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Preview Of North Carolina Governor's Race?

If you take a glance at the major development in North Carolina state government over the past few days, you'll get a glimpse of what the 2012 gubernatorial contest could look like.

Posted: Tuesday, March 8, 2011 - 11:27am

Hotline Sort: The Barbour Shop

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. On Monday, as Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) announced his plans to exit the stage, one potential presidential contender signaled an entrance. Here's today's rundown:

Posted: Tuesday, March 8, 2011 - 8:08am

Video: Huckabee Is Seduced By The Dark Side; Rand Paul Wants To Be In Charge

Stephen Colbert is concerned that former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee might loose the key Tatooine vote for criticizing actress Natalie Portman, "It's a swing planet!"

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., wants Congress to make the rules.

Today's Must See Moment -- Fast forward to 0:50 for traces of "Duct, Scott and/or packing tape."

Take our Late Night Poll after the jump.

Posted: Tuesday, March 8, 2011 - 7:59am

Former Hastings Aide Files Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

A former female employee to Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) has filed a sexual harassment suit against the 10-term congressman, accusing him of "unwelcome sexual advances," and "unwelcome touching."

Posted: Monday, March 7, 2011 - 6:05pm

Wilson In, But Who Else Will Join Her?

Former Rep. Heather Wilson (R-N.M.) is announcing her Senate campaign this afternoon, but the possibility of a high-profile primary challenge remains, and could present the former congresswoman with some difficulty as she seeks her party's nomination.

Posted: Monday, March 7, 2011 - 5:34pm

Ensign Won't Seek Third Term

CORRECTION: A previous version of this post gave the incorrect time period for Ensign's confession. It was June 2009.

Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., will not seek a third term, he announced at a press conference in Las Vegas Monday, bringing to an end a once-promising career beset by scandal and investigations.

"I have come to the most difficult decision I have ever made in my life," Ensign said. "I don't look at this as the end of a journey, but as another chapter in that journey."

Posted: Monday, March 7, 2011 - 3:30pm

Franks Likely To Enter Arizona Senate Race

Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) is nearing a decision on a Senate run, and is leaning heavily towards launching a campaign, according to Arizona Republican operatives in the state.

Posted: Monday, March 7, 2011 - 2:16pm

Lee Will Endorse In Primaries, Just Not In Utah

Sen. Mike Lee (R) said in February that he will not make an endorsement in Utah's Republican Senate primary, declining to boost colleague Orrin Hatch's reputation with conservatives. But apparently that pledge of neutrality doesn't extend to another state's contested primary.

Posted: Monday, March 7, 2011 - 12:37pm

A Tea Party Divide In Utah

That Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) is working to improve his image among Tea Partiers in Utah is no secret. Most recently, he voted against a continuing resolution that would avoid a government shutdown, getting to the right of even Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) on the issue.

Posted: Monday, March 7, 2011 - 10:29am

Video: Gingrich At The Head Of The 2012 Race; Qaddafi for ShamWow!

SNL's Seth Meyers gets to the central question of Newt Gingrich's possible 2012 presidential run, "Are voters still going by charisma or have they switched over to head size."

Jay Leno, on former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee attacking actress Natalie Portman for being pregnant and unmarried, "Of course this could make thing a little awkward if he runs into Sarah and Bristol Palin at Fox."

Today's Must See Moment -- Fast forward to 1:45, Libyan ruler Muammar el-Qaddafi will do anything to raise funds.

Take out Late Night Poll after the jump!

Posted: Monday, March 7, 2011 - 8:45am