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Posted at 4:56 PM ET, 02/ 1/2011

Afternoon Fix: Jim Webb's fundraising is (still) lagging, Harry Reid takes senator to task, and Norm Coleman not running

By Chris Cillizza

Jim Webb raised barely any money last quarter, Norm Coleman won't challenge Amy Klobuchar, Pete Hoekstra looks like he's not running either, and Harry Reid is scolding people on the Senate floor.

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* Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) took in only $12,000 during the final quarter of 2010, a total that will stoke rumors that he will retire in 2012.

* Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) dressed down a freshman senator today, telling a tardy Dick Blumenthal (D-Conn.), "You can't do this."

* White House Counsel Bob Bauer declared that there is a "cold war" going on between Democrats and Republicans on judicial nominees.

* Former Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) will not challenge Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D) in 2012, he told ABC News's Topline. There's talk of Rep. Michele Bachmann (R) taking her on, but polls suggest Klobuchar would be tough to unseat.

* Former Missouri Gov. Matt Blunt (R) (son of Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) will head up a trade association for the Big Three, the American Automotive Policy Center.

* Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) introduced a health-care repeal vote in the Senate; Republicans plan to force a vote this week.


* Jeff Bjornstad, is headed to lobbying firm Washington² Advocates (or W2A, for people who don't like fancy mathematical symbols). He stepped down chief of staff to Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) last fall after helping her through a tough reelection campaign.

* In the wake of American Future Fund attack ads against Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has filed an IRS complaint saying the group violated its tax-exempt status.

* Even though he says he might challenge Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) in 2012, former Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R) just took a full-time job at lobbying firm Dickstein Shapiro.

* Following in Mike Huckabee and Mitt Romney's flight patterns, former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour will travel to Israel this weekend and meet with top officials, including President Benjamin Netanyahu.


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By Chris Cillizza  | February 1, 2011; 4:56 PM ET
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