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Sources tell Politico that Mitt Romney’s campaign is on track to at least $20 million in the 4th quarter of 2011 – their most lucrative quarter since the campaign began raising money in April 2011. That puts his total for the year around $50 million.

A day after House Republicans agreed to a short-term payroll tax cut extension, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will hold a press availability today at 9:45 a.m. ET.

Rick Perry is adding another ad to his Iowa rotation Friday. Called “President of Honor,” the 60-second ad begins with veterans endorsing Perry as a leader and friend to veterans. The second half of the ad looks more like Perry’s previous ones, focusing on his record of job creation and his ‘Washington outsider’ status.

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Rick Santorum is out with a new pop-up video style ad, running in Iowa ahead of the first-in-the-nation caucuses. The ad touts Santorum’s legislative accomplishments and his various supporters. Watch the ad:



Vice President Biden has an op-ed in the Des Moines Register Friday, attacking the policies of Mitt Romney. Biden uses the space to contrast Republicans' economic policies:



How can anyone forget the economic catastrophe brought about by the same policies Mr. Romney’s proposing? His are the same policies that deregulated Wall Street and turned it into a casino that gambled recklessly with hardworking Americans’ money. As a consequence, Americans saw the equity in their homes evaporate and their 401(k)s plummet in value. Millions of jobs were lost.

A senior Democratic aide offers this tongue in cheek tick tock on the House GOP's payroll tax cut surrender.

· On Sunday, Senator Reid called on Speaker Boehner to pass the Senate's bipartisan compromise.



· Senator Reid waited for Speaker Boehner to agree to pass the Senate's bipartisan compromise.



· Today, Speaker Boehner's staff contacted Senator Reid's staff, and agreed to pass the Senate's bipartisan compromise.


Funny. Also basically true. The tick tock on the other side of the Capitol was much more dramatic.

The Virginia primary will be on March 6, as part of a multi-state Super Tuesday event. And as the Richmond Times Dispatch reports, a whole bunch of candidates won't be on the ballot:

Four Republican presidential candidates - Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry and Ron Paul -- submitted paper work in time to qualify for Virginia's March 6 primary ballot.

No other GOP contender will be on the Virginia ballot. Rep. Michele Bachmann, former Sen. Rick Santorum and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman did not submit signatures with Virginia's State Board of Elections by today's 5 p.m. deadline.


It should also be noted that Gingrich's signature count, gathered in a big push over the past week, was 11,050 -- a buffer of 10.5% over the 10,000 minimum, cutting it a little bit close. Keep an eye on whether these petitions will withstand any disqualifications.

In a conference call with House Republicans early Thursday evening, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) took no questions after making it clear to his members that the game was up and they would have to swallow the Democratic payroll tax extension.

Boehner laid out the agreement he forged to temporarily renew the payroll tax holiday -- one his members will hate -- and said the goal is to pass the new bill by unanimous consent on Friday morning. That means if even a single recalcitrant Republican objects to his plan, the chaos will drag on for several days.

At a press conference with reporters just after the call, Boehner admitted he has no assurances that the unanimous consent request will fly -- but in a sign that he's finally laying down the law with his unruly members, he vowed to force them to take an up-or-down vote on the issue next week if they cause any trouble.

Asked if all his members would muffle their grievances and allow the bill to move ahead, Boehner admitted, "I don't know that but our goal is to do this by unanimous consent."

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