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The Connecticut gubernatorial race isn't done yet. Though Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz (D) announced official results on Friday, which put Dem nominee Dan Malloy ahead of Republican Tom Foley by 566,498 to 560,861, Foley has said that he's "not going to take her word for it," and has an announcement set for 1 p.m. ET today on whether he will challenge the results.

The Associated Press had in initially called the race last week, only to take back its call soon after -- and then reinstated its call for Malloy on Friday night.

The Hartford Courant reported Sunday:

Foley said in a telephone interview that he doesn't know yet what decision he'll be announcing at a press conference in the lobby of Goodwin Square, 225 Asylum St. But he said that lawyers have been examining statewide election results from Tuesday's balloting, and that "our analysis" should be completed Monday.

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Newly crowned Senator-elect Rand Paul (R-KY) brought his "message from the tea party" from Kentucky to his biggest national interview since handily winning the election over Democrat Jack Conway last Tuesday. In a nutshell, Paul stuck to his tea party guns in the brief sitdown on ABC's This Week. The movement's moment has arrived, Paul told host Christiane Amanpour. Now it's time to start cutting. Cutting everything.

"Republicans traditionally say, 'Oh, we'll cut domestic spending, but we won't touch the military,'" Paul explained. "The liberals -- the ones who are good -- will say, 'Oh, we'll cut the military, but we won't cut domestic spending.'"

As for Paul and his tea party friends, "Bottom line is, you have to look at everything across the board."

Amanpour pressed Paul for specific cuts, but for the most part Paul preferred to talk in the same sweeping generalizations about cuts that helped win him the election and helped the tea party win the hearts of so many conservatives this year.

"We don't need bigger government," Paul said. "We need to shrink the size of government."

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Defense Secretary Robert Gates told reporters in Australia on Sunday that he would like to see Don't Ask, Don't Tell repealed in the lame duck session of Congress.

Asked if he saw any prospect for repeal of the policy in the lame duck, Gates replied, "I would like to see the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, but I'm not sure what the prospects for that are and we'll just have to see."

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NRCC Chairman Pete Sessions announced this morning that he will not make a run for Majority Whip and will instead remain head of the NRCC for another term. The announcement means the GOP will avoid a tough leadership fight with Rep. Kevin McCarthy, according to ABC News.

That was soon-to-be Speaker John Boehner's preference, and, as GOP sources predicted just before the election, the GOP leadership is transitioning fairly smoothly into the majority.

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Gates, Obama Urge Repeal Of DADT The Associated Press reports: "Defense Secretary Robert Gates is encouraging Congress to act before year's end to repeal the ban on gays serving openly in the military. It's a position shared by his boss, the president...'I would like to see the repeal of 'don't ask, don't tell,' but I'm not sure what the prospects for that are and we'll just have to see,' Gates told reporters traveling with him to Australia this weekend. Gates has said he would prefer Congress act after the Pentagon releases its study of how repeal would be implemented, which is due Dec. 1.'"

Obama Hails Ties With 'World Power' India The AFP reports: "Obama heaped praise on the country and its Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the end of a three-day trip, which saw a raft of commercial deals signed and agreements to cooperate more closely in agriculture, health and energy. The president said that the principles of democracy and human rights were too often ignored around the world, which was riven with conflicts and misunderstandings between nations. 'For our two countries to be able stand together to promote these principles in international forums, I think can be incredibly powerful and incredibly important,' he said at a joint press conference with Singh."

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This simple pixel diagram displays the human death toll of the Iraq war. Blue pixels are "friendly" deaths (U.S. and coalition forces), green ones are "host" deaths (Iraqi government), gray are "enemy" deaths (insurgents) and orange, well, those are civilians.

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Four days after MSNBC announced it was suspending Keith Olbermann over political donations he had made, Olbermann will be back on the air.

