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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

Huckabee's Iowa Swing Devoid Of 2012 Groundwork

If you're guessing whether former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) will run for president or not, it's important to look at how often Huckabee is consulting with influential conservative activist Bob Vander Plaats, the chair of his 2008 campaign in Iowa.

And lately, it doesn't look like Huckabee is in serious consultation with Vander Plaats about a potential bid, the latest sign that he may be leaning against another White House run.

Posted: Monday, February 28, 2011 - 11:47am

Brown To The Middle On Environment

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) is apparently breaking with environmentalists, penning a letter to President Obama urging him to consider "economic repercussions" before issuing regulations on greenhouse gases, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

Posted: Monday, February 28, 2011 - 10:21am

Video: Qaddafi Tries Out The Shake Weight; Walker Cries Wolf

Libyan leader Muammar el-Qaddafi is reportedly looking for a place to live in exile. Jay Leno may have found the perfect place, "The only offer from Chile, they say they have an empty coal mine they can rent him. Sleeps 33 very comfortably."

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker gets caught in a prank phone call.

Today's Must See Moment -- Fast forward to 0:35 Qaddafi resorts to infomercials to make money.

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Posted: Monday, February 28, 2011 - 8:40am

Poll: Palin Losing Support With Iowa GOPers

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's (R) favorability among likely Republican voters in Iowa has dropped since late 2009, according to a new poll conducted for the Des Moines Register.

Posted: Monday, February 28, 2011 - 8:20am

What We Learned: High Wave Warning

What we at The Hotline learned this week:

Wave elections are only going to be more common. National Journal's Vote Ratings show 17 Democrats who voted more often on the conservative side of contentious votes lost their seats in 2010. That tells you even an independent voting record isn't enough to save an incumbent. Look for more party homogeny in the future - something that's not great for governing by compromise.

Posted: Sunday, February 27, 2011 - 5:35pm

Gingrich Will Announce Plans Soon, Spokesman Says

Amid reports that Newt Gingrich will announce within the next 10 days whether he's running for president, a spokesman told National Journal today that Gingrich remains on track to make a decision soon.

Gingrich has said repeatedly in recent months that he would announce whether he's forming an exploratory committee for president in late February or early March, said spokesman Rick Tyler.

"So next week would be early March," he said. "We're on the same timeline."

Posted: Sunday, February 27, 2011 - 1:48pm

Iowa Gov. On 2012 Calendar: We Will Be First

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) says he won't allow the Hawkeye State to get bumped in the 2012 presidential nomination process.

"We will be first," Branstad told Hotline On Call Saturday at the National Governors Association Winter Meeting in Washington.

Posted: Saturday, February 26, 2011 - 7:16pm

Cutler Says It's Unlikely He'll Challenge Snowe

Eliot Cutler, the 2010 independent gubernatorial candidate that lost by less than two percent of the vote to now-Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) told Hotline On Call Saturday that it's "unlikely" that he will challenge Sen. Olympia Snowe (R) in 2012.

While he did not definitively rule out a future run for any office, Cutler did not sound at all like a Senate candidate, saying he has "no desire to live in Washington."

Posted: Saturday, February 26, 2011 - 3:29pm

O'Malley Dings Christie's 'Stand-up Routine'

Democratic Governors Association Chairman Martin O'Malley may not like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie''s (R) policies, but he does respect him -- as a comedian.

Posted: Saturday, February 26, 2011 - 2:53pm