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The Senator from the tea party is going to become the author from the tea party starting in February 2011. Yesterday, Center Street Publishing -- a division of Hachette that produces "wholesome entertainment, helpful encouragement, and books of traditional values" -- announced it had inked a deal with Rand Paul, the Republican Sen.-elect from Kentucky, to write a book called "The Tea Party Goes to Washington."

From Center Street's release announcing what will surely be next year's must-have Valentine's Day gift:

In THE TEA PARTY GOES TO WASHINGTON, Rand Paul presents his plan--and the Tea Party's platform--to bring the U.S. government more in line with the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, to stop spending money the country doesn't have, to stop borrowing, to balance the budget and reduce the size of the government.

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Republican Joe Miller filed his lawsuit in state court yesterday, after a federal judge ruled that his complaints over the Alaska Senate race were under the state court's jurisdiction.

In the latest filing, Miller makes two new arguments, including the claim that in several precincts, "the handwriting on many or all of the write-in ballots appears to be from the same person, or the same small group of 2 to 4 people," therefore signifying that the write-in vote was not written by the voter him or herself.

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One of the most shocking passages from former President George W. Bush's memoir is the one in which he describes his mother having a miscarriage when he was a teenager. According to him, she put the fetus in a jar and showed it to him as they were driving to the hospital.

"I never expected to see the remains of the fetus, which she had saved in a jar to bring to the hospital," he wrote. As he said in one interview, "She said to her teenage kid, 'Here's the fetus.'"

But on Larry King Live last night, Barbara Bush told a decidedly different story.

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The Minnesota State Canvassing Board is scheduled to meet at 11 a.m. ET today, to formally declare a recount in the gubernatorial race where Democrat Mark Dayton leads Republican Tom Emmer by less than 9,000 votes. And headed into the meeting, the Dayton campaign sent a letter to the board yesterday evening with an interesting request: Make a slight but significant change to the ballot-challenging process.

It's impossible to know at this juncture whether the board will grant this request -- and perhaps the last-minute nature of the request would lean against such a change. But it does show a clear strategy on the part of Team Dayton: With their candidate's lead being much wider than anything Norm Coleman or Al Franken ever enjoyed in the 2008 Senate recount, they're moving early to try to cut off any possible avenues for Emmer to slow down the process or cast doubt on the margin.

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1||November 14, 2010: President Barack Obama visits the Great Buddha of Kamakura with Michiko Sato, director, and Dr. Takao Sato, Chief Monk, at the Kotoku-In Temple in Kamakura, Japan. Here are more pictures from Obama's November at home and abroad...|| Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

2||November 11: Obama arrives for a G-20 working dinner at the National Museum of Korea in Seoul, South Korea.|| Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

3||November 20: The President sits in the driver's seat of an Opel Ampera GM electric car on display at the NATO Summit in Lisbon, Portugal.|| Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

4||November 11: Obama and President Lee Myung-bak of South Korea walk together following a bilateral meeting at the Blue House in Seoul, South Korea.|| Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

5||November 19: President Barack Obama departs Belem National Palace in Lisbon after meeting with President Cavaco Silva of Portugal, right. || Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

6||November 18: President Barack Obama attends a START Treaty meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. || Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

7||November 17: President Barack Obama wishes Vice President Joe Biden an early happy birthday. || Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

8||November 16: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greet Staff Sergeant Salvatore Giunta and his wife Jennifer Mueller in the Oval Office. || Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

9||November 15: President Barack Obama holds a meeting on the economy with his advisors in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. || Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

10||November 14: President Barack Obama visits the Great Buddha of Kamakura at the Kotoku-in Temple in Kamakura. || Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

11||November 12: President Barack Obama, with Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan during the G-20 Summit in Seoul, South Korea. ||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

12||November 11: Michelle Obama serves food to troops stationed at Ramstein Air Base in Ramstein, Germany. ||Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy&&

13||November 10: President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama in the main prayer hall of the Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia ||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

14||November 9: President Barack Obama at the Istana Merdeka State Palace Complex in Jakarta, Indonesia. ||Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

15||November 11: Obama waves following remarks at the Veterans Day troop rally at Yongsan Garrison in Seoul, Korea.|| Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton&&

