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The Library of Congress has blocked access to the Wikileaks site on its staff computers and on the wireless network that visitors use, two sources tell TPM.

The error message reportedly reads:

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One of the most fascinating political conundrums facing the GOP -- whether or how to avoid conservative over-reach -- might play out sooner than expected, when newly elected GOP members come to town. Despite their proclamations that they'll take a humble approach to governing in the next two years -- that they see the election as a referendum on Democrats, not a vote of confidence in themselves -- leading Republicans are already making plans to turn the classic third rails of politics into major political issues. And they're entering their new majority with as much bravado as they had under President Bush, when their last attempt to slash entitlements went down in flames.

"The third rail is not the third rail anymore," Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), the incoming House Budget chairman, told reporters at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast roundtable with reporters yesterday. "The political weaponization of entitlement reform is no longer as potent as it used to be, and the best evidence is this last election."

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Minnesota Republican gubernatorial nominee Tom Emmer, who entered the state recount trailing Democrat Mark Dayton by 8,770 votes, just held a press conference and admitted that the recount itself would not change the result. Instead, he made a lot of hay over a different issue, attacking the possibility of precincts that have more ballots cast than people who properly signed the registers.

The takeaway here is that the Emmer campaign could potentially file an election contest -- a lawsuit disputing the election result -- on the basis of alleged voter fraud. A possible drawn-out legal contest could result in Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty staying in office in the interim, with the opportunity to work with a newly elected Republican legislature.

"This egregious disregard for election laws calls into question the integrity of one vote per person," Emmer said, "and is, I believe, an assault on the very principles of the American voting system, diluting every legally cast vote. Again, that's when you have more ballots, than supposedly you have people that voted in the election."

He also added: "Remember the recount is merely a step in the process that ensures that there are no other irregularities that must be accounted for."

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Gone but not forgotten, President Obama thanks the deficit commission, and vows to include some of their proposals in his budget.

"This morning, my budget director, Jack Lew, spoke with Chairman Bowles and invited the entire Commission in to meet with him and Secretary Geithner to discuss the Commission's proposals," he says in a statement. "Overall, my goal is to build on the steps we've already taken to reduce our deficit, like slowing the growth of health care costs, proposing a three-year freeze in non-security discretionary spending and a two-year pay freeze for federal civilian workers, and restoring the rule that we pay for all of our priorities."

Full statement below the fold

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Let me preface this by acknowledging that the fiscal commission quickly devolved from a questionable White House initiative into a clown show, and that, beyond the small population of DC-based "deficit hawks," you'd be hard pressed to find anybody in America who thinks it was productive, or a wise political exercise, or whatever.

But 11 out of 18 votes is actually a lot of votes. And as a microcosm of the sorts of people who will ultimately make these sorts of spending and revenue decisions, it's worth recognizing that, in the years ahead, we're much more likely to see Congress addressing deficits under something like the Bowles-Simpson model, rather than the Jan Schakowsky model (neither of which really tackles health care, which is really the only part of this equation that matters).

This is just an educated guess, but I'd imagine that the Schakowsky plan would've garnered about four of 18 votes on this commission.

The day after Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Michael Mullen again called for Congress to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell, the joint chiefs themselves testified on Capitol Hill and, as promised, were "less sanguine" about repeal than their bosses.

But whether for or against repeal, they all said their branch could and would implement it.

"At the end of the day, we are Marines," said Gen. James Amos, the commandant of the Marine Corps, in his testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee. "Should Congress change the law, then our nation's Marine Corps will faithfully support the law."

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Riding high on their midterm election gains, Republicans have argued for extending all of the Bush tax cuts due to expire at the end of the year, as opposed to a Democratic proposal to extend them only for Americans' first $250,000 of income.

Despite House Republican leader John Boehner's assertion that Republicans would "stop all the tax hikes" a CBS News poll released Thursday found that a majority of Americans would rather see tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans expire while extending them for everyone else.

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