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The New York Times' resident conservative columnist David Brooks slammed Sarah Palin this morning on ABC's This Week, calling her a "joke." And in the process, he held up Virginia Governor-elect Bob McDonnell as the future of the Republican Party.

She's a joke. I mean, I just can't take her seriously. We've got serious problems in the country. Barack Obama's trying to handle war. We've just a had guy elected Virginia governor who's probably the model for the future of the Republican Party, Bob McDonnell, pretty serious guy, pragmatic, calm, kind of boring. The idea that this potential talk show host is considered seriously for the Republican nomination -- believe me, it'll never happen. Republican primary voters are just not going to elect a talk show host.

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Fox News Sunday today that a majority of Americans don't want the Democrats' health care reform plan to pass -- and that if Democrats go forward with reform, they'll be ignoring "the opinion of the American population."

And McConnell said he plans to delay the bill with lots of amendments on the Senate floor.

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Axelrod: Obama Opposed To Bill With Stupak Amendment Appearing on State of the Union, White House Senior Adviser David Axelrod said that President Obama would oppose the Stupak Amendment as a change in the status quo on abortion law. "The president has said repeatedly, and he said in his speech to Congress, that he doesn't believe that this bill should change the status quo as it relates to the issue of abortion," said Axelrod. Asked whether Obama would sign a final bill that contains the Stupak Amendment, Axelrod replied that Obama "believes both these issues and can and will be worked through before [the final bill] reaches his desk."

Conrad: Health Care Bill Can't Pass Without Restriction On Abortion Funding Appearing on State of the Union, Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND) said that the health care bill cannot pass without something like the Stupak Amendment. "What is clear is at the end of the day, for this bill to be successful, that there cannot be taxpayer funding of abortion," said Conrad, also adding: "It was clear in the House. It'll be clear in the Senate."

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The recently-announced civilian trials in New York City for a number of Guantanamo detainees -- including the self-professed mastermind of the 9/11 attacks -- are "appropriate," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said this morning on Meet the Press.

"It is appropriate to go forward," she said, adding that "I want to see them brought to justice."

The most important thing to me is they pay the ultimate price for what they did to us.

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Afghanistan won't receive any more civilian aid from the United States until it proves that corruption is being dealt with, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said this morning on ABC's This Week.

"I have made it clear that we're not gonna be providing any civilian aid to Afghanistan unless we have a certification that if it goes into the Afghan government in any form that we're going to have ministries we can hold accountable," she said, adding that an anti-corruption commission must be established.

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Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND) said on CNN's State of the Union this morning that any health care reform bill will have to prohibit federal funding for abortions if it's going to muster enough legislative support to get to President Obama's desk.

"What is clear is at the end of the day, for this bill to be successful, that there cannot be taxpayer funding of abortion," Conrad said.

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