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November 1: President Obama watches a football game before a campaign rally at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The President is in New Jersey to attend two rallies for Governor Jon Corzine's (unsuccessful) campaign for re-election.

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November 3: From the Cabinet Room, presidential aide Reggie Love prepares to throw a football to Obama.

Official White House photo by Pete Souza




November 3: The White House hosts the U.S.-European Union Summit in the Cabinet Room. European Council High Representative Javier Solana chats with the president from behind, while Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt (left) and European Commission President José Manuel Barroso (right) listen in.

Official White House photo by Pete Souza




November 3: Obama enters the Cabinet Room.

Official White House photo by Samantha Appleton




November 4: The President greets Malaysian Ambassador Jamaludin Jarjis in the Oval Office, at a ceremony to credential new ambassadors.

Official White House photo by Lawrence Jackson




November 4: A student listens to the president's speech at Wright Middle School in Madison, Wisconsin.

Official White House photo by Pete Souza




November 4: Obama greets a student after his speech in Madison.

Official White House photo by Pete Souza




November 4: Pianist Awadagin Pratt performs at a classical music event at the White House.

Official White House photo by Samantha Appleton




November 5: Obama signs a memorandum to engender more cooperation between the White House and Native American tribes.

Official White House photo by Lawrence Jackson




November 5: The pens Obama uses to sign the memorandum.

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November 5: Tribal leader Marcus Levings asks a question at the White House Tribal Nations Conference.

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November 5: The president and vice president sit down to lunch in the Oval Office private dining room.

Official White House photo by Pete Souza




November 5: Senior Advisers Valerie Jarrett and David Axelrod attend a meeting with the president and his economic team in the Oval Office.

Official White House photo by Pete Souza






Official White House photo by Pete Souza




November 5: Obama is odd man out at a women's dinner in the Old Family Dining Room.

Official White House photo by Pete Souza




November 7: Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, Senior Adviser David Axelrod, Director of the Office of Health Reform Nancy-Ann DeParle, and Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs Phil Schiliro meet with the President in the Oval Office.

Official White House photo by Pete Souza






Official White House photo by Pete Souza




November 11: On Veterans Day, Obama leaves a presidential coin at the grave of Medal of Honor recipient Specialist Ross McGinnis at Arlington National Cemetery.

Official White House photo by Pete Souza




November 11: Obama reclines in the Roosevelt Room during a meeting on economic policy.

Official White House photo by Pete Souza




November 25: Courage, the national Thanksgiving turkey, struts before he is pardoned by the president at the North Portico of the White House.

Official White House photo by Chuck Kennedy




November 28: Obama attends a college basketball game between Oregon State and George Washington University. The Oregon State team is coached by First Lady Michelle Obama's brother, Craig Robinson.

Official White House photo by Pete Souza




December 8: Ermine Erdogan, wife of the Turkish prime minister, meets with First Lady Michelle Obama in the Yellow Oval Room of the White House.

Official White House photo by Samantha Appleton




December 10: The first couple waves at the torch parade in Oslo, Norway, during the Nobel Peace Prize ceremonies.

Official White House photo by Pete Souza




December 13: The president and first lady pose with children dressed as elves during a White House Christmas celebration in Washington, D.C.

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December 15: Presidential Aide Reggie Love walks through the Rose Garden with boxes of track lighting he bought from a nearby Home Depot, where the President made remarks on retrofitting homes to be more energy and cost-efficient.

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Something that jumped out at us in that story about Brett Mecum, the Arizona GOP executive director charged with using the party's voter registration database to stalk a woman: the bizarre response from Mecum's boss.

Here's what party chair Randy Pullen, who is also the treasurer of the Republican National Committee, told an Arizona political site about the claim that Mecum had used Voter Vault to find the woman's address:

The Republican National Committee owns Voter Vault ... It's a private list. We own the list. We can do what we want with the list, quite frankly.

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The NBC/Wall Street Journal poll coming out later today will show opposition to the health care bill growing -- mainly from disappointed liberals, who are very much disappointed to see the public option getting thrown out.

The poll has 47% saying the Obama health care plan is a bad idea, to only 32% who say it's a good idea.

Chuck Todd writes on Twitter: "Most of the movement on the 'bad idea' comes from some of the president's core support groups, folks upset about lost public option." He also writes: "Still, large majorities of the president's core support groups believe his plan is a 'good idea,' but the margins have shrunk."

