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Senate Democrats Likely To Take Lead On Bipartisan Initiatives The Washington Post reports: "It is the narrowly divided Democratic-led Senate - not the Republican House - that is most likely to tackle the bipartisan initiatives Obama laid out Tuesday, including free-trade deals, border security and immigration reform, and an overhaul of the corporate tax code. Although many Senate Democrats say that liberal priorities such as climate-change legislation have fallen off Obama's agenda, they also see an opportunity to begin a political recovery by pursuing more moderate legislative goals with Republicans' help."

Obama's Day Ahead President Obama and Vice President Biden will receive the presidential daily briefing at 9:45 a.m. ET, and meet at 10:15 a.m. ET with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Obama will meet at 11 a.m. ET with his national security team for his monthly meeting on Afghanistan and Pakistan. Obama and Biden will meet for lunch at 12:45 p.m. ET. Obama will hold a 2:30 p.m. ET interview on YouTube with Steve Grove.

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It took a shocking upset victory in Iowa to jumpstart Mike Huckabee's presidential campaign in 2008 and vault him into viable contention for the Republican nomination. Yet now, with his elevated national profile, Huckabee is already considered a leading candidate for the GOP nod -- and based on recent polls, he may be emerging as the frontrunner heading into the Republican primary season.

Huckabee has been the most consistently strong Republican in early polls of the 2012 GOP race. While there is much fluidity to the order in which the leading candidates fall from poll to poll, Huckabee has almost always placed first or second, particularly in recent national surveys.

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1||December 21, 2010: President Barack Obama jokes with Vice President Joe Biden in the Oval Office.

Here are more pictures from December at the White House...||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

2||December 27: Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia eat shaved ice at Island Snow Hawaii in Kailua, Hawaii.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

3||December 15: First Lady Michelle Obama and Bo Obama join the President as he delivers remarks during a Christmas holiday reception in the Grand Foyer of the White House.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

4||December 6: Obama tours the biotech facilities at Forsyth Technical Community College West Campus in Winston-Salem, NC.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

5||December 5: The Obamas attend the Kennedy Center Honors at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

6||December 17: Michelle Obama participates in a "Toys for Tots" service project at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, DC.||Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton&&

7||December 28: Obama takes a break from his golf game at the Mid Pacific Country Club in Kailua, Hawaii, to give a child a golf ball.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

8||December 10: Obama talks with former President Bill Clinton in the Lower Press Office before addressing the media in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

9||December 5: Biden and Obama meet with senior staff and members of the economic team in the Oval Office.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

10||December 17: After reading "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," President Obama greets second grade students at Long Branch Elementary School in Arlington, VA.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

11||December 5: Following the Kennedy Center Honors, Obama receives a briefing from Jeff Bader, Senior Director for Asian Affairs, left, and National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, right, before placing a telephone call to President Hu Jintao of China in the Oval Office.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

12||December 15: Obama walks from the White House to Blair House in Washington, DC, to attend a working meeting with business leaders.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

13||December 1: The President pauses in the Oval Office after making a series of telephone calls to members of Congress.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

14||December 1: Obama jokes with Vice President Joe Biden and former Secretary of State Colin Powell following their meeting in the Oval Office.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

15||December 7: President Obama waits in the Lower Press Office of the White House for the start of his press conference.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

16||December 4: Obama embraces Nancy Pelosi following their meeting in the Oval Office.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

17||December 13: Michelle Obama celebrates with guests during a Child Nutrition Reauthorization Bill thank-you reception in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House.||Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton&&

18||December 26: Obama plays golf at the Kaneohe Klipper Marine Golf Course in Oahu, Hawaii.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

19||December 4: The President talks with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in the Oval Office.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

20||December 13: The First Lady greets patients and staff at the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC.||Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton&&

21||December 2: Obama delivers remarks during a meeting with newly elected governors at Blair House in Washington, DC.||Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson&&

