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Democrat alleges Progress Kentucky behind McConnell campaign recording: A member of the executive committee of the Louisville/Jefferson County Democratic Party in Kentucky alleged that members of the Democratic group Progress Kentucky were behind the leaked recorded conversation at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's campaign office. A lawyer for Shawn Reilly, one of the men alleged to have been behind the recording, said his client was present at the time, but did not commit any crime. The second man allegedly involved, Curtis Morrison, had not responded to a request for comment.

Big quarter for Franken: Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) raised nearly $2 million during the first quarter and banked more than $2 million. Meanwhile, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) raised $1.2 million and banked $3.5 million. Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) raised $1.9 million and has $3.4 million in the bank. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) raised $1.2 million and ended the period with about $1.5 million in the bank.

What Hastert Rule? House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) signaled he may continue to bypass an unwritten rule to require legislation that comes to a vote to have the support of the majority of the GOP Conference. "Listen: It was never a rule to begin with,” Boehner said. “And certainly my prerogative -- my intention is to always pass bills with strong Republican support."

Rematch brewing in Minnesota: Hotel magnate Jim Graves will challenge Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) once again in 2014. Bachmann defeated Graves last year by a little more than 1 percent of the vote.

Jindal headed to New Hampshire next month: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal  (R) will raise money in New Hampshire next month for the state Senate GOP campaign arm there. The move is sure to stoke speculation about 2016.

McHenry won't challenge Hagan: Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) won't challenge Sen. Kay Hagan (D) next year. "My colleagues in the House have entrusted me with important responsibilities as a subcommittee chairman on the Financial Services Committee as well as leading recruitment efforts for the” National Republican Congressional Committee," McHenry said.

George W. Bush reportedly underwent back surgery: National Journal reports that George W. Bush quietly underwent back surgery several months ago, according to sources. The procedure was to address a disc problem. Bush is said to be in good health now.

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