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And then there were three... Sen. Tim Johnson (D-S.D.) announced his support for gay marriage on Monday, leaving just three Democratic holdouts in the upper chamber.

Attention to detail: A new CNN/ORC poll shows that President Obama's approval rating has inched up slightly to 51 percent. But on illegal immigration and gun control, his approval rating is 44 percent and 45 percent, respectively. About half of Americans said they disapprove of how Obama is handling both issues.

Keystone state of play: Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-Pa.) announced her campaign for governor on Monday, making official what has been expected for months. Schwartz is the clear early front-runner for the Democratic nomination against Gov. Tom Corbett (R).

Ryan raises $600K+: Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) enjoyed a productive first quarter fundraising period, bringing in about $606,000, spending about $400,000, and ending the period with about $1.6 million in the bank. Speaking of fundraising, former defense secretary Leon Panetta is helping Rep. Sam Farr (D-Calif.) raise money. Farr won his seat by winning a special election to replace Panetta, and Panetta's son might one day run for the seat.

Jindal shelves tax plan: Amid a lack of support, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) has dropped his plan to replace the state's income taxes with a higher and broader sales tax.

Second Clinton ally lends help to pro-Hillary super PAC: Top Clinton fundraiser and strategist Harold Ickes signed on as an adviser with Ready for Hillary PAC, just days after James Carville wrote an e-mail on behalf of the group.

Speaking of the Clintons... Chelsea Clinton says she's open to one day running for political office.

Bongino, back for more? 2012 Maryland Republican Senate nominee Dan Bongino may run for governor in 2014. He'll announce a state campaign committee Tuesday. "We will be involved in a state level electoral office in 2014,” he said, as he hinted at a gubernatorial bid. Bongino made the remarks after a fake press release inaccurately announced a he would run for governor with Alan Keyes as his running mate.

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