22||December 6: Obama, Biden, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, left, and Jack Lew, Director Office of Management and Budget, right, meet with Senate Democratic leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

23||December 13: Obama is joined by members of the 2010 NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers for an NBA Cares service project at the Boys and Girls Club at THEARC in Washington, DC. Lakers Head Coach Phil Jackson is at right.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

24||December 22: President Obama holds a press conference in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building of the White House.||Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy&&

25||December 25: The Obamas greet service men and women and their families, during Christmas dinner in the mess hall at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kailua, Hawaii.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

26||December 20: Obama has lunch with Nancy Pelosi in the Oval Office Private Dining Room.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

27||December 20: The President shakes hands with Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) after signing the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act in the Oval Office.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

28||December 25: Obama listens as a child whispers in his ear during Christmas dinner in the mess hall at Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kailua, Hawaii.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

29||December 22: The President shares a toast in the Oval Office with National Security Staff members who worked on the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START).||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

30|December 21: |Obama embraces Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) following a meeting with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in the Oval Office.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

31||December 22: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen is applauded during a bill signing ceremony for the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010 at the U.S. Department of Interior in Washington, DC.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

32||December 22: Obama, with Director of Communications Dan Pfeiffer, Senior Advisor David Axelrod, and Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, walks across West Executive Avenue for a news conference in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building of the White House.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

33||December 22: Obama signs the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010 at the U.S. Department of Interior in Washington, DC.||Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy&&

34||December 22: The President signs legislation in the Oval Office.||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

35||December 22: Obama leaves the Oval Office prior to departure for his family vacation in Hawaii.||Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy&&

If you liked President Obama's "Win the Future"-themed State of the Union address, prepare to hear a whole lot more of the same.

According to one of his top advisers, Obama will take the growth and investment goals outlined in Tuesday's address on the road.

"We have to go out -- and I understand that there is some skepticism on the other side -- but part of what the president did [Tuesday] night, and what he's doing [Wednesday] in Wisconsin and what he'll continue to do relentlessly is make the case for this growth agenda, for this strategy, to out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the world," David Axelrod told reporters and liberal writers at a Roosevelt Room roundtable Wednesday afternoon. "Hopefully there'll be public pressure and support on Democrats and Republicans to support this strategy."

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In an interview this afternoon with CBS News, Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) stood solidly by the live-tweets he sent out from his office during President Obama's State of the Union address -- most notably the one that went, "Mr. President, you don't believe in the Constitution. You believe in socialism."

"Absolutely. Everything he does is bigger government, more central control from Washington, D.C," Broun said today. "That's not what our founding fathers envisioned the government to be."

He also added: "Mr. Obama believes in a big central government, where the federal government controls everything in our lives. That's socialism. And so I stick by that tweet."

The interview went on. And most notably, Broun said a lot of things that would commonly considered to be vitriolic, but all of it very calmly -- without the slightest hint of rage or aggression in his voice.

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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor stopped by the Heritage Foundation today to explain the GOP plan to slash government spending to 2008 levels -- and to make a fresh negative comparison between the current U.S. government and the evils of Europe.

The specter of the European bogeyman is classic Republican rhetoric, and a theme Cantor has raised on more than one occasion. Today, Cantor turned away from the classic terror tales of universal health care and government-funded social safety nets in favor of suggesting that unless American changes its ways soon, the country might catch the same disdain for capitalist success found across the pond.

Reading from a letter he received from an MBA student who spent time in England, Cantor said that the country whose wanton, insatiable appetite for wealth reshaped the world (including our very own United States) has rejected the idea of making a buck the old fashioned way.

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Nothing to see here, folks!

That's the takeaway of the House Ethics Committee's 616-page report on fundraisers targeting financial industry lobbyists held by members of the House around the time the legislative body was voting on an overhaul of financial regulation in December of 2009.

Despite the recommendations of the more independent Office of Congressional Ethics, the House Ethics Committee wouldn't be looking into whether events geared towards financial lobbyists held by three members of Congress had the appearance of impropriety.

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