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>Ezra Klein's Wonkbook notes the Washington Post's report that, in an effort to appease Sen. Scott Brown, the Senate has dropped a $19 billion bank fee from its financial reform bill and replaced it with repurposed TARP funds and a hike in FDIC fees. 

Chris Cillizza's Morning Fix relays Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle's long-awaited run-in with the media on Jon Ralston's political talk show. Highlights: she backed off her stance on the need to eliminate Social Security; clarified that she does not support the assassination of Harry Reid; and alleged that the Constitution does not mandate the separation of church and state -- that "Thomas Jefferson has been misquoted." 

Mike Allen's Playbook reports that, in an interview with the conservative Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, House Minority Leader John Boehner said the financial reform package was like "killing an ant with a nuclear weapon." The DNC already plans to use the comment in attack ads this fall.

ABC's The Note links to the New York Times' coverage of Elena Kagan's second day of Supreme Court hearings, during which she deflected questions on gun control, abortion, and the rights of suspected terrorists.

The Daily Beast's Cheat Sheet cites a New Republic profile of John Edwards that reveals his strange post-politics life. Preview: it includes trips to Wendy's, dancing at local bars, and flirting with young women.

   

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