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In an interview with The Daily Beast, embattled South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford said that "everybody is assigned their own secret-agent mission in life" while reflecting on his political and personal missteps.

"At times the tricky part, the hard part, is finding out what that secret-agent mission is," Sanford said. "Some of us do it early, some of us do it later in life." He also describes himself as a "wounded soldier" who "took [himself] off the battlefield."

The governor has been on a press binge in recent weeks, holding multiple press conferences to address growing impeachment rumors. He's also no stranger to such self-reflection via the press, as he recently wrote in a guest column for South Carolina newspaper The State: "While none of us has the chance to attend our own funeral, in many ways I feel like I was at my own in the past weeks, and surprisingly I am thankful for the perspective it has afforded."

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The Democratic National Committee is now rolling out a localized version of its "Republicans Want To End Medicare" ad, targeting individual House GOP members over a proposal from back in April to privatize Medicare for future generations of retirees (everyone currently 54 years and younger).

That proposal failed on a roll call vote, with every Democrat present and even 38 Republicans voting against it. And now, the Dems are using it as political fodder to go after some of those 137 House GOPers who did vote for it. Here's the version attacking its main sponsor, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI):



Other localized versions of this ad are also running against Lee Terry (NE), Patrick Tiberi (OH), Mary Bono Mack (CA), Don Young (AK), Michele Bachmann (MN), Jean Schmidt (OH), Erik Paulsen (MN), John Boehner (OH) and Eric Cantor (VA).

Rep. Mike Ross (D-AR)--the leader of the Blue Dogs' Health Care Task Force--says he will vote against health care legislation if it includes a public option.

"I have been skeptical about the public health insurance option from the beginning and used August to get feedback from you, my constituents," Ross wrote in a newsletter to constituents. "An overwhelming number of you oppose a government-run health insurance option and it is your feedback that has led me to oppose the public option as well."

"[I]f House leadership presents a final bill that contains a government-run public option, I will oppose it," he added.

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Liberals aren't particularly impressed with the draft health care legislation Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) circulated over the weekend...to say the least. But for reform-oriented members of the Senate the key at this point is simple: get the ball out of Baucus' court.

Though they were largely closed out of negotiations over health care legislation for the last several weeks, some members of the Senate Finance Committee--including Sens. Schumer, Rockefeller, and Kerry--do support a public option. But though Baucus' draft falls far short on that score, they'll almost certainly vote to move it forward anyhow.

"If they vote against it, it won't be in the Finance committee," says a Senate Democratic aide.

Once it's out of committee, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will take the lead in merging it with legislation voted out of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions committee--and at that point, the fate of the public option in the Senate will be largely in his hands.

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White House Aides: Obama To Be Forceful In Speech To Congress CNN reports that White House aides say President Obama will make a strong case to Congress in his upcoming speech on health care. "He will be very forceful," said one senior Obama aide. "He will be making the case for action." Another aide said: "He will make a strong case Wednesday night on what health-care reform means to Americans."

Obama's Day Ahead President Obama will hold a discussion with 9th graders at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia, at 10:45 a.m. ET, along with Sec. of Education Arne Duncan. He will deliver his back-to-school speech at 12 p.m. ET. At 2 p.m. ET, Obama and Vice President Biden will attend an investiture ceremony in honor of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Obama and Biden will meet with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Speaker Nancy Pelosi at 2:45 p.m. ET. Obama and Biden will meet with the Professional Golfers Association Champions of America, at 3:50 p.m. ET.

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Conservative pundits and parents are outraged over President Obama's address to students nationwide, claiming they're scared the president will indoctrinate their children with socialist dogma. Here, evidence the president began his plot as early as February.

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The First Lady gets in on the scheme, reading The Moon Over Star to a second-grade class with her husband.

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Obama greets young children on the White House lawn during the Easter Egg Roll.

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The president mimics the monsters from Where The Wild Things Are.

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In his prepared remarks, Obama tells students to work hard, set goals for themselves and persevere in the face of obstacles.

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Sasha and Malia read to kids with their parents.

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Michelle Obama teaches students to plant their own fruits and vegetables.

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The First Lady zeroes in at a student at Ferebee Hope Elementary School in D.C.

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Obama greets graduates at Notre Dame after receiving an honorary degree.

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Greeting students at Mapleton Expeditionary School in Colorado.

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Obama's signature in a Wisconsin high school, telling future students to "Dream big dreams!"

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Obama addresses the Year Up program, a training program for urban students which includes corporate apprenticeships and educational stipends.

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At a barbecue in June. In his speech, Obama will tell students, "I expect you to get serious this year. I expect you to put your best effort into everything you do. I expect great things from each of you. So don't let us down - don't let your family or your country or yourself down. Make us all proud. I know you can do it."

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Obama greets Math Counts students at the White House. Read TPMDC's full coverage of the school speech hullabaloo.

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Florida GOP chairman Jim Greer appeared on CNN today, and accused the White House of changing the content of President Obama's stay-in-school speech in the wake of conservative outrage at political indoctrination -- outrage that he was instrumental in mobilizing, by the way -- and that the original would have been much more politically-oriented.

"Clearly last week there was a plan with the Department of Education," said Greer. "When you ask students to write a letter to the President on, how we can help you with your new ideas, Mr. President, that is leading the students in an effort to push the President's agenda. Now that the White House got their hand in the cookie jar caught, they changed everything, they redid the lesson plans, they released the text, and tomorrow he's gonna give a speech that every president should have an opportunity to give."

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It's become clear that as President Obama delivers his speech on staying in school, a whole lot of schools won't be showing it.

As we noted before, some local groups are organizing in favor of the speech, and opposing school officials who have decided not to show it. Most schools are doing the sensible thing and allowing parents who object to their kids seeing a speech by that evil socialist dictator to opt out. But some aren't showing it at all.

Here's just a small sampling of some more schools and school districts that won't be showing the speech, available after the jump.

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Conservatives have spent the last week whipping themselves into a frenzy over President Obama's speech tomorrow in which he will indoctrinate the nation's schoolchildren using the instruments of mass media.

As it turns out, Obama's speech will be pretty anodyne. But one vocal critic of Obama's plans, has long been involved in an effort to actually indoctrinate students -- through the state-sanctioned textbooks they study all year.

Meet David Bradley, Republican member of the Texas State Board of Education from Beaumont.

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Florida Republican Party chairman Jim Greer, who made waves last week when he sent out a press release attacking President Obama's stay-in-school message, is now expressing his approval of the pre-released text, ABC News reports. In fact, he'll even let his own kids watch it -- but he stands by his earlier criticism.

"It's a good speech," said Greer. "It encourages kids to stay in school and the importance of education and I think that's what a president should do when they're gonna talk to students across the country."

Here's what Greer first said last week:

"As the father of four children, I am absolutely appalled that taxpayer dollars are being used to spread President Obama's socialist ideology. The idea that school children across our nation will be forced to watch the President justify his plans for government-run health care, banks, and automobile companies, increasing taxes on those who create jobs, and racking up more debt than any other President, is not only infuriating, but goes against beliefs of the majority of Americans, while bypassing American parents through an invasive abuse of power."

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