MSNBC President Phil Griffin announced Friday that Olbermann would be suspended "indefinitely" without pay after it was revealed he had donated the maximum amount to three Congressional candidates. Yesterday, he announced Olbermann will be back on the air Tuesday night.

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President Obama and the First Lady are certainly having an active trip abroad. Following the Mrs. Obama's hopscotch moment with Indian students yesterday, the President and First Lady attended a celebration of the Hindu holiday of Diwali at a local school in Mumbai. They even busted out a few moves, participating in a fisherman's folk dance with a group of children. Watch the video below:

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Republican Chris Dudley narrowly lost the race against Democrat John Kitzhaber for governor of Oregon. From 1988-2003 he played center for the Cleveland Cavaliers, New Jersey Nets, Portland Trail Blazers, New York Knicks and Phoenix Suns.

Dudley's not alone. Plenty of other athletes have tried taking the political route.

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Republican John Runyan beat out Democrat John Adler in New Jersey's 3rd congressional district this year. From 1996-2009, he was an offensive tackle for the Houston Oilers, Tennessee Titans, Philadelphia Eagles and San Diego Chargers.

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Heath Shuler is a Democratic congressman from North Carolina, first elected in 2006. He won reelection Tuesday against Republican Jeff Miller. From 1994-1998, he played quarterback for the Washington Redskins and New Orleans Saints.

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Lynn Swann is a former Republican candidate for governor of Pennsylvania and former Chairman of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports under President George W. Bush, from 2002-2005. From 1974-1982, he played wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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J.C. Watts was a Republican congressman from 1995-2003. He was quarterback for the Oklahoma Sooners before going onto play professionally for the Canadian Football League.

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Bill Bradley is a former Democratic senator from New Jersey. He served in the Senate from 1979-1997. From 1967-1977, he played small forward and shooting guard for the New York Knicks.

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Rep. Jack Kemp (1935-2009) was a Republican Congressman from New York, and served as the nation's Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. He was in Congress from 1971-1989, and served as Secretary from 1989-1993. From 1957-1969, he was quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Calgary Stampeders, L.A./San Diego Chargers and Buffalo Bills.

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Jay Riemersma is a former Republican candidate for Congress in Michigan. He announced his candidacy in 2009. From 1996-2004, he played tight end for the Buffalo Bills and Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Jim Bunning is a Republican senator from Kentucky, elected to the Senate in 1999. From 1955-1971, he pitched for the Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Los Angeles Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies.

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Kevin Johnson is the current mayor of Sacramento. He took office in 2008. From 1987-2000, he played guard for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Phoenix Suns.

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Peter Boulware is a former candidate for the Florida House of Representatives. He won the Republican primary in 2008, but lost in the general to Democrat Michelle Rehwinkle Vasilinda. From 1997-2005, he played linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger is the current governor of California. For many years, Schwarzenegger was a champion bodybuilder, winning both Mr. Olympia and Strongman championships.

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Tom Osborne is currently the athletic director at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He served as a Republican congressman from 2001-2007, representing Nebraska's 3rd district. From 1960-1961, he played wide receiver for the Washington Redskins. Before becoming athletic director, Osborne won several championships as head coach of Nebraska's college football team.

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Steve Largent is a former Republican U.S. congressman from Oklahoma. He assumed office in 1994 and served until 2002. From 1976-1989, he played wide receiver for the Seattle Seahawks.

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Angie Paccione served as a Democratic member of the Colorado House of Representatives from 2003-2007. After college at Stanford, she played two years for the Columbus Minks in the now-folded WABA.

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Jesse Ventura served as governor of Minnesota from 1999-2003, representing the Independence Party. Known for his nickname "The Body," Ventura was a professional wrestler with WWF for many years before his retirement in 1986.

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Dave Bing became mayor of Detroit in 2009. From 1966-1978, he played shooting guard for the Detroit Pistons, Washington Bullets and Boston Celtics. Bing was inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame in 1990.

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