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5:00 NOT EASY BEING GREEN Big funding push for Jill Stein, Green Party candidate for president–site has map on their ballot access, more.
4:45 THE $100 MILLION MAN CNN confirms Sheldon Adelson plans to spend a cool $100 million this year on campaigns, but spreading it widely–not just to Romney to Karl Rove’s group and the Koch brothers’ activities. Money and fun for all. "The requests are coming fast and furious," the source said. Adelson is the 7th richest man in USA. (h/t Zoe Schlanger)
4:40 TAMMY A TARGET Americans for Prosperity with giant ad buy to hit Tammy Baldwin in Wisconsin Senate race.
3:35 THE GREAT DIVIDE Poll finds 71% of Republicans calling themselves "consevative"—while only 39% of Dems self-identify as "liberal."
3:15 MITT BIZ PIX BuzzFeed collects eight photos from Romney’s business career. Number four is a classic. (h/t Zoë Schlanger)… Meanwhile, in a not surprising bit of casting (or typecasting), Obama has reportedly picked Sen. John Kerry to stand in for Romney in the presidential debates. Good fit: rich, white, tall, thin, from Massachusetts—and barely lifelike.
2:00 FAIR vs. FREE At Truthout, Obama vs Romney in "framing": economic fairness vs. economic freedom.
1:55 GOP NO LATIN LOVERS: Longtime GOP strategist Ed Rollins tells Greg Sargent today: "If we ever lose the Hispanic vote the way we’ve lost the African American vote, there’s no way we’ll win in presidential politics." Hasn’t that horse already left the barn?
12:50 SANTORUM ANOTHER NAME FOR….BLOOD? The show’s creator says the inspiration for a True Blood vampire was Rick Santorum. Alan Ball: "For me the jumping off point was watching the Republican primaries, watching Michelle Bachman, Rick Santorum, and asking what would it be like to have a theocracy in America—which is way more terrifying than any fictional monster could ever be."