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Chris Cillizza's Morning Fix parses last night's primaries, in which Nikki Haley and Tim Scott came out on top in South Carolina (where Bob Inglis did not fare as well) and Elaine Marshall triumphed in North Carolina. Cillizza sees a bright future for the Indian-American Republican who will most likely win South Carolina's gubernatorial election: "It's easy to see Haley -- whether she likes it or not -- winding up on some vice presidential long lists and maybe even a few short lists."

Mike Allen's Playbook lays out the case for firing Gen. Stanley McChrystal -- "Obama needs to show his commanders that he's in charge, and would look weak to accept such daft insubordination" -- and the case for keeping him on -- "We hired him to fight wars, not be a P.R. guy."

The Daily Beast's Cheat Sheet notes an Associated Press account of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar's response to a New Orleans judge's decision yesterday overturning the Obama administration's moratorium on deepwater drilling. Salazar plans to issue a new moratorium in a matter of days, including additional evidence of the safety concerns at hand. The White House will appeal the judge's ruling.

ABC's The Note links to The Hill's report that Obama's meeting with a select, bipartisan group of senators to discuss energy policy has been rescheduled from today to next week.

Ezra Klein's Wonkbook includes comments House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer gave to Third Way yesterday in a nuts-and-bolts speech on deficit reduction: "On the spending side, we could and should consider a higher retirement age, or one pegged to lifespan; more progressive Social Security and Medicare benefits; and a stronger safety net for the Americans who need it most. We also need ... in-depth scrutiny of defense spending ... Raising revenue is part of the deficit solution, too." 

 

 

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