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Last month, we told you about a college art galleries director who was fired after calling Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) a "fear-monger," prompting an angry letter from the congressman to the university president.

Now, thanks to a public records request made by TPM to the university, we have a clearer idea of what happened -- including how Gohmert reacted to all the news coverage of the story. (Hint: not well.)

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In another setback for Republican Joe Miller's Alaska Senate campaign, write-in candidate Sen. Lisa Murkowski has pulled ahead by about 1,700 votes.

Murkowski launched her write-in campaign after losing the Republican primary to the tea party-backed Miller. Write-in candidates received 41% of the vote in the general election, which forced a count of the ballots to see how many were for Murkowski.

She now leads with about 92,000 votes, but that includes roughly 7,600 votes that were challenged by the Miller campaign.

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Justice Department lawyer Loretta King was supposed to be deposed at 10 a.m. today by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights on the Department's handling of a voter intimidation case against members of the New Black Panther Party. But the Justice Department said late Monday that it "will not agree to the unilateral conditions" set forth by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights for depositions of three DOJ employees.

The conservatives who dominate the Civil Rights Commission had accused the Justice Department in a letter sent yesterday of "smothering" their report on the New Black Panther case by requiring the commission share information as a condition of the DOJ employees' testimony. That civil voter intimidation case was filed in the waning days of the Bush administration after an incident at a Philadelphia polling station in which a member of the New Black Panther Party held a nightstick.

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Former House Speaker and possible Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has some advice for President Barack Obama: take most of the rest of the year off.

Gingrich, speaking to the Christian Broadcasting Network, reflected on the time former presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush spent away from the White House, saying it would be healthy for Obama to slow down and do the same.

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Last night Rachel Maddow showed no mercy in her attempt to destroy any shreds of credibility Senator John McCain might have remaining. What sparked her fuse was McCain's 59th appearance on Meet the Press where he expressed his reluctance to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell until all the proper studies have been completed.

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Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) doesn't have much faith in Sarah Palin's ability to be president, and said as much to known Palin nemesis Katie Couric on CBS last night. "I just do not think that she has those leadership qualities, that intellectual curiosity that allows for building good and great policies," Murkowski said. She added: "I don't think that she enjoyed governing."

"She would not be my choice for president," Murkowski said.

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Election season isn't finished quite yet. As of today, there remain seven House races that are still in dispute, one impending gubernatorial recount, and one messy Senate write-in fight.

So far, the partisan makeup of the new House is 238 Republicans versus 190 Democrats, with seven seats still up for grabs. All seven of the House seats that remain in question are held by Democrats; five of the contests are currently led by Republican challengers. The uncalled districts are:

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