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Former Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN), who lost reelection in 2008 by a very narrow and legally disputed margin to Democrat Al Franken, announced last night that he will not run for governor of Minnesota this year.

"Timing is everything. The timing on this race is both a bit too soon and a bit too late," Coleman wrote on his Facebook page, alluding to the upcoming state Republican convention and its endorsement process. "It is too soon after my last race and too late to do a proper job of seeking the support of delegates who will decide in which direction our party should go. The commitments I have to my family and the work I am currently engaged in do not allow me to now go forward."

At the same time, Coleman said he would remain involved in politics: "I think I can be part of recreating a more civil and respectful politics, a politics that better expresses the will of the vast majority of people. I will continue my efforts to work with Republicans, Independents and moderate, common sense Democrats across the country to advance the values of fiscal responsibility, entrepreneurship, effective government change, national security and respect for life."

When the FBI released its "aged progressed" pictures of Osama bin Laden last week, the top official in the bureau's Science and Technology Branch hailed the images as "powerful examples of how advances in technology and science can be used to help find and bring to justice wanted persons."

The official, Louis Grever, also referred in a joint FBI-State Department press release to "cutting-edge forensic, biometric, and technical capabilities."

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Coakley: 'We're Really Confident That We're Going To Make This Happen' Martha Coakley predicted Monday that her campaign's get-out-the-vote effort will win her the Massachusetts special Senate election. Coakley said: "we have a race, but we're really confident that we're going to make this happen."

Obama's Day Ahead President Obama will receive his presidential daily briefing at 10 a.m. ET, and meet at 10:30 a.m. ET with senior advisers. At 1:30 p.m. ET, Obama will host a conversation with a small group of African American seniors and their grandchildren, on the legacy of the civil rights movement. At 6:05 p.m. ET, the President and First Lady will attend a "Let Freedom Ring" concert, and Obama will deliver remarks.

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The Massachusetts Tea Party is working behind the scenes to make sure Scott Brown doesn't lose votes to...a libertarian candidate, beloved by many in the Tea Party movement.

A mostly overlooked factor in the special election to fill Ted Kennedy's seat in Massachusetts is that there's a third party candidate in the race--libertarian Joe Kennedy (no relation to Ted)--who, though far behind in the polls, conservatives fear could be the Republicans' Ralph Nader on Tuesday. So in the past several days, tea party protesters, and others on the far right have organized a letter writing campaign to pressure Kennedy to drop out of the race and endorse GOP hopeful Scott Brown.

"The Massachusetts Tea Party movement is banding together to contact Joe Kennedy and ask him to step out of next Tuesday's Senate race," reads a Tea Party email obtained by TPMDC. (The Massachusetts Tea Party is part of the national Tea Party Patriots organization.)

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Vice President Joe Biden slammed the Republican's use of the Senate's supermajority rules yesterday, saying that he's never before seen "the Constitution stood on its head as they've done," and that "no democracy has survived needing a supermajority."

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The final poll from PPP (D) in the Massachusetts Senate race shows Republican Scott Brown with a five-point lead less than 48 hours before voters head to the polls. Brown leads Democrat Martha Coakley 51-46 in the poll, with four percent of respondents undecided.

The PPP poll seems to confirm what political observers and other recent polling has suggested in the final weeks of the race: Brown has the momentum to win, but the race is still to close to call.

PPP polled 1,231 likely voters in Massachusetts over the weekend. The special election to replace Ted Kennedy in the Senate will be held on Jan. 19.

McConnell: MA-SEN Race A Referendum On Health Care Bill Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said of the special Senate election in Massachusetts: "The important thing to remember, though, is that this is, in effect, a referendum on the national health care bill which the Democrats, in secret, are trying to work out now. They have arrogantly ignored American public opinion all the way to this point. And they're trying to get their members to continue to ignore public opinion one more time. Regardless of the outcome Tuesday, we know that in the most liberal state in America you're going to have a close election for the United States Senate because people in Massachusetts don't want this health care bill to pass."

Obama's Day Ahead The President and First Lady attended a church service at 10:45 a.m. ET, and President Obama delivered remarks. At 1:30 p.m. Et, Obama will depart from the White House arriving at 2:55 p.m. ET in Boston, Massachusetts. At 3:35 p.m. ET, he will deliver remarks at a campaign event for Democratic Senate nominee Martha Coakley. He will depart from Boston at 4:55 p.m. ET, arriving back at the White House at 6:30 p.m. ET.

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Former President George W. Bush and former President Bill Clinton will appear on all five Sunday political talk shows to promote their new efforts to send aid to Haiti in the aftermath of this week's devastating earthquake.

The Republican and Democrat - brought together at the request of President Obama - also recorded a public serve announcement you can watch below. Bush and Clinton joined Obama today at the White House.

Read the transcript of their remarks here.

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President Obama spoke briefly to the press about the United States' efforts to help with earthquake recovery in Haiti. He was joined by former President George W. Bush and former President Bill Clinton.

Here is the transcript of their remarks.

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