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Afternoon Fix: Rahm Emanuel expected to announce departure Friday; Sharron Angle raises $1.7 million online in September

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* The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is planning to launch ads in Connecticut's Senate race tomorrow, according to sources familiar with the buy


* White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is expected to announce he is leaving his post tomorrow; Pete Rouse, a senior adviser to President Obama, is expected to fill the role on at least an interim basis.

* Former Nevada Assemblywoman Sharron Angle's (R) camp announced that it has raised $1.7 million online in the month of September. Only 14 candidates raised more than that amount -- total -- in the second quarter; Angle did it all online in one month.

* According to an internal memo, Ohio Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher (D) will likely report raising less than $1 million this quarter and is considering laying off 10 staff members.

* National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn (Texas) said today that the tea party's clash with the GOP in the primaries will lead to great things in the general election: "I predict that the stormy weather we've seen in the primary season will lead to a tsunami on Election Day." Cornyn said at a National Press Club luncheon. Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (N.J.), who was also at the luncheon, predicted that Democrats would hold their majority after the election.

* The Cook Political Report announced its latest ratings changes. The West Virginia Senate race moves from "Lean Democratic" to "Toss Up," the New Hampshire gubernatorial race moves from "Solid Democratic" to "Toss Up," the Iowa gubernatorial race moves from "Toss Up" to "Likely Republican," and the Maine and Maryland gubernatorial races move from "Lean Democratic" to "Toss Up."

* The National Republican Campaign Committee announced that nine new GOP candidates have reached "Young Gun" status. They are state Sen. Dan Debicella in Connecticut's 4th district, state Sen. Sam Caligiuri in Connecticut's 5th, physician Mariannette Miller-Meeks in Iowa's 2nd, state Rep. Steven Palazzo in Mississippi's 4th, businessman Matt Doheny in New York's 23rd, businessman Rob Cornilles in Oregon's 1st, attorney Keith Rothfus in Pennsylvania's 4th, businessman Tim Burns in Pennsylvania's 12th and physician Scott DesJarlais in Tennessee's 4th.


* In an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer to be aired tonight, Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) says that he'll decide on a possible White House bid "early next year," adding, "I think it's probably an advantage not to launch too early."

* Obama attends a Democratic National Committee dinner tonight at a private residence in Washington, D.C. Later, he headlines a DNC/Organizing for America event at DAR Constitution Hall.

* The SEIU is launching a new Spanish-language TV ad hitting former eBay CEO Meg Whitman (R) for employing an undocumented worker. Polls show Whitman doing well among Latinos, boosted by the considerable Spanish-language advertising she's done. Will this ad reverse her momentum?

* Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) was the only sitting governor among the potential White House 2012 hopefuls to receive an "A" grade in the Cato Institute's "Fiscal Policy Report Card on America's Governors." Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) received a "C" and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) received a "B."

* Pawlenty raises money for New Hampshire gubernatorial nominee John Stephen (R). Meanwhile, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) hosts a fundraiser for Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) in Atlanta.


Who ya gonna call? Thunder busters.

With Felicia Sonmez and Aaron Blake

By Felicia Sonmez  | September 30, 2010; 5:31 PM ET
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