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The First Family traveled to Hawaii for a low key holiday vacation. President Barack Obama chilled out New Year's Day in Kailua, Hawaii, with some 'Snowbama' shaved ice. You can see Part I of the First Family's vacation here.

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The President spent New Year's Eve on the course with Mike Ramos, a close personal friend, at Mid Pacific Country Club, Kailua, Hawaii.

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President Obama reacts to his putt on the ninth hole at Mid Pacific Country Club.

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Sasha eats some 'Snowbama' shaved ice with her dad.

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The First Family walks by the white-handed gibbon exhibit at the Honolulu Zoo.

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President Obama and Sasha, 8, at the Honolulu Zoo.

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President Obama waves to well-wishers as he and his family board Air Force One at Hickam Air Force Base on Jan. 3, in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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A Republican candidate for governor in Idaho who joked about hunting President Obama over the summer is calling for God to save the U.S. Constitution.

Rex Rammell said recently it is time for citizens to "rise up" and defend the Constitution. He said he will spread that message on the campaign trail.

"To think that we can save the Constitution without God's help when the government of the United States is corrupt is absurdity," he said. "We are in America's second Revolutionary War to save our freedom, which we paid for with blood. We need God's help and I'm not ashamed to ask for it."

The Idaho Statesman first reported the video where Rammell makes the remarks.

He and one other candidate are challenging Gov. Butch Otter in the May 26 Republican primary.

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Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele made a curious donation from the national party coffers in the last two months, the Hotline reports: $20,000 to the Republican Party in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, which has no electoral votes, no vote in Congress, and too small a population to even imagine statehood -- but where the party committee members did help him win the chairmanship a year ago.

Under the RNC's rules, territories are on the same footing as states in determining the party chairman, and each state/territory gets the same number of committee members. The CNMI's committee members had the same say in determining the party chairman as did states like Texas or California. The CNMI's votes had initially gone to former Michigan GOP chairman Saul Anuzis, which gave them a strong position as swing votes in the final ballot between Steele and former South Carolina GOP chairman Katon Dawson. Steele won that race by a vote of 91-77 -- a margin greater than the CNMI votes.

"Insiders said the islands sought a financial commitment from the eventual chair; Dawson refused, and the island votes went to Steele. Steele advisors have denied a deal was cut," the Hotline reports. "RNC spokesperson Gail Gitcho told Hotline OnCall the money was sent to the Northern Mariana Islands 'to help them win elections.'"

Regardless of whether there was a deal, just how useful is it to the party's national fortunes to spend money in a remote U.S. territory with less than 100,000 people? How important is a Northern Mariana election, beyond the people who live there?

The Secret Service announced today that a third person entered the White House State Dinner in November without an invitation, but would not elaborate on who the individual was.

According to the Secret Service, the person entered the event with the official Indian delegation -- important guests, considering the dinner was held for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The delegation, including the third crasher, was screened for security at their hotel by the Secret Service, spokesman Ed Donovan tells TPM. The delegation was not screened again after arriving together at the White House. "They were part of a secure package," Donovan said.

Although the screening was done by the Secret Service, it was the State Department that was responsible for the "vetting of individuals," Donovan said. A spokesman for the State Department could not be immediately reached for comment.

Donovan would not say whether the individual was an American or Indian citizen or provide any other details.

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Democrats aren't relenting in their push to corner Republicans on the question of whether they think health care reform should be repealed, and Senate hopeful Pat Toomey is the latest on their list.

Recently, Toomey, beloved by the conservative base, said a move to reverse the coming reforms will be hard, but necessary. "We have to repeal very substantial parts of it and that's not going to be easy," he said. "I'm not sitting here predicting that a president who signs this into law in 2010 is likely to sign a repeal in 2011."

That's earned him a swift rebuke from Senate Democrats.

"Pat Toomey has stood in the way of meaningful health care reform for Pennsylvanians since day one," reads a statement from Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Communications Director Eric Schultz. "Pat Toomey ought to be honest with Pennsylvanians and tell them which portions of this bill he will pledge to repeal. Will he pledge to repeal coverage for 1.3 million Pennsylvanians, the ban on denial of coverage based on pre-existing conditions, or will he pledge to repeal the whole bill? He owes voters and explanation now."

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The Secret Service announced today that a third person who wasn't on the guest list attended the White House State Dinner in November, in addition to the now-infamous Tareq and Michaele Salahi. Here is the full text of the release:

The Secret Service's investigation into the security events surrounding the Indian State Dinner on November 24, 2009, has revealed that a third individual, who was not on the White House guest list, entered the State Dinner.



It appears at this point that the subject traveled from a local hotel, where the official Indian delegation was staying, and arrived at the dinner with the group, which was under the responsibility of the Department of State. This individual went through all required security measures along with the rest of the official delegation at the hotel, and boarded a bus/van with the delegation guests en route to the White House.

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Lawmakers who want to extend health coverage to illegal immigrants will not block the passage of the final health care reform bill so long as the White House offers a substantive promise to start pushing comprehensive immigration legislation this year.

Democrats who want a comprehensive bill that reforms immigration law but also offers a pathway to citizenship have threatened to vote against health care if illegal immigrants aren't included in the new system, making immigration one of the sticking points as Democratic leaders negotiate the final details.

Democratic leadership aides believe that a firm White House promise of a comprehensive immigration bill will be enough to quell any House dissent.

TPMDC sources have been telling us that members won't admit it publicly but they are ready to concede on immigration in the health care bill. Political aides in the White House have told key parties in Congress that President Obama wants to see a bill this year, and negotiations are under way for how it would be written.

A source familiar with the negotiations between Congress and the White House told TPMDC the Congressional Hispanic Caucus will demand an agreement from Obama that health care coverage for illegals who earn a path to citizenship will be addressed in an immigration bill.

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Allen Quist, a Republican candidate seeking the nomination to go up against Rep. Tim Walz (D-MN), has made a serious pronouncement: That the political battle against the Democrats is the defining fight of this generation, even greater than the fight against terrorism.

"Now why am I doing this? I don't need to be in lights, I don't need to speak, I don't need to be before a TV camera, I don't need to be in the paper. I have been there, I have done all that. I don't need to be there," said Quist, a former state Representative who ran for governor twice in the 1990's, and even won the state party convention's endorsement in the 1994 primary against the incumbent moderate GOP governor.

"It's because I, like you, have seen that our country is being destroyed. I mean, this is -- every generation has had to fight the fight for freedom. This is our fight. And this is our time. This is it. Terrorism, yes -- but that's not the big battle. The big battle is in D.C., with the radicals. They aren't liberals, they're radicals. Obama, Pelosi, Walz -- they're not liberals, they're radicals. They are destroying our country. And people all over are figuring that out."

Quist does not have a clear road to the nomination, as he faces a convention/primary battle with state Rep. Randy Demmer. It will be interesting to see whether this stark Tea Party-style rhetoric will be an aid or hindrance to Quist's chances.

Quist's remarks can be found at the 3:10 mark here:

Months after he announced he was dropping a 2010 bid for U.S. Senate, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) told Fox Business today that he may still yet run.

King was considered a viable challenger to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) until he announced in August that he would not run for her seat. At the time, King said the 3-million-voter edge Democrats have in New York would require him to raise at least $30 million to run.

But today, King told Don Imus, "I am looking at the statewide race."

"Actually, I am looking at it -- you know, a lot of people have come to me," he said.

In May, a Marist poll showed that King trailed Gillibrand, 42%-31%, closing the 49%-23% Gillibrand had just two months earlier.

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