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The White House just released its latest batch of visitors logs - the names of thousands of people who came to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in December. Officials announced the latest release in a blog post.

What's interesting about this batch is that anyone who attended White House Christmas parties with President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama would appear on the list.

Check them out here. If you see anything good, let us know in the comments or email TPM.

Charges have been reduced against activist filmmaker James O'Keefe and the three other men charged in the alleged Landrieu phone tampering case, the Justice Department announced today.

The four men "were charged in a one-count bill of information with entering real property of the United States under false pretenses, a misdemeanor," the DOJ announced in a press release today. Read the bill of information here.

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Here are the line-ups for the Sunday talk shows this weekend:

• ABC, This Week: White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett, Gov. Ed Rendell (D-PA), Gov. Haley Barbour (R-MS).

• CBS, Face The Nation: Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN).

• CNN, State Of The Union: White House Senior Adviser David Axelrod, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD).

• Fox News Sunday: Gov. Charlie Crist (R-FL), former state House Speaker Marco Rubio (R-FL).

• NBC, Meet The Press: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY).

A new Mason-Dixon poll out today shows Marco Rubio's not done with Charlie Crist yet in Florida. The poll shows Crist is just 11 points behind Rubio in the Florida GOP Senate primary, a margin that suggests the race has tightened after blowing open in Rubio's favor in recent weeks.

Rubio leads Crist by a margin of 48-37 in the Mason Dixon poll, significantly closer than past polls which have shown Rubio ahead by more than 30 points.

The TPM Poll Average for the race, including the new Mason-Dixon numbers, shows Rubio ahead of Crist by a margin of 57.4-29.1.

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There was bad news and good news -- which could turn into bad news -- for backers of efforts to reduce the role of money in politics today.

First, the bad news: In a decision that reflects the broad impact of the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia struck down limits on contributions to political groups that spend money to support or oppose candidates.

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Tea Party activists are kicking off a grand national tour this weekend with an event targeting Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) in his small home town of Searchlight, Nevada -- an event that Tea Party Express describes as a "conservative Woodstock."

Tomorrow's "Showdown In Searchlight" event will feature none other than Sarah Palin, campaigning against the Senate Dem leader. A press release from Tea Party Express boasts of supporters arriving to camp out: "It doesn't get closer to a 'Conservative Woodstock' than this."

So what do they mean by a "conservative Woodstock?" "I guess the uniqueness of having a huge number of people descend on a place where they otherwise wouldn't be going," Tea Party Express spokesman Levi Russell told TPMDC. "Searchlight is not a destination by any means. It's a tiny town. And the locals have told us this is already by far the biggest thing that's happened in their town's history. That's how we see it, a huge number of people coming to a unique place where the draw is, we are going to put on this show and this rally."

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Just in time for the campaign season, the right-wing Clarion Fund, which shipped out 28 million DVDs to swing state voters in 2008 warning of the threat of radical Islam, has announced it's working on a new film, this one on "the Iranian Nuclear threat."

In a little-noticed press release this week, the Clarion Fund, which was behind Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against The West, said the new film will "document the development of the Iranian nuclear program, the threats posed by such a program, and the West's inability to recognize the true nature of an extremist Islamic Revolutionary regime ..."

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Democrats are confident that in the coming weeks they will pass a major new package of financial regulations. And they may be right. But that issue is unique among the looming legislative battles facing the Senate. The public is furious at Wall Street, and opposing these sorts of reforms won't look good come election time.

But beyond that single agenda item, is there any chance that the Democrats' newfound post-health care momentum will translate into other legislative achievements? The outlook isn't so great.

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Tea Partiers and others on the right are starting to distance themselves from the recent spate of violence and racism that has characterized the opposition to health-care reform.

In a letter to President Obama and Congress released yesterday, an alliance of Florida Tea Party groups called the Tea Party movement "a peaceful movement" and declared that they "stand in stark opposition to any person using derogatory characterizations, threats of violence, or disparaging terms toward members of Congress or the President."

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