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Another poll suggests that Rudy Giuliani could potentially beat appointed Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), if he enters the 2010 Senate race as he's reportedly been considering.

The new numbers from Rasmussen: Giuliani 53%, Gillibrand 40%, with a ±4.5% margin of error. A Zogby poll yesterday gave Rudy a narrower lead of 45%-43%, within that poll's ±3.2% margin of error.

The pollster's analysis speculates that Giuliani could be getting a short-term boost in this Democratic state, due to the Obama administration's decision on terrorism trials: "Fifty-five percent (55%) of New York State voters oppose U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder's decision to try the confessed mastermind of the 9/11 attacks and five other suspected terrorists in a civilian court in New York City rather than before a military tribunal."

A White House official tells TPMDC President Obama will attend the climate talks in Copenhagen on Dec. 9. The trip coincides with Obama's acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo.

In addition to the president's address, the White House will send a large delegation, including Obama's "Green Cabinet" who aim to "maximize" chances of success at Copenhagen.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters the move would "give momentum" to the U.S. position on climate talks.

EPA administrator Carol Browner told reporters he would lay out clear goals for cutting carbon emissions, in metrics that are "fairly similar" to the bill which passed the House and what is being considered by the Senate.

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Obama To Explain Surge, Exit Plan In Afghanistan The Washington Post reports President Obama will use his speech on Afghanistan next week to simultaneously explain his plan to increase America's troop presence, and to lay out an exit strategy: "Obama's prime-time address, tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, will begin the White House effort to sell his revised war plan -- one leading scenario calls for sending 30,000 additional U.S. troops -- to powerful skeptics within his party, reluctant allies abroad and an Afghan public uncertain whether international forces or the Taliban will win the war."

Obama's Day Ahead President Obama will hold the annual turkey-pardoning ceremony, at 11:35 a.m. ET in the Rose Garden. In the afternoon, the First Family will participate in a service event in the Washington area.

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Former Bush press secretary Dana Perino made a rather odd claim on Sean Hannity's Fox News show last night. Talking about how we ought to label the deadly shooting at Fort Hood -- and implying that the Obama administration was shying away from calling it a terrorist attack out of political concerns -- Perino said no terrorists attacked the U.S. while President Bush was in office.

We did not have a terrorist attack on our country during President Bush's term. I hope they're not looking at this politically. I do think that we owe it to the American people to call it what it is.

Perino's claim went unchallenged -- no one on screen mentioned the 9/11 attacks.

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Move over, BarneyCam!

The White House new media team had some fun with President Obama's first official pardoning of a turkey for the Thanksgiving holiday.

In a video posted to the White House YouTube page, a "turkey" does the slow walk right through the gates outside 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, past "Pebble Beach" where reporters do stand-up television shots, through the West Wing and Oval Office into the Rose Garden.

The spoof is the brainchild of Arun Chaudhary, who traveled with Obama during the long primary and general election campaigns.

But Ben LaBolt from the White House press shop steals the show as narrator.

The bird will "be trotting a little prouder as he walks down these hallowed halls for his appointment with destiny," LaBolt deadpans.

It's all geared toward getting people to watch the pardoning live today on the White House Web site.

Today, "one turkey will be a free bird," LaBolt said.

Watch it after the jump:

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November 24: President Obama and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arrive for a press conference during an official state visit. The two spoke cordially of the two nations' partnerships, noting plans to collaborate further on climate change, green technology, and regional security.

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President Obama said India is "indispensable" to global security and prosperity.


Obama praised Singh as a man of peace. The prime minister spoke mostly of his nation's commitment to combating climate change ahead of the global summit in Copenhagen next month.

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The pair took two questions each, one from an American journalist and one from an Indian journalist. Obama promised to announce an Afghanistan strategy "shortly."


First Lady Michelle Obama talks with her Indian counterpart, Gursharan Kaur.

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The First Lady addresses reporters and young women from the White House mentoring program during a preview of Tuesday's state dinner in honor of Singh. She said she put so much effort into making the first White House state dinner special because she's felt honored when traveling abroad this year. "The hosts make you feel like you are home," she said.

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Obama and Singh during their joint press conference.

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The White House press corps waits for Obama and Singh. The pair were 35 minutes late.

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Members of the press hustle to photograph sample place settings for the first official state dinner of the Obama presidency.

Obama chats with students in the White House leadership program. The students got to sample the vegetarian menu.

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Pumpkin pie tart and pear tatin are on the menu. The desserts are garnished with mint and lemon verbena from the First Lady's garden.

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Needy families in New Jersey are learning that elections matter. Outgoing Gov. Jon Corzine (D) and his incoming successor, Chris Christie (R) are having their first open policy disagreement since the election this week over how to care for the growing number of hungry families in New Jersey this Thanksgiving. Corzine says he's using the final weeks of his term in office to pass an emergency plan to use state funds to fill the pantries of soup kitchens across the state, which have seen a decline in donations during the economic crisis. Christie, who takes office in January, says he's against any new spending while the state is still "broke."

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BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina is being investigated by the state's attorney general for a recent mailer and spate of robo-calls in opposition to the public option, according to a company spokesman.

In October, TPMmuckraker reported that the insurance company had sent a mailer to millions of its customers asking them to urge the state's Democratic senator, Kay Hagan, (D-NC) to oppose a public option. The insurance company also deployed a related robocall.

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