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Congressional Insiders Expect Debt Limit Attachments

A plurality of Democratic members of Congress and the overwhelming number of Republicans believe that spending caps and entitlement reforms will be attached to the debt limit increase, according to this week's National Journal Congressional Insiders Poll.

Posted: Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 9:34am

DCCC Cuts Debt By 60 Percent

Updated at 1:26 p.m.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has slashed the once-imposing debt it held by 60 percent in just three months and is now just $8 million in the red after having $19.5 million in debt this January.

That paydown now puts them on par with their GOP counterparts. The National Republican Congressional Committee is now also $8 million in the red - although they outraised the DCCC for March, pulling in $10.2 million to the DCCC's $10 million.

Posted: Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 9:21am

Hotline Sort: Nelson And Nelson

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee makes impressive fundraising progress, while a committee could decide the date of Florida's presidential primary. Meanwhile, a sitting senator gets outraised by his upstart challenger. Here's today's rundown:

Posted: Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 7:50am

Video: Pawlenty Says He's Running For President ... Or Not; Obama Needs To Sell A Lot Of Cookies

Stephen Colbert is shocked that former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty said he was running for president on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight, "Declaring your candidacy for president is supposed to be special. You only get to do it once, so you want to wait for that perfect journalist to share it with. Not just give it up to the first guy who asks."

Jimmy Kimmel isn't sure President Obama's plan to reduce the national debt to is going to work.

Today's Must See Moment -- Fast forward to 1:00 when Vice President Biden gets bored during Obama's speech.

Posted: Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 7:49am

Santorum Inches Closer To Presidential Bid

Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) announced the creation of a "testing the waters" committee Wednesday night, a step short of forming a presidential exploratory committee, but nonetheless the former Pennsylvania senator's first formal undertaking of his long-shot campaign for the nation's top job.

Posted: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 - 10:58pm

Pawlenty Comes Out Against Budget Compromise

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) has come out against the budget compromise that was reached late last week, putting him at odds with both Congressional Republican leaders and the White House, who worked to broker the deal.

Posted: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 - 4:28pm

Feingold Expects Kohl To Run Again

Even though Sen. Herb Kohl (D-Wis.) hasn't decided whether he will run for reelection in 2012, former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) is confident that he'll come around, and win.

"I assume he will run. I hope he'll run. I want him to run. I think he is an important person to provide balance for us in Wisconsin at this point," said Feingold, in a roundtable discussion with reporters in Washington on Wednesday.

Posted: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 - 3:19pm

Klobuchar Facing Little Opposition In Minnesota

On the heels of a state election where Republicans picked up a U.S. House seat, took control of both the state House and Senate, and came close to winning a gubernatorial contest, one would think the GOP would have at least a decent shot in the state's 2012 Senate race with a Democrat up for reelection.

That is, unless the state being discussed is Minnesota and that Democrat happens to be Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D).

Posted: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 - 1:39pm

Democratic Operatives Launch SuperPAC

A group of Democratic House campaign veterans are forming their own independent expenditure group aimed at countering the influence conservative groups played last cycle in congressional elections.

Spearheaded by a trio of former Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee operatives, the House Majority PAC is launching this week with the goal to help win the back the House for Democrats. It's part of a larger effort of Democratic-aligned groups for the 2012 cycle, who were largely caught off-guard in 2010 by the heavy-spending of GOP-aligned groups such as American Crossroads.

Posted: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 - 1:12pm

Whipping The Budget Compromise

Updated 11:10 a.m. with Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) as a no

As Congress zeroes in on a Thursday vote on the budget compromise for the rest of the 2011 fiscal year struck late last week that would cut over $38 billion in spending, some Members in both chambers are beginning to voice their opposition to the measure. Some Republicans feel the cuts don't go far enough, while some Democrats are not happy with the effects of some of the cuts in the package.

Posted: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 - 11:37am