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Sen. Joe Lieberman's (I-CT) office is shooting down a report in The Hill that Lieberman has reached an understanding with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to not block health care reform.

Lieberman spokesman Marshall Wittman told National Review: "Senator Lieberman's clear position is that he will vote for the motion to proceed to the health-care bill because he supports health-care reform that will control costs and insure people who don't have it now, but will oppose cloture on a final bill if it contains a public option."

We telephoned Lieberman's office for further comment, and they referred us back to the National Review post. Reid's office has not returned our request for comment at this time.

State Sen. Creigh Deeds closed his final rally in the Virginia governor's race on a hopeful note, telling a few hundred supporters gathered in Alexandria last night the only poll that matters is taken today between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m.

But in a less-than-inspirational aside, Deeds (D-VA) also said he was encouraged by the results in his local Bath County high school mock election.

"That's a precursor to this election -- we're on our way baby," Deeds said, to laughter.

Deeds backers told the crowd they know Deeds is behind by double digits but they "are hearing something different" in the calls they make to get-out-the-vote.

It was also Obamatime, as each speaker urged voters to "remember how it felt" when Barack Obama held his final rally in Manassas, Virginia the night before capturing the state and the presidency.

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Today: The 2009 Elections Today is Election Day in the Virginia gubernatorial race, the New Jersey gubernatorial election, the NY-23 special House election and other local races. The polls will close in Virginia at 7 p.m. ET, in New Jersey at 8 p.m. ET, and in New York at 9 p.m. ET. TPM will be live-blogging and keeping a scoreboard of the results.

Obama's Day Ahead President Obama will meet at 9:10 a.m. ET with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. He will meet at 11:25 a.m. ET with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. At 2:40 p.m. ET, he will participate in the U.S.-European Union Summit. At 4:30 p.m. ET, he and Vice President Biden will meet with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. He will meet at 5:15 p.m. ET with Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR).

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"Sources" close to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told The Hill yesterday that Reid is expecting Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) to vote with the Democratic majority to close debate and move to a final vote when Reid's health care bill hits the Senate floor. Lieberman's public promises to join a GOP filibuster of the bill because it contains a public option are just his attempt to influence the final bill, the sources told the newspaper -- in reality, Lieberman is not a threat to an up or down vote on health care reform.

One Reid source, from The Hill's report:

"Lieberman keeps assuring Reid that he's OK...But he's one of those characters -- you never know with Joe."


Lieberman's official spokesperson denied the claim from Reid's office when the The Hill called. But the paper reports "connected" progressives inside the beltway share Reid's take. "Activists and liberal bloggers" have "seethed" over Lieberman's public comments because they are "out of the loop" on his actual thinking, the paper reports.

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The White House says President Obama will meet privately with Sen. Blanche Lincoln Tuesday night.

Obama and Lincoln (D-AR) will huddle in the Oval Office at 5:15, less than two hours before polls close in the critical elections in New Jersey, New York and Virginia.

Lincoln is perhaps the most embattled Democrat in the Senate, and she's been getting political pressure from both sides as she declines to tip her hand on health care.

She is one of several moderates who have had the president's ear lately - Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN), Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) and Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) also have visited the White House recently.

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is greeted by girls attired in Pakistani national dress upon her arrival to Islamabad, Pakistan on Oct. 28, 2009.

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Clinton, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and Farzana Raja, chair of the Benazir Income Support Program, pose with the program's monthly lottery winners. The program, established in honor of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, awards cash loans of $3,600 for economically disadvantaged families twice a month. Clinton was also on hand to distribute checks among the selected recipients from September's lottery.

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Clinton, along with senior coordinator for economic and development assistance Robin Raphael, Special Envoy Richard Holbrooke and Ambassador to Pakistan Anne W. Patterson meet with Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani at his home in Islamabad.

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At the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad, Clinton holds a joint press conference with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi.

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Clinton and her delegation observe a moment of silence at the shrine of Sufi Saint Shah Abdul Latif Kazmi, Bari Imam, near Islamabad.

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Clinton distributing the Langar (free food for devotees) during her visit to the Shrine of Hazrat Shah Abdul Latif Bari Imam.

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Clinton and U.S. Consul General Carmela Conroy unveil the new Consulate General seal at a ceremony at the U.S. Consulate General in Lahore on Oct. 29.

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Clinton meets with Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer and Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Quresh at the Governor House in Lahore. A photograph of the late Benazir Bhutto is on the table behind the governor.

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Visiting the historical Badshahi Masjid in Lahore with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.

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Clinton meets with former Prime Minister, and leader of the opposition party Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Nawaz Sharif.

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Clinton holds a press briefing with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Oct. 31.

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Clinton, with Special Envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell, meet with Netanyahu and Israeli leaders in Jerusalem.

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Clinton meets with Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Lieberman in Jerusalem.

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Clinton and Mitchell meet with Israeli Minister of Defense Ehud Barak.

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Sec. Clinton meets with Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Taib Fassi Fihri in Marrakesh, Morocco, on Nov. 2. Clinton will participate in the VI Forum for the Future, organized by the G8 and the Middle East And Northern Africa (MENA).

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Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) said this evening she plans to fight Republican plans to slow the process of the cap-and-trade bill through the Senate with "patience."

"We're going to wait for them to come," she said at a press conference. "We're not going to rush this through."

Last week, the Republican members of the Environment and Public Works Committee Boxer chairs said they would boycott a markup of the the cap-and-trade bill scheduled for tomorrow. Led by committee ranking member Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), the GOP contingent on the committee say they need more time to review the law and it's potential economic effects.

Their plans to delay the bill appear to have succeeded. Faced with the GOP plan, Boxer said the Democratic majority on the committee decided to "reach our hand across the aisle" and accommodate some of the GOP concerns.

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October 31: The Obamas open up the White House to 2,000 school children for Halloween. Here, Michelle Obama -- dressed as a cat -- and President Obama -- dressed as President Obama -- greet the trick-or-treaters.

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Performers entertain the revelers.

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The guests arrive.

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Costumed guests and performers dressed as fluttering butterflies.

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A performer, dressed as a tree, sways through the crowd.

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The First Couple (and First Grandma) hand out White House M&Ms, dried fruit and butter cookies.

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Mr. President, meet Spiderman.

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George Washington, we imagine, never saw anything like this in his day.

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As part of the festivities, the Obamas host a reception for military families in the East Room.

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Press Secretary Robert Gibbs channels the Dark Side.

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The White House, lit up in orange for the occasion.

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