3) As observers in Wisconsin wait to see if Democratic-backed candidate JoAnne Kloppenburg
will request a recount in the high stakes Supreme Court race, her GOP-aligned opponent is ramping up
the pressure for her to forgo a recount. "My opponent ran a very effective campaign. But now that all 72 counties have completed their canvasses, the result of the election is not in doubt," said Justice David Prosser
, who was declared the victor in the race by 7,316 votes last Friday. Jim Troupis
, an attorney for Prosser's campaign, said of a possible recount, "We will take every and any step to prevent this frivolous matter going forward." Kloppenburg has until Wednesday at 5 p.m. to decide whether she will ask for a recount, and her campaign said she has not made a decision yet.
2) According to sources, Christie Vilsack
, the wife of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack
and the state's former first lady, is likely
to challenge Rep. Steve King
(R-Iowa). She's reportedly mulling a move to Ames, which would put her in Iowa's newly drawn 4th District.
1) Standard & Poor's changed its outlook
on U.S. Treasury securities from "stable" to "negative" on Monday, and both the administration and House Republicans tried to gain leverage from the change in outlook.
The S&P report questioned whether the White House and Republicans would be able to agree on a plan to rein in deficits before the 2012 presidential election. Meanwhile, White House and Treasury officials questioned the report's conclusions but said it validated their efforts to broker a bipartisan deal on the debt. Many Republicans used the report to affirm their position that they would raise the debt ceiling only in exchange for addressing the deficit.
-- Jessica Taylor contributed to this post