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>Ezra Klein's Wonkbook cites the Washington Post's report that with swing senators Susan Collins, Olympia Snowe, Maria Cantwell, and Scott Brown on board, the financial regulatory reform bill is on its way to a 60-vote passage.

Chris Cillizza's Morning Fix reports that a new Washington Post/ABC national poll finds that 60 percent of adults prefer to "look around at their options" for November's midterms, while only 25 percent plan to re-elect their incumbents. This is bad news for the majority-holding Democrats.

Mike Allen's Playbook on the new cap BP has inserted over the leaking well in the Gulf of Mexico:

It's potentially the best news about the well site in the 12 weeks since the accident happened. It will triple the ability to capture oil leaking, and assist in ultimately killing the well so it can be tapped. No one is declaring victory yet, and there is a ton of work to do to clean up and restore the Gulf. But when the leak is stopped, it will be an important moment because it will end at least a chapter of the spill.

ABC's The Note links to a New York Times story about how the NRA's lobbying efforts have transcended guns to include health care, campaign finance, credit card regulations, and Supreme Court nominees.

The Daily Beast's Cheat Sheet points to the Associated Press' account of an unexploded bomb vest discovered in a Ugandan disco, suggesting that Islamist group al Shabaab had planned an additional bombing last Sunday. The vests the group did explode killed 76 people.




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