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House Democrats are in a caucus meeting on the Hill right now but, according to lawmakers, leadership has not yet discussed how they plan to move forward on health care reform.

Some -- including Reps. John Tanner (D-TN) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) -- have told our reporters that they'd like to see health care broken into smaller chunks and passed in separate votes.

"A 2,000 page bill is not something I'm particularly interested in," Tanner said. He suggested breaking the bill into pieces that "Republicans can agree with us on."

Separately, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid met this morning in Reid's ofice.

Reporting by Evan McMorris-Santoro and Brian Beutler

Some Democrats may be willing to keep fighting for health care reform even after losing their filibuster-proof supermajority in the senate. But it sure doesn't sound like Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) is one of them.

On MSNBC this morning, Landrieu seemed to suggest that Democrats go "back to the drawing board" on health care.

"I would strongly advise about completely going back to the drawing board," Landrieu said.

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Former Rep. Tom Campbell (R-CA), who recently switched from the gubernatorial race to instead run for Senate against incumbent Democrat Barbara Boxer, has now become the leader in the GOP Senate primary, according to the new Field Poll. The big loser for now is state Rep. Chuck DeVore, whose support has collapsed in the process.

The numbers: Campbell 30%, former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina 25%, and DeVore 6%, with 39% undecided. Back in October, Fiorina had 21% and DeVore 20%, before Campbell entered the race. All three Republicans trail Boxer in the general election matches. Boxer leads Campbell by 48%-38%, leads Fiorina by 50%-35%, and leads DeVore by 51%-34%.

Campbell, a socially liberal and economically libertarian Republican, previously served in Congress from 1989-1993, then narrowly lost the Republican primary for Senate to run against Barbara Boxer in an open-seat race. He returned to Congress in a 1995 special election, then became the Republican nominee for Senate in 2000 against Dianne Feinstein, losing in a landslide.

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In a ruling that has major implications for how elections are funded, the Supreme Court has struck down a key campaign-finance restriction that bars corporations and unions from pouring money into political ads.

The long-awaited 5-4 ruling, in the Citizens United v. FEC case, presents advocates of regulation with a major challenge in limiting the flow of corporate money into campaigns, and potentially opens the door for unrestricted amounts of corporate money to flow into American politics.

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The military is increasingly relying on private security contractors as President Obama ramps up the war in Afghanistan, with contractors now making up as much as 30% of the armed force in the country, a just-released congressional report shows.

In the period roughly tracking with President Obama's first nine months in office, the number of Defense Department armed security contractors soared 236% -- from 3,184 to 10,712 between December 2008 to September 2009. The number roughly doubled between June and September 2009 alone.

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In a further sign that Democratic fortunes have declined, a new Rasmussen poll of the Missouri Senate race shows Republican Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO) taking the lead. The seat is currently held by retiring GOP Sen. Kit Bond.

The numbers: Blunt 49%, Secretary of State Robin Carnahan 43%, with a ±4.5% margin of error. Last month, Carnahan had a slim lead of 46%-44%, and in September they were tied at 46% each.

From the pollster's analysis: "As it has for other Democrats throughout the nation, the health care issue appears to be creating challenges for Carnahan. Just 37% of Missouri voters favor the health care plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats, but 62% oppose it. As in most other states, stronger feelings are on the side of the opponents. In Missouri, 20% Strongly Favor the plan versus 50% who Strongly Oppose it."

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) said today that Democrats "have a little bit of a mess right now" with health care, but they should "go down with a little bit of a fight here" -- and "hit the reset button" on the reform effort.

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WaPo: Brown's Win Hardly Repudiation Of Health Reform -- Massachusetts Already Has It The Washington Post points out that Sen.-elect Scott Brown's (R-MA) win was not a repudiation of health care reform, but something much more complex. Massachusetts already has health care reform and a very low rate of uninsured people, which Brown supports, and Brown ran effectively against a national plan: "Brown's message underscores a little-noticed political dynamic in a country where rates of the uninsured vary widely, from Massachusetts to Texas, where 25 percent are uninsured. Seeking national universal coverage means sending money from states that have tried hard to expand coverage, mostly in the Northeast and Midwest, to states that have not, mostly in the South and West."

Obama's Day Ahead President Obama and Vice President Biden will receive the presidential daily briefing at 9:30 a.m. ET, and the economic daily briefing at 10 a.m. ET. Obama will meet at 10:30 a.m. ET with senior advisers. Obama and Biden will meet at 11:10 a.m. ET with Presidential Economic Recovery Advisory Board Chair Paul Volcker, and Obama will deliver remarks at 11:40 a.m. ET on financial reform. At 2 p.m. ET, Obama will address a delegation from the U.S. Conference of Mayors. At 3:45 p.m. ET, Obama and Biden will meet with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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