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Rubio Flexes His Hawkish Muscles

Sen. Marco Rubio's (R-Fla.) fiscal profile has been the main attraction for conservatives who support him, but he is also crafting a foreign policy reputation, which, if he plans to run for higher office down the road, could make him a more well-rounded candidate.

Posted: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 - 11:45am

Hotline Sort: Extraordinary Measures

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. President Obama is California dreaming, while Republicans believe they have a top-tier challenger against Menendez in New Jersey. Meanwhile, the Missouri Senate field could get more crowded, and a Salmon is now swimming downstream as he makes a political comeback. Here's today's rundown:

Posted: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 - 7:55am

Video: Trump Has A Whole New Meaning; Boehner Cancels Cinco de Cry-o

Potential White House contender Donald Trump has his first campaign slogan: "T-R-U-M-P stands for Taking Redirection Understanding Massive Power."

Jimmy Kimmel, on President Obama celebrating Passover with the annual White House Seder Dinner: "This morning Donald Trump demanded to see his bar mitzvah certificate."

Today's Must See Moment -- Fast forward to 1:35, the Hispanic Caucus is upset with Speaker John Boehner for not hosting a Cinco de Mayo reception at the Capitol.

Posted: Wednesday, April 20, 2011 - 7:40am

Giffords Camp Prepares For Re-Elect

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) is beginning a potential re-election campaign in good financial position, thanks to friends in Congress who helped her raise big money during her long recovery process.

Giffords' campaign reported raising $358,237 during the first three months of the year, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission, despite an assassination attempt that nearly took her life on January 8. The reports show Giffords has $556,000 in the bank as of the March 31 reporting deadline.

Posted: Tuesday, April 19, 2011 - 10:16pm

Hotline Bonus Quote

As we've noted on this blog, former Rep. Ed Case (D-Hawaii) recently apologized to Sen. Daniel Inouye (D). Case is running for the Senate in 2012 for the second time; he ran against Sen. Daniel Akaka (D) in 2006, and found himself opposite Inouye, who backed Akaka.

Posted: Tuesday, April 19, 2011 - 5:20pm

Texas Still An Uphill Climb For Democrats

Lately, Democrats have been outwardly bullish about their chances of competing in the Lone Star State in 2012. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has been touting Ret. U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez as potential recruit, and they're publicly discussing competing seriously in the heavily Republican state.

Posted: Tuesday, April 19, 2011 - 3:26pm

Arizona To Vote On Public Funding For Elections

In 2012, Arizona voters will decide at the ballot box whether to keep the state's public financing apparatus in place for elections, or whether to get rid of it.

Posted: Tuesday, April 19, 2011 - 1:09pm

Kaine, Top VA Dems Not At Obama Town Hall

President Obama is in Annandale, Va., this morning for a town hall on reducing the nation's debt, but as the Washington Post points out, former Democratic National Committee Chairman and Senate candidate Tim Kaine and other prominent Democrats, including the state's two senators and the state party chairman, will not be around. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D) is attending, the Post reports.

Posted: Tuesday, April 19, 2011 - 11:00am

Poll: Obama's Standing Falls, But He Still Leads Top GOPers

President Obama's approval rating is at its lowest point since early September in a new ABC News/Washington Post poll released Tuesday, surrendering the gains Obama had made since the midterm elections. But the poll also finds Obama ahead of his most prominent Republican rivals, including the marginal frontrunner, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

Posted: Tuesday, April 19, 2011 - 7:59am

Video: Trump Gets Endorsement From Gary Busey; A Lot Can Happen In Eight Days

Conan O'Brien is excited that Donald Trump is still threatening to run for president, "Everyone else says they may or may not, he threatens to run."

Today's Must See Moment -- Fast forward to 0:50 when Trump explains away two Hawaiian newspapers that announced President Obama's birth in 1961.

Take our Late Night Poll after the jump!

Posted: Tuesday, April 19, 2011 - 7:35am