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In an interview with Washington News Observer, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) had some rather explosive allegations: he claimed that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett are part of a "Chicago machine" that has connections with "William Ayers, and other nefarious characters."

"Someone called it a gangster government" he said, and "that tells us what we've got in the White House itself."

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Terry O'Neill, President of the National Organization for Women, called the Stupak abortion amendment in the House health care bill a "terrible, disastrous deal" today on MSNBC. Watch the video below.

Appearing on the show Dr. Nancy with anchor Dr. Nancy Snyderman, O'Neill said the amendment took her by surprise and that her organization -- along with other women's rights groups -- is doing everything in their power to keep it out of the final bill.

"It definitely caught me off guard," O'Neill said. "On Saturday morning, I started getting calls and emails and texts saying, you know, there's a deal that's been cut and it's a terrible, disastrous deal. The Stupak-Pitts amendment, I believe, essentially overrules Roe v. Wade."

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The White House is touting a new report from the typically conservative Business Roundtable, which has some kind things to say about health care reform proposals making their way through Congress.

"A new report released today by the Business Roundtable underscores what experts and businesspeople have told us all along - comprehensive health insurance reform is one of the most important investments we can make in American competitiveness," President Obama said in a statement.

And indeed, the report does have some kind things to say about current legislation. But it isn't wholly positive. "The current proposals are missing some ingredients needed to drive the type of system-wide change that can "bend the future trend" significantly and permanently," the report reads.

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The 60 Plus Association has a message for those participating in the next phase of the health care debate in Washington: "Senators Beware!!!"

60 Plus, the self-proclaimed "conservative alternative to the AARP," promises to go after Senators who vote for a health care bill that includes the changes to Medicare funding found in the House version of the bill. To prove its threats aren't idle ones, the group launched a TV ad campaign today aimed at Democratic Representatives who voted for the bill in the House Saturday night.

"I have a warning for Congress," 60 Plus president Jim Martin said in a statement. "There is a senior citizen tsunami flooding towards the halls of Congress, unless it subsides, they can expect their offices to be flooded with angry voices."

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Former President George W. Bush has chosen the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia to conduct a "comprehensive oral history of his presidency."

The Miller Center and Bush's foundation announced the George W. Bush Oral History Project this morning, saying the university's scholars will do 100 interviews with the Bush Cabinet and outside advisers during the 5-year project.

"This oral history project will offer future generations a comprehensive look at what it was like to lead the country during some extraordinary challenges," Bush said in a statement.

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An affidavit from conspiracy theorist Lucas Smith filed in a now-dismissed Birther lawsuit details charges that attorney Orly Taitz, among many other things, asked Smith to perjure himself. The federal judge in the case has said he was "deeply concerned" about the charges, along with similar claims from at least one other prospective witness.

Lucas Smith, a Birther activist whose past claims have been debunked by even Birther-friendly WorldNetDaily, claims Taitz wanted him to falsely say in court that an incident where he was almost hit by a car in Los Angeles amounted to an "attempt on my life" by operatives sent by President Obama.

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For a while now, the rumor mill has said Lou Dobbs would be headed to Fox if he ever left his longtime home at CNN. Dobbs hasn't given any hints of where he's headed in the day after he signed off his CNN show for the last time, but in an interview he conducted several weeks ago, he was already sounding like a Fox News personality.

Speaking with GQ in October, Dobbs said he had been personally targeted by the Obama administration and its allies in Washington and even suggested that the White House had requested his ouster. From the interview:

GQ: That was my next question. Have you heard from the administration? [Lou Dobbs]: Of course I have. Sure. Without question. They are coordinating with a number of groups, including the Center for American Progress. The usual suspects. To carry out constant and absolutely insidious and sordid attacks on me. And the reason they're doing so, I'm the leading independent voice, and I am critical on their policies and intent, on unconditional amnesty, and leaving the borders and ports unsecure. They cannot, they're. . .

GQ: They're afraid of that point of view? They don't think their point of view will carry against... LD: Apparently not. Otherwise why would you do such a thing? But I will not be intimidated, and I understand that. Therefore they're trying to intimidate my network and my owners.