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Heller Leads Ensign In Own Poll

Rep. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) is leading Sen. John Ensign (R) in a survey conducted for Heller's campaign, the clearest sign yet that Heller is moving toward challenging the embattled senator.

"I am taking a serious look at the race for U.S. Senate," Heller said in a statement first reported by the Las Vegas Sun's Jon Ralston. "I will announce my decision in the very near future."

Posted: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - 9:46am

Rangel Files For Re-Election

Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) filed paperwork Monday with the Federal Election Commission to run in 2012 for a 22nd term.

Posted: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - 9:39am

Video: Egypt Learns The Secrets Of Democracy; Colbert Has A Conservative Valentine's Day

As the euphoria in Egypt fades, Jon Stewart is concerned that Egyptians will question why the U.S. supported Hosni Mubarak's regime for almost 30 years, "We were testing you ... We had to know if you were worthy or if under duress you would perhaps give away our secrets, our freedom secrets."

Stephen Colbert hopes everyone celebrated Valentine's Day in a conservative manor, "Writing poems, sending chocolates and posting topless beefcake shots on Craigslist."

Today's Must See Moment -- Fast Forward to 1:50 when Stewart reveals what democracy really looks like.

Posted: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - 8:28am

Fiscal Conservatives Endorse Flake for Senate

Within hours of announcing his campaign for Senate, Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., picked up two key endorsements from GOP fiscal conservatives.

FreedomWorks, the tea party-affiliated organization headed by former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, announced Monday that it's backing Flake to take over the seat Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., will vacate at the end of next year.

Earlier in the day, Flake won the backing of the Club for Growth, which has made its mission the enforcement of fiscal discipline on the Republican Party.

Posted: Monday, February 14, 2011 - 8:00pm

Poll: Romney With Commanding Lead In NH

Mitt Romney holds a commanding advantage against his potential presidential rivals in the first primary state of New Hampshire, a new poll released Monday shows, a strong signal for the early frontrunner in a state he must do well in.

Posted: Monday, February 14, 2011 - 7:42pm

No Shortage Of Senate Contenders At CPAC

Though Washington has been fixated on how possible Republican presidential candidates measured up at CPAC, several potential and already declared 2012 Senate candidates tried to make inroads at the conference as well, showing up from Florida, Texas, Indiana, Michigan and Maine.

Posted: Monday, February 14, 2011 - 5:50pm

McMahon Wins Tea Party Poll In Connecticut

The Connecticut Tea Party Patriots held a 2012 Senate straw poll Saturday, and among the top finishers were a few familiar names from the 2010 cycle.

Posted: Monday, February 14, 2011 - 5:31pm

Feinstein Backing Hahn

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) isn't waiting to see who else jumps in the race to replace Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.). On Monday, the state's senior senator threw her support behind Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn, who so far is winning the endorsement war with her early and rapid start.

Posted: Monday, February 14, 2011 - 4:39pm

The Hotline Bonus Quote: You've Got A Friend In Me

Redistricting talk is ramping up in the Lone Star state, as the Census Bureau anticipates releasing local-level population counts for Texas as early as the middle of this week.

To nobody's surprise, Members of Congress have been in touch with state lawmakers involved in the process, a development not lost on one state Senator who serves on a redistricting panel.

Posted: Monday, February 14, 2011 - 4:00pm

What's Deval Patrick Up To?

Why is Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D) suddenly all over the map?

The Bay State governor, re-elected to a second term in November, has said he wants to brag about Massachusetts. Recently, he's taken that braggadocio to some strange places, sitting down with DNC chairman Tim Kaine and David Axelrod, Patrick's one-time chief strategist.

Posted: Monday, February 14, 2011 - 3:30pm