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Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will officially announce his presidential campaign in New Hampshire next week, while speculation over a potential WH bid by Sarah Palin is stoked following word that she is embarking on a national tour. Plus, a key Democrat drops out of the race in NV-02, while former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich gets choked up. Here's today's rundown headed into the holiday weekend:

Posted: Friday, May 27, 2011 - 8:40am

Video: Romney/Palin the Perfect Ticket for 2012?

Jay Leno wants to see a Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin ticket in the White House 2012 race, "I think they compliment each other perfectly. I mean she can't answer basic questions and he has two answers for every question."

Posted: Friday, May 27, 2011 - 8:40am

Pawlenty: My Budget Plan Will Take On Social Security

GOP presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty said Friday that while he would vote for Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget plan if it came across his desk as president and there were no alternative, he will soon put out his own plan -- one that would tackle Social Security in addition to Medicare and Medicaid.

Posted: Friday, May 27, 2011 - 8:40am

More Americans Hit the Road for Memorial Day

As the summer driving season officially kicks off, Americans are not really scared off by high energy prices. In fact, Americans plan to travel an average of 792 miles round-trip this weekend.

Posted: Friday, May 27, 2011 - 6:40am

Congress Reauthorizes Patriot Act for Four More Years

After a lonely fight from Senator Rand Paul, the Senate voted to extend the Patriot Act for four more years, passing three key provisions of the national security bill set to expire at midnight. The bill had the support of leaders in both parties and passed easily by a 72-23 vote.

Posted: Friday, May 27, 2011 - 12:40am

Bachmann Keeps Inching Toward Run

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., on Thursday took a baby step toward officially declaring her candidacy for the GOP presidential nomination.

"The announcement will be made in Iowa, and it will be made in Waterloo, and we'll give you the date and the time," Bachmann said on a conference call to reporters in Des Moines, Iowa, where she was slated to headline a Polk County GOP event but canceled at the last minute in order remain in Washington to vote on an extension of the PATRIOT Act.

Posted: Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 11:40pm

Palin Ignites The Field

Updated: 11:17 p.m.

Posted: Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 9:40pm

Romney to Make It Official in N.H. Next Week

Mitt Romney will officially launch his presidential campaign on June 2 in New Hampshire, the state that holds the nation's first primary and is the lynchpin to his second bid for the White House.

Posted: Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 8:40pm

Senate Reauthorizes Patriot Act for Four More Years

After a lonely fight from Senator Rand Paul, the Senate voted to extend the Patriot Act for four more years, passing three key provisions of the national security bill set to expire at midnight. The bill had the support of leaders in both parties and passed easily by a 72-23 vote.

Posted: Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 8:40pm

Senate Will Hold a Pro-Forma Session Next Week, Preventing Recess Appointments

The Senate will remain in pro-forma session next week, a step that will prevent President Obama from making any recess appointments during the Memorial Day break, including a much-anticipated potential appointment of Elizabeth Warren as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Posted: Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 7:40pm