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The website "South Michigan Update" is a creation of the National Republican Congressional Committee, set up to look like a news site – and virtually identical to the "Central Valley Update" in California, to name but one – and devoted to one story. That would be attacking Pam Byrnes, the Democratic challenger for Michigan's 7th Congressional District. With very subtle prose, too: "Pam Byrnes is attempting to move from left to center in her campaign for Congress, claiming to be an independent voice, but a look at her record in the state legislature paints a liberal picture." You don't say. For bringing a cloaked messenger to the attack: Flagrant foul.