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No, it's not the beginning of a joke. 2010 Alaska Senate nominee Joe Miller (R) has entered an agreement to have Twenty-First Century Speakers represent him in securing speaking engagements, according to a statement he sent out Wednesday.

Posted: Thursday, March 17, 2011 - 1:55pm

Census Quick Cuts: Minnesota, Tennessee, North Dakota, Alaska

The Census Bureau released data for four more states Wednesday afternoon: Minnesota, Tennessee, North Dakota, and Alaska.

-- Minnesota grew by almost 8 percent in the last decade and narrowly avoided losing a congressional seat. The state's growth came in the Twin Cities' suburbs, while Minneapolis and St. Paul stagnated and the northern Iron Range continued to lose population.

Posted: Thursday, March 17, 2011 - 12:48pm

Saying Aloha To The Hawaii Senate Race

As observers in the Aloha State await announcements from several high profile politicians believed to be mulling a bid for the seat being vacated by Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii), one potential candidate is already taking the next step toward exploring a run.

Posted: Thursday, March 17, 2011 - 10:39am

DeMint Defends Romney On Health Care

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has been receiving barbs from the right over his refusal to criticize the health care law he signed into law as governor.

But one prominent conservative is not so worried.

"It just depends on how he plays it. For me, I think he started with some good ideas that were essentially hijacked by the Democrat Legislature," Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) told The Hill.

Posted: Thursday, March 17, 2011 - 9:42am

Insiders Sharply Split On Influence Of Unions In U.S. Life And Politics

Democratic and Republican Members of Congress have sharply different views when it comes to how much influence labor unions should have on American life and politics, according to the results of this week's National Journal Congressional Insiders Poll.

Posted: Thursday, March 17, 2011 - 8:54am

GOP Insiders Give Obama A 'D' For His Handling Of Libyan Crisis

Republican Members of Congress gave President Obama average marks for how he handled the Egyptian crisis, but they grade the president much more harshly for how he's managed events in Libya, according to this week's National Journal Congressional Insiders Poll.

Posted: Thursday, March 17, 2011 - 8:44am

Hotline Sort: Penn For Your Thoughts

Welcome back to Hotline Sort and happy St. Patrick's Day. President Obama's favorability rating is upside down in a new Pennsylvania poll, while Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) expresses her embarrassment and NYC voters weigh in on Bloomberg's comments about Irish people. Here's today's rundown:

Posted: Thursday, March 17, 2011 - 7:39am

Obama Struggling In Pennsylvania

My column yesterday looked at how President Obama's path to re-election in 2012 will depend increasingly on states with upscale demographics (diverse states with white-collar workforce), and less on the blue-collar Rust Belt states that Democrats traditionally rely on.

Posted: Thursday, March 17, 2011 - 7:32am

Video: Obama Makes His NCAA Picks; DC Takes Over Social Networking

President Obama made his NCAA tournament picks but RNC chairman Reince Priebus thinks Obama should be focusing on the budget, not basketball.

Jimmy Fallon on a new study rating Washington DC as the most socially networked city in the country: "That explains why today the Senate said, 'All in favor say Like.'"

Take our Late Night Poll after the jump!

Posted: Thursday, March 17, 2011 - 7:21am

Jindal Airs First Ad Of Gubernatorial Campaign

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) still has no opponent for this year's gubernatorial race, but he's releasing his first television ad on Thursday, a spot touting his record on job creation and opposition to raising taxes.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that the ad will run in media markets around the state and the buy is in the six figures.

Posted: Wednesday, March 16, 2011 - 5:56pm