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By Hardball staff
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor speaks at the American Enterprise Institute, on February 5, 2013 in Washington, DC.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor speaks at the American Enterprise Institute, on February 5, 2013 in Washington, DC.
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Are the Republicans really serious about becoming a different sort of party? Or is their current “re-brand” just window dressing designed to mask the same old policies? Take Eric Cantor’s major speech Tuesday at the American Enterprise Institute: It was warm and fluffy at times, but as Talking Points Memo notes, the GOP is pushing the same agenda since President Obama came into office.

Politico has a preview of what may be the marquee matchup in 2014: The Florida governor’s race between Rick Scott and Charlie Crist, the former Republican who switched parties and may run as a Democrat. And despite Gov. Scott’s personal unpopularity, he has deep pockets.

President Obama is flooding the zone, pushing legislation on a number of fronts before Republicans can come up with a coherent response. And on one key issue, immigration, the president is enjoying record-high poll numbers.

First Sarah Palin: Now Fox News is parting ways with another right-winger with reality issues—Dick Morris, who predicted a Mitt Romney landslide days before the election.

The Washington Post reports on President Obama’s unconventional pick to be interior secretary: the CEO of REI.

More trouble for the NRA: The group’s endorsement actually does more harm to candidates than good.

No more mail on Saturday: The United States Postal Service is canceling Saturday delivery.

And the bi-racial child of former Senator Strom Thurmond has died: Essie Mae Washington-Williams, who held the secret of her father’s identity for decades, was 87.

Let Me Start: Extreme Makeover?

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