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Chuck Todd has made a concerted effort to talk to conservative media outlets since he took over as host of NBC's "Meet the Press." In September, he characterized an interview with Breitbart — during which he was asked repeatedly about liberal bias in the press — as "a step in the rehabilitation of my business.”

Now that he's promoting a book that promises to provide a "gripping account of Obama's White House tenure," Todd is going back to those same sources, and being asked the same questions.

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There was a bit of frank discussion about how Democrats are articulating the party's message on the economy during a panel on the middle class. Two of the panelists, Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and venture capitalist Nick Hanauer, who co-founded Second Avenue Partners, said there had been a bit of a disconnect in how Democrats articulated their message on the economy in the 2014 midterms and until that changed, Democrats would keep "getting their butts kicked."

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's choice for a powerful committee position was defeated by the Democratic conference on Wednesday, a rare intra-party setback for the Californian.

Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ) won in a 100-90 caucus vote to be ranking member of the Energy & Commerce Committee, according to two Democrats in the room.

He defeated Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA), a close Pelosi ally who won the steering committee vote for the position by a 30-19 margin one day earlier.

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