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1||President Barack Obama was in Seoul, South Korea this week, attending the G-20 world summit with other world leaders.|| YOUNG HO/SIPA/Newscom&&

2|| South Korean President Lee Myung-bak (center) delivers a speech at the opening session of the summit.||GREENFIELD/SIPA/Newscom&&

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4||From left: Mexican President Felipe Calderón, Argentina President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and President Obama.||JuanJo Martin/EFE/Newscom&&

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6||President Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.||YOUNG HO/SIPA/Newscom&&

7||President Obama and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak.||YOUNG HO/SIPA/Newscom&&

8||President Obama and French President Nicolas Sarkozy.||YOUNG HO/SIPA/Newscom&&

9||Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al Faisal and President Obama.|| YOUNG HO/SIPA/Newscom&&

10||President Obama and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.||JuanJo Martin/EFE/Newscom&&

11||President of Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and President Obama.|| YOUNG HO/SIPA/Newscom&&

12||President of Brazil Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and President Obama.||YOUNG HO/SIPA/Newscom&&

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15||President Obama and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak.||YOUNG HO/SIPA/Newscom&&

16||President Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao.||Liu Jiansheng/Xinhua/Photoshot/Newscom&&

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Republican Joe Miller's fight over the Alaska Senate write-in count just got a little help from an old friend. Sarah Palin's SarahPAC donated $5,000 to Miller's campaign yesterday, The Associated Press reports.

Miller beat Sen. Lisa Murkowski in the Republican primary, but now appears to trail her write-in campaign in the general election. Write-in ballots are currently being examined to see how many are for Murkowski.

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Rep.-elect Allen West (R-FL) is standing by the honor of his almost-chief of staff, right-wing talk radio host Joyce Kaufman, who pulled out of the job after media attention focused on her violent anti-government statement. And he's using some colorful language himself to describe her detractors.

As the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel reports, West called into Kaufman's radio show Thursday:

He said he wanted people, especially those "on the left," to understand that Kaufman would continue "to fight on your battlefield" here, and he "will fight them on the battlefield in Washington, D.C., and we will meet in the middle after we soundly defeat them both."

The Congressman-elect said he's now "even more focused that this liberal, progressive, socialist agenda, this left-wing, vile, vicious, despicable machine that's out there is soundly brought to its knees. You don't have to worry about me doing the right thing in Washington, D.C."

West also concluded the interview: "I'll see you on the high ground."

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Cindy McCain, the wife of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), joined a number of celebrity supporters of the NoH8 Campaign -- originally designed to protest the passage of Proposition 8, California's anti-same sex marriage amendment -- in participating in a public service announcement about the bullying LGBT people face.

Ironically, her husband is currently at the center of the battle to prevent Democrats from repealing the military's Don't Ask Don't Tell policy (despite the results of the Pentagon's study that shows it would have little effect) during the upcoming lame duck session of Congress.

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Stephen Colbert last night celebrated the one-year anniversary of conservative commentator Lou Dobbs' departure from CNN by explaining how he's since absorbed Dobbs' audience and opinions.

"Because just like in punditry, as in The Highlander, there can be only one," Colbert said.

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In Republican Joe Miller's latest effort to question the results of the Alaska Senate race, his campaign has set-up a voter fraud hotline to handle all of the "serious allegations of fraud, voter intimidation and voter bullying" that have been surfacing since election day, and says that his team may file a lawsuit for information pertaining to the claims.

The tea-party backed Miller, who beat Sen. Lisa Murkowski in the Republican primary, now appears to trail her in the general election. Murkowski launched a nearly unprecedented write-in campaign -- and the write-in votes outnumber votes for Miller by thousands. Write-in ballots are now being examined to see how many are for Murkowski.

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Former Sen. Jim Talent (R-MO) is gearing up for a possible rematch with Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, who defeated him back in 2006, Real Clear Politics reports.

At least four well-known Republicans in Missouri are exploring the race against McCaskill, but GOP operatives say Talent is farthest along and has been positioning for another run ever since he stood down in early 2009 when Rep. Roy Blunt decided to pursue the seat GOP Sen. Christopher (Kit) Bond is vacating in January.


In an interview on Thursday, Talent said of the Senate race, "I am looking very carefully and very seriously at it."

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi will not give ground on her opposition to extending the Bush tax cuts on the wealthiest Americans, even as the White House and other Democrats have signaled that it might be time to compromise.

"It's too costly. It's $700 billion," Pelosi told NPR this morning. "One year would be around $70 billion. That's a lot of money to give a tax cut at the high end. And I remind you that those tax cuts have been in effect for a very long time, they did not create jobs."

Pelosi's strong stand mimics that of some of her colleagues on the Republican side of the aisle. House Minority Whip Eric Cantor told Fox News earlier this week that he was equally uninterested in compromising on the Bush cuts -- he wants them all extended, and that's that.

Nevertheless, President Obama and the White House are hoping they can hash out some kind of deal on the tax cuts when Congress reconvenes next week.

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Daily Show Correspondent Olivia Munn last night had a satirical special investigative report on Missouri's Proposition B -- which narrowly passed on election day, and aims to ensure humane dog breeding conditions. And what did she find? That the law is actually pushing a radical socialist agenda on America.

According to Anita Andrews, the director of the Alliance for Truth, Prop B is actually much worse than health care reform, in that it expects breeders to pay for "exorbitant amounts of care that are not needed, such as adequate food, adequate water, adequate space."

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Minnesota Republican gubernatorial nominee Tom Emmer is speaking out about the possibility of a legal contest keeping GOP Gov. Tim Pawlenty in office past the end of his term. While Emmer is not ruling out a possible contesting of the election, should any issues come up during the recount, he also says in strong terms that he would not be a part of delaying a result for the sake of a GOP power grab.

In a one-on-one interview Thursday with WCCO-AM radio sportscaster Michele Tafoya (who disclosed on the air that she had made a donation to Emmer's campaign), Emmer was asked about the scenario that has been much speculated about in the media -- that the GOP might use a legal proceeding to stall Democratic nominee Mark Dayton from taking office, and allowing Pawlenty to pass legislation with the newly-elected Republican legislature.

"Well anybody who thinks that, that's not gonna be what I'd ever be involved in, Michele," said Emmer. "This is not about what I might want, or somebody else."

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