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Mark Sanford reportedly asked ex-wife to run congressional campaign

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* More on Menendez: An escort who claimed on video that Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) paid her for sex told Dominican Republic police that she was actually paid to make up the claims on tape.

* Bipartisan Gun Agreement: A bipartisan Senate group has reached an agreement on a gun trafficking measure that would impose more severe penalties for individuals who illegally purchase firearms for someone else. The proposal would also make gun trafficking a federal crime.

* Back Up, Please: Former Florida governor Jeb Bush (R) backed off his previous support for a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

* (Not) Just Like Old Times: Former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford (R) reportedly recently asked his ex-wife Jenny Sanford if she would run his campaign in South Carolina's 1st District. She declined.

* Not Going Easy: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) slammed Washington lawmakers for failing to strike a deal to avert the sequester that he said "should be pretty easy."

* Pink Slip Slip-Up: Education Secretary Arne Duncan said he misspoke when he noted last week that teachers were already losing jobs as a result of the sequester.

* House Money: House Republicans proposed a bill Monday to keep the government running for the rest of the fiscal year. The bill would also mitigate some of the sequester's impact.

* Senate? No Thanks: Rep. Charles Boustany (R-La.), a close ally of House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), will not challenge Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.). Meanwhile, Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ga.) won't run for retiring GOP Sen. Saxby Chambliss's seat. And in Nebraska, 2012 candidate and Attorney General Jon Bruning (R) basically ruled out a 2014 Senate bid.

* Paging LePage: Rep. Mike Michaud (D-Maine) says he is considering challenging Republican Gov. Paul LePage (R). Polls show LePage is one of the most vulnerable governors facing reelection next year.

* Cut. It. Out. Members of Congress will have to trim their office budgets by 8.2 percent because of sequestration.

* North Korea No-No: The White House denounced former NBA player Dennis Rodman's recent trip to North Korea. Rodman on Sunday called North Korean leader Kim Jong Eun his "friend."

(Lorenzo Bevilaqua/AP)


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