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Hillary Clinton: People Weary Of War, 'But We Cannot Ignore Reality' Speaking at NATO headquarters, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton discussed the necessity of continuing the U.S. effort in Afghanistan. "Today, our people are weary of war. But we cannot ignore reality," said Clinton. "The extremists continue to target innocent people and sow destruction across continents. From the remote mountains of Afghanistan and Pakistan, they plot future attacks. As Secretary General Rasmussen said earlier this week, `This is our fight, together.' And we must finish it together."

Obama's Day Ahead President Obama will depart the White House at 9:15 a.m. ET and Andrews Air Force Base at 9:30 a.m. ET, arriving at 10:20 a.m. ET in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He will tour the Allentown Metal Works at 10:50 a.m. ET, delivering remarks and holding a discussion on the economy at 11:50 a.m. ET. He will depart Allentown at 4:05 p.m. ET, and will arrive at Andrews Air Force Base at 4:50 p.m. ET, and back at the White House at 5:05 p.m. ET.

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New reports for the final weeks of the Virginia governor's race show the Republican Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell dramatically outspent Democratic State Sen. Creigh Deeds before crushing him in a landslide.

According to the Virginia Public Access Project, a nonpartisan group that posted all the data covering from Oct. 22 to Nov. 26, Deeds spent $1.8 million while McDonnell spent $3.8 million.

Deeds had $91,590 in his campaign account as of Nov. 26 and McDonnell had nearly $600,000 left in his account.

More detail from the Washington Post here.

Judge Andrew Napolitano, who often fills in for Glenn Beck on Fox News, said yesterday that the U.S. shouldn't bomb Afghanistan.

"What would we gain by leveling Afghanistan? It's a mountainous region with illiterate people who still think like it's the twelfth century," Napolitano said.


Following a protest by immigration advocates, the Salvation Army of Houston will stop checking the Social Security numbers of those receiving free toys for the holidays, which some said was an effort to prevent illegal immigrants from benefiting from the charity.

The Houston Chronicle reported earlier this week that the Houston branch of the Salvation Army checked for Social Security numbers or other proof of legal residency when choosing recipients for toys.

A day later, a spokesman said they only check such documents to prevent fraud, such as registering at multiple locations.

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The White House isn't sure if Obama will be hiring more private contractors for the Afghan war -- there are currently 104,100 in the country -- but one financial analyst thinks it's a go. Reports the AP:

Engineering and construction firm Fluor Corp. and contractor DynCorp International Inc. stand to benefit from the deployment of 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan, an analyst said Thursday.

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The Mall of America apologized to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin today for accidentally leaking internal notes saying only English-speaking reporters were allowed at a stop on her book tour.

The Mall had sent the notes, which also directed reporters to address Palin as "Governor," to the Associated Press.

"I personally would like to apologize to Gov. Palin and anyone connected to the book tour because absolutely this was an issue on our end," said Dan Jasper, a spokesman for the mall.

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In the latest issue of National Review, Jay Nordlinger details the history of 'teabagging' and reports on the conservative debate about what to do about it. But it's not what you think -- no, really, it's not what you think.

Nordlinger's article isn't about tea bagging in the fun sense, nor is it about the long-term effects on the GOP from teabagging in the tri-corn hat-and-time-on-your-hands sense. Rather, it's the story of how conservatives are trying to fix the mess they made when they first decided to call for the "teabagging" of Nancy Pelosi with a straight face.

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Rep. Steve King (R-IA), a staunch opponent of ACORN, is now taking on the new White House Counsel Bob Bauer -- saying he has a "hardcore gangster government persona" and "a public image that is a junkyard dog."

The only question, then, is whether Bauer will frame this quote and put it on his wall. "If you wanted a White House counsel to get in their face, Bob Bauer would be your guy. It fits the Rahm persona. It fits the Chicago, hardcore gangster government persona," King told the right-wing CNSNEWS. "He had the chance to pick someone with a different attitude, a different persona and a different public image. But he picked someone with a public image that is a junkyard dog."

King has previously accused the Obama administration of appointing Bauer in a nefarious effort to cover up their connections to ACORN.

As Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) is drafting his own anti-abortion amendment to the health care bill, NARAL Pro-Choice America is taking to the airwaves to fight against Rep. Bart Stupak's (D-MI) measure that passed the House last month.

The ad asks why abortion has been injected into the health care debate. NARAL says the ad will run in midsize media markets, including Richmond, Va., Raleigh N.C. and the Portland and Bangor markets in Maine. It also will run in Stupak's Michigan Congressional district.

NARAL president Nancy Keenan, who has been attempting to get the White House to demand abortion be stripped from the health care debate, said the ad aims to "help us enlist even more Americans into our campaign to defeat the Stupak abortion-coverage ban."

Watch the ad after the jump.

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