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Former Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ) is planning to run against Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) for his Senate seat.

Hayworth told the Associated Press that he stepped down as host of a conservative talk radio show in Arizona, clearing the way for a Senate run.

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The Chicago Sun-Times reports that President Barack Obama has been called to do his civic duty -- and show up for jury duty in a Bridgeview, IL, on Monday.

But fear not, suburban Illinois suspects. "The president won't be expected to show up," a court source told the Sun-Times.

So there you have it, a surefire way to dodge jury duty: get elected president.

Jarrett: Obama Making Phone Calls On Health Care Appearing on Meet The Press, White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett said that President Obama is continuing to work on health care reform: "What he's doing and what happened over the course of the weekend is there've been a series of phone calls and conversations to try to see what, what the climate is, what's the art of the possible. But what the president is always going to do is try to push hard for the American people. He's not going to give up on that because of one election in Massachusetts. He's going to continue to work hard. We don't know what's going to happen. But what we do know is that we have a president committed to delivering for the American people."

Joe Biden: Beau 'Doesn't Want To' Run For Senate In an interview with the Wilmington News Journal, Vice President Biden said that his son Beau Biden, the state Attorney General, does not want to run for Joe Biden's former Senate seat -- which would badly damage the Democrats' chances of keeping the seat. "If you run into Beau, talk him into running; he respects you," Biden told reporter Harry Themal. When Themal responded that he doesn't think Beau wants to run, Joe Biden said: "I don't think he does either. I know he doesn't want to."

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Obama Slams Citizens United Ruling In this weekend's YouTube address, President Obama excoriated the Supreme Court's decision in the Citizen's United case, which overturned a century of previous law to allow corporations to directly spend money to campaign in elections:



"We don't need to give any more voice to the powerful interests that already drown out the voices of everyday Americans," said Obama. "And we don't intend to. When this ruling came down, I instructed my administration to get to work immediately with Members of Congress willing to fight for the American people to develop a forceful, bipartisan response to this decision. We have begun that work, and it will be a priority for us until we repair the damage that has been done."

Boehner Hails 'Political Rebellion' Against Democrats In this weekend's Republican YouTube, House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) celebrated the victory of Sen.-elect Scott Brown (R-MA), as part of a "political rebellion" against the Democrats' agenda:



"For months now, a political rebellion has been brewing - one born from the American people's opposition to greater government control over our economy and their lives," Boehner said. "That rebellion propelled Republican Scott Brown to victory in this week's Massachusetts special election. Scott's win in the bluest of blue states gives us new hope that common sense will prevail. That maybe now, the hard work and entrepreneurship of the American people will no longer be stifled by Washington Democrats' costly, job-killing agenda, an agenda Republicans have stood on principle and fought tooth and nail against."

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Since Haiti was hit with a devastating earthquake on Tuesday, January 12th, the country has unraveled into near chaos. The international community responded swiftly, pouring in millions of aid. Even typical adversaries, like the U.S. and Cuba, have joined forces to offer relief for Haiti. But several bottlenecks have held up the efforts, leaving many Haitians homeless and waiting for aid.

Here are some images of the relief efforts and ongoing tragedy in the small nation. See more images of the initial devastation and aftermath of the earthquake.

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House Democrats are dramatically divided on how to get health care passed in part because they don't trust the White House or Senate to live up to their promises.

TPMDC has been speaking with House Democratic leadership aides, administration officials and those close to the health care negotiations to get a sense of where the talks are going, if anywhere.

We've sketched out the plans being floated by members, but a big hangup is that more than half of House Democrats don't want to pass the Senate version of the bill with the promise that the bigger differences they've already been hammering out would be fixed with a second bill.

The bottom line is that many members feel betrayed by the White House and Senate and just don't trust that a fix would pass. If their fears pan out, members would be left with a more conservative bill than they passed last fall, and none of the compromises they negotiated with union leaders on how to pay for health care.

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While a number of Democratic senators have announced their opposition to giving Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke a second term, Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) released a statement today saying he will in fact vote for Bernanke, but that he expects the chairman to do more to "ensure families can access the credit they need to buy or keep their home, send their children to college or start a small business."

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Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) is engaged with House progressives, trying to tease out a solution to the health care reform impasse--but he says that at the highest levels of the Senate and the White House, there's still no plan, and he doubts whether President Obama will insert himself forcefully into the process.

Brown, who traveled with Obama today in Ohio, tells me "I've talked to Reid, I've talked to Obama. Unclear yet what the strategy is, but clear interest, strong interest in getting as strong a bill as we can get."

One of the problems with the so-called Plan B approach, wherein the House passes the Senate bill, and then an amendment package is advanced through a filibuster-proof process, is that it's unclear whether the entire fix bill can survive the so-called budget reconciliation process.

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The campaign of an apparent birther running for U.S. House from Massachusetts today apologized for announcing the endorsement of Sen-elect Scott Brown (R-MA) without Brown's permission.

Bill Hudak, an attorney who campaigned for Brown, released a statement today apologizing for issuing a press release, which had fake quotes from Brown, announcing his endorsement.

"Scott and I had several conversations where he pledged to provide support for me after the election. However, as a person new to politics, I took those conversations as permission to move and jumped the gun in the heat of the moment," Hudak said in the statement.

In the days before the 2008 presidential election, Hudak had put up large signs on his property showing Barack Obama as Osama bin Laden, surrounded by the words "lazy," "socialist" and "Marxist."

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