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Cain: Political Correctness 'Not One Of My Strengths'

Speaking to reporters at an Americans for Tax Reform lunch Wednesday, Herman Cain demonstrated some of the flair that has made him a popular conservative talk radio host. The long-time businessman opened his remarks by stating "No, I'm not a Democrat, just because I'm black."

He added: "Being politically correct is not one of my strengths." Cain repeatedly referred to the Democrats' health care plan as the "health care deform bill," and at one point during the session referred to "Barackracy."

Posted: Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - 5:44pm

Sandoval Makes Heller Pick Official

Updated at 4:48 p.m.

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) will appoint Rep. Dean Heller (R) to serve the remainder of Sen. John Ensign's (R) term, Sandoval announced Wednesday, triggering the state's first ever House special election and altering the dynamic of an already active Senate race.

Posted: Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - 3:10pm

Town Halls Gone Wild

Town hall opposition over the Republican budget and changes to Medicare coalesced Tuesday, with freshman members in Florida facing hostile crowds and the architect of the proposal, Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.)., also having to defend his plan as he crisscrossed his district.

Liberal groups helped organize some of the protests to several of the more vulnerable Republicans heading into 2012.

Posted: Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - 2:26pm

Ireland Hits The Airwaves In West Virginia

Former West Virginia Secretary of State Betty Ireland (R) has released her first television ad ahead of the upcoming GOP gubernatorial primary. Ireland's first spot runs 30 seconds and stresses the importance of job creation and portrays her as a strong conservative.

"Lower taxes, less government means more jobs for West Virginia," Ireland says in the ad, which was filmed by Motion Masters and produced by M3Media.

An announcer says at both the beginning and end of the ad that Ireland is a "tough, tested conservative."

Posted: Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - 12:17pm

Gingrich Reaches Out To Catholics At Prayer Breakfast

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich delivered the keynote speech at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast Wednesday morning. If the audience's reaction is any indicator, he'll have to do a lot more to woo religious conservatives in a presidential run.

Posted: Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - 9:59am

Major Test For Democrats: Closing Latino Voting Gap

A new report from the Pew Hispanic Center shows that while a record number of Latino voters participated in the 2010 election compared to past midterms, their representation among the electorate is much lower than their representation in the general population. That's a gap Democrats will need to close as they seek to make further inroads with Latinos, who offered Democrats strong support in the last election.

Posted: Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - 9:26am

Hotline Sort: The Right Angle

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Sharron Angle says she is committed to running as a Republican, not an independent. Meanwhile Rep. Rick Berg (R) may be leaving the House not long after he arrived.. And Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis may have finally found a race he can't run in. Here's today's rundown:

Posted: Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - 8:06am

Gallup: Seniors Most Favorable To Ryan Budget

A new Gallup/USA Today poll contains a counterintuitive finding: the age group most receptive to House Budget Chair Paul Ryan's plan to deal with the budget - seniors.

The poll finds 48 percent of seniors (those 65 and over) support Ryan's plan over President Obama's plan, while 42 percent back the president.

Posted: Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - 7:48am

Video: No 'Peace Time' For Republican Contenders; Trump Goes After Obama's Report Card

With Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour out of the 2012 race, Stephen Colbert wants to know which Republican contender will charge to the top.

Jimmy Kimmel, on Donald Trump demanding to see President Obama's school grades: "This could be the first presidency brought down by a C- in wood shop."

Today's Must See Moment -- Fast forward to 2:05 for a look at the White House Easter festivities.

Take our Late Night Poll after the jump!

Posted: Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - 7:46am

EMILY's List Highlights Four House Challengers

Women have already made up the majority of House recruits early this cycle - and now EMILY's List is taking their own first step toward helping who they believe are among the most promising female candidates.

Posted: Wednesday, April 27, 2011 - 6:12am