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Hotline Spotlight: A Tipping Point

President Obama, in his budget, deferred the tough decisions on entitlements to Republicans. And the GOP is betting that the electorate will reward them for making the painful calls.

Posted: Friday, February 18, 2011 - 4:01pm

Bingaman To Retire

Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) is expected to announce his retirement later today, two Democratic sources have confirmed to Hotline On Call. The news was first reported by the Washington Post.

Posted: Friday, February 18, 2011 - 2:03pm

Brown Had Tense Meeting With Card in '09

Sen. Scott Brown's (R-Mass.) improbable march to victory in the 2010 Massachusetts Senate special election was at one point almost over before it all started following a tense 2009 exchange with former George W. Bush chief of staff Andrew Card, according to a passage from Brown's upcoming book.

Posted: Friday, February 18, 2011 - 1:38pm

Napolitano Won't Run For Kyl's Seat

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will not seek the seat being vacated by Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), a decision that increases the uncertainty in a prospective Democratic field in which no clear front-runner has emerged. The news was first reported by the AP.

Posted: Friday, February 18, 2011 - 1:00pm

Florida Primary Date Tussle Divides Republicans

The ongoing debate over when the 2012 presidential primary should take place in Florida has caused divisions among high-profile Republicans, pitting Gov. Rick Scott against Sen. Marco Rubio, among others.

Florida's primary is currently slated for the end of January. The national party wants to protect the early states of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina by ensuring that the other primaries don't take place before March.

Posted: Friday, February 18, 2011 - 10:14am

Hispanic Population Growth Complicates Texas GOP's Redistricting Hopes

This post was updated at 11:36 a.m. on February 18.

CORRECTION: The original version of this story misreported the number of House seats Texas Republicans picked up in 2010. They picked up three seats and now hold a total of 23.

Texas is officially a majority-minority state, according to just-released Census numbers, the first time in the decennial census that it has crossed that threshold.

Posted: Thursday, February 17, 2011 - 5:08pm

Insiders Say States Should Guide Policy in Education

Members of Congress in both parties agree that states should have more responsibility than the federal government in setting education policy, but they split when it comes to other areas like energy, health care and transportation, according to the latest National Journal Congressional Insiders Poll.

Posted: Thursday, February 17, 2011 - 4:20pm

Herseth Sandlin Close To Joining Lobby Shop

Former Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-S.D.) may be about to start a new job, but it's one that is likely to open her up to a new round of criticism if she decides to run for her old House seat in 2012.

Posted: Thursday, February 17, 2011 - 2:30pm

Poll Finds Union Popularity Still Diminished

As battles over benefits and bargaining rights for public-sector unions wage in state Capitols across the country, a new poll released Thursday shows the labor movement remains nearly as unpopular as it has at any time in the last 25 years.

Posted: Thursday, February 17, 2011 - 1:49pm

Second Verse, Same As The First

This week's On The Trail column focuses on the Nevada Senate contest, the second straight cycle Silver State voters will undergo an advertising barrage from two top-tier candidates and national groups. Those top-tier contenders don't include Sen. John Ensign (R), but no one has bothered to tell him he's not wanted.

Posted: Thursday, February 17, 2011 - 1:15pm