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Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson appears to be considering any number of political comebacks, ranging from a return to the state's open governorship, to a Senate run -- in which he would likely be a very strong challenger to Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold -- or perhaps even mayor of a small town.

"I haven't said no," Thompson told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "I'm looking at it. I'm looking at governor, I'm looking at senator and I'm looking at mayor of Elroy. One of the three."

For your information, Elroy is Thompson's home town. I just called the city hall, and they told me the population is approximately 1,500 people.

Thompson was elected to four terms as governor, starting in 1986 and only left when President George W. Bush appointed him as Secretary of Health and Human Services. He ran for the Republican nomination for president in 2008, but dropped out in the face of bad poll numbers and fundraising in the middle of 2007. He was frequently talked about as a potential Senate candidate in the 1990s and 2000s, but has never run.

(Via Political Wire)

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) made an interesting point about civilian trials for terrorists in today's hearing with Attorney General Eric Holder.

My observation, that I don't want you to respond to, is, I don't know how you can make a statement that failure to convict is not an option, when you got juries in this country. I think a lot of Americans thought O.J. Simpson oughta been convicted of murder rather than being in jail for what he's in jail for. It seemed to me ludicrous. I'm a farmer, not a lawyer, but I just wanted to make an observation.

Holder interrupted Grassley's following question in order to respond.

"As long as it doesn't come out of my time," Grassley muttered.

Holder assured Grassley that if a trial was unsuccessful and didn't result in a conviction, the defendant would not be released in the U.S.

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In an interview with National Review, Sarah Palin explained how "death panels" are not meant to be taken literally -- and then gave a pretty much literal description -- and also called for a Republican primary challenge against Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).

On death panels:

"To me, while reading that section of the bill, it became so evident that there would be a panel of bureaucrats who would decide on levels of health care, decide on those who are worthy or not worthy of receiving some government-controlled coverage," she explains. "Since health care would have to be rationed if it were promised to everyone, it would therefore lead to harm for many individuals not able to receive the government care. That leads, of course, to death."

"The term I used to describe the panel making these decisions should not be taken literally," says Palin. The phrase is "a lot like when President Reagan used to refer to the Soviet Union as the 'evil empire.' He got his point across. He got people thinking and researching what he was talking about. It was quite effective. Same thing with the 'death panels.' I would characterize them like that again, in a heartbeat."

There are two problems here. As Dave Weigel notes, Reagan was not speaking figuratively about the Soviet Union -- they were an empire, and they were evil. But beyond that, Palin gives a literal description of a panel of bureaucrats deciding that some people won't be worthy of getting any health care.

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Mother Jones takes a close look at the far-right doctor's group to which David McKalip -- the Florida neurosurgeon who sent that racist picture of President Obama as a witch doctor -- belongs.

Lately, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS) has been teaming up with the Tea Partiers to fight health-care reform. But as Mother Jones shows, the group is so far out there it makes its Tea Party allies look like David Broder.

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This morning, Attorney General Eric Holder is facing questioning from the Senate Judiciary Committee. The focus, not surprisingly, has been on Holder's announcement last week that five 9/11 suspects will be tried in civilian court in New York.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) made his argument against the trials, asking Holder how he would instruct the military to handle the hypothetical capture of Osama bin Laden.

Would you read him his Miranda rights? Graham asked. Would you get him a lawyer?

And if you didn't, he went on, would a subsequent trial -- if indeed the trial was held in civilian court and not a military tribunal -- be jeopardized?

Holder didn't have a clear answer, saying "it all depends" on the situation.

It was exactly what Graham wanted.

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Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius issued a statement today on new breast cancer screening recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. She joins White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer in responding to the report. Here's the full text of her statement:

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On a conference all with reporters just now, Rudy Giuliani said there was one thing about Attorney General Eric Holder's decision to bring terror suspects to New York City he could stand fully behind.

"I was glad to see Holder say 'we're at war,'" Giuliani said on the RNC-sponsored call. "I had thought we had virtually stopped being at war with the terrorists."

The former New York City mayor was referring to Friday's press conference by Holder where he announced the plan to try terrorists in the city.

Giuliani said he hoped the use of the word would hearken back to a return to the Bush era "War On Terror" which Giuliani said President Obama has abandoned, both in rhetoric and actions. "I was under the impression that the Obama administration thought this was just an unfortunate situation we're dealing with."

"'War' is important," he said.

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The White House is pushing back against a Fox News report spinning the results of a new study on breast cancer screening.

White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer blogged a response to a Fox report suggesting "Critics See Health Care Rationing Behind New Mammography Recommendations."

Pfeiffer quoted from the report, which suggested "some lawmakers on Capitol Hill are blasting new guidelines from a government task force that recommends against routine mammographies for women under 50, questioning whether they are tantamount to health care 'rationing' in the fight against the No. 2 cancer killer in U.S. women."

His response:

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Rep. Joseph Cao (R-LA) is getting more support for his status as the only House Republican to support health care reform -- from the pro-Barack Obama, labor-backed group Americans United For Change.

Americans United has already run an ad in support of Cao, as part of their ad campaigns praising key swing members who voted in favor of the bill. And they'll be having another one soon, too, the Hotline reports.

Cao is widely seen as a vulnerable incumbent going into 2010, having been elected in an upset against an indicted (and later convicted) Democratic incumbent in a district that voted 75% for Barack Obama.