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Lieberman Pledges To Filibuster Public Option, Blames Its Supporters For Holding Up Reform Appearing on Face The Nation, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) pledged to filibuster against the public option: "The government going into the health insurance business -- I think it's such a mistake that I would use the power I have as a single senator to stop a final vote." He also blamed public option-supporters for being the ones who are obstructing reform: "All of a sudden if you're not for this government health insurance company, you're against health care reform. I'd say to them, 'Don't stop us from getting something good and important done for the American people.'"

Boehner: NY-23 Election Part Of 'Political Rebellion Going On In America' Appearing on State of the Union, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) addressed the situation in NY-23 by delcaring, "We're in the middle, I think, of a political rebellion going on in America," and said that the Republicans will work to earn the support of people coming into the political system. At the same time, he insisted that the GOP was not excluding moderates, in light of moderate GOP candidate Dede Scozzafava's withdrawal from the race: "We accept moderates in our party. We want moderates in our party. We cover a wide range of Americans."

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Senior White House Adviser David Axelrod tried to downplay the White House's war with Fox News during an appearance on CBS' Face the Nation this morning -- even while being questioned about inflammatory statements Rush Limbaugh made about the president on Fox News Sunday today.

"We're not at war with anyone," Axelrod said. "We're at war only with people who represent mistruths as truth. And that's true of any network whether it's Fox, CBS, or any other network. When errors of fact are stated or when opinion is offered as fact, we will challenge that."

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With two days to go in the state's gubernatorial race, Virginia voters are coming home to GOP nominee Bob McDonnell. That's according to numbers from an important new poll published in state newspapers today.

McDonnell has led Democratic nominee Creigh Deeds since June, a lead that has extended to double digits in recent days. But polls also showed many were still undecided in the race, giving Democrats hope for a Deeds upset Tuesday. The new numbers show those undecided voters have made up their minds -- and they've decided to vote for McDonnell.

McDonnell's lead has grown with the new support. He now dominates Deeds in the Mason-Dixon Poll, 53-41.

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Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), who said last week that he'd join the GOP in filibustering a public health insurance option on the Senate floor, restated that threat on Face the Nation this morning.

"I feel so strongly about the creation of another government health insurance entitlement," he said. "The government going into the health insurance business -- I think it's such a mistake that I would use the power I have as a single senator to stop a final vote."

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House Minority Leader John Boehner weighed in on the GOP mess in NY-23 on CNN this morning, trying to cast GOP congressional candidate Dede Scozzafava's campaign suspension -- which came after many prominent Republicans backed the Conservative Party candidate -- as "a very unusual circumstance" and not something that would discourage moderate GOP candidates in House races in 2010.

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Vice President Joe Biden told CNN in an interview conducted Friday and broadcast this morning that the Obama administration's $787 billion economic stimulus package "is working."

Citing GDP growth of 3.5 percent in the last quarter, Biden said, "Without the stimulus package, the economy wouldn't have grown this last quarter."

Biden described the stimulus as the "most transparent undertaking the government has ever engaged in" and said "he's confident we've hit bottom."

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton weighed in yesterday on reports that Abdullah Abdullah -- Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai's main rival in a Nov. 7 runoff vote -- would drop out of the race, which Abdullah has now officially done, citing concerns about the integrity of the election.

In video showed on CNN a moment ago, Clinton said, "When President Karzai accepted the second round without knowing what the consequences and outcome would be, that bestowed legitimacy from that moment forward. And Dr. Abdullah's decision does not in anyway take away from that."

Now that the national Republican Party has gotten behind Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman in the NY-23 special election -- following the withdrawal of moderate GOP candidate Dede Scozzafava -- it's fun to remember that the Republicans didn't always feel so fondly about Hoffman. As The Hill reported a month ago, NRCC spokesman Paul Lindsay said that Scozzafava was the right candidate, who was picked by the local party leaders and had an appeal to the district's voters.

As for Lindsay's view of Hoffman, who had also interviewed with party leaders for the nomination: "Fortunately, the local Republican county chairs had the foresight to see that Doug Hoffman lacked the integrity and qualities needed to be elected to anything -- let alone Congress."