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Biden's Day Ahead
Vice President Biden will attend President Obama's morning briefings. At 11:10 a.m. ET, he will host conference calls with governors and mayors from across the country, to discuss stimulus implementation. He will have lunch with Obama at 12:30 p.m. ET, and in the afternoon he will join the President's meeting with his national security team on AFghanistan and Pakistan.

Snowe: "I'd Rather Have Company"
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) acknowledged that her position as a Republican swing vote on health care and other issues in the Senate can be unpleasant. "I'd rather have company," said Snowe. "But it's a different political world we're in ... Most people represent either red states or blue states."

Most Republicans Turn Against Defense Authorization Over Hate Crimes
Roll Call reports that the Defense Authorization bill caused some division in the Republican caucus, due to Democrats attaching a hate-crimes bill protecting gays, with 44 Republicans voting yes and the majority voting no. "I have consistently opposed the passage of hate crimes legislation and I continue to oppose it today," said Rep. Howard McKeon (R-CA), who voted in favor of the troop-funding bill.. "Unfortunately, congressional Democrats made the political decision to attach the hate crimes legislation to this bill."

Palin Notably Absent From Gubernatorial Races
The Politico notes that Sarah Palin is notably absent from the campaign trail for this year's gubernatorial races: "Less than a month before voters go to the polls, it appears increasingly clear that the former Alaska governor, vice-presidential nominee and conservative favorite will not appear on behalf of either New Jersey's Chris Christie or Virginia's Bob McDonnell. Palin is the only one of the most talked-about potential 2012 presidential candidates who has not yet campaigned for either Republican candidate."

GOP Senators Brush Off Franken's Old Jokes About Them
The Hill reports that Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) is getting along fine with his Republican colleagues in the Senate, despite the fact that he wrote some rather barbed jokes about them in the past. "He's a comedian, so it's all in jest," said Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME), about whom Franken once wrote he would possibly like to have an affair with her. "I assume it is, anyway."

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