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Can Flake Repeat the McCain Model?

In politics, actions speak louder than words - and Rep. Jeff Flake's (R-Ariz.) sudden evolution from immigration centrist to a border security hardliner speaks volumes, as he begins his Arizona Senate campaign.

Posted: Thursday, March 24, 2011 - 9:00am

Iowa GOP, ABC News Team Up For Dec. Debate

The Iowa Republican Party will join with ABC News to co-sponsor a live presidential debate from Des Moines the weekend of December 10, state party chairman Matt Strawn announced Thursday.

Strawn said this debate will be the third, and final, presidential debate co-sponsored by the Iowa GOP.

The debate will be moderated by Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos and will be broadcast live on ABC both in the state and nationally.

Posted: Thursday, March 24, 2011 - 8:27am

Hotline Sort: Ranking The Contenders

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. National Journal Hotline's latest Presidential Power Rankings are out, President Obama has some work to do with independents in Ohio, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) is raking in the big bucks. And fear not, whoopie pies are back in the headlines! Here's today's rundown:

Posted: Thursday, March 24, 2011 - 7:44am

Breaking Down The Health Care Polling

One year after President Obama signed his signature health care reform measure into law, two polls yield different findings about the way Americans view the law, but in each poll, Americans' opinions of the law have not changed very much over the last 12 months.

When asked as part of a CNN/Opinion Research poll if they "generally favor" or "generally oppose" the law, 59 percent of Americans said they oppose the health care law, while just 37 percent said they favor it.

Posted: Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 2:59pm

Wording Matters When Polling On Collective Bargaining

Tucked inside a new Quinnipiac University poll showing the percentage of Ohio voters who disapprove of Republican Gov. John Kasich rising was an interesting test of rhetoric and messaging around the ongoing debate over public-employee unions in cash-strapped states.

As in Wisconsin, Ohio Republicans have sought to restrict collective bargaining among public employees -- an attempt, Republicans say, to close a significant budget shortfall.

Posted: Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 1:24pm

Census Quick Cuts: Michigan, Massachusetts, New Hampshire

The Census Bureau released data for three more states Tuesday: Michigan, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.

-- Michigan is the only state in America to have lost population in the last decade. Detroit's population is now the smallest it has been since the creation of the auto industry nearly a century ago, and the city lost more residents in the last decade than hurricane-ravaged New Orleans. There are almost a quarter-million fewer residents today than a decade ago.

Posted: Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 9:45am

Tracking GOP Presidential Contenders On Libya

Prospective Republican presidential candidates are walking a fine line in reacting to President Obama's handling of military intervention in Libya, with most supporting the mission but criticizing Obama for his handling of the crisis. And a recent poll reflects Americans' own ambivalence about the country's latest war.

Posted: Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 8:23am

Hotline Sort: Flake's Flip

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) made some notable personnel moves in the Granite State, Republicans may be close to getting a top recruit in Ohio, while Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) makes a dramatic shift in his immigration views. Here's today's rundown:

Posted: Wednesday, March 23, 2011 - 7:36am

Congressman Challenged By His Ex-Press Secretary

The old saying goes, "keep your friends close but your enemies closer." Apparently Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.) took that to heart.

Posted: Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - 3:05pm

Hitting McCaskill Where It Hurts

What began earlier this month as a small story about tax dollars being spent to pay for Sen. Claire McCaskill's (D-Mo.) charter flights has dragged on, evolving into a narrative that could do lasting damage to both McCaskill and Senate Democrats in 2012.

Posted: Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - 10:51am