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>Chris Cillizza's Morning Fix lists six Senate candidates whose fundraising efforts need a major boost: Charlie Crist, Lee Fisher, Andrew Romanoff, Ken Buck, Joe Sestak, and Sharron Angle. The second fundraising quarter ended yesterday, so watch reports next week to see if these candidates are catching up.

Ezra Klein's Wonkbook notes Politico's report that Jeff Bingaman is replacing John Kerry as leader of the Senate Democrats' push for a climate bill. Bingaman previously drafted a very gentle (i.e., carbon cap-less) bill that garnered some bipartisan support; he's currently working on a utilities-only one that Dems hope will attract backing from key Republicans despite -- or because of -- Bingaman's mild-mannered personality.   

Mike Allen's Playbook reports that the jousting for Newsweek has come down to two lead suitors: California philanthropist Sidney Harman and billionaire Clinton ally Marc Lasry. According to Allen, both men "have signaled they would keep Newsweek as a traditional newsmagazine, preserving some semblance of the serious-minded, essentially New-Democratic tone set by Jon Meacham."

The Daily Beast's Cheat Sheet points to a Washington Post account of bubbling discontent among House Democrats in regards to the war in Afghanistan. After stalling for weeks, the House narrowly approved an additional $37 billion in war funding. The measure now goes to the Senate.

ABC's The Note links to a Washington Post story about the Democratic "battle plan" for November's elections -- it centers on engendering fear of a GOP takeover.
 



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