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Poll: 26% of U.S. clueless on who we declared independence from

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From Talking Points Memo: Pop quiz: Who was emperor when the United States declared independence from China? Give up? Perhaps you should ask one of the Americans who, when asked what country the U.S. separated from, named France, Japan, Mexico, Spain or, yes, China. A new Marist poll shows that 26% of people in this country don’t know that the U.S. declared its independence from Great Britain. That includes 20% who aren’t sure — and another 6% who think it was another country. Looking…

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Marco Rubio’s Crock-Flop

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From Talking Points Memo: Earlier in the Florida Senate campaign, Marco Rubio pledged his support for full repeal of Health Care Reform. Now he’s hedging on that, saying he thinks we should keep the ban on denial for preexisting conditions and allow kids to stay on their parents’ plans until they turn 26. In political terms, that’s enough to count as your classic flip-flop. You can see the video here. But there’s a deeper substantive point, which is actually worse, but…

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Marco Rubio’s Crock-Flop

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From Talking Points Memo: Earlier in the Florida Senate campaign, Marco Rubio pledged his support for full repeal of Health Care Reform. Now he’s hedging on that, saying he thinks we should keep the ban on denial for preexisting conditions and allow kids to stay on their parents’ plans until they turn 26. In political terms, that’s enough to count as your classic flip-flop. You can see the video here. But there’s a deeper substantive point, which is actually worse, but…

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TPM: Charlie Crist emerges as high-profile foe of drilling

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From Talking Points Memo: Gov. Charlie Crist (I-FL), who left the Republican Party a month and a half ago to run for Senate as an independent, is becoming one of the most vocal opponents of offshore drilling since the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig was destroyed in April, which led to an oil spill that has been characterized as one of the biggest environmental disasters in American history. Most recently, he appeared on Face The Nation and spoke up for a temporary…

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BP hires former Dick Cheney press secretary to run PR

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BP, struggling to maintain its image while taking responsibility for the worst oil disaster in U.S. history, has hired someone new to head its American public relations operation: Anne Womack-Kolton, the former campaign press secretary for Vice President Dick Cheney. Womack-Kolton ran Cheney’s press shop during the 2004 campaign, and worked as an assistant press secretary in 2000. She was also an assistant in the White House press office. She begins today, the BP press office tells Talking Points Memo.…

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Talking Points Memo: Is Charlie Crist the De Facto Democrat in the Florida Senate race?

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Talking Points Memo asks the question a lot of Florida Democrats are asking: When asked for comment about their decline in support, Kendrick Meek campaign communications director Adam Sharon predicted that Crist’s surge among Democratic-leaning voters would not last, declaring that “his conservative record cannot escape him.” The TPM Poll Average for the race currently has Crist at 32.9%, Marco Rubio 32.7%, and Meek 15.9%. Furthermore, the graph shows a clear trend in the last two months, of Meek’s support falling…

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Talking Points Memo: Marco Rubio’s Tea Party problem

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In the midst of Sunday’s heated Florida Republican Senate primary debate on Fox News Sunday, moderator Chris Wallace asked Marco Rubio a question that surprised many viewers up early on a Sunday to watch the festivities. Wallace read Rubio a viewer email. “‘Ask Marco Rubio why he refuses to be vetted by the Florida Tea Parties. I want to hear from Rubio or I will not vote for him,’” Wallace said. “We got this from a bunch of Tea Parties…

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