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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

Hotline Sort: Outlook Express

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. In Wisconsin, the possibility of a Supreme Court race recount has both sides posturing, while an S&P report has Democrats and Republicans in Washington posturing over the debt. And 2012 VP intrigue is already heating up -- on television, at least. Here's today's rundown:

Posted: Tuesday, April 19, 2011 - 7:25am

Wu Gets A Primary Challenge

Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.) officially has a Democratic challenger, as state Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian announced Monday that he will run against the embattled congressman in the 1st District Democratic primary.

"My name is Brad Avakian and I'm running to be Northwest Oregon's next Congressman," Avakian said in a statement posted on his website. "This race is about two things: what our community needs and how it can be best represented."

Posted: Monday, April 18, 2011 - 1:50pm

Tennant's First Ad Says She'll Cut Wasteful Spending, Perks

West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant (D) is hitting the airwaves this week with her first television ad in the gubernatorial race, a 30-second spot that casts her as an opponent of political perks and wasteful government spending.

Posted: Monday, April 18, 2011 - 12:07pm

FEC Winners And Losers, Senate Edition

It's very early in the cycle, and much can change in the coming months, but there were some noteworthy takeaways from Senate candidates' first quarter fundraising figures. Here's a look at a few of the quarter's winners and losers:

Winners:

Posted: Monday, April 18, 2011 - 8:57am

Video: Donald Trump -- The New Late Night Punching Bag

David Letterman thinks Donald Trump missed the birthers bandwagon, "So now Donald Trump is screaming and yelling about Barack Obama's birth certificate. I say 'Donald, Donald. What about the birth certificate for that thing on your head?'"

Bill Maher, on Trump revealing whether he'll run for president on the season final of The Celebrity Apprentice: "Nothing says your serious about running the country like standing shoulder to shoulder with Gary Busey, Hulk Hogan, Stuttering Jon and Meat Loaf."

Posted: Monday, April 18, 2011 - 7:30am

Hotline Sort: On The Road Again

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. It looks like embattled Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.) will be getting his first primary challenger, while in New Mexico, we will soon know whether Rep. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) will be joined by another primary challenger in the race for retiring-Sen. Jeff Bingaman's (D) seat. Plus, President Obama will hit the road while the debt ceiling debate heats up. Here's today's rundown:

Posted: Monday, April 18, 2011 - 7:18am

Targeted House Members Struggling To Fundraise

House Republican freshmen entered office with a mandate to cut spending, but some of their early fundraising totals suggest they're showing similar fiscal discipline with their campaign accounts.

As a whole, Republicans had a decent first fundraising quarter. The 87 GOP freshmen raised an average of $180,000 in the first three months of 2011 -- a respectable total. Among the 30 of them in competitive districts that President Obama carried in 2008, the average was somewhat higher, at $213,000.

Posted: Saturday, April 16, 2011 - 1:16pm

What We Learned: Show-Me The Money

What we at The Hotline learned this week:

Posted: Saturday, April 16, 2011 - 12:08pm