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After posting huge turnout numbers in 2008, Democrats are going to have a tough time bringing back the base in 2012. You hear it in the streets, you see it in the polls. That's the conventional wisdom at least.

But among Obama campaign staff, it's an article of faith that talk of a "base problem" is a load of bunk. Touring campaign headquarters in Chicago last month, aides uniformly dismissed the notion there would be any issue bringing core Democrats back into the fold. A "Washington narrative," as one person described it to TPM.

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Members of the deficit Super Committee are still meeting, still talking, but for all intents and purposes, negotiations have stalled. The underlying difficulty remains the GOP's unwillingness to agree to raise significant new tax revenue, enough to match Democrats' willingness to cut spending on popular programs like Medicare and Social Security. But with days ticking down quickly until the panel's November 23 deadline, each party is claiming that the ball is in the other's court.

One of the most recent offers, the details of which were leaked to the press earlier this week, came from Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA). It's been characterized by Republicans as a plan that would raise $300 billion in new revenue, Republicans say, by limiting certain tax preferences. But it also would require reducing, and making permanent, Bush-era tax rates for high income earners -- a requirement Democrats oppose. Additionally, the overall revenue figure may be the product of a controversial "dynamic" model, which assumes that the tax changes will lead to economic growth.

Democrats have applauded Republicans for finally acknowledging that higher net tax revenues need to be part of the committee's overall mix. But they've also rejected the offer as not serious, and wildly dismissive of Dem demands that the panel reduce deficits nearly as much by rolling back spending on safety net programs as by requiring wealthier Americans to pay higher taxes.

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Federal prosecutors said Wednesday that four elderly militia members charged in a plot against citizens and federal employees were targeting Attorney General Eric Holder and former Rep. Cynthia McKinney as potential assassination targets.

Holder and McKinney's names were included on a hit list compiled by 73-year-old Frederick Thomas, federal prosecutors said at a bond hearing. Authorities also said Thomas had stockpiled 52 guns and 30,000 rounds of ammunition in his Georgia home. All four suspects pleaded not guilty.

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Regular TPM readers are familiar with our Campaign In 100 Seconds, and Debate In 100 Seconds video wraps. But last night’s debate really doesn’t need much more than this to tell the tale:

Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens (R) died 15 months ago. Two-and-a-half-years earlier, the federal corruption case against him was dropped due to allegations of prosecutorial misconduct. Now Attorney General Eric Holder says DOJ's internal investigators are "in the last stages of their examination" of what went wrong in the case and that a multi-hundred page report is on its way.

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Pundits from all over the ideological spectrum have been bandying about some memorable lines concerning Gov. Rick Perry’s debate freeze last night. This morning, we are going to be collecting the best of them to share with you.

Mark McKinnon, an aide to former President George W. Bush thought the moment was an ominous sign for the Perry campaign, calling the moment the “human equivalent of shuttle Challenger.”

Eric Fehrnstrom, one of Mitt Romney’s senior advisers, offered the following Perry reaction to The Telegraph’s Toby Harnden:

“It reminds me of what Graham Greene said about Haiti under Papa Doc, ‘There's nothing I could say that could darken that moment’. The nominee of our party is going to have to have three high-profile debates with President Obama. Governor Romney is going to be prepared to take on that challenge. And to make the case for why Obama's economic policies have failed.”

Governor Rick Perry was all over the airwaves Thursday morning, pushing back at the growing meme that his gaffe in Wednesday night’s debate was a campaign-ender.

On a number of morning shows he repeated the line, “I sure stepped in it last night,” and attempted to shrug it off as a “human” moment.

Watch an example here:

James Murdoch, chief executive of News Corp’s European operations, is testifying before Parliament again today. He has been accused of misleading parliament during his earlier testimony in July. Murdoch, so far, maintains that he did not mislead the Parliamentary panel.

The Guardian has a live-blog and streaming video of the testimony here.