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The aspiring majority

— A top House Democratic aide tells First Read that House Democrats plan this week to "cause some trouble on the floor to highlight the critical issues the do-nothing, rubber-stamp Congress are failing to address before they adjourn."

Bloomberg reports on House and Senate campaign committee chairs Rahm Emanuel and Chuck Schumer's aggressive fundraising efforts, while Roll Call has Democratic operatives at 527 organizations fretting openly that a severe drop-off in funding from big donors between 2004 and 2006 will hamper their ability to affect races and gain seats this cycle.