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Kelly Eying Giffords Challenge

As Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) continues to recover from a near-fatal assassination attempt in January, her 2010 Republican challenger is making his first moves toward a possible rematch.

Jesse Kelly, who came within one percentage point of Giffords last November, filed a Statement of Organization with the Federal Election Commission on Thursday, setting up his campaign committee and designating the 8th District as his focus again. Arizona will also gain another congressional seat after redistricting.

Posted: Friday, March 11, 2011 - 10:23am

Hotline Sort: Oil, Water And Beer

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. As the price of oil continues to dominate the news cycle, President Obama will hold a news conference today to discuss rising energy costs. Elsewhere, Kaine-watch continues while one man sticks to just beer and water for Lent. Here's today's rundown:

Posted: Friday, March 11, 2011 - 8:25am

In Dem-Heavy States, Same-Sex Unions Move To Forefront

Though the November election results seemed to mean the gay-rights agenda would slow significantly this year, proponents of same-sex unions have scored several major wins during the last month despite setbacks in Indiana and Iowa, while

Posted: Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 7:20pm

Census Quick Cuts: California, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Connecticut

The Census rolled out new data for four more states this week, including the nation's most populous state, California, and two presidential bellwethers that are losing congressional representation, Pennsylvania and Ohio.

Posted: Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 4:25pm

Feingold Weighs In On Wisconsin Protests

The Wisconsin state Senate voted Wednesday night to eliminate collective bargaining provisions for most public workers, causing protesters to react angrily to the latest development in the ongoing battle between Gov. Scott Walker (R) and government unions.

Among those expressing his displeasure was former Sen. Russ Feingold (D).

Posted: Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 3:32pm

Trump Gets Roasted

No one knows how to kick off a presidential campaign quite like Donald Trump. The Donald knows Americans want a politician who can laugh at himself. And what better way than by being the target of a celebrity roast?

Comedy Central taped a roast of Trump Wednesday night in New York City. A source in the room provided some highlights of the show -- which is slated to air March 15 -- to Hotline On Call. Here's what we can post (this is a family blog, after all):

Posted: Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 12:52pm

Could Lugar Run As An Independent?

We've clarified this post to make clear Lugar has shown no indication he will run as an independent

Can Sen. Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) muster up a little "Joementum" if he falls short in the Republican primary to Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock, borrowing from Sen. Joe Lieberman's (I-Conn.) playbook and seeking his seat as an independent? The short answer is no.

Posted: Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 11:14am

Conservative Group Presses Dent In New Radio Ad

A radio ad encouraging Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) to support House Republicans' budget-cutting agenda began running in his exurban Philadelphia district Thursday, part of a new coordinated campaign to pressure the moderate lawmaker against siding with Democrats and President Obama.

Posted: Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 9:17am

Insiders: Buy Daniels, Pawlenty; Sell Palin

In the view of Democratic and Republican political operatives, the potential 2012 GOP White House hopefuls whose fortunes are most on the rise are Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, while former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is a rapidly depreciating asset, according to this week's National Journal Political Insiders Poll.

Posted: Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 9:15am

Video: Rep. Weiner And Colbert Go Head To Head; Liberals Get Punked Again

CORRECTION: The previous version of this post incorrectly identified the former NPR executive Stewart discusses in the video. That person is Ron Schiller.

Jon Stewart, on former NPR executive Ron Schiller resigning after being caught calling Republicans "anti-intellectual" and tea party members "racists": "Liberals trust pimps what can you say."

Donald Trump is being accused of running for President just to promote his television show.

Posted: Thursday, March 10, 2011 - 8:45am