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Hulk, Smashed

@ReutersHulk was born this morning after the news agency Reuters (or @reuters, if you will) tweeted in all caps that the Supreme Court's upholding of part of an Arizona immigration law was a "DEFEAT FOR OBAMA."

D.C. insiders took issue with that interpretation, arguing it was a win for the administration. They also took issue with the caps.

Rand Paul Endorses Mitt Romney

Updated: 11:02 p.m.| Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney said this afternoon that he is "honored" to be endorsed by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.).

Paul's father, Rep. Ron Paul (Texas), had run for the Republican presidential nomination against Romney in 2008 and this election cycle, but he essentially conceded the race in an email to supporters today.

Wisconsin: Gov. Scott Walker Survives Recall Attempt

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker survived a recall attempt tonight.

Though early exit poll results appeared to show a tight race, the major news networks called the election for the first-term Republican within an hour of the 9 p.m. poll closing.

Not That There's Anything Wrong With That

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison may not think "moderate" is an epithet, but she sure doesn't want to be called it.

In an appearance on CBS' "Face the Nation" this morning, the Texas Republican was asked if the word "moderate" has become "a dirty word."

A United Wisconsin ... in Maryland?

On Sunday, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) downplayed any national repercussions if Wisconsin voters fail to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

"It's an election that's based in Wisconsin," the Democratic National Committee chairwoman said in an interview on C-SPAN.

The C in C-SPAN Also Stands for Classical

Ever wonder what that classical music is on C-SPAN?

No? OK, maybe it is just us.

Pennsylvania: Pat Toomey Endorses Mitt Romney

Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) endorsed Mitt Romney's presidential campaign today, becoming the 98th Member of Congress and the 20th Senator to do so.

"With his extensive private sector experience, his knowledge of economic issues, and his gubernatorial track record, Governor Romney is exactly the kind of leader our country needs to solve our fiscal crisis and restore American prosperity," he said in a statement.

Arizona: Redistricting Plan Pre-Cleared

Arizona's Congressional redistricting plan has been pre-cleared by the Department of Justice.

In a letter dated today, Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez wrote that the department has no objection under the Voting Rights Act to the proposed boundaries.

Maryland: Mitt Romney Snags Easy Win

Updated 9:31  p.m. | Mitt Romney easily won the Maryland primary tonight, putting the finishing touches on his quest for the Republican presidential nomination.

Continuing his string of wins in moderate Northeastern states, the former Massachusetts governor did well enough in exit polls that the Associated Press called the race less than 15 minutes after polls closed at 8 p.m.

Marco Rubio Endorses Mitt Romney

Nearly two months after the Florida primary, Sen. Marco Rubio endorsed Mitt Romney for president.

In an appearance on Sean Hannity's show on Fox, the first-term Florida Republican said Romney had "earned this nomination" and criticized talk of an open convention.

Newt Gingrich Scales Back Presidential Campaign

 

Former Speaker Newt Gingrich is dramatically scaling back his presidential campaign, according to news reports.

Mitt Romney Easily Wins Illinois Primary

Updated: 10 p.m. | Mitt Romney easily won the Illinois Republican primary today, leading networks to call the race just a half-hour after polls closed.

With 7 percent of precincts reporting, the former Massachusetts governor had 55 percent of the vote, while former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum had 28 percent.

John McCain: Paul Babeu Is a Friend

Arizona Sen. John McCain (R) said today that Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu deserves the benefit of the doubt as more information comes out about his personal life.

Asked on ABC’s “This Week” about allegations that Babeu threatened to deport an illegal immigrant he was having a relationship with, McCain was measured in his response.

Congress' Most-Driven Lawmakers

Rep. Rob Wittman wants you to know that he's cheap.

The Virginia Republican tweeted this evening that he drives a really old car, and he's proud of it.

Obama, House Republicans Try to Put Points on the Board

In their weekly addresses, both President Barack Obama and House Republicans tried to put some legislative points on the board.

As the 2012 elections heat up, both the White House and its Republican opponents are pushing targeted legislative initiatives that could pass — or at least put the other side in a tough spot. In his address, Obama moved onto the next item on his State of the Union checklist: Mortgage refinancing.

Bedtime Reading From Grandpa Joe

Sen. Joe Lieberman dug deep into the grandpa collection for some Senate bedtime reading today.

Oh wait, that's not it. Lieberman was saying that he didn't want "this wonderful bill" to get too many amendments and "be so loaded up that it falls by the wayside — like Thidwick's antlers — and does not pass."

The 63-Timers Club

Sen. John McCain will soon be the Alec Baldwin of "Meet the Press."

On Sunday, the Arizona Republican made his 63rd appearance on the show, defending his new besty, Mitt Romney, in a mano-a-mano with former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.), who represented former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), reverse mortgages and older men with goatees. That's a lot more than the 16 times Baldwin has hosted "Saturday Night Live."