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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

Video: Brian Williams Is A Loose Cannon; Protests In Wisconsin Get Smelly

CBS's David Letterman doesn't like that NBC Nightly News host Brian Williams is going on other late night shows, "I am begging you stop doing those shows."

The protests in Wisconsin have taken a smelly turn. Jon Stewart: "I think the next battle is going to be between Scott Walker and the Wisconsin power washers local 11."

Today's Must See Moment -- Fast forward to 1:12 to see Letterman confront Brian Williams.

Take our Late Night Poll after the jump.

Posted: Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 8:56am

Cat's Out Of The Bag

Ever hear of Charles and David Koch? Up until last summer, you probably hadn't. The billionaire brothers, who run America's second-largest private corporation, were almost never seen in a political context, despite the fact that they have funded myriad conservative organizations to the tune of more than $100 million. Many of the best-known Republican think tanks and activist groups in the country owe their very existence to the brothers from Wichita.

Posted: Tuesday, March 1, 2011 - 8:09am

@MayorEmanuel Revealed

After months of speculation and nearly a week after one of the most prolific Twitter feeds in history came to an end, Atlantic's Alexis Madrigal revealed the identity of @MayorEmanuel Monday afternoon: Punk Planet magazine founder Dan Sinker, a journalism professor at Columbia College in Chicago who was, as Madrigal says, "made to write this feed."

Posted: Monday, February 28, 2011 - 5:15pm

Stenberg To Announce Nebraska Senate Bid Tuesday

Nebraska Treasurer Don Stenberg (R) will officially enter the Nebraska Senate race tomorrow, a Nebraska Republican source has confirmed, joining two other candidates in the race against Sen. Ben Nelson (D).

Stenberg will compete with Attorney General Jon Bruning -- the perceived front-runner on the GOP side -- and Republican Pat Flynn in the race for the party's nomination. The winner is likely to have a leg up on Nelson, at least initially, in the very red Cornhusker State.

Posted: Monday, February 28, 2011 - 1:55pm

Inouye Warns Akaka On Fundraising

Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii) says he plans on running for re-election in 2012, but his senior colleague, Daniel Inouye (D), is expressing concern about Akaka's commitment -- and his chances.

In a recent interview, Inouye offered an unusually candid assessment of Akaka's glacial fundraising pace and warned that there won't be much Inouye could do to help.

Posted: Monday, February 28, 2011 - 12:20pm