4) As Hotline On Call noted Saturday, McClatchy reported that Democrats appear to have recruited retired Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez to run for the Senate in Texas. Sanchez was the former top military commander in Iraq who was forced out by the Abu Ghraib prison scandal. When he was asked if the Abu Ghraib scandal had effectively terminated his military career, Sanchez said, "That's pretty fair." But he emphasized that he hadn't known or had anything to do with the actions at the prison and was cleared by investigators. 3) As uncertainty continues to surround the recovery and political future of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), and Rep. Jeff Flake (R) remains the only candidate so far in the race to replace retiring-Sen. Jon Kyl (R), Rep. Raul Grijalva (D) believes Democrats need to "get a candidate quick, within the next month." Grijalva mentioned three names: Rep. Ed Pastor (D), former Attorney General Terry Goddard (D), and former state Democratic chair Jim Pederson (D), saying he "would encourage" Goddard and Pederson to mount bids. Goddard was the 2010 Democratic gubernatorial nominee while Pederson lost to Kyl in the 2006 Senate race. 2) Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian said Sunday night that he will be holding a press conference Monday morning -- and it looks like he will be announcing his candidacy in the Democratic primary next year against Wu. The announcement is scheduled for 10 a.m Pacific Time. 1) Congress is away for two weeks, but when lawmakers return, the already raging debate over raising the debt ceiling will be front and center. On Sunday, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said he is confident that Congress will vote to raise the debt ceiling, but House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan says Republicans have made the administration no promises. Meanwhile, Obama is taking his economic message on the road this week. And this afternoon, Obama will conduct a series of interviews with local media outlets in Denver, Indianapolis, Dallas and Raleigh.
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