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The post-Schweitzer landscape in Montana

Why the House doesn’t work — in 1 chart

The 10 most important legal fights on abortion in the U.S.

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Filibusters, food stamps and the Congressional week to come

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Filner says he won't resign: San Diego Mayor Bob Filner (D), who faces allegations that he sexually harassed female staffers, said he won't quit. "I’m not going to resign," Filner said in a statement, adding that "as a citizen of this country," he expects "due process," and that he does not believe he is guilty of sexual harassment.

Holder weighs in on Martin killing: Attorney General Eric Holder called the shooting death of Trayvon Martin "unnecessary" in a speech. He didn’t take a position on whether the Justice Department should file civil rights charges against George Zimmerman.

McAuliffe outpaces Cuccinelli: Former Democratic National Committee chairman Terry McAuliffe raised nearly $2 million in June, nearly doubling up Attorney Genral Ken Cuccinelli (R) in the Virginia governor's race. McAuliffe also has about twice as much money in the bank.

Big quarter for Ross: Former congressman Mike Ross (D) had a big fundraising quarter for his gubernatorial bid. He brought in nearly $2 million during his opening quarter, banking $1.7 million.

Comeback kids? New York City could be in a comeback mood at the ballot box this year, if current polling trends hold up. Both Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer lead in their respective Democratic primaries for mayor and comptroller, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.

Pryor has productive quarter: Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) raised nearly $1.2 million for his reelection campaign and ended the period with nearly $4 million in the bank. Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), a possible challenger, raised $611,000 and has about $1 million in the bank.

Wendy Davis nearly eclipses $1 million: State Sen. Wendy Davis, the Texas Democrat who filibustered legislation designed to tighten abortion restrictions, raised $933,000 in the last two weeks of June. While most of the money ($580,000) came from inside the state, only about a third of the contributions were from Texas.

Another Bush well-positioned to win an election: George P. Bush, the son of former Florida governor Jeb Bush, raised $2 million during the first six months of his bid to be land commissioner of Texas. He will report $2.6 million in the bank.


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