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- "President Obama's forthcoming budget request will seek tens of billions of dollars in fresh spending for domestic priorities while abandoning a compromise proposal to tame the national debt in part by trimming Social Security benefits. With the 2015 budget request, Obama will call for an end to the era of austerity that has dogged much of his presidency and to his efforts to find common ground with Republicans. Instead, the president will focus on pumping new cash into job training, early-childhood education and other programs aimed at bolstering the middle class, providing Democrats with a policy blueprint heading into the midterm elections." (Washington Post)
- In MS SEN, Club for Growth Action "announced a new TV and radio ad campaign" attacking Sen. Thad Cochran (R) "for supporting tax increases, bailouts, and debt ceiling increases." Both ads will begin running statewide on Friday. (release)
- The DCCC raised $6.8 million in January and has $32.2 million cash on hand, while the NRCC raised $6.1 million and has $24 million cash on hand. "Neither party committee reported any debt." (AP)
- In the FL-13 Special, voters "had cast more than 64,000 absentee ballot[s]" as of Wednesday. "Of those, 42 percent came from Republicans and 39 percent from Democrats. ... Democrats and Republicans alike have predicted Republicans would have a significant turnout advantage..., probably by at least seven percentage points. That Republicans have only a three point advantage at this point has to be troubling for" former lobbyist David Jolly (R). (Tampa Bay Times)
- Also in FL-13, the League of Conservation Voters "will name ... Jolly as the first member of its 2014 'Flat Earth Five' program, its list of targets among GOP House candidates who do not acknowledge evidence of climate change. ... LCV officials wouldn't comment on the amount they're planning to spend against Jolly yet." (Politico)
- In CA-17, the San Jose Mercury News's editorial board called on Rep. Mike Honda (D) to debate his challenger, former Obama administration official Ro Khanna (D). (San Jose Mercury News)
- In CA-35, state Sen. Norma Torres (D) "has announced her intention to run for the ... seat being vacated by" Rep. Gloria Negrete McLeod (D). (KPCC-FM)
- In PA GOV, former Auditor General/2013 Pittsburgh mayoral candidate Jack Wagner (D) "says he's running. ... Wagner confirmed Thursday that his supporters are gathering voters' signatures for his nomination petition. ... Wagner becomes the eighth candidate in a Democratic field" and "the only Democratic candidate from western Pennsylvania." (AP)
- Also in PA GOV, businessman Tom Wolf (D) launched his fourth TV ad, saying he will charge an extraction tax on oil and gas companies to increase funding for education. (YouTube)
- In the D.C. mayoral race, the Washington Post endorsed Councilmember Muriel Bowser (D), writing, "we believe she would be a force for continued progress ... while working to help people and neighborhoods that might otherwise be left behind." The editorial added that "the crimes and other troubling circumstances that surround" Mayor Vincent Gray's (D) campaign "four years ago and his refusal to be forthcoming about those events ... strike us as close to disqualifying." (Washington Post)
Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day
• These days, it's the rare Senate campaign that raises most of its money from its own state. But it's also rare for candidates to have a plurality of their cash coming from a state other than their own, and that's exactly what Alaska's Dan Sullivan (R), Iowa's Mark Jacobs (R), and Kentucky's Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) have done so far. -- Scott Bland
• The Post's endorsement of Bowser is significant in that no challenger has yet emerged as Gray's top competition. But the Post doesn't have a great record in electing their endorsed candidates: The paper didn't back Gray in his successful 2010 primary campaign, instead supporting Adrian Fenty. They did endorse Fenty in 2006 over then-Mayor Anthony Williams's preferred successor, Linda Cropp. -- Steven Shepard
HAIR OF THE DOG
FRESH BREWED BUZZ
- "For the embattled" New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), "bogged down by scandal and dogged by investigations, Thursday was supposed to represent a defiant, maybe even triumphant, return to the town-hall-style meeting, an intimate and comfortable setting in which he could bathe in the adulation of his fans and unleash harsh denunciations of anyone foolhardy enough to challenge him. ... But the two-hour forum ... near the Jersey Shore on Thursday, his first since controversy enveloped his administration, demonstrated just how difficult it will be for ... Christie to quickly recreate the political magic that once seemed certain to put him in contention for the White House." (New York Times)
- "If it's all right to have same-sex marriages, why not define a marriage — because at the end of the day a lot of this ends up being taxes and who can visit who in the hospital and there's other repressions and things that come with it — so a person may want to define themselves as being married to one of their children so that they can then in fact pass on certain things to that child financially and otherwise. Where do you draw the line?" -- KY SEN/candidate/businessman Matt Bevin (R), in an interview with Christian radio show host Janet Mefferd. A Bevin spokeswoman responded: "He sees no comparison between gay marriage and incest. He was discussing the implications of the legal rights related to this issue such as hospital visitations and benefits. To imply otherwise is ridiculous." (Washington Post)
