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Posted at 5:38 PM ET, 02/10/2011

Afternoon Fix: Jeff Flake to make Senate decision soon, Paladino won't run

By Chris Cillizza

Jeff Flake might run for Sen. Jon Kyl's Senate seat, Carl Paladino will not run for Chris Lee's House seat (and doesn't think he should have resigned) and former governor David Paterson (D-N.Y.) has a new job. Also, if you missed any of CPAC, for some reason, we've got you covered.

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* Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) will announce whether he will run for retiring Sen. Jon Kyl's (R-Ariz.) seat in the coming days, and he's expected to run.

* Under fire from conservatives, Republican House leaders have pledged to cut government spending by $100 billion.

* Sharron Angle is not running for president, she tells Politico. She's not sure what she's doing at CPAC.

* House Speaker John Boehner says he played no role in the decision by former Rep. Chris Lee (R-N.Y.) to resign mere hours after a shirtless Craigslist posting was exposed. Asked by a reporter why there have so many sex scandals involving lawmakers recently, Boehner quipped, "I wouldn't know."

* Former New York Gov. David Paterson is "joining the faculty" of New York University.


* CPAC continues all day tomorrow and Saturday, and The Fix will keep liveblogging. Highlight's from today include Santorum on evil, Bachmann on GOP unity, Gingrich on the EPA, and Labrador making a birther joke. All here.

* Jon Kyl is done with the Senate, but he's open to being vice-president - not that he thinks anyone will offer.

* New York magazine's Gabriel Sherman has signed on with Random House to write a biography of Fox News chief Roger Ailes.

* Carl Paladino says he was "heavily lobbied" to run for the seat very quickly vacated by Chris Lee, but he won't. He also doesn't think Lee should have quit: "With the facts that I know, I don't think he should have resigned. We want someone perfect? He didn't commit a crime. He had a bad moment." A wealthy conservative, Paladino made national headlines for some of his outlandish statements during last year's New York gubernatorial race.


In honor of Newt Gingrich's exit music:

With Rachel Weiner and Aaron Blake

By Chris Cillizza  | February 10, 2011; 5:38 PM ET
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