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GUY NAMED JOE Joe Biden tells veterans he did NOT serve in Vietnam, adding, "I don’t want to make a ‘Blumenthal’ mistake here." When will it become a verb, you know, "to blumenthal" when you lie or exagerate for gain?
VIEW TO A KILL Coast Guard just gave BP okay to try the "top kill" on leak….ProPublica: More reports of illnesses from the Gulf emerge.
NIKKI TIME: TPM has wild update on S. Carolina alleged "sex scandal" story–with blogger Will Folks publishing frantic text messages from days before he went public this week with claims of affair with married frontrunner candidate Nikki Haley. AP reporter wrote texts, as did GOP operative (who confirms authenticity). And TPM later adds this.
PIMPING OUT A PLEA Anti-ACORN "filmmaker" James O’Keefe pleads to misdemenor today for incident at Sen. Landrieu’s office–gets probation, fine, must do 100 hours of community service (with Acorn?)
PALIN POETRY: Remember when making poems out of Rumsfeld prose proved so easy–and popular? Now Slate tries it with our new poet laureate, Dame Sarah. One verbatim sample: "Contested primaries! So I’m glad to see/ The contest in California’s GOP." And: "Great destiny, our destiny! To be reached by—responsibly!"
PALIN HATE MAIL: Wash Post blogger Dave Weigel (he’s hardly a liberal) wrote piece yesterday defending Joe McGinniss moving next to Palin in researching book. He reports today he got more hate mail than any time previous, and prints samples…Slate also defends McGinniss.
BITS & PIECES Rand Paul fires campaign manager. Also, Libertarians say they will run candidate against him in KY…..Fox today really pushing what they call "the Sestak scandal" and suggesting may be "impeachment" of Obama to come…..This ain’t no party (nor disco): David Byrne at journal goes more deeply into why he’s suing Charlie Crist for use of Talking Heads song……The Brits revealed today they have exactly 225 nuclear warheads. Does that mean Tories get 180 and LibDems 45.