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* National and Wisconsin Republican operatives concede that they’re being outgunned and outmaneuvered by Dems in the recall wars.

* The left expects embattled GOP state senator Randy Hopper to have big national money on his side to fight the recall drive.

*History lesson of the day: Sam Stein unearths an episode where Scott Walker positioned himself as the scourge of protesters while running for college student body president in 1988.

* The fake Koch prank caller may run for Congress.

* Kevin Drum predicts John Boehner will have no choice but to shut down the government for the sake of the Tea Party before reaching a deal with Dems.

* Eric Cantor says entitlement reform is up next, which will really amp up the spending wars, and exacerbate intra-Dem tensions over how to respond.

* The neocon hawkishness dominating the 2012 GOP field again highlights the Cheney-ization of the GOP, and serves as a reminder that old-line establishment foreign policy voices have been largely marginalized in today’s GOP.

* Relatedly, in a rational world, the fact that the same people calling for aggressive miilitary intervention in Libya were almost uniformly wrong about Iraq would make folks less inclined to listen to them, not more.

* Sharron Angle launches a bid for a Nevada House seat, and she has a real shot at winning, which would be ideal, because then she wouldn’t have to change Congress via Second Amendment Remedies.

* Senator Kirsten Gillibrand continues to cut a high profile with her call for the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act.

* House Dems also join the push for DOMA repeal.

* Is Michigan Governor Rick Snyder’s anti-union power grab unconstitutional?

* Chait says the Weekly Standard has devolved into a “cheap oppo shop.”

* And if you Google Haley Barbour, the top stories are almost all about his racial flaps.

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Greg Sargent writes The Plum Line blog, a reported opinion blog with a liberal slant -- what you might call “opinionated reporting” from the left.

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