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Hotline Sort: Dan In Real Life

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. While Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) has been staffing up, he lost a key staffer Monday, as his press secretary resigned after sending off-color emails. Meanwhile, the Florida Senate GOP primary sees some movement, while Republican Jane Corwin goes three for three. Here's today's rundown:

Posted: Tuesday, March 15, 2011 - 7:30am

DCCC Chair Slams Grimm's Tea Party Criticisms

On Monday, one House Republican who could have a tough reelection in 2012 took his frustration out on the more conservative arm of his party, slamming the "extreme wing" of the GOP for opposing the latest short-term continuing resolution. But he was afforded no sympathy from the House Democrats' campaign chief.

Posted: Monday, March 14, 2011 - 6:34pm

Brown Sets CA-36 Special Election Date

Candidates vying to replace former Rep. Jane Harman (D) in California's 36th District will face off for the first time on May 17, Gov. Jerry Brown (D) announced Monday.

The all-party primary that will be held in nine weeks will be the first federal test of the state's new "top two" system, which pits all candidates regardless of primary against each other on the ballot. If no one candidate receives a majority of the votes cast, the top-two vote-getters - the most likely scenario in this case - will move on to the general election on July 12.

Posted: Monday, March 14, 2011 - 5:41pm

Snowe Falling On Republicans

Last week, we wondered whether Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) could pull off a race as an independent, assuming he loses a Republican primary (Hint: The law says he can't). But what about Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine)?

Posted: Monday, March 14, 2011 - 3:32pm

Kaine "Increasingly Likely" To Run For Senate

Political observers and reporters in Washington and Virginia closely monitoring Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine were thrown a curveball Monday afternoon, following a report from a Virginia radio station that seemed to indicate that Kaine had decided to enter the Virginia Senate race and announced his decision in a highly unorthodox manner. While the report was ultimately shot down by the DNC, a spokesperson did say that Kaine acknowledged that he is "increasingly likely" to run, the strongest public indication yet that he is leaning toward entering the race.

Posted: Monday, March 14, 2011 - 2:24pm

Spending Political Capital To Balance Budgets

Two newly-minted governors are taking different approaches to closing their states' respective budget shortfalls, but are finding that it takes a lot of political capital to tackle budget crises.

Posted: Monday, March 14, 2011 - 1:55pm

The Billionaire Bench In Florida

Florida billionaire Jeff Greene was not a particularly impressive candidate in 2010, losing the Democratic Senate primary by 26 points despite spending nearly $24 million of his own money on the race.

But just in case there are any Florida Democrats hoping to recruit another billionaire for a future political race, they'll have several to choose from.

Posted: Monday, March 14, 2011 - 12:06pm

Video: Selection Sunday Comes To Washington

Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y, is going up against number one seed Glenn Beck in the Washington DC madness brackets, "not for March Madness but for actual Madness."

Seth Meyers, on President Obama revealing he was picked on as a child: Schoolmates that said "his ears were too large" and "his name was funny. Or as he now thinks of it, the good old days."

Today's Must See Moment -- Fast forward to 1:45 to see who rounds out the Washington DC madness bracket. Then let us know who you think will win in our Late Night Poll!

Posted: Monday, March 14, 2011 - 7:33am

Hotline Sort: Back to School

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. The NCAA locked in its field of 68 for March Madness on Sunday, while the full GOP presidential field remains unclear. But on the Democratic side, President Obama is weighing in on two issues we could see more of in 2012. Here's today's rundown.

Posted: Monday, March 14, 2011 - 7:16am

Gridiron Featuring Obama, Daniels

The Gridiron Club hosts its annual dinner this evening, bringing together more than 650 government officials, political figures and journalists in Washington for the annual white-tie gala.

President Obama will attend the dinner and deliver remarks for the first time since he moved into the White House, with Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R), a potential 2012 presidential candidate, delivering the traditional GOP response.

Posted: Saturday, March 12, 2011 - 7:00pm