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Recently ousted Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele -- who oversaw the organization's expenditures at bondage-themed restaurants, its plunge into $22 million in debt and a bare bones fundraising effort -- claimed Wednesday his RNC was "a very lean machine."

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No House majority likes to see its accomplishments buried in the graveyard of the Senate. That's why Republicans, who cherished the Senate's anti-majoritarian rules for the last two years, are already complaining about how their plans to repeal the health care law have just run into a dead end.

The logical solution to this problem, of course, is filibuster reform, unless you are Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), in which case it's more repealing of things. Specifically, Bachmann wants to repeal President Obama and the Senate and replace them with something more sympathetic.

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House Republicans Move On From Repealing Health Law To Replacing It The Hill reports: "Having voted as promised to roll back the Democrats' healthcare reform law, the new GOP majority is now faced with following through on the second part of its "repeal and replace" pledge. Fresh off Wednesday night's vote in favor of repeal, the House will take up a resolution Thursday morning directing committees to develop alternatives to the reform law. And the GOP chairmen of the House panels tasked with drafting those alternatives will offer an initial look, at an afternoon press conference, at their efforts."

Obama's Day Ahead President Obama will receive the presidential daily briefing at 9:30 a.m. ET, with senior advisers at 10 a.m. ET, and receive the economic daily briefing at 10:30 a.m. ET. He will meet at 1:45 p.m. ET with Vice President Biden, and at 2:25 p.m. ET Obama and Biden will meet with a bipartisan group of mayors to discuss jobs and the economy. At 7 p.m. ET, Obama will deliver remarks at the Kennedy Center, at an event celebrating the 50th Anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's Inauguration.

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Jarrod D. Massey, a former casino lobbyist who admitted he bought and sold votes in the Alabama state legislator on pro-gambling legislature, went to prison yesterday. And he doesn't even know how long he'll be there.

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Fox News reported, and Republicans decided: Only Fox News can be trusted.

According to a new PPP poll, a majority of Republicans nationwide distrust every major news network except for Fox News, Rupert Murdoch's right-leaning cable powerhouse. Over six in ten Republicans say they don't trust ABC, NBC, CNN, and CBS, while a near majority of 48% find something suspicious about PBS as well.

Among self-identified Republicans in the poll, 67% said they trusted Fox News, while 22% said they did not trust Fox. Those numbers were inverted almost perfectly for the other networks, with Republicans distrusting CBS by a margin of 66% to 15%, ABC by 64% to 17%, NBC by 62% to 21%, and CNN by 61% to 22%. And perhaps fearing that PBS was funded by donations from viewers unlike them, a 48% plurality of Republicans said they didn't trust that network, while just 29% said they did trust the publicly funded station.

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Just before he holds hearings on the "radicalization" of Muslims in America, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) will appear on the new TV show for a group that believes Muslims are the enemies of America.

In early February, King, the chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, will appear on the debut episode of a TV show produced by the group Act! For America. The group's founder, Brigitte Gabriel, believes that Muslims can't be trusted to serve in the U.S. armed forces; that "tens of thousands of Islamic militants now reside in America ... attending our colleges and universities, even infiltrating our government;" and that Americans must unite to "defeat radical Islam."

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In the basement of the Capitol Wednesday, House Democrats gathered to do something that would have been almost unheard of in, say, October of 2010: openly discuss the health care law they passed last March. But he House vote to repeal the law, which came courtesy of the newly-crowned Republican majority Wednesday, has turned the minority Democratic caucus into a lean, mean, health care bill-defending machine.

It was quite a change from the party of election 2010, which seemed more interested in discussing just about anything else than the landmark law that was at the center of President Obama's domestic policy agenda and dominated political discussion for more than a year.

Reporters in the room Wednesday afternoon -- part of a "bloggers row" set up by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to set the stage for the Republican-led repeal vote -- noticed the change in tone on the health care law, and we asked the Democrats to explain what happened.

The simple answer, from multiple Democrats today: The law that was just a vague plan to improve the nation's health care delivery system for much of 2010 is now beginning to go into effect, meaning that Democrats now have something tangible to defend. And thanks to the voters in November, most of the Democrats who were really wary of reform (and voted against it when it came up) are now gone.

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Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) apparently never spoke with local NAACP organizers over visiting black prisoners in jail, the Portland Press Herald reports. That conversation had served as the supposed justification for LePage's eventual "kiss my butt" diss to the NAACP.

LePage says the NAACP invited him to meet with black prisoners at a state prison on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, an offer he declined. He said he would only go if he could meet with all prisoners, but that it wasn't acceptable to them. When the NAACP criticized his non-participation, he told them to "kiss my butt."

But Maine NAACP director Rachel Talbot Ross told the Press Herald that the invitation fiasco never even happened.

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