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In an interview with CNN, President Obama said he "probably won't" read Sarah Palin's new book, Going Rogue, explaining that "I don't get a chance to read much other than briefing books these days anyway." He then said that he expects the book to do well, and that Palin has "excited a lot of people" in the Republican Party.

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In his opening remarks to the Senate Judiciary Committee this morning, Attorney General Eric Holder responded to criticisms about his decision to bring five terror suspects, including 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

Opponents of the decision have said a civilian trial will give Mohammed a platform to spew jihadist rhetoric.

"I'm not scared of what Khalid Sheikh Mohammed has to say at trial," Holder said. "And no one else needs to be afraid either."

"I have every confidence that the nation and the world will see him for the coward that he is," Holder said.

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A new poll of Minnesota by St. Cloud State University finds that Gov. Tim Pawlenty, a potential Republican candidate for president in 2012, would lose his Democratic-leaning home state to President Obama if the election were held today.

The numbers: Obama 49%, Pawlenty 40%, with a ±5% margin of error.

In 2008, Obama beat John McCain in Minnesota by 54%-44%. As the Star-Tribune notes, Pawlenty received less than 50% of the vote in each of his two elections as governor. He won 44% of the vote in a three-way race in 2002, and in 2006 he narrowly edged out his Democratic opponent by a 47%-46% margin.

On Hannity last night, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said she's "all for" profiling Muslims if it saves "innocent American lives."

Speaking about the Fort Hood shooting, she said there were "massive warning flags that were missed all over the place" because of a "fear of being politically incorrect."

"Profiling" the alleged shooter, she said, would have meant investigating the "simple things, like looking at his business card that had the secret code word for who it actually was" he was working for.


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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will unveil and discuss his health care bill to Democrats at a special 5 pm caucus meeting tonight, leadership sources say. Reid hopes to brief the caucus before the bill is publicly unveiled, and that could happen late tonight. A CBO analysis of that legislation is expected to be unveiled publicly somewhat earlier in the day, and despite some last minute road bumps, Reid is very pleased with the report.

Reid may give the public 72 hours to review the bill before holding a cloture vote on a motion to proceed this weekend, though he may call for that vote slightly earlier.

Republicans, led by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) are expected to call for the entire bill to be read aloud before debate can begin in earnest after the Senate returns from a week-long Thanksgiving recess at the end of the month.

MSNBC's Rachel Maddow picked up our report -- with credit -- on the C Street house losing its tax exempt status last night.

She tied residents of the Christian house to the effort to stop health-care reform, and interviewed Jeff Sharlet, the author of a book on the shadowy religious group that owns the house.

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Washington Times Editorial Page Editor Richard Miniter met with an official of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for nearly three hours yesterday to file the complaint alleging age, disability, and religious discrimination that we told you about yesterday, his lawyer tells TPM. You can read the complaint right here.

The employment status of Miniter, who was named vice president of opinion in March and is still on the masthead of the paper (see a picture of yesterday's edition below), is in dispute.

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Fresh off his Daily Show appearance, Vice President Joe Biden is on Capitol Hill this morning to speak privately with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid about health care.

As we reported earlier, Biden agreed it's "baffling" that Democrats need 60 votes to get anything done in the Senate.

The health care plan is far from a sure thing in the Senate, and a first test procedural vote is expected to get debate started either Friday or Saturday.

Biden and Reid are huddling this morning, hours before Reid is expected to reveal the chamber's bill and Congressional Budget Office score to his caucus members tonight. Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, a former senator from Colorado, also are reportedly attending.

Obama Will Release Afghanistan Plan Soon, Promises Exit Strategy In an interview with CNN, President Obama said he will soon release his plans for Afghanistan, and that there will be an exit plan. "The American people will have a lot of clarity about what we're doing, how we're going to succeed, how much this thing is going to cost, what kind of burden does this place on our young men and women in uniform and, most importantly, what's the end game on this thing," said Obama. "My preference would be not to hand off anything to the next president. One of the things I'd like is the next president to be able to come in and say I've got a clean slate."

Obama's Day In China And South Korea President Obama held a bilateral meeting with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, at 11:30 a.m. local time (10:30 p.m. ET last night), with a working lunch at 12:15 p.m. local time. Obama toured the Great Wall of China at 2:30 p.m. He departed Beijing at 5:10 p.m., arriving in Seoul, South Korea, at 7:45 p.m. local time (5:45 a.m. ET).

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In an interview with Newsmax, former Gov. Sarah Palin didn't entirely rule out running for public office with Fox News personality and tea party hero Glenn Beck.

When asked about such a ticket, she responded:

I can envision a couple of different combinations, if ever I were to be in a position to really even seriously consider running for anything in the future, and I'm not there yet. ... But Glenn Beck I have great respect for. He's a hoot. He gets his message across in such a clever way. And he's so bold - I have to respect that. He calls it like he sees it, and he's very, very, very effective.

Newsmax points out that Palin first "chuckled" at the question.