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Sen. Joe Lieberman nearly became the first person in history to be the vice presidential nominee for two different parties, but it turns out one reason he so fully embraced Republican Sen. John McCain during the presidential campaign is that none of his fellow Democrats asked for his help.

In 2007, Lieberman (I-CT) was reviled by Democrats who supported him being booted from his caucus thanks in part to the Iraq war. It should not have been much of a surprise that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton weren't racing for an endorsement.

But it was to Lieberman, according to an account described in the book "Game Change" and confirmed to me by Lieberman's office.

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The Newark Star-Ledger reports that Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) was hospitalized this evening after taking a fall at his New Jersey home. The paper reports Lautenberg is in good spirits and has been kept overnight for "observation."

Lautenberg, 86, is New Jersey's senior senator and is currently in his fifth term representing the state. On Friday, the paper reports, he returned from Haiti, which he had visited as part of a bipartisan Congressional delegation that ventured to the recovering island nation.

Mitt Romney was an apparent victim of air rage on a flight home from the Vancouver Winter Olympics this afternoon. The Toronto Globe And Mail reported the story this evening:

The man sitting in front of Mr. Romney's wife dropped his seat back and when Mr. Romney asked him to move it upright for takeoff, the man became "physically violent." Another report said that the man tried to strike Mr. Romney.


According to reports, Romney "did not retaliate" to the attack.

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On a conference call with county Democratic Party chairs this afternoon, Sen. Evan Bayh and Indiana Democratic Party Chair Dan Parker declared that not having a Democratic primary to find a replacement for the retiring Bayh would have its upsides, according to a source who was on the call.

Bayh opened the call by repeating the reasons for not seeking reelection he mentioned in his press conference today, the source said. But in a message tailored for his audience of local party officials, Bayh said the timing of his announcement could be a positive for Democrats. The source said that Bayh told the call that the lack of a primary would mean that the Republican party candidates would attack each other on their own, with no Democrats to get in the way. On the Democratic side of the process, according to the source, Bayh said officials would choose a strong nominee from their "deep bench."

"He said, 'if this goes to the state committee then we'll have selected a candidate without a divisive primary,'" the source told me this evening.

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The Harold Ford Jr. camp is changing its story after Ford, a prospective Senate candidate, told a Buffalo TV station that he has never filed a New York State tax return, even though he's been commuting to the city since 2007 to work for Merrill Lynch.

Ford's comments were initially echoed by his spokeswoman, Tammy Sun, who last week told Gawker that Ford "will file a New York tax return in April for the first time."

But now they're telling a different version.

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A former car repairman has come forward to tell the Boston Herald that Amy Bishop, charged in the killing of three professors at the University of Alabama Friday, held him up at gunpoint while searching for a getaway vehicle after killing her brother in 1986.

The claim casts more doubt on the official version of the story -- that the shotgun Bishop was holding accidentally discharged in her Braintree, Mass., home, killing her 18-year-old brother. Bishop was 19 at the time, and she was released by the police the day of the incident without being charged.

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February 9, 2010: Bob Dylan shakes hands with President Obama after a performance at the White House. Dylan performed as part of Barack and Michelle Obama's Civil Rights Music Night, which celebrated the music of the Civil Rights movement.

More pictures from the event can be found here.

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza




Bob Dylan sings "The Times, They Are A-Changin'."

Video here.

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza




Smokey Robinson and Jennifer Hudson sing "People Get Ready."

Video here.

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza




Joan Baez performs "We Shall Overcome," as the First Family sings along from the first row.

Video here.

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza




Natalie Cole sings "What's Going On."

Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton




John Mellencamp performs "Keep Your Eyes on the Prize."

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza




Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon and the Freedom Singers perform "(Ain't Gonna Let Nobody) Turn Me 'Round."

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza




The First Family joins the performers on stage for a rendition of "Lift Every Voice And Sing."

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

The revelations about the past of the biology professor accused of shooting three colleagues to death at the University of Alabama Friday are stacking up by the day.

First came the news that the professor, Amy Bishop, shot and killed her teenage brother in suburban Boston under hazy circumstances in 1986. Then that she was investigated in 1993 in an attempted mail bombing of a Harvard professor who was evaluating her work as a postdoc.

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Indiana Republicans are feeling a lot more confident about their chances to pick up Sen. Evan Bayh's Senate seat this fall, but it's looking like there will be a 5-way GOP primary.

As we've been reporting, candidates have until tomorrow to submit 4,500 signature petitions to qualify for the ballot. They have until Friday to file paperwork with the Secretary of State.

A spokesman for the Indiana Republican Party told TPMDC there will likely be four or five candidates who meet the threshold to appear on the May 4 primary ballot.

"We're going to let the primary play out," the spokesman told me.

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