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Press Secretary Robert Gibbs and White House Senior Adviser David Axelrod appeared together on MSNBC this morning and tried to deflect attention from last night's Massachusetts special election loss and its ramifications on health care reform to the administration's focus on the economy.

"That's something that we have to pay a great deal of attention to," Axelrod said. "It is the focus of this president's attention at all times."

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Surveying the 2010 landscape in the aftermath of the Massachusetts special election that cost Democrats their 60-seat supermajority, President Obama and the Congressional Democrats are going to have to defend more seats, spend more money and potentially concede key elements of their agenda.

In the immediate sense there is a big question about whether - and how - Democrats will be able to pass the health care bill they've worked on since July.

On a macro political level it already wasn't going to be a easy year before Republican Scott Brown captured the seat Ted Kennedy held for 47 years. And it just got a lot harder.

Democrats cringe at the obvious comparison between the sentiment among Americans today and what they were one year ago when Obama raised his hand before millions who'd braved frigid temperatures to witness history.

But for a White House that values symbolism, losing Kennedy's seat on the anniversary of Obama's inauguration and facing deep criticism from Democrats over Kennedy's signature issue of health care badly stings.

And Republicans who felt deflated one year ago are seizing the moment.

"We are waking up feeling like Republicans can compete anywhere," a former RNC official told TPMDC. "Every seat is going to get another look."

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Rep. Michele Bachmann's (R-MN) campaign has just announced that she will be joined by a very special guest on the campaign trail: Former Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK), who will be coming to Minnesota to help with Bachmann's re-election campaign.

"There is absolutely no one more in tune with the hearts and minds of everyday Americans than Governor Palin, and I'm excited to welcome her back to our beautiful state this spring," said Bachmann, in the press release.

The event will happen on April 7 -- and should probably be pretty fun to watch. Palin is also set to campaign for Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) and her former running mate, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), both of whom are facing primary challenges.

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Scott Brown's Win Could Impact More Than Health Care The Hill points out that Sen.-elect Scott Brown's (R-MA) victory last night could impact more than just the health care vote: "Democrats, already fractious, are likely to be even more on edge. Lawmakers already worried about addressing issues such as climate change and immigration may grow more anxious about taking politically dangerous votes in an election year where voters have suggested they are disillusioned with Washington. An early legislative victim may be climate change, though its future was in doubt before the rumblings in Massachusetts."

Obama's Day Ahead President Obama and Vice President Biden will receive the presidential daily briefing at 9:30 a.m. ET. Obama will deliver remarks and sign an executive order at 10:15 a.m. ET, aimed at preventing companies that are delinquent in paying taxes from obtaining new government contracts. Obama will meet with senior advisers at 11:50 a.m. ET. Obama will deliver remarks at 4:05 p.m. ET, in honor of National Mentoring Month.

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In an interview with the Huffington Post, White House Senior Adviser David Axelrod insisted that "we should finish health care."

"We need to move forward aggressively, continuing on job creation, and on financial regulatory reform," Axelrod told the Huffington Post. "But we should finish health care because the caricature of that bill is there and everyone who voted for it will have to live with that. The way to deal with that is to pass the bill and let people see... the value of it."

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Errol Southers, the man the Obama administration had tapped to lead the Transportation Security Administration, and whose confirmation had been blocked by Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), is withdrawing his nomination.

"It is clear that my nomination has become a lightning rod for those who have chosen to push a political agenda at the risk of the safety and security of the American people," Southers said in a statement. "This partisan climate is unacceptable and I refuse to allow myself to remain part of their dialogue."

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Rachel Maddow read a lengthy -- and surprising -- statement on her show tonight from Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA). Reacting to Republican Scott Brown's win in the Massachusetts' special election for Ted Kennedy's senate seat, Frank said it would be wrong for Democrats to try to muscle health care reform legislation through Congress now that they only had 59 Senate votes.

Brown's win gives Republicans 41 votes in the Senate and robs Democrats of the fragile 60-vote supermajority.

Frank seemed to suggest that without support from at least some Republican senators, health care reform, at least in this iteration, wouldn't happen.

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It didn't take long for the Dems to start the finger pointing in the wake of Martha Coakley's loss in the Massachusetts special Senate election.

As the election night returns came pouring in so did the blame. Coakley, a Democrat and the Massachusetts Attorney General, was ahead of Republican State Senator Scott Brown by double digit margins well into December. But, her lead faded in early January and her campaign was never able to recover.

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