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West Will Limit Himself To Four Terms

Just two months into his first term, Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) has skyrocketed to national prominence, but he's already limiting himself to just four terms in Congress.

The retired Army colonel smashed fundraising records as he defeated Rep. Ron Klein (D-Fla.) last year, but it was his bombastic, frank style that made him a magnet for headlines. A favorite of the tea party, he even snagged the closing speaking slot at last month's Conservative Political Action Conference.

Posted: Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 12:00pm

Rush Limbaugh Hosts Donald Trump

Donald Trump is continuing to reach out to conservatives, making a guest appearance on Rush Limbaugh's radio show Tuesday, sparking further speculation about how seriously he is weighing a presidential bid.

Posted: Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 11:10am

Democrats' Mississippi Blues

Here's the latest sign of the Democratic party's monumental struggles in the deep South: The party failed to get a single candidate on the ballot for lieutenant governor, secretary of state, or auditor in Mississippi, after the state's filing deadline arrived Tuesday.

Posted: Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 9:09am

Video: Which GOPers Will Challenge President Obama In 2012?

Jon Stewart wants to know when Republicans are going to start running for White House 2012, "So we have a socialist, Muslim president, subverting the Constitution and the will of the people of America. Who's got first dibs on that can of corn?"

Officials are saying that Libyan leader Muammar el-Qaddafi is disconnected from reality. Conan O'Brien: "In fact, according to the State Department, Qaddafi thought this year's Oscars were fantastic."

Today's Must See Moment -- Fast forward to 1:56 for Stewart's impression of Donald Trump.

Posted: Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 8:47am

Mitt Romney's Southern Problem

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is lagging behind other prospective Republican presidential candidates in Southern states, according to new polling, presenting an obstacle for the nominal front-runner for the party's nomination.

Posted: Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 1:01am

Stenberg Attacks Bruning's Conservative Credentials

Nebraska Treasurer Don Stenberg (R) officially announced his Senate campaign today, and he wasted no time going after Republican front-runner and Attorney General Jon Bruning's conservative credentials.

Posted: Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 6:19pm

Branstad Brief On Santorum

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) recently walked through his thoughts on several prospective presidential candidates with PBS. He's generally complimentary of the field in the published interview, but he offers a notably brief appraisal of former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.). "There are a lot of social conservatives in Iowa," responds Branstad when asked about Santorum, according to the published interview.

Posted: Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 3:25pm

Potential Brown Challengers Speak Out

On the heels of a Monday National Journal story by my colleague Jim O'Sullivan in which Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) identifies a few potential Democratic challengers to Sen. Scott Brown (R) he's spoken with, a couple of the possible candidates have come forward to confirm their interest in the race.

Posted: Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 12:36pm

Nixon Under Fire In Missouri

Republicans in Missouri don't yet officially have a candidate set to challenge Gov. Jay Nixon (D) in 2012, but they've latched on to an issue and are taking to the airwaves with their first radio ad, slamming the incumbent over state funded plane travel.

Posted: Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 11:46am

Crossroads Duo Will Spend $120 Million

American Crossroads and its grassroots sibling, Crossroads GPS, will follow its dynamic debut on the political playing field with a huge encore, the groups will announce today.

All told, the two organizations aim to raise and spend $120 million on a campaign to defeat President Obama, spokesman Jonathan Collegio confirmed to The Hotline. The Wall Street Journal first reported the fundraising goal.

Posted: Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 10:53am