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Posted at 5:12 PM ET, 02/16/2011

Afternoon Fix: Obama talks to Tim Kaine, Lara Logan

By Chris Cillizza

Chris Christie is still not running for president, President Obama called Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine and CBS reporter Lara Logan, John Boehner says Obama's budget is dead, and Bill Burton is leaving the White House.

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FIRST ON THE FIX

* President Barack Obama and Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine spoke via phone today, according to two sources familiar with the conversation. There was no read-out of the conversation, although it's hard to imagine Kaine's consideration of a Virginia Senate candidacy didn't come up.

WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED

* President Barack Obama and Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine spoke via phone today, according to two sources familiar with the conversation. There was no read out of the conversation, although it's hard to imagine Kaine's consideration of a Virginia Senate candidacy didn't come up.

* President Obama also spoke to CBS reporter Lara Logan, who is recovering after being beaten and sexually assaulted during a celebration in Egypt.

* Mitt Romney, apparently courting the all-important glam rock vote, had lunch with the lead singer of The Killers yesterday. For what it's worth, they're both Mormon.

* Alvin Greene, surprise Democratic primary winner in last year's South Carolina Senate race, ran for his hometown's seat in the state House and got a truly dispiriting 36 votes.

* Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) revealed in an interview today that he was sexually abused by a camp counselor as a child, an incident he discusses in his new memoir. He had never discussed the abuse before, Brown told CBS' 60 Minutes: "My mom will read about it for the first time. I haven't told anybody."

* Florida Gov. Rick Scott offended some African-American state legislators yesterday by suggesting that they all grew up poor.

WHAT YOU SHOULDN'T MISS

* House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) will tell Fox News' Sean Hannity tonight that President Obama's budget is "dead, gone, over."

* Former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) has started Progressives United, a new political action group meant to both fight the Supreme Court's 'Citizens United' decision and to help liberal candidates through its PAC.

* White House deputy press secretary Bill Burton and White House political adviser Sean Sweeney are leaving the administration to form their own political and strategic consulting firm. Burton was considered a potential candidate in NY-26, the district vacated by shirtless-photo-taker Chris Lee (R).

* Rick Santorum is headed to South Carolina for the tenth time next week. He'll meet with conservative activists and address a dinner sponsored by the Palmetto House Republican Women's Club in Spartanburg.

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By Chris Cillizza  | February 16, 2011; 5:12 PM ET
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