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- "The House approved a year-long suspension of the nation's debt limit Tuesday in a vote that left Republicans once again ceding control to Democrats after a collapse in support for an earlier proposal advanced by" House Speaker John Boehner. "In a narrow vote, 221 to 201, just 28 Republicans joined nearly all Democrats to approve a 'clean' extension of the government’s borrowing authority — one without strings attached — sending the measure to the Senate for a final vote, probably this week." (Washington Post)
- In AK SEN, former Attorney General Dan Sullivan (R) released a new 60-second radio ad on Wednesday highlighting why he moved to Alaska and his accomplishments as a public official in the state. (Politico)
- In AR SEN, Patriot Majority USA (D) released a new TV ad on Wednesday attacking Rep. Tom Cotton (R) for voting against the farm bill and raising the retirement age for Social Security and Medicare to 70. (release)
- In NC SEN, Patriot Majority USA (D) released a new TV ad on Wednesday attacking state House Speaker Thom Tillis (R) for siding with insurance companies on health care. (release)
- In SC SEN, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R), "looking to shore up support ahead of his GOP primary, is going up with a more than $220,000 ad buy across the state this week. ... The ads will start running on radio and TV Wednesday and air through Feb. 24." (Politico)
- In the FL-13 Special, former lobbyist David Jolly (R) released a new TV ad featuring "Mark Lunsford, whose nine-year-old daughter Jessica was murdered in 2005." Jolly "helped Lunsford in his efforts to protect children." (Tampa Bay Times)
- In FL-26, House Majority PAC released a new TV ad defending Rep. Joe Garcia (D), saying he is "working to fix Obamacare" and "and took the White House to task for the disastrous healthcare website." (Miami Herald)
- In IL GOV, the newly formed Illinois Freedom PAC launched a new TV ad on Tuesday stating businessman Bruce Rauner (R) can't be trusted "to shake up Springfield" as he's pledged to do. The ad is part of "a more than $2 million assault" on Rauner. (Chicago Sun-Times)
- A new Providence Journal/WPRI-TV poll of RI GOV Democratic primary LVs, conducted Feb. 3-6 by Fleming & Associates, shows Providence Mayor Angel Tavares leading General Treasurer Gina Raimondo, 31-27%, with Deputy Assistant U.S. Secretary for International and Foreign Language Education Clay Pell at 15%. (release)
- "Republican City Councilman Kevin Faulconer won a decisive victory over Democratic Councilman David Alvarez in the San Diego mayor's race Tuesday, signaling a new chapter for the city after the scandal-plagued tenure of" former Mayor Bob Filner (D). "Faulconer had 54.5 percent compared to Alvarez's 45.5 percent of the vote with all precincts reporting." Faulconer "becomes the only Republican mayor of a top 10 U.S. city, making him one of the party's highest-profile leaders in the state." (U-T San Diego)
Hotline editors weigh in on the stories that drive the day
• Chris Christie's red-meat rhetoric in Chicago hammering the liberal focus on income inequality is a reminder that what made him a viable Republican presidential candidate in the first place. The controversies back home may sideline him, but if Christie turned his fire to the left earlier on, he probably would have a larger well of support from his own party. -- Josh Kraushaar
• Taveras's lead in Rhode Island is just outside the margin of error, but the ProJo/WPRI poll shows the race for the Democratic nomination is fairly wide open. For now, Taveras is more than holding his own among female Democratic primary voters, leading Raimondo by 6 points, despite the fact Raimondo is seeking to become the first woman to serve as governor of the Ocean State. -- Steven Shepard
HAIR OF THE DOG
"Error causes 1 cent gas at Woodstock Shell station" (Crystal Lake Northwest Herald)
FRESH BREWED BUZZ
- President Obama "will host a fundraiser for" the DCCC "at the home of former NBA star Alonzo Mourning" in Miami on March 20. "House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other lawmakers will also attend." (AP)
- Americans for Prosperity (R) "has already dropped $8.2 million on TV, radio and digital ads in an effort to defeat" Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC). "According to sources tracking media buys, the group has so far spent more in North Carolina than all Democratic outside groups in every Senate race in the country — combined." (Politico)
- "Can Wendy Davis Have It All?" (New York Times Magazine)
