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New Democratic ad hits Sanford: House Majority PAC is airing a new ad in South Carolina's 1st district special election. The new spot charges Mark Sanford "abandoned his post" when he left the state as governor in 2009.

"Imagine, Mr. Speaker, a world without balloons": Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) delivered quite the speech on helium Friday. It was an effort to sarcastically attack Republicans for spending two days debating helium legislation as opposed to other matters.

Conan swings by White House: Ahead of his hosting duties at Saturday's White House Correspondents' Dinner, Conan O'Brien stopped by the White House press briefing room Friday, and even got behind the podium. "I've got to get one of these," he said. Make sure to stay tuned to The Reliable Source all The Grid all weekend for continuing coverage of the WHCD.

House sends air travel bill to Obama: The House passed legislation designed to end airport delays prompted by furloughs caused by sequestration. The bill is headed to the president's desk, and the White House says he will sign it.

An Akin comeback? 2012 Republican Senate nominee Todd Akin, who said "legitimate rape" rarely causes pregnancy, isn't ruling out a comeback bid at some point.

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Republicans debated Saturday night. The South Carolina GOP primary and the Nevada Democratic caucuses are next on Feb. 20. Get caught up on the race.
The Post's Dan Balz says...
Rarely has the division between Trump and party elites been more apparent. Trump trashed one of the most revered families in Republican politics and made a bet that standing his ground is better than backing down. Drawing boos from the audience, Trump did not flinch. But whether he will be punished or rewarded by voters was the unanswerable question.
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Sen. Marco Rubio, attacking Sen. Ted Cruz in Saturday night's very heated GOP debate in South Carolina. Soon after, Cruz went on a tirade in Spanish.
The Fix asks The State's political reporter where the most important region of the state is.
The State's Andy Shain says he could talk about Charleston, which represents a little bit of everything the state has to offer from evangelicals to libertarians, and where Ted Cruz is raising more money than anywhere else. In a twist, Marco Rubio is drawing strong financial support from more socially conservative Upstate. That said, Donald Trump is bursting all the conventional wisdom in the state. So maybe the better answer to this question is, "Wherever Trump is."
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Donald Trump leads in the first state in the South to vote, where he faces rivals Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio.
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The S.C. Democratic primary is Feb. 27. Clinton has a significant lead in the state, whose primary falls one week after the party's Nevada caucuses.
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