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Deficit-Cutting Plan Stumbles In Uphill Climb Reuters reports on the prospects of the Deficit Commission's proposal, which is expected to fail to win a supermajority vote among its members today: "Although the plan drafted by panel co-chairmen Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson was unlikely to go to Congress, it will likely provide an abundance of ideas that could frame the politically explosive deficit debate in 2011 and 2012."

Obama's Day Ahead President Obama will receive the presidential daily briefing at 10 a.m. ET, and meet at 10:30 a.m. ET with senior advisers. At 11:15 a.m. ET, he will deliver a statement to the press on the monthly jobs report.

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It looks like some conservatives and Tea Partiers are ready to go after a sacred cow of Republican politics.

A letter addressed to incoming House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), posted at FreedomWorks, one of the nation's most influential tea party umbrella groups, is urging the Republican leaders to consider cutting defense spending.

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In the divorce case of former Minuteman leader Chris Simcox, the plot has gotten molasses-thick.

Simcox, who helped found the anti-immigration Minuteman group and incurred a $200,000 debt in a failed bid for John McCain's Arizona Senate seat, has requested that his estranged wife, who has previously alleged that Simcox threatened her and their children at gunpoint, pay him spousal support and take on half of his campaign debt.

Alena Simcox was granted a restraining order from her husband in June, after she alleged Simcox had drunkenly threatened her, her children, and police officers on multiple occasions while wielding a gun.

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Bryan Fischer, the "Director of Issues Analysis" for the conservative Christian group the American Family Association, doesn't think that taxpayers should fund AIDS research anymore, since "we know what causes AIDS: homosexual sex and injection drug use," and "since we know the cause, we know the cure: stop engaging in homosexual sex and stop shooting up with drugs."

"Homosexual activist groups likewise are pushing a lifestyle that kills," Fischer wrote Wednesday, on World AIDS Day. "If anybody should be obligated to pony up funds to mitigate a health crisis, it ought to be the organizations that are responsible for advocating the very behavior that created and perpetuates the epidemic."

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Say it ain't so, Joe. Amazon's web hosting service on Thursday said they didn't stop hosting WikiLeaks just because Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) asked them to.

The Lieberman camp said this week that Amazon stopped hosting WikiLeaks after inquires from the Connecticut Senator's office. But Amazon said late Thursday that reports that government inquires caused the pulldown were "inaccurate."

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Ahead of the vote to censure Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) for ethics violations, the long-serving congressman made a final plea on the floor of the House of Representatives for his colleagues to lessen his punishment to a reprimand.

Rangel cited his record of military service as he admitted that he brought his problems upon himself. The New York Democrat was found guilty of 11 ethics violations by the House ethics panel, which then recommended Rangel be censured. The full House voted late Thursday to do so, and Speaker Pelosi (D-CA) read out that censure immediately after the vote.

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Jim Manley, spokesman for Majority Leader Harry Reid confirms that the Senate is planning four tax cut votes tomorrow. As reported here, these will include the two Dem-sponsored plans: middle-income only cuts, and a tax hikes for millionaires.

The Senate will also vote on two Republican-backed plans: one to extend all of the Bush tax cuts for five years, and another to extend them permanently.

This is all contingent upon unanimous consent of the Dem and Republican caucuses. If any senators -- Jim DeMint or Tom Coburn come to mind -- decide to object, then plans change. Reid could file for cloture on the tax cut plans, or they could drop the whole thing.

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Looks like the deficit commission recommendations appeal to politicians to the right of Max Baucus and to the left of Paul Ryan.