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7) The Illinois state Senate on Tuesday sent Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn a redistricting plan that could send five more Democrats to Congress after 2012. National Journal Daily subscribers can read more here. 6) Meanwhile, Texas Republican lawmakers unveiled their proposed map for new congressional districts on Tuesday. But there's a big question about whether the map is legal under the Voting Rights Act reports Cameron Joseph in National Journal Daily (subscriber). 5) Former Florida House Majority Leader Adam Hasner's GOP Senate campaign is holding a fundraiser in Washington next Tuesday, and among the hosts are former George W. Bush aides Ari Fleischer and Dan Senor. 4) Meeting with Iowa Republicans Tuesday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said he's not interested in running for the White House. But Christie did tell the group he has accepted an invitation from Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad to give the keynote address at an education summit in Iowa during the summer. The Des Moines Register has the story here. 3) A federal judge who last week ruled that companies should be allowed to make campaign donations directly to candidates may be changing his mind, the Wall Street Journal reports. He said Tuesday that he is going to take another look at whether he made the right decision given a 2003 Supreme Court case that upheld the ban on corporate donations. 2) The Salt Lake Tribune reports that Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, has told Utah Republican insiders that he plans to run against Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, setting up a high-profile Republican nomination fight. 1) The House on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected legislation, 318-97, that would have raised the nation's debt limit without accompanying spending cuts. It's a symbolic blow for Democrats, who saw almost half of their caucus defect to the GOP side on the high-profile issue. The bill's defeat now sets the stage for meetings between President Obama and the House Republican Conference today, and a meeting between Obama and House Democrats on Thursday.

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