In addition, 44% now say it's better to not pass this bill -- seemingly a large bloc of conservatives, plus some liberals -- to 41% who say it's better that something pass: "First time NBC-WSJ poll had that upside down."

It's not just stalling for fun and games - Republicans blocking health care from moving forward using Senate procedure think if they can force Democrats to go home for the holidays without a vote, they might just kill the bill.

The reasoning is that August was bad for Democrats when they went back to their districts and faced angry voters. Now, as polls tip against them and there's party infighting, it might be even worse.

TPMDC checked in with Republican sources and some Democrats who say lawmakers could face the cold shoulder at best or angry constituents reminiscent of the summer town halls at worst if they leave town without voting on the bill.

And the clock is ticking. Thanks to Senate rules, if they want to vote on the final bill by Christmas eve, leadership has just a few days to wrap it up.

Republican aides were reluctant to reveal their plans, but today was a bit of a preview as they slowed down the chamber's actions by more than three hours.

Using parliamentary procedure to slow things down is exactly what the GOP is aiming for - a dual win of headline-grabbing theater and delay that throws a wrench into leadership's timeline.

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An amendment to the Defense Appropriations bill introduced by Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), which would allow rape victims employed by defense contractors to have their day in court, has made it through conference committee and into the final version of the bill.

The bill was approved today by the House in a vote of 395 to 34. It faces approval next by the Senate.

"The Jamie Leigh Jones amendment is on its way to becoming law thanks to their work, the work of Chairman Inouye, and the work of the White House. I'm pleased that together, we were able to find a solution that allows victims of assault and discrimination their rightful day in court," Franken said in a statement.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) took direct aim at Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) today, for delaying debate on health care legislation by requiring the text of Sanders' 767-page single payer amendment to be read aloud on the Senate floor.

"A single payer program would be the only way to bring universal, comprehensive, cost-effective health care to all Americans," Sanders told reporters at a press conference today. "I really do appreciate [Senator Coburn's] desire to make the American people know this through 10 or 12 or 14 hours of the reading, but I think he may have overdone it a little bit. But you know this is nothing more than an ongoing, stalling tactic on the part of the Republicans."

Sanders addressed Coburn directly about this on the Senate floor earlier today. He says he told the Oklahoma Republican, "Why do you want to waste hour after hour...it's just incredible to me that with all of the problems facing this country today, that Senator Coburn and the Republican leadership would want to absolutely waste time, and that is why I think the American people get so frustrated."

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Two hundred and thirty-six years after a group of angry Bostonians dressed up as Native Americans so they wouldn't get caught taking on the establishment, the Republican Party donned the mantle of the Tea Party movement, in hopes that they won't get caught next year looking like Dede Scozzafava.

"Never has there been a moment like this in our history," RNC chair Michael Steele told Hill staffers and Republican party activists munching pizza and sipping iced tea (without irony) at the RNC headquarters today. "Except one time before," he added before telling the tale of the Boston Tea Party.

Steele raised his own cup of tea before promising to "stand in solidarity" with the tea partiers on health care reform. "I salute you," he said.

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Did the Obama Administration just deliver a $38 billion stealth bailout to Citigroup?

According to several outside experts the answer is yes, but the Treasury is maintaining an IRS ruling that granted Citi a $38 billion tax break was routine and proper. The Washington Post first reported the news of the IRS ruling in a front-page story today.

The IRS decision came as part of a deal for Citi to pay back $20 billion, which was announced earlier this week amid mutual back-patting. One benefit for Citi is being freed from salary restrictions.

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Allen West, a Republican candidate for the swing seat of the 22nd Congressional District in Florida, is making a bold declaration against the party becoming more open to moderation.

"There are three words I hate to hear used. I hate big-tent. I hate inclusiveness. And I hate outreach," West told the Weekly Standard, in a new profile piece. "I think you stand on the principles that make you great, which transcend everybody in America, and people will come to it."

West previously ran for the seat in 2008, losing to incumbent Democrat Ron Klein by 55%-45%, in a district that Barack Obama carried by 52%-48%.

West is a retired Army colonel, who was forced into his retirement after a 2003 incident in which he, as the Standard puts it, "conducted a harsh interrogation" on an Iraqi police officer, in which West fired his gun near the man's head.

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