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Former Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN), who had been rumored to be a possible candidate for chairman of the Republican National Committee, told the Daily Caller that he will not run if current (and embattled) Chairman Michael Steele seeks re-election: "If he's in, then I'm out."

"Michael Steele is a friend. He has been for many years. I'm not going to run against the chairman."

But he refused to rule out running in the case Steele doesn't.

"I'm not in a position to speculate what-if-he-doesn't," Coleman said. "At that point, it becomes speculation."

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Judge Andrew Napolitano, senior judicial analyst for Fox News, gave a pretty impassioned speech yesterday on the Fox Business Network about the TSA and its new airport safety measures. He even invoked the Nuremberg trials and the rise of Nazism in Germany as a mode of comparison. "Tell the TSA what you think of them," he said to viewers. "Reject the argument that they are just doing their job. The trials at Nuremberg put an end to that argument."

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The Family Research Council is perhaps the most prominent voice in conservative social politics and the hosts of an annual rite of passage for many Republicans who hope to run for president. And now, FRC is on the same Southern Poverty Law Center list of hate groups as the Ku Klux Klan.

The SPLC gave the Family Research Council the designation due to anti-gay speech from its leaders, which the SPLC says includes calls for gay men and lesbians to be imprisoned.

Labeling the Family Research Council a hate group puts one of Washington's most powerful social issues advocates into the company of groups like the Nation of Islam and the now mostly defunct Aryan Nations in the eyes of the SPLC, which tracks 932 active hate groups in the U.S.

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While President Obama has fared well at the state level in early 2012 presidential election polls, a newly released national poll paints a more troublesome picture for the president's re-election bid.

The McClatchy-Marist survey finds 41% of Democrats are in favor of a challenge for the Democratic presidential nomination. When Democratic-leaning independents are included, 45% support a primary challenge, 46% don't, and 9% aren't sure.

A November 15 Quinnipiac poll showed much less support for a contested 2012 primary, with just 27% of Democrats and Democrat leaners saying they wanted a Dem besides Obama to run in 2012, while 64% didn't.

In the Marist poll, only 36% of respondents indicate that they would "definitely vote for him" in the general election, whereas 48% state they will "definitely vote against him."

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In the latest dispute in the Alaska Senate race, Joe Miller and Lisa Murkowski are debating where to hold the hearings over Miller's lawsuit in state court. Murkowski, who announced Monday that she would attempt to intervene as a party on the state's side of the case, argues that the case should be heard in Juneau, where the write-in vote count was held. Miller wants the suit heard in Fairbanks.

The tea party-backed Miller won a surprise victory over Murkowski in the Republican primary, only to fall short to her historic write-in bid in the general election. Murkowski has declared victory and the AP has called the race for her -- though the state hasn't certified the result yet.

The court has yet to decide whether to accept Murkowski's attempt to become a part of the suit, which she said was an attempt "to keep those thousands of voters from being disenfranchised by Mr. Miller."

Her campaign manager Kevin Sweeney says the campaign will file a motion over the location if the state won't, KTUU reports.

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In a new sit-down interview with Barbara Walters, President Obama suggested that while he respects Sarah Palin's political skills, he's a bit too busy to pay her much attention.

Obama said he is not giving much thought to the 2012 election. When asked if he thinks he could beat Sarah Palin in 2012, he replied, "I don't think much about Sarah Palin."

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Denise Cheung has one of the toughest jobs in the Justice Department: Attorney General Eric Holder's top national security adviser.

For five years before she took the job advising Holder, Cheung was investigating and prosecuting cases related to terrorist attacks abroad, violations of export sanctions, material support to terrorists, presidential threats and espionage during her tenure in the National Security Section of the D.C. federal prosecutor's office.

Her legal opponent for one of those terrorism funding cases: her now-boss, Attorney General Eric Holder.

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Napolitano Thanks TSA Staff For Hard Work The Hill reports: "Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano thanked TSA workers for their vigilance and hard work on Tuesday afternoon...In a letter to TSA employees on Tuesday, a day before one of the busiest travel days in the country, Napolitano acknowledged the hardships of their job and said that the country was counting on them to keep them safe."

Obama's Day Ahead President Obama will receive the presidential daily briefing at 9:30 a.m ET. He will pardon the National Thanksgiving Turkey at 10:30 a.m. ET. He will meet at 11:30 a.m. ET with Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. At 4:20 p.m. ET, the First Family will participate in a service event.

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