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Weighing Barbour's Candidacy

There are many ways to gauge whether Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) is running for president: you can track his movement in the early states, look at his personnel moves or listen to his speeches.

But there may yet be a more accurate way to predict his future.

Posted: Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - 8:59am

Hotline Sort: Air Claire

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. In today's rundown: Dick Cheney is coming to a small screen near you, the NRSC lands a body blow against McCaskill and why Republicans are looking closely at a mayor's race in Tampa.

Posted: Tuesday, March 22, 2011 - 7:45am

Video: Pawlenty's Offensive

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R), who announced the formation of a presidential exploratory committee on Monday, faces some significant hurdles in winning the GOP nomination. National Journal Hotline Editor-in-Chief Reid Wilson talks about how Pawlenty can address his shortcomings -- and how he's already tackling one.

Video by Theresa Poulson with photos by Getty Images

Posted: Monday, March 21, 2011 - 6:18pm

Not Setti For Primetime?

If Newton, Massachusetts Mayor Setti Warren (D) makes it to the Senate someday, things might be slightly awkward between him and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.).

Warren is currently mulling a 2012 bid for Sen. Scott Brown's (R) seat. Appearing over the weekend on WCVB-TV's "On the Record," Warren had to answer the question "Which former mayor of San Francisco was assassinated with gay rights activist Harvey Milk?"

Posted: Monday, March 21, 2011 - 6:13pm

McCaskill Admits Owing Back Property Taxes On Plane

Already under attack from Republicans for using taxpayer dollars to pay for travel on the plane she and her husband partially own, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) revealed Monday afternoon she had not paid over $287,000 in personal property taxes on the aircraft.

"I have convinced my husband to sell the damn plane," said McCaskill on a conference call with reporters. "He has hired a broker and I can tell you I will not be setting foot on the plane ever again."

Posted: Monday, March 21, 2011 - 4:29pm

West Palm Beach Mayor Running Against Allen West

Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), one of Democrats' top Congressional targets in 2012, now has a politically-experienced challenger running against him.

West Palm Beach mayor Lois Frankel (D) announced Monday she will challenge West in a race that will highly watched next year, both because of the competitive nature of his district and the congressman's penchant for provocative statements.

Posted: Monday, March 21, 2011 - 4:26pm

With Races In Flux, Pomeroy Can Take His Time

Former Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D-N.D.) didn't sound at all like someone seriously itching to get back into electoral politics late last week. But in North Dakota, there may be no need to rush.

Posted: Monday, March 21, 2011 - 4:00pm

DSCC Wins February Fundraising Battle

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee narrowly outraised the National Republican Senatorial Committee during the month of February, according to fundraising figures released by each committee on Monday.

The DSCC brought in over $3.43 million during February while the NRSC took in $3.34 million. The DSCC ended the month with $5.1 million cash on hand, but still carried $8.6 million in debt.

Posted: Monday, March 21, 2011 - 12:07pm

Pawlenty Announces Exploratory Committee

Updated 3:35 p.m.

Promising "we the people of the United States will take back our government," former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) took the first step toward officially launching a presidential campaign Monday afternoon, announcing the formation of an exploratory committee in a video posted on his Facebook page.

Posted: Monday, March 21, 2011 - 10:25am

Barbour Eyes Suddenly Competitive Nevada

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) is headed to Nevada on Tuesday, a sign that a state that went largely uncontested in the 2008 GOP primary is already shaping up to be more competitive in 2012.

Posted: Monday, March 21, 2011 - 9:06am