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As Democrats and Republicans gird themselves for a fight over President Obama's health care law, the leading health care reform coalition in the country is locked in a brawl with the 60-Plus Association -- a corporate-backed organization posing as a senior citizen's advocacy group. And heading the fight for 60-Plus is a former Bush attorney with a history of attempting to suppress voter turnout.

At the center of the tussle are dozens of ads 60-Plus is running in districts of vulnerable Democrats who voted for the law. At a distinct financial disadvantage, progressive groups -- including Health Care for America Now and MoveOn -- are asking TV stations around the country to drop the ad, citing factual inaccuracies.

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Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell (R-DE) has issued a statement saying the wrong information on her LinkedIn profile was posted by someone else. She's asked that LinkedIn remove the profile, which has false information about her educational background.

The profile, which you can view below, lists the University of Oxford and Claremont Graduate University under education.

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Sharron Angle has still got it. In the wake of attacks over her previous position of privatizing the Department of Veterans Affairs, Angle is now denying that she wanted to tear down the system. In fact, she says that she was calling for the V.A. to "do a better job." But of course, the original transcript says quite the opposite.

As Jon Ralston reports, Angle was asked at a fundraiser this past weekend about Harry Reid's recent ad, which attacks her as wanting to "end our promise to veterans."

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President Obama rallied college students in Madison, Wisconsin last night, returning to his fiery 2008 campaign rhetoric and telling young voters he needs them "to stay fired up."

You can watch the full speech below. It's part of a big push from the Obama White House to rekindle the campaign energy from two years ago in hopes of saving the House for the Democratic Party.

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Surprise Delaware Republican Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell cites an important source for her decision to have stayed in a Senate race that few people think she can win: God hasn't let her quit.

In a news segment with the Christian Broadcasting Network -- taped before her recently announced decision to stop doing national media interviews -- O'Donnell talked about how her Republican primary battle against Rep. Mike Castle seemed like such a long shot, and how she found the strength to keep going.

"God continued to strengthen and empower us, when you know his strength is perfected in our weakness, and that's exciting," said O'Donnell. "Because you see that if it weren't for faith, when all logic said it's time to quit, we pursued, we marched on, because we knew God was not releasing us to quit. And now, with such an important lame duck session, you realize why we were to endure all that stuff."

[TPM SLIDESHOW: Christine O'Donnell: Anti-Masturbation Crusader. Witchcraft Dabbler. Republican Senate Nominee.]

The TPM Poll Average gives Democratic nominee Chris Coons a lead of 55.0%-39.6%.

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A key witness in the federal government's retrial against an associate of disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff has decided to recant testimony he gave in the first trial.

John Albaugh, former chief of staff to Rep. Ernest Istook (R-OK), told prosecutors he no longer feels he gave favors to clients of Jack Abramoff's firm because lobbyists had given him free meals and event tickets, the Associated Press reported.

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President Obama plans to meet with Democratic leaders on Thursday in one final huddle before members of Congress head home for the midterm elections.

Obama has stepped up his political activity recently, and White House aides say he and Vice President Joe Biden will be frequently on the trail to help their candidates try and retain control of Congress.

An administration official told TPM that leaders from both the House and Senate will meet with Obama Thursday afternoon at the White House. As we've been reporting, House Democrats are wrestling over whether to hold a vote on extending the Bush-era tax cuts for the middle class before the election. That decision is likely to be final by the time Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her leadership team arrive at the White House tomorrow.

James O'Keefe, the young conservative activist who secretly recorded meetings with ACORN and was convicted in May of entering Sen. Mary Landrieu's office under false pretenses, allegedly tried to "punk" CNN reporter Abbie Boudreau by luring her on to a boat and seducing her.

CNN reports on the scheme today, a few days before airing a documentary on O'Keefe and other young conservatives called "Right on the Edge." The incident happened in August, when Boudreau was working on the documentary.

[TPM SLIDESHOW: Ambush 'Filmmaker' James O'Keefe: From The ACORN Sting To Failed CNN Punking]

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Stephen Colbert was rather confused last night about the GOP's "Pledge To America," since John Boehner announced that it means "we are not going to be any different than we've been." Colbert said: "Yes, everything's going to be different -- except anything."

But, he continued, at least the Republicans are perkier than the Democrats: "Democrats are feeling disaffected. Which is different than most elections when they are stoked with cautious skepticism."

Colbert added: "In fact, Democratic self-loathing has gotten so bad that they've changed their symbol from the silhouette of a donkey to Eeyore eating a whole chocolate cheesecake."

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A few weeks ago, residents of Sidney, New York, demanded that Muslims dig up and move the bodies of their dead relatives from a private Muslim cemetery. And last night, Stephen Colbert came out in support of the effort: "How dare those Muslims build a grave so close to... ground?"

He continued that "usually when you die, your threat level decreases significantly," but based on Sidney's actions, Colbert had no choice but to reach the "terrifying conclusion" that there is something new to be afraid of: "Muslim vampires."

It's "not just sleeper cells," Colbert said. It's "sleeper-in-coffin cells."

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