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The health care debate will be restarted in earnest tomorrow as Senate Democrats expect the Congressional Budget Office to score their version of the bill, which includes the opt-out public option.

But Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) today on a radio show laid out a schedule that would put the bill on Obama's desk in January, another delay.

Harkin was not very optimistic about the timing of final passage, saying on the "Bill Press Radio Show" the Senate would need to work every weekend in December to pass the bill by Christmas, according to The Hill.

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Just a few days ago, Jon Stewart said "buena suerte, mi amigo" to Lou Dobbs' show on CNN. But on Wednesday, Stewart will say "bienvenidos" to the man himself when Dobbs stops by "The Daily Show" as Stewart's guest.

Dobbs comes in the middle of a big week for Stewart. On Tuesday, he hosts Joe Biden for the first time as vice president.

A top Republican political fund-raising and outreach firm gives convicted felons access to political donors' credit-card information, according to three former employees.

Minnesota-based FLS Connect uses low-wage workers to make fund-raising calls for a bevy of prominent GOP clients. And many of those workers -- including those responsible for processing credit-card transactions -- have felony convictions, the former employees said.

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In her interview with Oprah Winfrey, Sarah Palin told an amusing anecdote about Tina Fey's impersonation of her on Saturday Night Live, and what happened when Palin and Fey met on the SNL set.

"So yes, I meet Tina Fey, and she was funny," said Palin. "She said, 'Oh don't worry, they'll put makeup on me. I'll look different in a couple of hours.' She's holding her baby, Alice, and Alice is looking back and forth between the two of us, and I'm saying, 'We're confusing your child.'"

Most would agree that abortion is no laughing matter. And in a new television ad campaign launching tomorrow, one pro-choice group says the notion abortion rights are under attack in the health care reform debate is no joke.

The Center For Reproductive Rights is responsible for the ads, which urge the Senate to drop the abortion provisions found inserted into the House health reform bill through the Stupak amendment. "Don't let Congress ban abortion coverage millions of American women already have," the ad reads.

A spokesperson for the Center said the ads will run in the DC market on air and and cable at first, though the group expects that will "grow" in the future. The ad is also part of a new national online campaign the group is launching this week.

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MSNBC anchor Dylan Ratigan apologized this morning for using fake photos of Sarah Palin last Friday in a segment about the former Alaska governor, and for not acknowledging their inauthenticity.

The pictures, which were widely circulated during last year's presidential campaign, show Palin's head photoshopped onto other women's bodies. In one, "Palin" is wearing an American flag bikini and holding a rifle; in the other, the faux Palin is wearing a tight black miniskirt.

"I want to apologize to Gov. Palin and all our viewers. On Friday, in a very misguided attempt to have some fun in advance of Palin's upcoming book, Going Rogue, our staff mistakenly used some clearly photoshopped images of Ms. Palin without any acknowledgment, and on behalf of the show I would like to say that this was completely unacceptable. We should have never used those photos in the first place," Ratigan said today. "I apologize."

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