- "How Likely Are Democrats to Lose the Senate?" (RealClearPolitics)
- "We know how to win national elections. But all too often, it's during these mid-terms where we end up getting ourselves into trouble because, I guess we don't think it's sexy or something. ... If there's one message that I want to deliver today to every Democrat and every person who's interested in supporting Democratic policies, is that you’ve got to pay attention to the states." -- Obama, in a speech at a DGA dinner in Washington on Thursday. (ABC News)
- "NBC newsman Garrick Utley dies at 74" ("Today")
- Jay Paterno (D), "the son of legendary Penn State football head coach Joe Paterno, said Thursday he is running for lieutenant governor" in Pennsylvania. (Harrisburg Patriot-News)
- In AK SEN, Olympic snowboarder Ryan Stassel "has left the winter games in Russia and returned home to Anchorage, where he will formally endorse" Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell (R). (Roll Call)
- "A Zimbabwe magistrate on Friday ordered former" Rep. Mel Reynolds (D-IL) "to pay a fine or face jail time after he pleaded guilty to charges of violating the country's immigration laws." (AP)
- When "asked about running the federal bank bailout" on KFBK-AM, CA GOV candidate/former Treasury Department official Neel Kashkari (R) "described himself as 'the guy you send in when, pardon me, the s--- is hitting the fan.'" Producer Julie Kingsley told Kashkari: "We don't cuss on the air. ... I wouldn't expect it from a gubernatorial candidate. You should know better than that." (Sacramento Bee)
- "I would bet, my friend, as much as I hate to admit it, that right now – this is why we have campaigns – but right now, if the election were tomorrow, Hillary Clinton would most likely be the president of the United States." -- Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), on Thursday (CNN)
- "Just days after" New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) "announced an aggressive plan to prevent traffic deaths," his "two-car caravan was seen speeding, blowing through stop signs, and violating other traffic laws." (WCBS-TV)
- 101-year-old Sarasota, Fla.-resident Joe Newman is running "as a write-in candidate" in FL-16, marking "his first run for public office." Newman: "I know I'm old. And I know that I have to pace myself." (USA Today)
PLAY OF THE DAY!
- Today's weather, from the National Weather Service: Showers with isolated thunderstorms this morning, then partly sunny with a chance of showers this afternoon. Locally heavy rainfall possible this morning. Highs in the lower 50s. South winds 10-15 mph, becoming west this afternoon.
- Obama delivers remarks at a DGA gathering at the White House. (11:15 a.m.)
- The U.S. is looking for revenge against Canada in the men's hockey semifinals. (NBC Sports Network, noon)
- Education Secretary Arne Duncan delivers remarks and participates in a Q&A session at the annual conference of the East Coast Asian American Student Union at GW. (Smith Center, 7:30 p.m.)
- "Kings of Leon" rock the Verizon Center. (8 p.m.)
- Georgetown has about 36 hours to rebound from Thursday night's loss when it hosts Xavier. (Verizon Center, 11:30 a.m. Saturday)
- American looks to bounce back against West Point. (Bender Arena, 2 p.m. Saturday)
- No. 14 Virginia hosts Notre Dame. (ESPN2, 2 p.m. Saturday)
- The Wizards look for two in a row when they host the Pelicans. (Verizon Center, 7 p.m. Saturday)
- GW seeks to lock up an NCAA Tournament bid on the road against No. 10 Saint Louis. (Comcast SportsNet Plus, 8 p.m. Saturday)
- The men's hockey gold-medal game. (WRC-TV, 7 a.m. Sunday)
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- Woodrow Wilson earned a PhD in history and political science from John Hopkins University.
- The winner is Mark Henson, and here's his Swizzle Challenge: "Though opinion polls indicate he could fit perfectly into today's Congress, this enterprising showman, philanthropist and Republican state legislator lost his 1867 bid for the U.S. House. Name him and the great New England city he became mayor of instead." The 1st correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.
NJ'S EARLY BIRD SPECIALS
- The GOP's Talent Gap
- Leading Senate Recruits Reliant on Out-of-State Money
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- Why Money Is the Wrong Measure in Political Races
- Rick Santorum Gathers Advisers to Plot 2016 Run
"I'll make that decision in about 18 months." -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), when asked by CNN's Wolf Blitzer when he will make a decision about running for president in 2016 (The Hill)
"Gov. Rick Perry of Texas said today he jumped into the last presidential campaign too late, which provided a valuable lesson he intends to keep in mind as he weighs his political future." (ABC News, Nov. 7, 2013)
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Steven Shepard contributed to this article.
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