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Sources told TPM on Sunday that the FBI declined several times to pursue a federal case against accused would-be-bomber Jose Pimentel.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Sunday announced the arrest of 27-year-old Pimentel, calling him a ‘lone-wolf’ who intended to target returning military personnel and government workers with pipe bombs.

Capitol Hill sources say that barring a highly unexpected, last minute development, Super Committee co-chairs Jeb Hensarling and Patty Murray will issue a statement on Monday acknowledging the panel's failure.

The development comes one day before the panel's drop dead date to submit a plan, and three days before the debt limit law requires them to report legislation to the full Congress. Failure will lock into place deep, across the board cuts to defense and security programs, a two percent cut to Medicare providers, and cuts to other domestic programs. Those spending reductions will kick in on January 1, 2013, unless Congress acts to change the law, or passes more targeted budget cuts and thus agrees to eliminate the automatic penalty. Those cuts, along with the looming expiration of the Bush tax cuts, promise to be major flashpoints for the 2012 campaign, and lock in a tough legislative food fight over cutting spending and raising taxes.

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The co-chairs of the congressional super committee, Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Texas and Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, are to release a statement declaring that they have unable to reach a deal in their task of deficit reduction, sources tell Reuters.

NASCAR fans booed Michelle Obama and Jill Biden at the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday.

Both the first lady and the vice president's wife were there to honor military troops and their families and to call attention to companies who have made commitments to hire and train veterans and military spouses.

The Associated Press reports that drivers gave the duo a standing ovation during a pre-race meeting.

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New York City Police have arrested 27 year old Jose Pimentel, AKA Muhammad Yusuf, for allegedly planning to build and detonate a bomb in the New York City area. Potential targets reportedly included public employees, elected officials and returning military personnel.

A highly placed Democratic source weighs in on the current state of Super Committee negotiations.

"Conversations are still happening, but its mostly about how to put this thing to bed," the aide says.

In other words, the ongoing conversations are mainly about putting the best face on failure rather than finding actual agreement.

This will come as no surprise to anybody who's been following the committee's progress (or lack thereof) over the last couple weeks. And it doesn't preclude the slim possibility that the panel will agree on at least a small package of budget cuts before Monday. Other sources say they're holding out hope for a last minute come-to-Jesus moment (for Democrats this means Republicans agreeing to significant new tax revenues). But it's as close to a death knell as we've seen so far.

Transcript of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's remarks at the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner November 19, 2011, via the Iowa Democratic party.

Thank you Sue.

While we meet here tonight, the Republicans are having a debate across town.

I've watched a number of them, and I've got to be honest, I never thought I'd say this, (pause) I'm beginning to miss Sarah Palin's insights.

Their debate was called the Thanksgiving Family Forum -- which is fitting because I have never seen such a collection of turkeys.

Look at their top candidates: Take Mitt Romney. He said he would be in Iowa tonight. (pause) We should have known he would change his mind.

Newt was at the debate. I heard he had to leave early to spend the holiday with his loved ones ... the salespeople at Tiffanys.

And Herman Cain? I was actually hoping Herman would stop by today and see me before the debate, but he was at his tutorial on Libya. The scary part, his tutor was Rick Perry.

In truth, the Republicans do have an impressive field...

Governor Mitch Daniels, Governor Haley Barbour and former Governor Jeb Bush ...

The only problem, they're not on the field.

I just want you to think about this for a second. Think of our field in 2008. At our debates in Iowa, we had Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Senator Chris Dodd, and President Obama.

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DES MOINES -- The Republican candidates for president (with the exception for Mitt Romney who declined and Jon Huntsman who wasn't invited) met at a large church here Saturday night for a debate aimed at Iowa's social conservatives.

For the most part, the debate stood out for its focus on doom, gloom and widespread Christian persecution. Except for the part when Rick Santorum, Herman Cain, Michele Bachmann and new frontrunner Newt Gingrich teared up under some personal questioning from Frank Luntz. That was different.

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The birther wars continue. Orly Taitz, birther queen of California, personally filed a complaint in New Hampshire on Saturday that challenged President Obama's U.S. citizenship and argued for his removal from the state's ballot, reports the Concord Monitor.

New Hampshire's electoral governing body, the Ballot Law Commission, turned down the complaint in a public hearing via 5-0 vote. It got pretty ugly shortly thereafter.

"Traitors!" screamed the members of the attending public. "Treason!"

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The Manchester Union-Leader’s John DiStaso reports that freshman Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) will formally endorse Mitt Romney on Sunday at 2:30 PM at a rally at Nashua City Hall.

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