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Posted at 6:29 PM ET, 02/17/2011

Afternoon Fix: Sarah Palin takes on Michelle Obama

By Chris Cillizza

Sarah Palin gave a rare q-and-a today, tea party groups are discussing what to do about Orrin Hatch, Tarryl Clark might run again, and Jeb Bush seems to be backing Mitch Daniels.

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WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED

* The new chairman of CPAC will not allow groups that support gay marriage to sponsor the conference in 2012.

* In a rare question-and-answer session with reporters, Sarah Palin mocked Michelle Obama's breast-feeding initiative, saying the First Lady is "telling people to breast feed their babies ... because the price of milk is so high right now." She is still thinking about a presidential run, but she hired a chief of staff now because "we've been so doggone busy."

* Democrat Tarryl Clark, who lost to Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) in 2010, may run against freshman Rep. Chip Cravaack next year. But she's waiting to see what district she ends up in after the state's map is redrawn.

* Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who's running for Senate next year, told birthers to "get real." "Barack Obama is a citizen of the country," Flake said in an interview with CNN. "We ought to get off this kick."

WHAT YOU SHOULDN'T MISS

* Tea Party activists, including representatives from the powerful group FreedomWorks, are meeting in Utah to decide whether or not they will support a primary challenge for Sen. Orrin Hatch.

* Florida's House Speaker is vowing that the state will not move its primary date to comply with bipartisan national committee rules. "I think we belong at the beginning of the national conversation about who the next president is, and so I favor keeping it early," Dean Cannon (R) told CNN. "I am aware of the risks."

* Rep. Bachmann will speak this June at the 2011 Republican Leadership Conference (formerly known as the Southern Leadership Conference), a sort of cattle-call for 2012 contenders.

* Jeb Bush, popular ex-governor of Florida, is hinting that he supports Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels in the 2012 presidential race. "Mitch is the only one who sees the stark perils and will offer real detailed proposals," he said.

THE FIX MIX

Ron Artest was at the Capitol today, which is as good an excuse as any to play this video:

With Rachel Weiner and Aaron Blake

By Chris Cillizza  | February 17, 2011; 6:29 PM ET
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