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The almost-but-not-quite endorsement: Without saying he supports Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee (I) in what’s expected to a be a contested Democratic primary, Obama welcomed his former Senate colleague and key political ally to the Democratic Party with open arms, saying he is "delighted" to hear Chafee is becoming a Democrat.

IRS scandal will be back in spotlight: Newly minted acting-IRS Commissioner Daniel Werfel will appear before the House Appropriations subcommittee on financial services next week. On Tuesday, the House Ways and Means Committee will hear from “organizations that were targeted as part of the Internal Revenue Service’s practice of discriminating against applicants for tax-exempt status based on their personal beliefs," according to the panel.

LePage miffed he wasn't allowed to speak: Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) expressed frustration that he was not allowed an opportunity to address lawmakers at the end of a recent state Senate Appropriations Committee meeting. "The minute we start stifling our speech, we might as well go home, roll up our sleeves and get our guns out," the outspoken governor said.

Looking for a comeback: Marjorie Margolies, whose name became shorthand for losing a congressional seat over a single vote, is looking to return to Capitol Hill. She will run in Pennsylvania's 13th District.

Schultz rules out Senate: Add Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz's name to the list of Republicans who won't be running for the Senate in that state.

Franken challenger steps up: Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) has his first GOP challenger: Businessman Mike McFadden.

Conservative group goes after Pryor: Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) has been the target of  several early negative ads from outside groups. The latest to go on the air: Senate Conservatives Action.

Gardner not running for Senate: Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) won't challenge Sen. Mark Udall (D). Gardner had been a top potential GOP recruit.

Neither is Fortenberry: Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) will not run for Senate in 2014, he announced in a statement. The Republican field in the Cornhusker State remains a question mark, but the GOP is heavily favored in the general election.


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