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Lujan Won't Run For Senate

Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (D-N.M.) won't run for retiring Sen. Jeff Bingaman's seat, Democratic sources have confirmed, clearing the way for what is shaping up as a two-candidate Democratic contest between Rep. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) and state Auditor Hector Balderas (D).

Posted: Monday, April 25, 2011 - 11:01am

Whipping The Debt Ceiling Vote

Congress is likely to raise the debt ceiling some time before the July 4th recess, but probably lacks the votes to do so in either chamber unless the vote is paired with a commitment to spending cuts.

Posted: Monday, April 25, 2011 - 9:45am

Hotline Sort: The Deciders

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) is close to naming Ensign's replacement (read: Heller) while decisions from two governors mulling White House bids are also upcoming. And the Green Bay Packers are stymied in their attempts to visit the country's most high-profile Chicago Bears fan Here's today's rundown:

Posted: Monday, April 25, 2011 - 7:48am

What We Learned: Heller Of A Week

What we at The Hotline learned this week:

Posted: Saturday, April 23, 2011 - 4:08pm

Hotline Bonus Quote

In the crowded Democratic gubernatorial field in West Virginia, political unknown Arne Moltis's campaign hasn't received very much attention. But the Beckley Register-Herald spoke with him as part of a series of candidate interviews, and he compared himself to Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

"I don't drink at all, I don't touch the stuff," he mentioned in response to a question on state finances. "I don't drink. I don't smoke. I do chase women, like the prime minister of Italy, but that's about it."

Posted: Friday, April 22, 2011 - 5:35pm

Previewing The Sunday Shows

Updated at 9:30 pm to reflect Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) appearing on "Meet the Press" live from Cairo

With Congress in recess and Easter on Sunday, this weekend's political affairs programs will tackle a wide range of issues: the growing deficit, the impending debt ceiling vote, the increased violence and stepped up measures in Libya, and whether faith should or shouldn't play an active role in government.

Posted: Friday, April 22, 2011 - 4:40pm

Nevada Update

A day after Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) announced that he is resigning on May 3, here is the latest on where things stand in the Silver State:

Appointing a replacement for Ensign: The conventional wisdom is still that Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) will appoint Rep. Dean Heller (R) to replace Ensign. Sandoval released a statement Friday saying that he expects to appoint a replacement before Ensign's resignation date, but he cautioned against speculation about who that person would be.

Posted: Friday, April 22, 2011 - 3:29pm

Two Budget Plans, Two Divergent Polls

Amid the debate in Washington over long-term changes to Medicare, the federal government's health insurance program for seniors, two new polls released this week offer differing snapshots of the country's appetite for those proposed changes.

Posted: Friday, April 22, 2011 - 9:31am

Video: Obama Visits The 90210; The TRUMP National Archives And Records

Jimmy Kimmel thinks President Obama has more then fundraising on his agenda during his trip to Los Angeles, "Also meeting with Dr. 90210 about an ear tuck."

Conan O'Brien on Obama's trip to Los Angeles: "Huge traffic delays are expected all over Los Angeles. Tomorrow President Obama is back on the east coast, and huge traffic delays are expected all over Los Angeles."

Today's Must See Moment -- Fast forward to 1:00 for Kimmel's "This Week In Unnecessary Censorship."

Posted: Friday, April 22, 2011 - 7:38am

Hotline Sort: Ensigning Off

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) announced Thursday that he will retire in May, and his decision could shake up several races in the Silver State. Meanwhile, Senate races in Florida and New Mexico look like they are about to get more crowded and President Obama gets treated to a musical number out west. Here's today's rundown:

Posted: Friday, April 22, 2011 - 7:36am