gaffe prompted fresh speculation that he would resign or be forced out, and “Steele spent the weekend calling key RNC members to control the damage.” This morning, the Swamp reported that Steele had canceled an appearance at the Aspen Ideas Festival just days before he was scheduled to speak.”

NOT SATIRE: Bush Legacy Defender: ‘A Lot Has Changed’ Since Bush Was Viewed As The Worst President In History

“As soon as former President Bush left the White House in January 2009, Jeffrey Scott Shapiro launched an effort to “to correct the historical record about President Bush” through an organization called Honor Freedom. “The historical record must be corrected to accurately reflect President Bush’s legacy and for the honor of our country,” wrote Shapiro in a Jan. 22, 2009 Washington Times op-ed.

As Slate’s Jordan Michael Smith noted in April, “Shapiro talks about George W. Bush the way Buddhists talk about the Dalai Lama.” In a Jan. 2010 Big Government column — the website is owned by Honor Freedom’s communications director, Andrew Breitbart — titled “America Betrayed President Bush,” Shaprio wrote that “George W. Bush seemed to have an almost mystical understanding of what the American people needed when we needed it most” after 9/11 On FoxNews.com today, Shapiro wished Bush a happy birthday, suggesting that it will be a good one because “a lot has changed” since Bush was considered the worst president in history.”

NOT SATIRE: Angle Compares Herself To Abraham Lincoln

“Angle’s primary win was a surprise to her supporters as well, at least according to a radio interview Angle gave to supporter Bill Manders last Friday.

In the interview, Manders said that when interviewed Angle for the first time “in this cycle,” he said he told her, “I don’t possibly think that you’re going to win it.” “you surprised everybody and won this nomination,” said Manders, prompting Angle to compare herself to Abraham Lincoln.”

California teacher layoffs hit poor performing schools hard

“A year of sweeping teacher layoffs at schools around the state has exposed a stark reality for California’s lowest-performing schools: The schools with the lowest test scores — and traditionally the highest numbers of poor and minority students — tend to be staffed with the least experienced teachers.”

PPP: Paul and Conway Tied in Kentucky Senate Race

“Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway (D) and Tea Party idol Rand Paul (R) are all tied up in their race for the state’s open U.S. Senate seat — or at least that’s what a Public Policy Polling survey tells us this afternoon.

Both candidates have 43 percent support in the poll, with 14 percent undecided. PPP’s last poll of the race, at the beginning of May, showed Paul leading by 1 percentage point.

PPP attributes the tie to some voters’ dislike of Paul. PPP found that 42 percent of voters have an unfavorable opinion of Paul, while 40 percent had no opinion at all about Conway”

Justice Department Sues Arizona Over Immigration Law

“The Department of Justice filed its hotly anticipated suit against Arizona’s immigration law today, after months of criticism of the law from the White House and immigrant rights advocates. The main thrust of the suit is that Arizona overstepped its bounds by enacting immigration legislation. Because immigration is already regulated under federal law, the suit alleges that Arizona’s decision to take the issue into its own hands violates the supremacy clause of the Constitution, which sets federal law as the “supreme law of the land,” and has been used to nullify state laws that run up against federal law.”

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