16||November 11: Vice President Joe Biden talks to a family member of a soldier in Section 60, where troops from Afghanistan and Iraq are buried, at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.|| Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

17||November 19: Obama confers with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Liz Sherwood-Randall, Senior Director for European Affairs, left, in Lisbon, Portugal.|| Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

18||November 20: Russian President Dimitry Medvedev, Obama, and French President Nicolas Sarkozy at the NATO Summit in Lisbon, Portugal.|| Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

19||November 13: Obama looks over the view of the city from the InterContinental Yokohama Grand Hotel in Yokohama, Japan.|| Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

20||November 13: Prime Minister Naoto Kan and Mrs. Kan greet Obama prior to the APEC dinner at the Pacifico Yokohama Conference Center in Yokohama, Japan.|| Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

21||November 13: President Obama is photographed with other leaders for the official photo prior to the APEC dinner at the Pacifico Yokohama Conference Center in Yokohama, Japan.|| Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

22||November 13: Obama observes the Cybernetic Human Robot prior to the start of the APEC dinner at the Pacifico Yokohama Conference Center in Yokohama, Japan.|| Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

23||November 9: First Lady Michelle Obama and Mrs. Ani Bambang Yudhoyono, wife of the Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, view a display of Indonesian cultural exhibits at the State Palace Complex in Jakarta, Indonesia.|| Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy&&

24||November 9: Obama offers a toast during the State Dinner at the Istana Negara State Palace Complex in Jakarta, Indonesia. || Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

25||November 10: The President and First Lady tour the main courtyard of the Istiqlal Mosque with Grand Imam Ali Mustafa Yaqub in Jakarta, Indonesia. || Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

26||November 10: Obama waves to people along the motorcade route while traveling from the University of Indonesia to the airport in Jakarta, Indonesia.|| Official White House Photo by Pete Souza&&

Long Island Democrat Steve Israel, the incoming DCCC chairman isn't a typical Nancy Pelosi ally. Among other things, he's a former Blue Dog who voted for the Iraq war and the 2001 Bush tax cuts. But last week, after urging his fellow Democrats to support Pelosi's continued leadership of their party, Pelosi nominated him to head the election committee over the perceived favorite, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz.

Wasserman-Schultz and Pelosi have clashed in the past, but the former's fundraising acumen is unquestioned and, in a challenging environment for Democrats, she was seen as a natural choice.

But Israel didn't come out of nowhere.

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Leslie Johnson, the wife of Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson whom the feds say stuffed nearly $80,000 in cash in her bra and flushed a $100,000 check down the toilet to try and hide evidence, could still take the seat she was elected to on the County Council despite the federal charges pending against her.

Not so fast, say current and incoming members of the council who have joined critics in calling for Johnson to step aside.

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Airport Security Uproar Frustrates White House Advisers The Washington Post reports: "For a White House often accused of being lax on national security, the uproar over invasive security techniques at airports is a head-snapping swing in the other direction...'Everyone is a little bit surprised that less than one year after a suicide bomber was sent to the United States to blow up a plane over Detroit with a bomb in his underwear we would be having the debate that we're having right now,' another administration official said Monday."

Obama's Day Ahead President Obama will receive the presidential daily briefing at 9:15 a.m. ET. President Obama and Vice President Biden will depart from the White House at 9:55 a.m. ET, and depart from Andrews Air Force Base at 10:10 a.m. ET. They will arrive at 11:45 a.m. ET in Peru, Indiana. At 1:20 p.m. ET, they will tour the Chrysler Indiana Transmission Plant II, and deliver remarks to workers at 1:35 p.m. ET. They will depart from Indiana at 3:45 p.m. ET, arriving at Andrews Air Force Base at 5:10 p.m. ET, and back at the White House at 5:25 p.m. ET.

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President Barack Obama's nominee to take over the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) faces a pretty big hurdle to securing his confirmation by the Senate: opposition from the National Riffle Association.

It didn't take long for the NRA to come out against Andrew Traver once his nomination was announced by the White House last Monday night. Less than two business days later, the NRA was out with a release not only opposing Traver's nomination, but calling for Obama to withdraw the nomination altogether. ATF, the agency charged with enforcing the nation's gun laws, has been without a permanent director since 2006.

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