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Hotline Sort: The Full Nelson

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. The Arizona Supreme Court deals Republicans a redistricting setback, Herman Cain gets Secret Service protection, Connie Mack hangs tight with Bill Nelson in another poll, and is there room for one more in the Indiana Republican Senate primary? Here's today's rundown:

Posted: Friday, November 18, 2011 - 10:40am

Obama to Send Clinton to Myanmar to Seize 'Historic Opportunity' for Progress

President Obama announced that, after observing "flickers of progress" within Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, he would send Hillary Rodham Clinton there next month, making her the first secretary of State to visit the nation in more than 50 years.

"For decades, Americans have been deeply concerned about the denial of basic human rights for the Burmese people," Obama said at a meeting in Bali on Friday. "We want to seize what could be an historic opportunity for progress."

Posted: Friday, November 18, 2011 - 10:40am

Obama's Virginia Versus Ohio Strategy, Take Two

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Posted: Friday, November 18, 2011 - 9:40am

The GOP Divide, Continued

The USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll of CaliforniaRepublicans released yesterday shows that the basic divide in the GOP presidential

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Posted: Friday, November 18, 2011 - 9:40am

Gingrich May Release Details on Freddie Mac Payments Friday

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said Thursday that he's trying to figure out how much money he made from controversial housing giant Freddie Mac and suggested he may release the information as early as Friday.

Posted: Friday, November 18, 2011 - 2:40am

Not An Either Or Strategy; A Both, And Strategy

My colleague Josh Kraushaar writes that President Obama's campaign has a choice as to whether to pursue a "Virginia" strategy, which focuses on upscale professional white voters, or an "Ohio" strategy, that focuses on downscale Rust Belt voters who are economically sensitive. It's true that, relatively speaking, we may know after the election how much money Obama has spent targeting those two demographics, and we might be able to answer the question.

Posted: Friday, November 18, 2011 - 1:40am

Debating the Debates

Elsewhere on this site, my colleague Matthew Dowd writes an eloquent brief against the heavy hand of media organizers on this year's presidential debates. Citing last week's National Journal/CBS debate as an example, he argues that his fellow Texan, Rep. Ron Paul, deserved more air time.

Posted: Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 11:40pm

Arizona High Court Rebukes Brewer, Reinstates Ousted Redistricting Chair

In a blow to Arizona Republicans and Gov. Jan Brewer, the state Supreme Court on Thursday reinstated the chair of the Independent Redistricting Commission, ousted after Brewer triggered a state Senate vote to remove her earlier this month.

Posted: Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 10:40pm

Cain’s New Hampshire Visit Highlights Contrast with Romney

NASHUA, N.H. -- Mitt Romney and Herman Cain both used unusually harsh language to denounce the Occupy Wall Street movement as the left-wing insurgency celebrated its second-month anniversary with a series of protests in cities across the country. It was one of the few similarities between the candidates on a day that a Cain visit to this Romney-friendly territory highlighted the contrasts in their styles.

Posted: Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 10:40pm

Perry on Super Committee: Just Say No

JACKSON, MISS. – As president, Rick Perry would not uphold spending cuts required if the congressional super committee fails to meet next week’s deadline for a plan to reduce federal spending by $1.2 trillion, the Republican presidential candidate said Thursday.

Posted: Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 8:40pm