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* Former congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. admitted to misusing campaign funds for personal purchases Wednesday as he pleaded guilty to charges that could bring him a 46-  to 57-month prison sentence.

* Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) announced Wednesday that he supports an expansion of Florida's Medicaid program. The move is a striking one for Scott, who has been an outspoken critic of President Obama's health-care law, which is associated the with the Medicare expansion. Scott, who polls show is very vulnerable, is up for reelection next year.

* Ashley Judd reportedly met with Democratic senatorial officials this week, a sign she is still considering running against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) as a Democrat in 2014.

* The Republican National Committee raised $6.9 million in January, ending the month with $7.1 million in the bank. The RNC has no debt, while the Democratic National Committee — which hasn't yet released its January number — was $21.5 million in debt at the end of last year.

* The DSCC raised $4.2 million in January. It was the best first month of an election cycle ever for the committee, which finished the month with $3 million in the bank. The National Republican Senatorial Committee hasn't yet released its January total.

* Former New Mexico Republican senator Pete Domenici revealed that he has a son who was born in secrecy more than 30 years ago.


* Mitt Romney will speak at CPAC next month. He's been laying low since losing the 2012 presidential election.

* Republican Sean Bielat has dropped out of the special election for Secretary of State John Kerry's old Senate seat. Remaining candidates have until Feb. 27 to gather at least 10,000 valid signatures in order to get on the primary ballot.

* New York Daily News reporter Dan Friedman writes that he believes he was unwittingly the source of the rumor that defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel may have received a speaking fee from a group called "Friends of Hamas."

* Wal-Mart has signed former Arkansas Democratic senator Blanche Lincoln to be one of its outside consultants. Meanwhile, former Maine Republican senator Olympia Snowe is joining he Bipartisan Policy Center as a senior fellow.

* First lady Michelle Obama's new official portrait was unveiled.


Eddie has some serious hops.

With Aaron Blake