Note: Bill Maher will be our guest TONIGHT on 'Larry King Live' to discuss today's primaries, and look ahead to the mid-term elections!
Here are some things to watch for in Tuesday's races:
Ugliness in Delaware: The Tea Party Express poured money into the insurgent campaign of Christine O'Donnell. She is challenging longtime congressman and former Gov. Mike Castle, who is backed by the party establishment, in Delaware's Republican Senate primary. In some of the most vicious campaigning seen so far this year, Castle supporters have attacked O'Donnell, accusing her of defaulting on personal bills and not paying income taxes - which she denies - and calling her "delusional."
Establishment Republicans think they have a shot at picking up Vice President Biden's old Senate seat if Castle, a former governor, is their candidate, but don't stand a chance if O'Donnell wins the primary. But O'Donnell, who's been endorsed by former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, says the attacks have backfired and only intensified support around her.
The state GOP chairman said he had received death threats because of his support of Castle and had moved his family out of their home. O'Donnell condemned the threats.
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This past Tuesday's primaries took a backseat to the news of a plane crash in Alaska that killed Senator Ted Stevens and four other passengers. Former NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe was also on board, surviving with three others.
Regarding the primaries, a lot of the coverage focused on Connecticut and the race to replace retiring Senator Chris Dodd. Former World Wrestling Entertainment executive Linda McMahon won Connecticut's GOP Senate primary, setting up a general election battle against the state's attorney general.
A few political stories did get a little less news coverage, though, including these:
** Levi Johnston, the father of former AK Governor Sarah Palin's grandchild, is running for her old post of Mayor of Wasilla, Alaska. Not as a call to civic duty, rather as a reality show called "Loving Levi: The Road to the Mayor's Office."
** Vice President Joe Biden's Air Force 2 plane was involved in a minor accident when the plane's engines caused a small private plane to topple over. (NYDailyNews)
** If a Supreme Court Justice trips and is not hurt, is that news? Apparently so… (WPRI-TV)
**The reigning Super Bowl Champs, the New Orleans Saints, celebrated their championship (6 months later) at the White House. The White House press corps was treated to some BBQ shrimp compliments of one of the players.
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While we're still waiting on the jury to decide the fate of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich in his corruption trial, as well as what will come of the ethics charges against NY Representative Charlie Rangel, the political chatter this week has been about one thing...
The upcoming wedding of Chelsea Clinton.
So many questions are out there: Who will design her dress (Vera Wang?), where will it be (Rhinebeck, NY?), who will be there (Oprah?), and will she change her last name (Chelsea Mezvinsky)?
We'll know much more after Saturday's ceremony, and in the meantime, check out some of these other stories you might have missed this week:
*Erin Andrews, of ESPN and DWTS fame, was on Capitol Hill this week pushing for tougher laws against stalking. You probably knew this from watching LKL on Tuesday night.
*President Obama knows every detail about the U.S. nuclear arsenal, and whether or not Area 51 does indeed house aliens… but during his visit on “The View,” he admitted he doesn’t know who “Snooki” is... (NYDaily News)
*Will former Florida Governor Jeb Bush follow his brother's and dad's footsteps and run for President in 2012? He answered it HERE (The Hill)
*What does comedian/actor Bill Murray watch on television? While it should be CNN, his answer may surprise you. (Mediabistro)
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As oil continued to spread along the Gulf Coast this week, President Obama returned to the region for his first overnight trip.
Upon his return to Washington, D.C. , he spoke to the nation from the White House, marking his first address from the Oval Office. No doubt, that location would have been preferred for BP CEO Tony Hayward, who was grilled on Capitol Hill by lawmakers over the company's handling of the oil spill.
These are all stories you've probably paid attention to this week... now for some you may have missed:
1. Rep. Anthony Weiner is recovering from an injury sustained at a press conference he held jointly with a goat. Seriously. Check it out HERE (The Hill)
2. Guess which former Secretary of State has 'very firm breasts' according to a Korean foreign minister? No, it is not Henry Kissinger. Found out who it is HERE (The Hill)
3. The FBI file on former U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy was released this week. A lot of it was regarding death threats made against the senator, with one involving someone with 'psychic powers' (SmokingGun)
4. Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart tied the knot this week. What does this have to do with politics (rest assured it isn't an 'Indiana' joke)? Click HERE to see who presided over their wedding! (K-Earth)
5. The Council on Foreign relations added a HUGE A-list celebrity to their roster. Click HERE to find out who it was, and click HERE to find out exactly what the Council on Foreign Relations does. (Washington Post)
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There was big news in Washington this week.
Sure, there were a bunch of primaries on Tuesday, and the Palestinian President met with President Obama at the White House to talk about Middle East peace, but that's not it.
Stephen Strasburg made his debut for the Washington Nationals.
With that, here are some other stories you may have missed this week:
1. Former IL Governor Rod Blagojevich was ordered to stop tweeting during his corruption trial.... you can see Blago's last tweet HERE (TIME)
2. Disgraced former lobbyist Jack Abramoff was transferred Tuesday from prison to a Maryland halfway house to serve out the remainder of his sentence (CNN)
3. On his 40th birthday, former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick moved in to a new home... a level-four state prison in Michigan (Detroit News)
4. AZ Senator John McCain and "Snooki" from the 'Jersey Shore' discussed a very important health issue over twitter this week. (Vanity Fair)
5. What do some White House staffers do in their down-time away from work? You'll have to click HERE to find out. (Famous DC)
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LARRY'S GUESTS WEIGH IN ON THE PRIMARY BATTLES TUESDAY NIGHT!
Voters in 11 states will go to the polls on Tuesday to pick which Republicans and Democrats they'd like to see slug it out in November. We'll find out if Blanche Lincoln will become the third Senate incumbent to lose his or her primary; which Republican will get to challenge Senate majority leader Harry Reid; and if Jim Gibbons of Nevada might be the first sitting governor to lose a primary.
This year's Super Tuesday of primaries is filled with intrigue, ranging from sexual indiscretions in South Carolina — and no, this doesn't involve Mark Sanford, Argentina or the Appalachian Trail — to massages for drug-addicted prisoners in Nevada. We'll also see some interesting tests of the power of the Tea Party movement: it's looking like the GOP Establishment candidate in Virginia's Fifth Congressional District has nothing to fear from his six Tea Party challengers, though such groups may succeed in bringing down South Carolina Representative Bob Inglis.
Here's a look at nine key races to watch:
1. Nevada's Senate GOP Primary
The Republican primary to see who will challenge Senate majority leader Harry Reid for his seat is quite a spectacle. Issues of late have included whether Establishment candidate Sue Lowden, a former chair of the Nevada Republican Party, is pushing a plan to barter chickens for medical care, and a Scientology-endorsed drug-treatment plan for prisoners that includes massages, put forth by Tea Party darling Sharron Angle. This race has gotten so ugly, there's a chance that "None of the above" — always present on Nevada ballots — could well win. Lowden and Angle are in a dead heat, closely trailed by businessman Danny Tarkanian, son of former University of Nevada Las Vegas basketball coach Jerry "Tark the Shark" Tarkanian.
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