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Top social conservative Bryan Fischer is outraged that "President Obama wants to give the entire land mass of the United States of America back to the Indians. He wants Indian tribes to be our new overlords."

Fischer is the Director of Issues Analysis for the Christian conservative group the American Family Association, and appeared alongside top Republicans at this year's Values Voter conference.

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Ahead of the November elections, one of the House GOP's biggest promises to its base was that it would make sure legislation was publicly available online for three days before putting it on the floor for a vote. From the Pledge to America: "We will ensure that bills are debated and discussed in the public square by publishing the text online for at least three days before coming up for a vote in the House of Representatives."

However, in a draft of their proposed rules for the House in the 112th Congress, they reportedly left themselves quite a loophole: the powerful Rules Committee seemingly won't be subject to the transparency requirements and can amend and even replace any bill. As Politico reported Wednesday, "That would leave GOP leaders a significant exemption to make last-minute changes without such a long period of public scrutiny."

This does not please the Tea Party.

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Pat Robertson more commonly garners media attention for blaming various things he doesn't like on things that have little or nothing to do with them (e.g. the Haitian earthquake on the nation's supposed pact with Satan, or the September 11th attacks on the ACLU and "the gays"). Yet this week he's making headlines for comments that sound a lot less Pat Robertson and a lot more Cheech and Chong. Apparently, Pat Robertson supports decriminalizing marijuana.

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Obama Hoping For Low-Profile Hawaiian Vacation The Associated Press reports on President Obama's Hawaiian vacation: "A politically rejuvenated President Barack Obama arrived here late Wednesday for an 11-day family vacation in his home state....He begins his vacation on a high note, having secured victories on a nuclear arms treaty with Russia and the repeal of the military's ban on gay service members. He also struck a deal with Republican lawmakers to allow tax cuts for all income earners to continue, a compromise that angered some liberals but won Obama rare support from the GOP."

Obama In Hawaii President Obama is now spending the holiday season in Honolulu, Hawaii. He will receive the presidential daily briefing every day, but has no public events scheduled.

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Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) says he will meet with freshly-minted DSCC chair Patty Murray, likely early next year, about his re-election options for 2012.

No discussions have taken place yet, but he said that some Senate Democrats are rooting for him.

"Some of my colleagues in the Democratic caucus have been very gracious and kind saying they hope I run as a Democrat," he told TPM in an interview Wednesday. "Patty and I said we'd talk sometime early in the New Year."

Don't expect any imminent announcements. Lieberman says for now he's just flattered that "people are raising the question."

Americans can't seem go anywhere without talking about politics these days. Whether they were texting or tweeting, talking or typing, one in four Americans used a cell phone for some purpose related to the elections this year, according to a Pew Internet poll released today.

According to the survey, 26% of all Americans used a mobile phone to learn or communicate about the midterm elections. Of the entire U.S. population, 82% own a cell phone, according to the poll.

In general, the results reinforce what was already widely known -- that cell phones have become extremely versatile devices that are permeating more and more facets of daily life. But on a deeper level, the results show that mobile phones are emerging as a new frontier in politics, whether for reading the news, tracking campaigns or even donating to candidates.

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The U.S. House's first Muslim congressman is totally fine with Rep. Peter King's planned hearings on radicalization -- as long as they doesn't focus on Muslims alone.

"It is legitimate to want to know what converts a [peaceful] citizen to somebody who would want to kill their fellow Americans," Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) told TPM in a phone interview Wednesday. "I think that's a fair question, and I don't think we know enough about it."

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One of the lame duck's biggest surprises was how reliably Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) voted with Democrats. Her "yes" votes on DREAM and DADT repeal arguably put her to the left of Democrats Jon Tester and Joe Manchin -- during the lame duck, at least.

As she darted out of the Senate chamber Wednesday afternoon TPM asked her if those votes would've been harder to cast if she'd never been primaried and was still a member of GOP leadership.

"Nah," she said, as the elevator doors closed.

So I guess that answers that.

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