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Stabenow Touts Agriculture Committee Leadership

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) became Chair of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee this year, giving her a big say over the 2012 Farm Bill. And she has wasted no time touting that position ahead of her 2012 reelection bid.

Posted: Friday, May 13, 2011 - 6:40pm

Bachmann Not Eyeing Klobuchar Challenge

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is not eyeing a Senate seat--for now.

Posted: Friday, May 13, 2011 - 5:40pm

Previewing The Sunday Shows

Two Republicans officially threw their hats into the ring this week and announced their full-fledged presidential campaigns. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will make his first Sunday show appearance since his announcement on NBC's "Meet the Press," while Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) goes head to head with Chris Wallace on "FOX News Sunday." Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) will also appear on "FOX News Sunday."

Posted: Friday, May 13, 2011 - 5:40pm

House Majority PAC To Enter NY 26 Ad War

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The newly-formed House Majority PAC will jump into the hotly-contested special election in New York's 26th District next week, according to a source familiar with the group's plans.

Posted: Friday, May 13, 2011 - 5:40pm

Fans Cheer on Colbert at FEC

Under normal circumstances, it would be difficult for anyone to rally a handful of supporters -- much less hundreds -- at the Federal Elections Commission in support of seeking clarification of federal campaign finance laws.

Posted: Friday, May 13, 2011 - 5:40pm

NY 26: Afternoon Tidbits

I'm here in Buffalo for the weekend, and while candidates today have been holding mostly private meetings or drop-ins, over the weekend all three are expected to hit the trail to hold rallies and meet with voter groups. Check back at Hotline On Call for the latest, but meanwhile, here are the key updates on the race: the Tea Party Express denounces Davis, Corwin could still put in even more of her own money, the NRCC puts more cash behind Corwin, and MoveOn dips a toe in.

Posted: Friday, May 13, 2011 - 4:40pm

Huckabee's Big Announcement Coming on Saturday Night

Mike Huckabee will announce whether he's running for president on his Fox News show Saturday night. The announcement of the announcement caught even his advisers off guard, and many interpret its timing and setting as a sign he's not running. Ed Rollins, who led Huckabee's 2008 campaign and has been working on his 2012 effort, told several reporters that "I have no idea what he's going to say," as he told Politico, but, "My guess is he is going to say he's not announcing a campaign."

Posted: Friday, May 13, 2011 - 4:40pm

TEXT: Statements from Obama, Clinton, Mitchell

From President Obama: "Over the past two and a half years, George Mitchell has worked as a tireless advocate for peace as the U.S. Special Envoy for the Middle East. His deep commitment to resolving conflict and advancing democracy has contributed immeasurably to the goal of two states living side by side in peace and security."

Posted: Friday, May 13, 2011 - 4:40pm

Announcing WH Run On Own Show Could Present Legal Issues For Huckabee

Here's one hint former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) will announce Saturday night he's not running for president: Declaring a presidential campaign on his own show could land he and News Corporation, Fox News' parent company, in legal hot water.

Posted: Friday, May 13, 2011 - 4:40pm

VIDEO: Are U.S., Libyan Opposition 'Just Friends'?

At the State Department briefing Friday, Associated Press reporter Matt Lee jokingly compared the relationship between the United States and the Libyan Transitional National Council to a romantic courtship.

Posted: Friday, May 13, 2011 - 4:40pm