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7. With two weeks left in the race to replace former Rep. Jane Harman, D-Calif., Democrat Janice Hahn is out with her second and third television ads of the campaign - each with a different spin. The first, "Extreme," echoes the message of her first spot - arguing that her GOP opponent, businessman Craig Huey, is far outside the mainstream. The second ad, "Will fight for our agenda," takes a more positive tone, touting Hahn's independence and experience - and never mentions her party ID. 6. The National Republican Congressional Committee said it would begin airing a TV ad today hitting Rep. Lois Capps, D-Calif., over her position on Medicare, the Los Angeles Times reports. "Congress is debating big changes for Medicare, and Congresswoman Lois Capps voted for the most extreme plan. Capps voted for the plan the media says would 'decimate Medicare,'" the narrator says in the ad. 5. Former Texas Secretary of State Roger Williams will follow former Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams out of the Texas Senate race and into a suburban Dallas open House seat today, the Austin-American Statesman reports. Lieutenant Gov. David Dewhurst is expected to jump in soon. Dewhurst wrote in a Monday email to supporters, "After we finish the important state business this Session, we will have exciting news to share with you about what we will do next." 4. Nebraska state Sen. Deb Fischer will enter the GOP primary battle to take on Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., today, kicking off a statewide tour in Omaha. The other leading candidates in the race are state Attorney General Jon Bruning and Treasurer Don Stenberg. Fischer is the fifth candidate in the field. 3. First, conservative super PAC American Crossroads launched a radio campaign targeting Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. Now, a well-funded Democratic outside group Majority PAC released their own radio ad in Missouri. The ad focuses on Medicare, with a narrator saying, "The Wall Street Journal says the Republican plan will 'essentially end Medicare', ultimately forcing seniors to pay thousands more a year." 2. Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty will give an address on foreign policy today at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. According to excerpts from his prepared remarks, he will hit Obama in being "timid, slow, and too often without a clear understanding of our interests or a clear commitment to our principles" in his response to Arab Spring. He'll also go after the Republican Party on foreign policy. "What is wrong, is for the Republican Party to shrink from the challenges of American leadership in the world," Pawlenty will say, according to the excerpts. "History repeatedly warns us that in the long run, weakness in foreign policy costs us and our children much more than we'll save in a budget line item. America already has one political party devoted to decline, retrenchment, and withdrawal; it does not need a second one." 1. Obama will travel to Iowa today to visit the Alcoa plant in Davenport. National Journal's George Condon writes that officially, the trip is not about politics -- but with the caucuses only seven months away and anti-Obama television ads already airing, almost everything is about politics. For Obama, Condon says, the trip is a chance to counter the nonstop criticism of his record coming from the GOP candidates who have been busy crisscrossing the state, a chance to tout gains in manufacturing jobs, and a chance to underscore the "stature gap" between an incumbent who comes with Air Force One, a Secret Service detail, and a motorcade and the would-be challengers who are still working to introduce themselves to voters.

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