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Rep. Steve King today explained the Republican strategy for repealing health care reform, acknowledging that, though a full repeal would probably be vetoed by President Obama, they intend to "start marching down through the appropriations bills, every one of them, putting language in them that prohibits any of the funds that are appropriated from being used to either implement or enforce ObamaCare."

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Since current airport security technology is largely reactive to known threats, competent evildoers will eventually change their tactics to skirt by and do their worst. With that in mind, a new tactic could be pancakes.

Not pancakes you'd necessarily eat, of course, but PETN pancakes. Potential attackers could take the notoriously explosive material and smooth it into a pancake shape to mimic the contours of the abdomen using dimensions of about about 15-20cm in diameter and 1cm thick. Voila: hidden explosive.

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Efraim Diveroli, the young Miami gunrunner who the feds say tried to sell illegal ammunition even as he was awaiting sentencing for selling illegal ammunition, pleaded guilty in October to possessing a firearm as a convicted felon.

Diveroli pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm and ammunition by a convicted felon. Under a plea agreement, the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida agreed not to charge the defendant with committing other federal criminal offenses and Diveroli agreed to forfeit a variety of different types of ammunition and firearms.

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Scott Brown (R-MA), the original Tea Party Senator, has defied a large portion of the national movement that put him in office and decided to vote in favor of the compromise plan on the Bush tax cuts pushed by President Obama and Republican leaders.

"I support the tax compromise because it will help get our economy back on track by allowing people to keep more of the money they earn," Brown said in a statement sent to reporters this morning. "It is good for American families, for small businesses and for individuals in Massachusetts and across the country."

That view puts Brown at odds with the Tea Party Patriots, the largest grassroots umbrella tea party group. They're calling on tea partiers everywhere to shut down the compromise by making it clear to Republicans in no uncertain terms that tea partiers do not approve of the compromise's deficit spending on "stimulus" and unemployment insurance.

Brown seems to see things differently.

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Tea Party favorite Sharron Angle may have gone down in the Nevada Senate race, but she's wasting no time ensuring Tea Party ideals are represented in 2012. According to Roll Call, she is joining Tea Partiers from 15 states to promote a political action organization.

The Patriot Caucus -- founded in December, 2009 -- will set up offices in many key battleground states, including Iowa, New Hampshire, Florida and Nevada in early 2011. The group will also launch what organizers call a "state-of-the-art" website that will serve as an online hub for the group.

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White House senior adviser David Axelrod yesterday doubled down on President Obama's comments about "sanctimonious" and "purist" progressives who oppose his tax cut deal with the Republicans, telling them that "you can focus on what you don't like, and cut your nose off to spite your face, and that would be the wrong thing to do."

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Senate leadership staff is 'feeling positive' that the controversial tax cut deal worked out between President Obama and Republican leaders to extend the Bush tax cuts while providing for unemployment insurance will get the 60 votes required for cloture today.

Voting is expected to begin around 3 PM here in Washington, with the window remaining open through 5:30-6:00 to allow west coast Senators time to cast their votes after returning from the weekend.

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