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- "Congressional negotiators unveiled a $1.1 trillion funding bill late Monday that would ease sharp spending cuts known as the sequester while providing fresh cash for new priorities, including President Obama's push to expand early-childhood education. ... The White House and leaders of both parties praised the measure, which would fund federal agencies for the remainder of the fiscal year and end the lingering threat of a government shutdown when the current funding bill expires at midnight Wednesday." (Washington Post)
- Polls in the FL-13 Special GOP primary are open until 7 p.m., though "31,782 voters already have cast a ballot" in early voting. The three candidates are retired Marine Reserve Brig. Gen. Mark Bircher, lobbyist David Jolly, and state Rep. Kathleen Peters. (Tampa Tribune)
- In AK SEN, former Attorney General Dan Sullivan (R) raised $1.25 million in the fourth quarter of last year -- his first as a candidate -- "a haul that gives him a big boost in a three-way primary." (Politico)
- In AR SEN, Sen. Mark Pryor (D) raised $1.1 million in the fourth quarter and has "about" $4.2 million cash on hand. (Arkansas News)
- In MI SEN, former Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land (R) raised $1.66 million in the fourth quarter, including a $600,000 personal contribution, and has $3.3 million cash on hand. (Detroit News)
- In MN SEN, Sen. Al Franken (D) raised $2.1 million in the fourth quarter and has $4.8 million cash on hand. (The Hill)
- In NC SEN, former Shelby Mayor Ted Alexander (R) "announced his ... bid Monday afternoon at Shelby City Hall with several dozen family members, friends and media members present." (Shelby Star)
- House Majority PAC (D) "raised $7.5 million in 2013 as it gears up for this year's midterm elections, a spokesman said." (CNN)
- Rep. George Miller (D-CA), "Nancy Pelosi's strong right arm and one of the top Democratic legislators of his generation, is stepping down at the end of this year after four decades in Congress." (Politico)
- Also in CA-11, state Sen. Mark DeSaulnier (D) "became the first Bay Area politician to declare Monday that he'll run" for Miller's seat. (San Francisco Chronicle)
- In CA-21, former Stabenow chief of staff Amanda Renteria (D) raised more than $335,000 in the fourth quarter, her campaign said. (Hotline reporting)
- In FL-02, Bob Graham daughter Gwen Graham (D) raised more than $474,000 in the fourth quarter and has over $1 million cash on hand, her campaign said Monday. (Hotline reporting)
- Former Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-MT) "said Monday he has decided not to run for his old House seat or any other office in 2014." (Ravalli Republic)
- "FBI agents arrested a onetime girlfriend" of Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) "on charges of circumventing federal campaign laws to funnel money" to Grimm's campaign. (New York Daily News)
- In NC-07, New Hanover County Commissioner Woody White (R) "officially announced his run ... on Monday afternoon at Jungle Rapids amusement park in Wilmington." White "will face off against" 2012 nominee David Rouzer (R) in the GOP primary to succeed retiring Rep. Mike McIntyre (D). (Wilmington StarNews)
- In PA-06, businessman Michael Parrish (D) "plans to announce a run ... on Tuesday morning." He had previously filed a statement of candidacy with the FEC, but until last December, Parrish was a Republican who donated to now-Gov. Tom Corbett (R) in 2010, and to the presidential campaigns of John McCain and Mitt Romney. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
- In TN-03, 2012 candidate Weston Wamp (R) will challenge Rep. Chuck Fleishmann (R) again in the GOP primary, hoping "to gain the job once held by his father," former Rep. Zach Wamp (R). (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
- In TX-04, former U.S. Attorney John Ratcliffe (R) "has pumped" $400,000 of his own money into his bid to defeat Rep. Ralph Hall (R) and has $432,000 cash on hand. (Dallas Morning News)
- Florida Gov. Rick Scott's (R) "long search for a new lieutenant governor ends Tuesday, when he's expected to appoint" former state Rep. Carlos Lopez-Cantera (R), "who is Miami-Dade County's elected property appraiser." Lopez-Cantera's "presence on the ... ticket would add diversity and could boost Scott's standing among Hispanic voters, especially in the state's largest county." (Miami Herald)
- In MN GOV, businessman Scott Honour (R) raised "more than" $500,000 in 2013, while Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson (R) raised $250,000 and state Sen. Dave Thompson (R) raised $120,000. (MinnPost.com)
- In PA GOV, Treasurer Rob McCord (D) raised $6.6 million in 2013, including a $1.7 million personal contribution, and has $6 million cash on hand. (PoliticsPA.com)/
- In RI GOV, "[n]ow that Cranston Mayor Allan Fung (R) has disclosed that he caused a fatal car accident when he was 18, the other candidates in the ... race are beginning to offer their views." (Providence Journal)
- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) "will tackle the controversy surrounding the George Washington Bridge when he delivers" his State of the State address Tuesday afternoon in Trenton. (CNN)
- According to a new Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press poll of New Jersey RVs, conducted Jan. 10-12, 59% approve of the job Christie is doing as governor, while 32% disapprove. In the previous poll, conducted Dec. 4-8, 65% approved of Christie, and 27% disapproved. (release)
Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day
• No matter what happens in today's FL-13 GOP primary, Democrat Alex Sink enters the special election as a favorite and could show that Obamacare isn't automatic political poison for her party. But remember: Special elections are special, and Sink brings advantages to FL-13 that many other Dems may not be able to replicate, including preexisting name ID, statewide and national fundraising connections, a possible outside money edge, and a district that leans slightly toward Obama.
