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DNC Losing Political Director

This post was updated to correct O'Malley Dillon and Gaspard's positions

Democratic National Committee political director Clyde Williams is leaving his job this week, senior party officials tell The Hotline, the second top DNC staffer to leave in recent weeks amid an ongoing personnel shuffle.

Party chairman Tim Kaine told DNC members on Saturday Williams would leave this week. Williams, who had what one source characterized as an "abrasive" relationship with DNC leadership, will return to his native New York and will not join President Obama's re-election campaign.

Posted: Saturday, February 26, 2011 - 12:32pm

Previewing The Sunday Shows

As protests continue throughout the Middle East and Northern Africa, most attention will be focused on Libya. With Pres. Obama condemning the violence against protesters, many political leaders are debating the Administration's response and whether it went far enough. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), one of the first senators to travel to the region since the turmoil began, will be live from Cairo, Egypt on NBC's "Meet the Press" and CNN's "State of the Union."

Posted: Friday, February 25, 2011 - 7:30pm

Wu Showing No Signs Of Stepping Aside

Even as several of his Oregon papers have called for Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.) to resign, the seven-term congressman is showing no signs of stepping aside, and even filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission on Wednesday to begin organizing a reelection campaign for 2012.

Posted: Friday, February 25, 2011 - 6:26pm

Parker Leaving 'Parker Spitzer'

Washington Post conservative columnist Kathleen Parker is out as co-host of "Parker Spitzer." Parker's co-host, former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D), will stay on to helm an "ensemble format" program. CNN executive VP Ken Jautz announced this afternoon that the changes are effective Monday.

Newly titled "In the Arena," Spitzer will be joined on the program by E.D. Hill and Will Cain, along with newsmakers and contributors "within and outside the CNN family."

Posted: Friday, February 25, 2011 - 3:47pm

Leppert Enters Texas Senate Race

Former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert (R) announced Friday that he is entering the race to succeed retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas).

"Making tough decisions in business and as Mayor was not easy, but I made the hard calls that are so lacking in Washington right now," Leppert said in a statement posted on his website. "In the U.S. Senate I'll help create jobs, be a watchdog for taxpayers, fight wasteful spending, reduce the debt and stop the President's tax increases."

Posted: Friday, February 25, 2011 - 3:37pm

Dem Govs Aren't Talking Labor With Obama

Democratic governors in Washington for the National Governors Association Winter Meeting met with President Obama at the White House Friday morning, and while jobs and innovation were among the topics of discussion, the ongoing dispute over public employee unions in Wisconsin that is spreading to other states was not.

Posted: Friday, February 25, 2011 - 3:09pm

Census Quick Cuts: Nevada, Missouri, Utah, Alabama, Hawaii

The Census Bureau rolled out county-level data on five more states Thursday. These states' data further emphasize that the Southwest and Mountain West's fast growth was largely driven by the Hispanic boom.

-- Nevada's population exploded in the past decade, growing by 35%. Hispanics drove much of that growth: the Latino population grew by 82%, and Hispanics now make up more than a quarter of the state population. The Asian population more than doubled, and Asians now are 8% of the state's population. Whites are only 54% of the state's population today.

Posted: Friday, February 25, 2011 - 1:00pm

Donnelly Looking At Lugar Challenge

Rep. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) is taking a close look at a potential bid for Sen. Richard Lugar's (R) seat, according to sources familiar with his thinking, as the prospect of facing a much more conservative contender grows.

An Indiana Democratic source familiar with Donnelly's thinking confirmed that Donnelly is looking more closely at the Senate race than he is at a potential gubernatorial contest. "He's taking a very serious look at the Senate race," the source said.

Posted: Friday, February 25, 2011 - 11:50am

Winograd To Enter Race For Harman's Seat

Progressive activist Marcy Winograd will make her third try for California's 36th District official on Saturday, as she announces her candidacy for the special election to succeed Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.).

The high school English teacher tweeted Friday morning that she'll kick off her race Saturday at 10 a.m. at Fox Drug in Torrance, Calif.

Posted: Friday, February 25, 2011 - 11:24am

Video: Huckabee Looks For Another Colbert Bump; Rand Paul Keeps It Casual

Former Governor Mike Huckabee, R-Ark., gives credit to the "Colbert-bump" and says he's, "seriously thinking about," running for president.

Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., tries to revive 80s fashion on the "Late Show."

Today's Must See Moment -- Fast forward to 2:12, Paul doesn't listen to Senator Al Franken's, D-Minn., advice.

Let us know if you think Paul should have followed Franken's advice in our Late Night Poll.

Posted: Friday, February 25, 2011 - 8:47am