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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington on Feb. 10, 2012. (Associated Press)

Huckabee: 'We're all Catholics' in contraception fight

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee expressed solidarity with a growing movement by the U.S. Catholic bishops to fight President Obama's new mandate that religious institutions pay for their workers' birth control, telling a gathering of conservative activists Friday that "we're all Catholics now."

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, leaves the Capitol on Jan. 25, 2012. (Associated Press)

Pelosi debuts 'Stop Colbert' ad

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi upped the satirical ante Thursday with a new, tongue-in-cheek attack ad taking on comedian Stephen Colbert, who has formed a real "super PAC" to support his less-than-real bid for the Republican presidential nomination.

**FILE** President Obama leaves Feb. 3, 2012, after speaking about the economy during an event at Fire Station #5 in Arlington, Va. Fire Station No. 5 was one of the first stations to respond to the 9/11 attack at the Pentagon. (Associated Press)

Obama's PAC decision highlights inaction on FEC

President Obama's decision to change his mind and embrace so-called "super PACs" has campaign finance watchdog groups expressing rising disappointment about the administration's failure to follow through on promises to fix the nation's campaign finance laws.

**FILE** Former Nebraska Sen. Bob Kerrey. (Associated Press)

Kerrey rules out Nebraska Senate run

Former Sen. Bob Kerrey said Tuesday he won't seek the Democratic nomination for Nebraska's open Senate seat this year, a move that puts Republicans in the driver's seat to win the coveted slot.

Actor Clint Eastwood is seen here in a television ad titled "It's Halftime In America," which aired Feb. 5, 2012, during Super Bowl XVLI. (Associated Press/Chrysler Group LLC)

Eastwood Super Bowl ad was news to White House

The White House is denying any advance knowledge of or involvement in a gritty Super Bowl ad starring Clint Eastwood that played up the auto industry's resurgence and called on the nation to come together and rebuild — a message taken in some quarters as an implicit endorsement of President Obama.

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney greets supporters Feb. 4, 2012, at his Nevada caucus night victory celebration in Las Vegas. (Associated Press)

Romney 2012 loses to Romney 2008

The second time has not always been the charm for Mitt Romney this year: Despite winning Nevada's caucuses handily on Saturday, the former Massachusetts governor actually won fewer voters there than he did in 2008.