• Terri Lynn Land just proved her million-plus haul in her first quarter in the Michigan Senate race was no fluke, again topping a million in the fourth quarter. And with a recent GOP poll showing her leading Gary Peters and a Democratic poll showing a tight contest, it looks like Michigan has a competitive race on its hands.
• The minimum wage is proving to be a more pertinent issue in governor's races than in Senate races so far this year, where those elected will hold more power to control the purse strings. In Massachusetts, Martha Coakley (D) singled out the issue in her first shot fired at Charlie Baker (R) on Monday, and Bruce Rauner's (R) recent claims that he'd cut the Illinois minimum wage have been politically toxic, setting off a skirmish in the GOP primary and demonstrating that the issue could be a more potent force than previously anticipated.
HAIR OF THE DOG
Abigail Miller of Dayton, Ohio, "placed a flier ... offering a case of beer and a pack of cigarettes for the return of her lost dog. And it worked." (Dayton Daily News)
FRESH BREWED BUZZ
- "Watch Mitt Romney dance around at a Mormon conference" (Salt Lake Tribune)
- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) "loves to stick his finger in the GOP establishment's eye, and he did so again on Monday, hiring a top Republican operative who was fired just last month by House conservatives for leaking internal talks to outside groups." (National Journal)
- New York Post columnist Fred Dicker called the 2012 Newtown, Conn., "school shooting 'a little convenient massacre'" during his WGDJ-AM radio show on Monday, "sparking outrage among the loved ones of those who died in the bloodbath." (New York Daily News)
- "Well, for a micromanaging White House, they should go look in the mirror. ... Maybe they ought to think about how they do business. And I think it's fair to say that the book is a lot more critical about the people around the president than it is of the president." -- Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, to Yahoo News Global Anchor Katie Couric (Yahoo News)
- "Hillary Clinton's Iowa problem" (CNN)
- "There's a tradition of outgoing Virginia governors playing pranks on their successors," and so newly-installed Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) "opened the door to the bathroom in his gubernatorial office and faced a big, taxidermy-stuffed bear in a ferocious pose." (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
- "Pope With the Humble Touch Is Firm in Reshaping the Vatican" (New York Times)
- Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) announced Monday that he and "long-time partner" Randy Florke were engaged on Christmas Day. "No date for the wedding has been announced." (Albany Times Union)
- "This time Honey Badger do care: Republican Scott Gessler welcomes son Eric" (Denver Post)
- "A Giant grocery store ad welcoming back Howard University students from winter break has rankled the Howard community because the ad pictured a young, white female." (Washington Business Journal)
PLAY OF THE DAY!
- Today's weather, from the National Weather Service: Rain. Highs in the lower 50s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph, becoming west this afternoon.
- The House and Senate both return at 10 a.m.
- The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform meets to consider the TSA's Screening Partnership Program. (RHOB 2154, 10 a.m.)
- Obama convenes a Cabinet meeting at the White House. (11 a.m.)
- The Miami Heat are honored for the 2013 NBA Finals victory at the White House. (2:55 p.m.)
- The Caps host the Sharks. (Verizon Center, 7 p.m.)
- GW looks for a "monumental" win at home against Va. Commonwealth. (Smith Center, 7 p.m.)
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- Henry Cabot Lodge won the 1964 New Hampshire Republican presidential primary via write-in votes.
- The winner is Chris Wallace, and here's his Swizzle Challenge: "From vacation in Jamaica, a sports star from this country who represented Jamaica for decades in international events now represents another country. Name the athlete and the second country." The 1st correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.
NJ'S EARLY BIRD SPECIALS
- Democrats Look To Beat Obamacare Rap In Florida
- Bruce Alrighty
- Is Getting Christie's Last Pound of Flesh the Best Use of State Resources?
- British and American Political Systems Are Trading Places
- One of the Last Post-Watergate Reformers Leaving Congress
"Seeking roommate. 20 terms in the House & unmatched legislative record preferred. Lover of cold cereal a must." -- Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), in a tweet after Miller, his longtime D.C. roommate, announced his retirement on Monday
"Paint peeling off the walls. Sheets for curtains. Broken blinds. A mangled wicker chair made settable with a board. An ancient stove with a giant hole. And there's also the pile of underwear in the living room. ... What looks and feels like the most rundown frat house on campus is actually the Capitol Hill home of some of the most powerful men in Washington." (CNN)
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