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Appearing on a Sunday talk show, Vice President Biden claimed to know nothing about whether President Obama has asked New York Gov. David Paterson to step aside in next year's gubernatorial election.

"To the best of my knowledge, the President has not said anything to David Paterson," Biden said on Washington Watch with Roland Martin.

"It's very important that we maintain control of New York," he said, but "no one's demanding, to the best of my knowledge, that the governor step down."

The New York Times reported last week that the White House was pushing Paterson -- whose approval rating continues to sink -- to give up on his campaign. Paterson has repeated in the week since that he is still planning to run. Although he refuses to give details, he has acknowledged that he's been in touch with the administration.

"There's a reality I think the governor has to decide upon, and the Democratic party there has to decide upon: How are we gonna win?" Biden said Sunday. "If it can be shown he can win, he should run."

Allen Stanford's jail woes continue. The accused $7 billion Ponzi schemer sustained minor injuries after getting into a fight last week, reports the Houston Chronicle.

It's not clear how the fight between Stanford and the other inmate got started. But the one-time billionaire banker looks to have gotten the worst of it -- he was the only one taken to the hospital, with bruising and other superficial injuries.

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The Progressive Change Campaign Committee, and Democracy for America have launched the below ad in Montana and Washington, D.C., hitting Senate Finance Committee chairman Max Baucus for blocking a public option from his health care reform bill.



The ad is the latest in a bid to personalize the politics of the public option. Last week, the two groups targeted Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) for opposing a public option with a similar ad.

Tomorrow, the Finance Committee will resume consideration of reform legislation, and have a chance to vote on a number of public option amendments, including one, authored by Snowe, that would affix the public option to a "trigger mechanism"--a plan viewed with suspicion by most reformers.

WaPo: GOP Faces Role Reversal On Medicare The Washington Post reports that Republicans have found themselves in an odd position on Medicare -- the party that usually seeks cuts in the program is now denouncing proposed reductions, and even the medical industry isn't supporting them. "In terms of this deal, we are better off. And, also, it's the right thing to do," said Charles Kahn, president of the Federation of American Hospitals, and who is also the man behind the "Harry and Louise" ads of 1994.

Obama's Day Ahead President Obama does not have any public events scheduled for today. He will receive the presidential daily briefing at 10:15 a.m. ET, and will meet with senior advisers at 10:35 a.m. ET.

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A number of U.S. Senators made the Sunday morning news show rounds today, weighing in on Iran's nuclear program and U.S. strategy in Afghanistan, among other things.

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Obama: World Leaders Don't Understand The American Right's Hitler References President Obama spoke last night to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's annual dinner, and he discussed an amusing moment with an unnamed world leader at the G-20: "One of the leaders -- I won't mention who it was -- he comes up to me. We take the picture, we go behind. He says, 'Barack, explain to me this health care debate.' He says, 'We don't understand it. You're trying to make sure everybody has health care and they're putting a Hitler mustache on you -- I don't -- that doesn't make sense to me. Explain that to me.'"

Bill Clinton: Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy Not As Strong, "But It's As Virulent As It Was" In the 1990's Appearing on Meet The Press, former President Bill Clinton said that the "vast right-wing conspiracy" of the 1990's is still there: "It's not as strong as it was, because America's changed demographically, but it's as virulent as it was. I mean, they're saying things about him--you know, it's like when they accused me of murder and all that stuff they did. He--but it's not really good for the Republicans and the country, what's going on now. I mean, they may be hurting President Obama. They can take his numbers down, they can run his opposition up. But fundamentally, he and his team have a positive agenda for America. Their agenda seems to be wanting him to fail, and that's not a prescription for a good America."

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