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Cuomo Looking Like Future Dem Star

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's (D) successful clash with his own party over the state's budget - one where he made significant cuts while holding the line on taxes - is quickly moving him up the ranks of Democrats to watch. At a time when many Republican and Democratic governors alike have seen their popularity erode after making painful budget cuts, Cuomo's approval is still sky-high.

Posted: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 - 9:45am

Hotline Sort: Obama 2.0

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. President Obama delivers a major address on Libya, while his own reelection plans come into focus. Meanwhile, Indiana Democrats come home and Marco Rubio goes national - again. Here's today's rundown:

Posted: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 - 7:55am

Video: Obama Explains Libya And His Final Four; O Canada!

The late night hosts go after President Obama's address to the nation. Jimmy Kimmel: "Obama tonight explained his decision to attack Libya and expanded on his plan to bomb Virginia Commonwealth for screwing up his bracket."

David Letterman can't believe that Obama could accidentally get locked out of the Oval Office.

Today's Must See Moment -- Fast Forward to 1:50 when rebel inuit's storm parliament.

Posted: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 - 7:40am

Arizona Matching Funds Law Goes Before Supreme Court

In a case that could deal another setback to campaign finance laws nationwide, the Supreme Court heard arguments Monday to determine whether governments are constitutionally allowed to help publicly financed candidates maintain financial parity with privately financed opponents .

Posted: Monday, March 28, 2011 - 5:05pm

Daniels Supportive Of Lugar Challenger

Indiana state Treasurer Richard Mourdock was never expecting Gov. Mitch Daniels (R-Ind.) to endorse him as he mounts a primary challenge against Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.). But he said that Daniels offered encouragement for him to run--an important factor in his decision to challenge the longtime senator.

Posted: Monday, March 28, 2011 - 3:11pm

Thompson Up With First TV Ad In West Virginia

Over the weekend, West Virginia House Speaker Rick Thompson (D) went up with the first television ad of the state's 2011 gubernatorial contest.

The ad, titled "One" and produced by SKDKnickerbocker's Bill Knapp, is a biographical spot that aims to portray Thompson as a hardworking candidate from humble beginnings who worked his way up in the face of adversity.

"Rick Thompson's father died in a coal mining accident before he was born," the narrator of the ad says. "Rick was raised by his grandparents in a house with no running water."

Posted: Monday, March 28, 2011 - 1:10pm

Hotline Sort: Case Study

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Potential presidential candidates gather in the Hawkeye State while a potential Senate contender in the Aloha State lays out a timeline for his decision. Meanwhile, President Obama gets ready for a major address this evening. Here's today's rundown:

Posted: Monday, March 28, 2011 - 7:49am

Pawlenty Rolls Out Finance Team

A week after announcing an exploratory committee for president, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's (R) campaign is rolling out his finance team in preparation for a strong fundraising performance this spring.

The second fundraising quarter, which begins April 1, is crucial for Pawlenty as he seeks to prove his viability in the wide-open Republican presidential field. Pawlenty is lesser-known nationally than many of his prospective rivals, but a strong quarter would prove his bona fides.

Posted: Monday, March 28, 2011 - 7:37am

Video: Obama Goes With The Piano Key Necktie

Bill Maher questions President Obama's Nobel Peace Prize now that he's involved in three wars, "He said he's going to keep it, but he would only wear it with his tie that looks like a keyboard so people know it's 'ironic'."

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., could face eligibility problems during a White House 2012 run.

Today's Must See Moment -- Fast forward to 1:00 when Obama fulfills another campaign promise.

Posted: Monday, March 28, 2011 - 7:35am

What We Learned: War Planes And Private Planes

What we at The Hotline learned this week:

-- The major news of the week - the U.S.'s military intervention with Libya - had each Republican presidential hopeful clamoring at the chance to express his or her own opinion on foreign policy. Most potential candidates expressed support for military action while chastising Pres. Obama's handling of the situation.

Posted: Sunday, March 27, 2011 - 11:12am