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Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz on the House floor right now is delivering an emotional tribute to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. “I am proud of my friend,” Wasserman Schultz said of Giffords, holding back tears.

“This is only a pause in that public service,” she added.

Michele Bachmann has decided to seek a fourth term in Congress this fall, she told the Associated Press. However, on Fox News Wednesday, Bachmann back-peddled on that decision: “I believe I’ll be looking at that, very seriously looking at coming back for a fourth term.”

Bachmann faces some uncertainty. After dropping out of the presidential race, she will likely have to start over fundraising from scratch. Moreover, she will not know until at least next month how her district is being redrawn — some redistricting plans would make her district more Democratic. Lastly, since her presidential campaign, Bachmann’s approval ratings have suffered in Minnesota. As the Daily Beast reports, “Only 34 percent of voters in Minnesota say they have a positive view of her, and 37 percent believe she should run for re-election.”

House leaders are praising Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' amazing recovery and legacy in Congress on the day she is resigning from Congress. Read Giffords' resignation letter below:


Rep. Gabrielle Giffords just arrived on the House floor, on the day she submitted her resignation from Congress. She is receiving warm embraces from members of Congress and a standing ovation.

Newt Gingrich drew applause at a live Univision interview when he refined comments that had previously been reported as him saying that Spanish is “the language of the ghetto.”

“It wasn’t about Spanish; it was about all languages,” Newt told the interviewer, clarifying that he meant anyone in America who didn’t learn English risked ghettoizing themselves. A similar thing would be true of immigrants to Brazil who didn’t learn Portugese, he said. He doubted that there were any Hispanic parents in America do would not “want their children to be able to be fluent in English so they can have the chance of better futures and better jobs.”

The Spanish language itself, he concluded, is “one of the great languages of the world.”

In a promising sign for Democrats, a new poll conducted by Latino Decisions for Univision News and ABC News shows President Barack Obama remains the preferred candidate among Hispanic voters over his likely general election opponents.

The survey of Latino registered voters shows Obama besting Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich both nationwide and in Florida. In a hypothetical matchup against Romney, the president claims the support of 67 percent of respondents nationally and 50 percent in Florida.

Obama fares even better among Latinos when matched up against Gingrich, with the president besting the former House speaker 70 percent to 22 percent nationwide and 52 percent to 38 percent in Florida. Those numbers indicate that Gingrich has some work to do if he is going to eclipse 50 percent of the Latino vote in the general election, a position he outlined on Univision TV today.

The former Massachusetts governor has said he would veto the DREAM Act — legislation designed to provide a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children.

During an interview on Univision TV, Newt Gingrich lashed back at the interviewer’s suggestion that it could be seen as “hypocritical” that he had persecuted President Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky period while conducting an extra-marital affair himself.

Gingrich replied that if people did think it was hypocritical it was “because they listen to your question and they don’t listen to the facts.”

“I told the truth in the deposition,” he said, drawing a distinction with the former President who – he said – “knew he was lying under oath” and that was what incurred Gingrich’s wrath (and also led to the loss of Clinton’s Arkansas law license.)

The interviewer continued to press that the affair aspect meant there was some hypocrisy. Gingrich paused. “There’s some place here where there’s a mental synapse missing. I have never lied under oath,” he concluded.

Thousands of voters, party faithful, protesters and press will descend on Tampa in late summer for the Republican National Convention. But long after the delegates pack up shop and the nominee heads into the home stretch of campaigning, the security apparatus put in place for the event will be felt by locals and local law enforcement alike.

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Former Rep. Christopher Shays (R-CT) will formally launch his Senate campaign today in Hartford, for the seat of retiring Democratic-aligned Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman. Shays began exploring the race back in August, and raised over $420,000 in the fourth quarter of 2011, plus $100,000 in self-financing.

A moderate Republican, Shays was a main sponsor of campaign finance reform legislation in the early 2000s. He only narrowly won re-election in the Democratic wave of 2006, with the debate centering around his strong support for the Iraq War, and then was narrowly defeated in the second Democratic wave of 2008.

Shays faces a primary against former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon, who was the unsuccessful Republican nominee in the 2010 Senate race. On the other side, the Democratic primary is currently between former Connecticut Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz, Rep. Chris Murphy, and state Rep. William Tong.