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The director of the Secret Service, Mark Sullivan, just released a statement on the couple who got into the White House state dinner this week without an invitation. Here is the full text:

On Friday, November 27, 2009, United States Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan issued the following statement:

"The Secret Service is deeply concerned and embarrassed by the circumstances surrounding the State Dinner on Tuesday, November 24.

The preliminary findings of our internal investigation have determined established protocols were not followed at an initial checkpoint, verifying that two individuals were on the guest list.

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Tiger Woods has been seriously injured in a car accident near his home in Florida. The Orlando Sentinel reports that Woods, 33, pulled out of his driveway around 2:25 a.m. this morning, hit a fire hydrant, and then drove into a tree on his neighbor's property.

The Florida Highway Patrol reportedly said the airbags in Woods' Cadillac Escalade did not deploy -- meaning he was traveling below 33 miles per hour.

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The Secret Service is investigating how a fame-seeking couple crashed President Obama's first state dinner Tuesday night, gliding in past security with no invitation and taking photos with Vice President Biden and others.

"First and foremost, we have to find out what happened and make sure it doesn't happen again," Secret Service spokesman Jim Mackin told TPM. "I think our procedures were good. We had a suitable amount of personnel. [But] our personnel didn't follow the procedure."

Michaele and Tareq Salahi, who are trying to get on the Bravo reality show "Real Housewives of Washington," were not on the guest list to the official event, but somehow made it past a gauntlet of security checkpoints.

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Former Miami Mayor Maurice Ferre announced his bid for the Democratic senate nomination in Florida back in October, but has been relatively silent since. Not anymore. Ferre has come out swinging this week, attacking Gov. Charlie Crist (R) and slamming Sen. George LeMieux (R), who Crist appointed earlier this year.

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TPMDC is thankful today for political books that aren't boring or retread, and David Plouffe's "The Audacity to Win" fits into that category.

Plouffe ran the Obama campaign in 2008 and still does work for the DNC's campaign arm Organizing for America. He dishes in his book on some of the campaign's best-kept secrets.

We've reported on a few since the book came out - the Obama camp leaked the John Edwards haircut, they pushed for an early state campaign pledge to "box in" Hillary Clinton and Edwards offered to endorse for a spot on the ticket.

But there's so much more.

I covered the entire long campaign, and it was fascinating to read a candid book and peek under the hood at what had been a famously tight-lipped shop.

There are plenty of examples of Plouffe being cheap, and a few mentions of Plouffe and Robert Gibbs in their boxers.

After the jump, TPMDC's Top 10 things that Plouffe reveals in "Audacity to Win."

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