Afternoon Fix: Rand Paul compares tea party to abolitionism, McCain says Mubarak must go
Rand Paul gives his first floor speech, a new poll finds Noem and Herseth-Sandlin deadlocked, Sarah Steelman raises $208,000 in a month, and Michele Bachmann is going to another primary state.
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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) gave his first floor speech today, in which he compared the tea party movement to abolitionism, before conceding that "of course there must be dialogue and ultimately compromise."
* New RNC chairman Reince Priebus is urging Florida lawmakers not to hold an early presidential primary in 2012 in violation of RNC rules. So far, threats of punishment do not seem to have brought any sanity to primary-date jockeying.
* A new poll from Democratic-leaning automated pollster PPP suggests that former Rep. Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin (D) could win back the seat she lost to Rep. Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) in 2012 - they're deadlocked.
* Hoping to get this whole health-care fight over with, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) introduced legislation to just take it straight to the Supreme Court.
* Jewish settler leader Dani Dayan is praying for Mike Huckabee to become president.
* White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley, at a Bloomberg-sponsored breakfast, shied away from his "Manchurian candidate" joke about Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman: "I didn't write these. Somebody wrote them for me. No, he has -- he has done a very good job as ambassador."
WHAT YOU SHOULDN'T MISS
*Former Missouri state Treasurer Sarah Steelman raised $208,000 between Nov. 29 and Dec. 31 for her campaign against Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.). She ended the year with $189,000 in the bank.
*Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), on Twitter, is calling for Mubarak to go: "Regrettably the time has come 4 Pres. Mubarak 2 step down & relinquish power."
*Rep. Michele Bachmann (D-Minn.) is heading to South Carolina later this week, in another sign that the popular conservative might run for president in 2012.
*President Obama will promote his clean energy agenda tomorrow at Penn State University, where an 82-year-old steam plant is being converted from coal to natural gas.
*At least one Democratic target is listening to the party's new radio ads: Rep. Robert Hurt (R-Va.) is pushing back on the claim that he plans to cut education and research funds by 40 percent.
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