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Angry House Democrats identified their key objection to President Obama's tax cut compromise Tuesday night, after they were briefed on the deal in a private meeting by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other leaders.

Several members are withholding their support for the legislation unless the details of an estate tax agreement between the White House and Senate Republicans become more progressives.

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Elizabeth Edwards -- the wife of former presidential candidate John Edwards -- died Tuesday after a long battle with breast cancer. She was 61. In a heartfelt farewell message on her Facebook, Edwards wrote: "It isn't possible to put into words the love and gratitude I feel to everyone who has and continues to support and inspire me every day. To you I simply say: you know." Here are more pictures of Edwards' life.

John and Elizabeth Edwards on their wedding day in 1977.

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The Edwards in 2003 at a campaign stop in Bedford, New Hampshire.

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The Edwards, left, in Pennsylvania with then-presidential nominee John Kerry.

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Elizabeth Edwards in September, 2010.

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The Edwards family during happier times at their home in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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Edwards, Patrick Swazye's widow Lisa Niemi and Maria Shriver in 2009 at a Women's Conference in Long Beach, CA.

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Edwards testifying before Congress on the cost of medical debt in 2009.

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Edwards making a solo campaign stop for her husband in Bedford, New Hampshire in 2007.

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Edwards leaving "The Daily Show" after promoting her book, Resilience in 2009.

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Edwards discussing the U.S. health care system in 2008.


The Edwards family at a 2008 campaign stop in Des Moines, Iowa.

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The then-presidential candidates' spouses Jeri Thompson, Michelle Obama, Ann Romney, Elizabeth Edwards and Cindy Hensley McCain at the 2007 Women's Conference in Long Beach, California.

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Edwards testifying before Congress on the challenges and opportunities of cancer in 2008. Joining her were Tour de France-winner Lance Armstrong and former America Online CEO Steve Case.

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Edwards in high spirits after her husband's campaign speech at a 2007 town hall forum in Concord, New Hampshire.

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John and Elizabeth Edwards at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston.

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Edwards at a Borders bookstore in New York City in 2007, signing her book, "Saving Graces."

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Elizabeth Edwards in August, 2007.

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Two key obstacles emerged Tuesday night to the passage of President Obama's tax cut compromise with the GOP. This time they come from the right: The influential anti-tax group Club for Growth and conservative kingmaker Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) both came out in opposition to the agreement, threatening the breadth of Republican support for the plan.

"This is bad policy, bad politics, and a bad deal for the American people," said Club President Chris Chocola in a statement. "The plan would resurrect the Death Tax, grow government, blow a hole in the deficit with unpaid-for spending, and do so without providing the permanent relief and security our economy needs to finally start hiring and growing again."

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Elizabeth Edwards, a familiar face to anyone following politics in the last few years, died Tuesday at her home in Chapel Hill, NC. She was 61.

An accomplished author, attorney and health care reform advocate, Edwards burst onto the national stage as the wife of former Democratic Senator, vice-presidential nominee and presidential candidate John Edwards. She quickly became a public figure in her own right, thanks to her public battle with breast cancer and her fierce advocacy for progressive causes -- including health care reform.

Thrust into the political spotlight by her husband's political ambition, and into the tabloid limelight by her husband's infidelity, Edwards emerged as a political star that shone as bright -- if not brighter than her husband's in the end.

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The Minnesota Supreme Court just handed down its full opinion on a key issue that Republican gubernatorial nominee Tom Emmer had been trying to fight on during the current recount -- and which he might have continued to fight in a post-recount lawsuit. And as the opinion shows, they appear to have done nothing less than shoot him down entirely.

Emmer has tried to make an issue of cases where precincts have more votes than the total number of people who signed in on the register. But, Emmer didn't just lose the argument in the courts -- he lost it big, and is running out of legal avenues by which his campaign could even try to contest the election once the recount is over.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is making the loudest filibuster threats in the Senate right now, vowing to do all he can to block President Obama's tax cut compromise.

Here's how: "Find a handful of Republicans who are willing to vote no on this agreement and then come back and come up with a proposal that is much stronger and much fairer," he told reporters today.

"What I'm saying as a progressive should appeal to conservatives all over this country," Sanders added. "I think we have a winnable fight here. I think the American people are with us and I intend to do everything that I can to defeat this proposal."

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Republican nominee Tom Emmer has now withdrawn almost all of his campaign's challenges of ballots in Minnesota's gubernatorial recount.

As the Star Tribune reports, Emmer had about 650 challenges remaining, going into today. By today's deadline of noon Central Time, his campaign had cut that down to a mere 131 challenges. The board will meet tomorrow to adjudicate the remaining challenges from Emmer, as well the challenges from Democratic nominee Mark Dayton.

This follows his campaign's actions over last weekend, when they withdrew over 2,500 challenges in heavily Democratic Hennepin County (Minneapolis), which the local officials at the counting tables had deemed to be frivolous.

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Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Wisconsin GOP and the latest entrant into the crowded field of Republicans seeking to replace Michael Steele as chair of the Republican National Committee, just snagged a big name endorsement, CNN's Peter Hamby reports. Henry Barbour, RNC member from Mississippi and nephew of the state's governor, sent an email to the 168 voting members of the committee praising Priebus' tenure as RNC general counsel, a job he resigned this weekend.

"Let's face it, that was a tough job and he did as well as reasonably can be expected," Barbour wrote of Priebus. "He was always fair-minded, candid and inclusive with members. I also believe Reince was one of the few people in the inner circle who talked straight with Chairman Steele when he disagreed with him."

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The conservative-controlled U.S. Commission on Civil Rights ousted the chairman of the agency's Vermont State Advisory Committee last week over an October column in which he wrote that the Republican gubernatorial candidate's "Pure Vermont" slogan "raises the specter of Hilter's Aryan Nation and the Khmer Rouge, where the purifying agent was genocide."

The commission voted not to reauthorize the reappointment of Curtiss Reed Jr. as chair of the Vermont SAC, though he had the unanimous support of the rest of the Vermont committee. In an interview with TPM on Tuesday, Reed said his remarks were not intended to imply that former gubernatorial candidate Brian Dubie was a racist.

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