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GOP watch: I'm going to knock you out

"LL Cool J, who had a hit called 'Mamma Said Knock You Out,' got a segment spotlighting him knocked off Sarah Palin's inspirational new show for the Fox News Channel -- after complaining the clip was actually a two-year-old interview being re-aired without his permission," the New York Daily News writes. He Tweeted yesterday, "Fox lifted an old interview I gave in 2008 to someone else and are misrepresenting to the public in order to promote Sarah Palin's show. WOW." And then Fox's response was to, well, knock him out of the show: "Real American Stories' features uplifting tales about overcoming adversity and we believe Mr. Smith's interview fit that criteria," FNC head of programming Bill Shine said in a statement. "However, as it appears that Mr. Smith does not want to be associated with a program that could serve as an inspiration to others, we are cutting his interview from the special and wish him the best with his fledgling acting career." (LL Cool J's birth name is James Smith.)

The New York Daily News looks again at Michael Steele's troubles. "Since 2009, the records show, they have instead given funds to the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the National Republican Congressional Committee or individual campaign committees. This shift in big money contributions may suggest unhappiness with Michael Steele, chairman of the RNC."

Tim Pawlenty's Freedom First PAC yesterday announced that it is endorsing seven GOP candidates running this cycle: Tim Burns (PA-12), Robert Dold (IL-10), Sean Duffy (WI-7), Charles Djou (HI-1), Pat Meehan (PA-7), John Hoeven (ND-SEN), and Pat Toomey (PA-SEN).