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Sen. Max Baucus' girlfriend withdrew from consideration to be Montana's U.S. attorney in March only after a newspaper told Baucus' office it was about to publish a story on the senator's nomination of Melodee Hanes. The revelation appears to belie Baucus' original explanation -- that Hanes withdrew "after much reflection ... because [the two] wanted to live together in Washington, D.C."

That Baucus, a Montana Democrat, recommended Hanes to the White House to be U.S. Attorney was revealed last week by Main Justice. A former Baucus staffer, Hanes explained her withdrawal in March by saying she had "been presented with other opportunities that I felt I could not bypass."

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South Carolina's first lady, Jenny Sanford, announced today that she will file for divorce from Gov. Mark Sanford.

"This came after many unsuccessful efforts at reconciliation," Jenny Sanford said in a statement.

She also pleaded for some measure of privacy.

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Kerry, Lieberman, Graham Release Early Proposal To Cut Greenhouse Emissions Sens. John Kerry (D-MA), Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) have released a framework proposal to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 17% by 2020 -- though there are not yet specifics on how to do it. "The reason there's not specifics [being released] today is very specifically because of the process that we are honoring," said Kerry. "We don't want to jump ahead of the committee process."

Obama's Day Ahead President Obama and the First Lady visited with U.S. Embassy staff and their families in Oslo, at about 9:30 a.m. local time (3:30 a.m. ET), and departed Oslo en route to Washington at 10:40 a.m. local time. They will arrive back at Andrews Air Force Base at 12:55 p.m. ET, and at the White House at 1:10 p.m. ET.

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December 10, 2009: At the feet of the Supreme Court, a group of Republican lawmakers holds a press conference to denounce the move to bring Guantanamo Bay detainees to the U.S. Rep. Steve King (R-IA) speaks above the placard: "Protect Our Homeland: Keep Terrorists Out of America." He was joined by several GOP colleagues and former public officials, including (from left to right) former U.S. Assistant Attorney Andrew McCarthy, Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN).

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Charles "Cully" Stimson, former deputy assistant secretary of defense for detainee affairs, speaks at the press conference. Stimson is something of a controversial figure. After offering a broad critique of the defense lawyers for Guantanamo detainees in 2007, he resigned.

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Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), from eastern Texas.

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Rep. Sue Myrick (R-NC) had this to say about the detainees:



"This is what scares me because they're in a U.S. court now and the rights are different. What will they say [about their detention] and what could happen and could they be out among the people again? It's very frightening."

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Former U.S. Assistant Attorney Andrew McCarthy served in the southern district of New York where he led the prosecution of the 12 men convicted of the 1993 World Trade Center bombings.

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The President of the Center for Security Policy, Frank Gaffney Jr. has been a persistent critic of the administration's terrorism policies, penning an op-ed titled "America's First Muslim President" in The Washington Times.

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Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), no stranger to attacks on Obama and Congressional Democrats, was also on hand.

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Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI) has not been shy about vocally bashing the administration on its security policies.

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In 2007, the Defense Department paid the same private companies working on the Army's modernization program to tell the DOD how the program was going, according to a not-yet-public inspector general report.

Politico got an early look at the IG report, which notes that, between 1987 and 2007, the DOD's use of contractors for testing and quality control increased by 375 percent. The report finds that the trend toward privatization began in the 1990s, and continued through the Bush years.

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The Washington Post's opinion page editor defended the decision to run an op-ed by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.

"She is someone who stirs discussion and we are in the business of putting out opinion. She reached out to us," the editor, Autumn Brewington, told Editor & Publisher.

Palin's op-ed, published Wednesday, called for President Obama to boycott international climate change talks in Copenhagen. It also called into question man's role in global warming and focused heavily on a series of leaked emails that climate change deniers say prove a conspiracy to hide evidence that the climate is cooling.

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The White House has released President Obama's prepared toast at the Nobel Banquet in Oslo. Here's the full text:

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