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WaPo: Obama May Have To Seek GOP Support On Afghanistan The Washington Post says that the emerging Democratic opposition to a heavily increased troop presence in Afghanistan could put President Obama in an awkward situation: "The emerging Democratic position could compel Obama, whose domestic agenda is facing stiff Republican criticism in Congress, to rely on those same opposition lawmakers for support if he decides to send more combat troops to Afghanistan."

Obama's Day Ahead President Obama will deliver remarks at a 1:50 p.m. ET fundraiser for the Democratic Governors Association. He will meet at 3:30 p.m. ET with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and at 4 p.m. ET with Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner. He will depart form the White House at 6:35 p.m. ET, headed to Copenhagen, Denmark, to lobby for the 2016 Olympics to be held in Chicago.

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On September 25, 2009, Newt Gingrich and his wife Callista hosted the premiere of their documentary "Rediscovering God in America II: Our Heritage" at the Capitol Visitor Center in Washington D.C. The premiere came on the heels of a small victory for Gingrich (pictured here with Callista and "Rediscovering God" Writer/Director Kevin Knoblock), who launched a petition in December protesting the omission of the phrase "In God We Trust" from the $621 million Visitor Center building. Over the summer, Congress ordered that the phrase be engraved into a large pillar in the building, despite a lawsuit by atheist group Freedom From Religion Foundation. The film, which was produced by Citizens United Productions and explores the role of religion in early American history, premiered the same week that the engraving process began.

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Approximately 200 people turned up for the film premiere.

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Newt Gingrich and Rev. Daniel P. Coughlin, Chaplain for the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Matthew Taylor, Editor and Director of Photography for the film.

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Callista Gingrich, Newt Gingrich, and Rep. J. Randy Forbes (R-VA) in their seats before the screening.

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Writer/Director Kevin Knoblock makes remarks before the screening begins.

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Newt and Callista Gingrich speak before the screening.

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A film still from "Rediscovering God in America II: Our Heritage."

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Callista and Newt Gingrich during the screening.

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Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) -- who's making quite a name for himself by accusing the GOP of having a health care plan premised on the idea that sick Americans should "die quickly" -- just made a pretty fiery appearance on CNN.

He called Republicans "foot-dragging, knuckle-dragging Neanderthals who think they can dictate policy to America by being stubborn." He said that he's "saying what everyone else has been thinking but no one else has been saying." And he once again refused to apologize, saying it's Republicans who should say sorry.

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Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) is keeping up his attack on Republicans, after saying that their policy is for Americans to "die quickly" and after calling the health care crisis a "holocaust" -- and now says that the GOP has willfully chosen to let tens of thousands of people without insurance die every year.

In a new fundraising appeal posted by Grayson on Daily Kos, he says:

And now the Republicans claim they are going to introduce a resolution "disapproving" of my behavior.

What is this, junior high school? Do they think my feelings are hurt? Just what do these people think health care means? It's not some abstract "issue", we're talking about life and death! And the Republicans, who ran the government in full or in part from 2001-2009, chose to let those 44,000 people die, every single year when they were in power. And George W. Bush, whom the Republicans somehow pretend was not President for the last eight years, just let them die. He even vetoed health care for poor children.

So apologize? I don't think so.


National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Andy Seré gave us this comment in response: "This is an unstable man who has come unhinged. The depths to which Alan Grayson will sink to defend his indefensible comments know no bounds."

We reported earlier this month that Newt Gingrich's 527 group had accidentally told porn exec Allison Vivas that she'd been awarded an "Entrepreneur of the Year" award and invited her to an "intimate event" with Gingrich. The group soon backtracked and said the whole thing was a mistake.

Well, they may have made a similar mistake again. The Dallas Morning News reports that the owner of a topless club in Texas was given the same award -- and then stripped of it.

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Last month, the Republican National Committee used Newsmax's email list -- probably for a fee -- to solicit donations and support.

Newsmax -- which published (and later unpublished) a column saying it's not "unrealistic" that there may be a "military intervention" against President Obama -- names the RNC as "our sponsor" in the email, which is signed by RNC chair Michael Steele.

The message, addressed to "Fellow conservative," asks readers to take a health care survey and contribute "$1,000, $500, $100, $50 or $25 to help support our efforts to combat the Democrats' attempt to impose 'Obamacare' on all of us."

"You and the RNC are all that stand between our sensible Republican plan for real health care reform and the Democrats' scheme to take more of your hard-earned income to pay for other people's health care while limiting yours," it reads.

The campaign of Gov. Jon Corzine (D-NJ) has a new ad against Republican former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie, in their continuing battle over insurance company coverage of mammograms.

Christie has advocated the legalization of mandate-free insurance policies, in order to lower costs. The Corzine camp went on the attack, saying that this would mean the elimination of New Jersey's state mandate of mammogram coverage. Christie has called that attack "deceitful" and "awful," citing his own mother's fight against breast cancer.

But the Corzine ad is sticking with the attack, and calling Christie "deceitful," and pointing to what mandate-free policies would mean. "Christie's own website shows he'd let insurance companies end mammogram coverage," the announcer says. "Cut short 48 hour maternity stays. No wonder the insurance industry backs Christie's plan."

One of the most anticipated amendments to the Senate Finance Committee's health care bill was introduced by Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME). If adopted, it would create triggered public options at the state level if private insurance companies didn't make insurance affordable and available everywhere. But yesterday, when the Committee considered a separate pair of public option amendments, Snowe's proposal wasn't on the agenda.

Senate sources suggest Snowe may withhold the amendment until health care legislation hits the floor next month. And a Snowe spokesperson confirms that, though the situation is very fluid right now, that is a possibility.

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Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL), who yesterday said the Republicans' health care plan is "Die quickly," today doubled down on his rhetoric, calling the health care crisis a "holocaust."

"I call upon the Democratic members of the House, I call upon the Republican members of the House, I call upon all of us to do our jobs for the sake of America, for the sake of those dying people and their families," Grayson said.

"I apologize to the dead and their families that we haven't voted sooner to end this holocaust in America," he said.

Yesterday, he said, "If you get sick, America, the Republican health care plan is this: Die quickly. That's right. The Republicans want you to die quickly if you get sick."

A Republican representative had drafted a resolution to condemn the remarks, but decided not to introduce it, saying he'd give Grayson the chance to apologize first.

Video after the jump.

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