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The Senate may be deadlocked over what to do with the DREAM Act in the lame duck session, but if the general public were able to vote on the immigration bill, at least one poll suggests it would pass.

According to a new Gallup poll, a narrow majority of Americans would vote to pass the DREAM Act. Fifty-four percent of respondents said they favored the measure -- which would grant legal residency to illegal immigrants who entered the U.S. as children if they graduate high school and complete two years of college or military service -- while 42% said they were opposed.

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Sarah Palin was, for the third straight year, named one of Barbara Walters' 10 most fascinating people of the year. The full version of Walters' interview with Palin, snippets of which were released already, aired on ABC last night, and they included another question on Palin's possible presidential aspirations, more shots at the media, and even an appearance from Palin's husband, Todd.

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Jon Stewart last night was aghast over Senate Republicans blocking the 9/11 responders bill, part of the GOP's vow to block all legislation until the Bush-era tax cuts deal is passed.

"You couldn't even get 60 senators to agree to vote on the 9/11 responders bill, because the top 2 percent of Americans haven't officially received their engraved notifications that their taxes won't go up 4 percent?" Stewart asked. "That's the principled pledge you want to stand by? 'Bros before heroes?' "

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If the Senate is ready to end Don't Ask, Don't Tell, the House is ready to help. That's the word that came from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi just hours after the Senate failed to achieve cloture on a defense spending bill containing a repeal of the military's ban on openly gay servicemembers.

"An army of allies stands ready in the House to pass a standalone repeal of the discriminatory policy once the Senate acts," Pelosi said in a statement to reporters.

Out of the smoldering embers of last night's failed cloture vote in the Senate rose a legislative phoenix for repeal supporters in the form of a stand-alone repeal bill sponsored by Sens. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), Susan Collins (R-ME), Majority Leader Harry Reid and others. The plan is a long shot -- debate and passage of the bill would have to be squeezed into to the Senate's already jam-packed lame luck legislative calendar -- but it offers hope for supporters of repeal that the job can be done before the end of the year, as President Obama has urged.

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The White House hoped to set its tax cut compromise on a glide path: announce a deal, pass it in the Senate, pass an identical version in the House, sign it, move on to the next big thing.

But yesterday, after House Democrats voted no confidence in the Obama plan, that's anything but certain. And with House Democrats vowing to tweak the package the Senate sends over next week, the White House is scrambling to make sure that doesn't happen.

"We are in the contact with the leaders in both houses and lots of individual members," said White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer on a conference call with reporters yesterday.

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by Marie C. Baca, ProPublica

Joseph Pettey is the owner of Pettey Oilfield Services Inc., and the 2003 Virginia Oil and Gas Festival Man of the Year. Thomas E. Stewart is a third-generation driller who lobbies the government on behalf of energy companies. Both sit on the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, which is increasingly positioning itself as an authority on drilling-related issues like hydraulic fracturing.

The 38-state commission was created in 1935 to promote the efficient harvesting of oil and gas. Its mission was later expanded to acknowledge the need to protect health, safety and the environment while accomplishing that goal. It is funded by government grants and fees from the states. The commission members are appointed by the member governors. Most are state regulators who oversee gas and oil drilling, but at least seven states have representatives who are either lobbyists or energy executives.

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Obama Predicts Tax Bill Passage, Possible Changes The Associated Press reports: "President Barack Obama is predicting congressional approval of the tax-cutting compromise he has reached with Republican leaders, but he's not ruling out that unhappy Democrats will make some changes in the mammoth legislation. In an interview with NPR released Friday, Obama said that despite a rebellion by many Democrats against his tax deal, it will pass because 'nobody -- Democrat or Republican -- wants to see people's paychecks smaller on Jan. 1 because Congress didn't act.'"

Obama's Day Ahead President Obama will meet with former President Bill Clinton at 3 p.m. ET, in the Oval Office.

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If Don't Ask, Don't Tell isn't repealed this year, yesterday's hijinx in the Senate will be remembered only slightly more fondly by history than was Strom Thurmond's 24-hour filibuster of the Civil Rights Act in 1957.

Aaron Johnson, a 20-year-old St. Louis, MO resident, was charged this week with threatening to blow up an IRS facility. Federal prosecutors charge in an indictment that on April 14, Johnson called an IRS facility on South Grand in St. Louis.

The facility is described in an indictment as a records facility known as a "lockbox" which was being operated by an unnamed U.S. bank. Johnson allegedly called the telephone number associated with the lockbox and threatened to "blow up" the facility.

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