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James Von Brunn, the elderly neo-Nazi who was charged with killing a guard at the U.S. Holocaust Museum last June, has died in prison, according to his lawyer. The news was first reported by the AP.

As you may remember, the elderly von Brunn was shot after he opened fire at the entrance to the Holocaust Museum in Washington, killing security guard Stephen Johns. Von Brunn was brought to the hospital in critical condition after reportedly being wounded in the face.

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Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D-ND) will not run for the open Senate seat of retiring Democratic Sen. Byron Dorgan, RealClearPolitics reports -- a serious blow to Dems in their efforts to keep this seat.

A Democratic source has also confirmed the news to TPMDC.

Third-term Republican Gov. John Hoeven is set to run for the seat, and starts out the race as a heavy favorite. In addition to Pomeroy, who would have been the strongest possible Democratic candidate, the party has also been courting liberal talk show host Ed Schultz, who launched his broadcasting career in North Dakota.

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Frequent White House critic Rep. Peter King (R-NY) said today on ABC's "Good Morning America" that President Obama should use the world "terrorism" more frequently.

Host George Stephanopoulos interviewed King, who said someone should be held accountable in the wake of the failed terror attempt on Flight 253.

The host asked "one other specific recommendation the president could implement."

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House Democrats know they're going to have to sacrifice many of their priorities when they amend and adopt the Senate health care bill in the coming weeks. And in the last couple days they've started taking off the gloves.

"In my view, the House bill is so far superior to the Senate bill, that I would appreciate hearing [President Obama] say that," said House Rules Committee Chair Louise Slaughter (D-NY) this morning.

Yesterday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ribbed Obama for backtracking on campaign pledges as the health care debate has dragged on.

As much as the concessions sting, though, House leaders and health care principals continue to hash out just which issues they plan to press hardest for in negotiations with the Senate and the White House.

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The National Archives plans to release hundreds of thousands of new documents and photos from the Nixon administration and 12 hours of new audio recordings from the Nixon administration on Jan. 11.

The collection includes "approximately 280,000 pages of textual materials, 12 hours of sound recordings, and 7,000 images from the personal collection of White House photographer Oliver F. Atkins," according to the Archives release.

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Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) issued a statement today in response to Sen. Chris Dodd's (D-CT) announcement that he will not seek reelection in 2010. Here's the full text:

"He was a legislator par excellence, combining the best of the old school and the best of the new school. As he resumes a career outside the Senate, he can take satisfaction in knowing that millions of lives have been made better by his hard work and legislative acumen.

"As a friend and as a legislator I will miss him."

Massachusetts state Attorney General Martha Coakley, the Democratic candidate in the January 19 special election for Senate, has her first TV ad up for the general election campaign.

"Cracking down on corporate greed; shutting down scammers who rip off seniors; putting sex predators behind bars," says Coakley. "It's not what you say that matters -- it's who you stand up for."

The reference to what people say could be a rebuttal of Republican candidate Scott Brown's recent ad in which he used video from 1962 of President John F. Kennedy promoting a tax cut proposal. In that ad, the video faded from Kennedy to Brown, continuing to recite the words of the speech in order to promote modern-day tax cuts.

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Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) issued a statement today in response to Sen. Chris Dodd's (D-CT) announcement that he will not seek reelection in 2010. Read the full text after the jump:

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