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* Former president Jimmy Carter said in an interview with CNN that President Obama recently thanked his grandson, James Carter, the man who released Mitt Romney’s “47 percent” video. “When James went to meet President Obama, President Obama ran across the room, embraced him and thanked him profusely,” Carter said in an interview set to broadcast Thursday night. When Obama visited Georgia last week, he reportedly thanked James Carter backstage before an education event.

* Defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel has landed a new Republican supporter: Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.). Shelby’s spokesman said his boss intends to support Hagel’s nomination, which marks a turnabout from last week, when he voted against proceeding to a final up or down vote. Hagel is expected to be confirmed next week, barring surprise developments. Nonetheless, 15 GOP senators wrote Obama asking him to withdraw his nomination of Hagel.

* The National Rifle Association raised $1.1 million in January, the organization’s most productive month since August 2012. Meanwhile, the gun control debate continued Thursday, as Vice President Biden made a fiery plea for new gun control measures in a speech in Connecticut, 12 miles from the town where a mass shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school claimed the lives of 20 children and six educators.

* The National Republican Senatorial Committee raised $1.5 million in the month of January, meaning that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee outraised it by $2.7 million. The NRSC banked $3.3 million, a bit more than the $3 million with which the DSCC ended the month.

* Earlier this week, Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) compared the Citizens United Supreme Court case to the Dred Scott decision that upheld slavery. “The Dred Scott decision had to be repealed; we have to repeal Citizens United,” Markey says in a video that was posted online. According to the video, the remarks came at an event Tuesday in Pittsfield. Markey is the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination in Massachusetts’ special Senate election.


* South Carolina state Sen. Larry Grooms (R) got a boost Thursday when two members of the state’s U.S. House delegation endorsed his candidacy in the 1st District special election. Republican Reps. Jeff Duncan and Mick Mulvaney endorsed Grooms, who is competing for the GOP nomination against former governor Mark Sanford, among others.

* Will Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) run for reelection in 2016? It sure sounds like he may. “Sure, why not?” Reid told reporters in Nevada. The Democratic leader will be 76 on Election Day 2016.

* Republican Mia Love, the small town mayor from Utah who catapulted onto the national scene with a House campaign that fell just short in 2012, will address next month’s Conservative Political Action Conference. Love, who would have been the first black Republican congresswoman had she been elected, lost a very close race to conservative Democratic Rep. Jim Matheson.

* Obama got a hand announcing the White House Easter Egg roll ticket lottery from Kid President — aka nine-year-old Robby Novak.

* The DSCC has tapped Anne Caprara to be its political director this cycle. Caprara previously served as deputy political director  for the committee.


Nothing but net!

Source : washingtonpost[dot]com


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