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The Florida Republican party is strongly denying a rumor that state party chairman Jim Greer, a close ally of Gov. Charlie Crist, would be resigning soon as part of a shake-up in Crist's Senate campaign.

The rumor was reported by the conservative Florida-based site Irreverent View.

"There is absolutely no truth to this," Florida GOP press secretary Katie Gordon Betta told TPM.


December 15: Protesters descended on Washington on Tuesday to hold a "Code Red" rally on health care. Conservatives dressed in red, apparently in reference to a red alarm, and chanted, "Kill the bill!" Several Republican lawmakers, including Sen. Tom Coburn, Sen. Jim Demint and Rep. Michele Bachmann spoke at the event, as did radio talk show host Laura Ingraham.

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), a long time supporter of the Tea Party movement, speaks to the crowd. In her speech, Bachmann invoked an inaccurate -- but perhaps prescient -- historical analogy.

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Rep. Steve King (R-IA) and FreedomWorks chair Dick Armey.

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Pictured is Colin A. Hanna, president of "Let Freedom Ring," as he riles up the crowd.

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Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) had said he was putting Capitol Hill on a "code red" alert to stop the bill from progressing in the Senate.

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Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA).

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Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA) and a protester dressed as "Button Gwinnett," a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

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An apparent reference to one Sen. Joe Lieberman.

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Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) presented Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) with new legislative language to address how abortion services will be funded in Senate health care legislation.

Details are scarce right now on how the amendment actually works. Casey was unavailable for comment, and, according to Nelson spokesman Jake Thompson, Nelson hasn't had a chance to read or digest the language yet. But it's coming down to the wire. Nelson's support will likely be necessary to pass the entire bill, so, politically, his reaction to this new potential abortion compromise will be crucial. We'll keep an eye out for both the substance of the amendment, and Nelson's reaction

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has faced a series of disappointments in the last few days. The public option was nixed. The Medicare buy-in died. His single-payer amendment had to be pulled from the floor. As a result, he's not in a position to support the bill yet--"I'm not there," he said today--and he's working with leadership to figure out a way to vote for cloture. But he thinks Democrats missed a golden opportunity.

"If I had my druthers, i think reconciliation is an absolutely appropriate route to go," Sanders told reporters. "I think what people who oppose that will tell you is that you can't have the kind of comprehensive legislation that the Senate is trying to deal with now, and that may in fact be true. But there are a heck of a lot of things that you can do that would strengthen our health care system in a cost effective way that could be a giant step forward for the American people."

"I certainly would've appreciated that route," he said.

That puts him slightly at odds with other public option champions in the Senate--most notably Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV)--who in recent weeks have articulated the Democratic leadership's view that reconciliation is off the table, and not a good option for passing health care reform.


November 1: President Obama watches a football game before a campaign rally at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The President is in New Jersey to attend two rallies for Governor Jon Corzine's (unsuccessful) campaign for re-election.

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November 3: From the Cabinet Room, presidential aide Reggie Love prepares to throw a football to Obama.

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November 3: The White House hosts the U.S.-European Union Summit in the Cabinet Room. European Council High Representative Javier Solana chats with the president from behind, while Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt (left) and European Commission President José Manuel Barroso (right) listen in.

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November 3: Obama enters the Cabinet Room.

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November 4: The President greets Malaysian Ambassador Jamaludin Jarjis in the Oval Office, at a ceremony to credential new ambassadors.

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November 4: A student listens to the president's speech at Wright Middle School in Madison, Wisconsin.

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November 4: Obama greets a student after his speech in Madison.

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November 4: Pianist Awadagin Pratt performs at a classical music event at the White House.

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November 5: Obama signs a memorandum to engender more cooperation between the White House and Native American tribes.

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November 5: The pens Obama uses to sign the memorandum.

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November 5: Tribal leader Marcus Levings asks a question at the White House Tribal Nations Conference.

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November 5: The president and vice president sit down to lunch in the Oval Office private dining room.

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November 5: Senior Advisers Valerie Jarrett and David Axelrod attend a meeting with the president and his economic team in the Oval Office.

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November 5: Obama is odd man out at a women's dinner in the Old Family Dining Room.

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November 7: Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, Senior Adviser David Axelrod, Director of the Office of Health Reform Nancy-Ann DeParle, and Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs Phil Schiliro meet with the President in the Oval Office.

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November 11: On Veterans Day, Obama leaves a presidential coin at the grave of Medal of Honor recipient Specialist Ross McGinnis at Arlington National Cemetery.

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November 11: Obama reclines in the Roosevelt Room during a meeting on economic policy.

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November 25: Courage, the national Thanksgiving turkey, struts before he is pardoned by the president at the North Portico of the White House.

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November 28: Obama attends a college basketball game between Oregon State and George Washington University. The Oregon State team is coached by First Lady Michelle Obama's brother, Craig Robinson.

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December 8: Ermine Erdogan, wife of the Turkish prime minister, meets with First Lady Michelle Obama in the Yellow Oval Room of the White House.

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December 10: The first couple waves at the torch parade in Oslo, Norway, during the Nobel Peace Prize ceremonies.

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December 13: The president and first lady pose with children dressed as elves during a White House Christmas celebration in Washington, D.C.

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December 15: Presidential Aide Reggie Love walks through the Rose Garden with boxes of track lighting he bought from a nearby Home Depot, where the President made remarks on retrofitting homes to be more energy and cost-efficient.

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Something that jumped out at us in that story about Brett Mecum, the Arizona GOP executive director charged with using the party's voter registration database to stalk a woman: the bizarre response from Mecum's boss.

Here's what party chair Randy Pullen, who is also the treasurer of the Republican National Committee, told an Arizona political site about the claim that Mecum had used Voter Vault to find the woman's address:

The Republican National Committee owns Voter Vault ... It's a private list. We own the list. We can do what we want with the list, quite frankly.

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The NBC/Wall Street Journal poll coming out later today will show opposition to the health care bill growing -- mainly from disappointed liberals, who are very much disappointed to see the public option getting thrown out.

The poll has 47% saying the Obama health care plan is a bad idea, to only 32% who say it's a good idea.

Chuck Todd writes on Twitter: "Most of the movement on the 'bad idea' comes from some of the president's core support groups, folks upset about lost public option." He also writes: "Still, large majorities of the president's core support groups believe his plan is a 'good idea,' but the margins have shrunk."

In addition, 44% now say it's better to not pass this bill -- seemingly a large bloc of conservatives, plus some liberals -- to 41% who say it's better that something pass: "First time NBC-WSJ poll had that upside down."

It's not just stalling for fun and games - Republicans blocking health care from moving forward using Senate procedure think if they can force Democrats to go home for the holidays without a vote, they might just kill the bill.

The reasoning is that August was bad for Democrats when they went back to their districts and faced angry voters. Now, as polls tip against them and there's party infighting, it might be even worse.

TPMDC checked in with Republican sources and some Democrats who say lawmakers could face the cold shoulder at best or angry constituents reminiscent of the summer town halls at worst if they leave town without voting on the bill.

And the clock is ticking. Thanks to Senate rules, if they want to vote on the final bill by Christmas eve, leadership has just a few days to wrap it up.

Republican aides were reluctant to reveal their plans, but today was a bit of a preview as they slowed down the chamber's actions by more than three hours.

Using parliamentary procedure to slow things down is exactly what the GOP is aiming for - a dual win of headline-grabbing theater and delay that throws a wrench into leadership's timeline.

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