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Lee Will Endorse In Primaries, Just Not In Utah

Sen. Mike Lee (R) said in February that he will not make an endorsement in Utah's Republican Senate primary, declining to boost colleague Orrin Hatch's reputation with conservatives. But apparently that pledge of neutrality doesn't extend to another state's contested primary.

Posted: Monday, March 7, 2011 - 12:37pm

A Tea Party Divide In Utah

That Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) is working to improve his image among Tea Partiers in Utah is no secret. Most recently, he voted against a continuing resolution that would avoid a government shutdown, getting to the right of even Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) on the issue.

Posted: Monday, March 7, 2011 - 10:29am

Video: Gingrich At The Head Of The 2012 Race; Qaddafi for ShamWow!

SNL's Seth Meyers gets to the central question of Newt Gingrich's possible 2012 presidential run, "Are voters still going by charisma or have they switched over to head size."

Jay Leno, on former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee attacking actress Natalie Portman for being pregnant and unmarried, "Of course this could make thing a little awkward if he runs into Sarah and Bristol Palin at Fox."

Today's Must See Moment -- Fast forward to 1:45, Libyan ruler Muammar el-Qaddafi will do anything to raise funds.

Take out Late Night Poll after the jump!

Posted: Monday, March 7, 2011 - 8:45am

Hotline Sort: Chomping At The Mitt

Welcome to Hotline On Call's newest feature, Hotline Sort. Every morning before dawn, we at The Hotline begin combing through newspapers from across the country -- from the Aberdeen American News to the Zanesville Times Recorder -- along with blogs, websites and Twitter as we search for and sort through the political stories that matter from all fifty states. We also mine for humorous tidbits we couldn't make up if we tried (we're looking at you, Maine whoopie pie debate).

Posted: Monday, March 7, 2011 - 7:47am

What We Learned: The Deep Puka

What we at The Hotline learned this week:

-- This month's jobs report is yet another drip of good economic news for the White House. But rising instability in the Middle East raises the specter of an oil shock delaying the recovery. Trends in gas prices and the unemployment rate are more indicative of presidential election outcomes than any other economic indicators.

Posted: Sunday, March 6, 2011 - 1:23pm

Previewing The Sunday Shows

This weekend we will see political programming zero in on the battle brewing in Congress over the budget. NBC's "Meet the Press" will talk with White House chief of staff Bill Daley about whether President Obama will play "deal-maker-in-chief" and compromise with the Republican-led House. Daley will also discuss the situation in Libya. "Meet" will speak with Tea Party Caucus head Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) about what she expects from her Republican leadership in the House during budget negotiations.

Posted: Friday, March 4, 2011 - 6:49pm

Quote Of The Week

"Maybe if I'd worn a duck costume instead of a tiger costume, some of this wouldn't be happening,"

Posted: Friday, March 4, 2011 - 5:33pm

LoBiondo's Former Treasurer Admits Embezzling Funds

Rep. Frank LoBiondo's former treasurer pleaded guilty Friday to embezzling nearly half a million dollars from the New Jersey Republican's campaign, admitting to writing himself checks from LoBiondo's campaign funds for 15 years.

Posted: Friday, March 4, 2011 - 4:46pm

Gingrich's Web Problem

CORRECTION: The original version of this report gave the incorrect title for Kombiz Lavasany. He worked in online communications at the DNC.

Less than 24 hours after unveiling a website for his exploratory committee Thursday, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R) is already under attack online.

Posted: Friday, March 4, 2011 - 4:42pm

Maloney Working To Court Conservatives

In a race where some state Republicans had been lamenting the lack of a competitive conservative candidate in the mold of businessman John Raese (R), businessman Bill Maloney (R) -- who helped develop the plan that freed 33 Chilean miners last year -- stands out.

Posted: Friday, March 4, 2011 - 4:01pm