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According to The Hill, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) told his GOP members Wednesday that he will delay a House vote on his transportation and infrastructure bill that was originally slated for this week.

Keith Laing and Ian Swanson report:

"Given the volume of amendments and the need for a full, fair, open and transparent process, we may not finish energy/infrastructure this week," Boehner told his conference, according to a source in the room. "If we need more time to debate and consider amendments, that's perfectly fine with me. It's more important that we do it right than that we do it fast." 

The GOP bill would pay for road and transit projects over the next five years and reauthorize the collection of the federal gas tax. It also authorizes expanded domestic oil and gas drilling, and projects revenue would be used to pay for some of the projects.  

Boehner has reportedly had trouble gathering the votes for the measure, which has been criticized by Republicans as a spending bill and by Democrats as a giveaway to the fossil fuel industry.

The FCC is planning to bar LightSquared, which offers a national high-speed wireless network, because in some cases interferes with personal navigation and GPS systems, reports the AP:

The Federal Communications Commission said it will seek public comment as early as Tuesday on revoking LightSquared's permit after a federal agency that coordinates wireless signals, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, concluded that there's no way to mitigate potential interference.

World Bank President Robert Zoellick on Wednesday said he will step down on June 30, the end of his five-year term. 

"I'm honored to have led such a world class institution with so many talented and exceptional people," he said in a statement, Reuters reports

Multi-millionaire Santorum backer Foster Friess told ABC he will be there for Rick Santorum when he needs him, all the way to the convention. He said that since the Senator's triple win last week, he has raised enough money that he isn't needed at the moment. But he said he would be there to help in the future if needed. 

“There’s no sense in committing a lot of money if it’s not needed,” said Friess. “If money is needed I want to be helpful. That’s what I’ll say, but I won’t say to what extent.” He wouldn't say if he would give at the level that Sheldon Adelson gave to Newt Gingrich, which topped $10 million. 


President Obama visits Wisconsin today, as part of his tour of recent public appearances to promote his economic plans. And none other than Governor Scott Walker, a national conservative star, is scheduled to meet Obama at the Milwaukee airport, and also attend the President's remarks at the factory of a local company, Master Lock.

Obama name-dropped Master Lock in his State of the Union address in January, as an example of jobs coming back to America -- and unionized jobs, at that.

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The new Quinnipiac poll of Ohio shows Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown with a big lead over his Republican challenger, state Treasurer Josh Mandel, though Mandel could have some room to grow — if voters find out that he exists.

The numbers: Brown 48%, Mandel 35%. The survey of registered voters was conducted from February 7-12, and has a ±2.6% margin of error. In the previous Quinnipiac poll from mid-January, Brown led by a similar margin of 47%-32%.

In the new poll, Brown has an approval rating of 47%, to 34% disapproval. Mandel is currently an unknown, with a personal favorable rating of 16%, to 12% unfavorable, and an overwhelming 71% who have no opinion.

The TPM Poll Average currently gives Brown a lead of 46.3%-35.9%.


Malachy, a Pekingese, took home the top honor at the Westminster Kennel Club show in New York on Tuesday. More than 2,000 purebred dogs in 185 breeds competed in the event, the AP reports. Malachy, a 4-year-old dog, won his 115th best in show title.

Photo credit: MONIKA GRAFF/UPI/Newscom

There are no reports of anyone ever signing an affidavit claiming they were another person in order to vote in Virginia. But that isn't stopping Republican Virginia Del. Mark Cole from pushing legislation that would prevent such a scheme from taking place.

His bill -- which would make voters who lack an accepted form of identification cast provisional ballots -- has passed the House. It's raised the ire of Virginia Democrats who say it's just one in a line of legislative measures proposed by Republicans in states across the country who are trying to suppress Democratic turnout.

But Cole told TPM this week that his legislation isn't part of some grand conspiracy by, say, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). He said it's a solution to a potential problem brought to his attention by members of a county election board.

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