- NBC's Tom Brokaw revealed Tuesday "he has been diagnosed with cancer and said he and his physicians are very encouraged with the progress he is making." (NBC News)
- Former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ) "and her husband," retired astronaut Mark Kelly, "will write a book to be issued later this year on gun rights and gun violence, their publisher, Scribner, announced Tuesday. The book, 'Enough: Our Fight to Keep America Safe from Gun Violence,' is set to be published in June." (CNN)
- "We're both men. We're both Republicans." -- KY SEN candidate/businessman Matt Bevin (R), when asked what he and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell have in common (Washington Post)
- "Rand Paul Will Sue Obama Over the NSA" (National Journal)
- Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) "said Tuesday he was suspending the use of the death penalty in Washington state, announcing a move that he hopes will enable officials to 'join a growing national conversation about capital punishment.'" (KIRO-TV)
- "Record, mug shot from Steve Stockman's drug arrest that he now denies" (Dallas Morning News)
- "Richard Stengel, the former managing editor of Time magazine, was confirmed as Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy on Tuesday. Stengel, who was nominated for the post late last year, was confirmed by the Senate in a 90-to-8 vote." (Politico)
- "Starting this fall," the late Tim Russert's "office will be on permanent display at the Buffalo History Museum," Rep. Brian Higgins (D-NY) "announced Tuesday." The office has been on display at the Newsuem in Washington for the last four years. (Buffalo News)
- PoliticsPA notes PA GOV candidate/businessman Tom Wolf's (D) campaign slogan, "A Fresh Start for Pennsylvania," is reminiscent of the one "Rep. Peter Russo" uses during his run for the same office in the Netflix series "House of Cards." (PoliticsPA.com)
PLAY OF THE DAY!
- A Winter Storm Warning is in effect. (8 p.m.-3 p.m. Thursday)
- Today's weather, from the National Weather Service: Partly sunny. Highs in the upper 20s. East winds 5 to 10 mph.
- The House left town Tuesday night, but the Senate is back at 9:30 a.m.
- The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee holds a timely hearing on "Extreme Weather Events: The Costs of Not Being Prepared." (342 DSOB, 10 a.m.)
- The gold medal will be awarded in pairs figure skating. (NBC Sports Network, 10 a.m.)
- The Olympic men's hockey tournament kicks off with Jaromír Jágr and the Czech Republic against Henrik Lundqvist and Sweden. (USA Network, noon)
- GW opens up a tough stretch of A-10 games in Richmond when it goes for the season sweep against Va. Commonwealth. (NBC Sports Network, 7 p.m.)
- AU looks to get back on track in the Patriot League when it hosts Lehigh. (Bender Arena, 7:30 p.m.)
- The Wizards hope to bounce back against the Rockets. (Comcast SportsNet, 8 p.m.)
- The U.S. men's hockey team begins their quest for gold in pool play against Slovakia. (NBC Sports Network, 7:30 a.m. Thursday)
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- Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) is the first combat veteran of either Iraq or Afghanistan to serve in Congress.
- The winner is Bill Pascoe, and here's his Swizzle Challenge: "In Ayn Rand's novel, 'Atlas Shrugged,' there comes a time when Mr. Thompson, the Head of State, signs an executive order that, among other things, attaches workers to their current employment, and prohibits them from leaving, being fired, or changing employment. What was the name of this executive order, and who drafted it?" The 1st correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.
NJ'S EARLY BIRD SPECIALS
- Is Hillary Clinton Blocking a New Generation of Democratic Leaders?
- Obama's Arbitrary Health Care Flexibility
- Another Democrat Apologizes for Obamacare
- The Tea Party Cares About Electability?
- Are There Words You Can't Say on the House Floor?
"We double-bunk in the campaign. We always double-bunk when we can. Totally as a cost-saving measure." -- IL GOV candidate/Treasurer Dan Rutherford (R), who's been accused of sexually harassing an employee, on sharing a hotel room with his assistant (Chicago Tribune)
"Can we turn our beds into bunk beds? We've already figured out how to do this; the beds match up perfectly." -- "Dale Doback" (John C. Reilly)
"And here's the thing, it will give us so much extra space in our room to do activities!" -- "Brennan Huff" (Will Ferrell), in Step Brothers
Adam Wollner, Editor
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Steven Shepard contributed to this article.