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Pawlenty spokesman Alex Conant says the former Minnesota governor has more money in the bank than the party’s 2008 nominee, John McCain, had at this point. Mr. Conant did not disclose the sum, but Mr. McCain had $1.4 million.

Mr. Pawlenty has been raising money for both a primary and a general election campaign. Aides did not break down how much of his fundraising was for a primary and how much is off-limits unless he is the GOP’s nominee.

Rival Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, was expected to report $15 million to $20 million for his fundraising quarter. Mr. Romney is only raising money for his primary.


HUD secretary concedes obstacles to home ownership

Housing Secretary Shaun Donovan says he thinks it’s unlikely that home prices will continue to drop and calls it a good time to buy a home.

Mr. Donovan acknowledges that officials must find ways to provide access to home ownership that doesn’t require a 20 percent downpayment.

Mr. Donovan spoke Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”


Iran backing wrong sides in Arab Spring, senators say

Sens. Lindsey Graham and Joe Lieberman are expressing concern that Iran is aggressively extending its support for anti-democracy forces wherever they appear.

In appearances on “Fox News Sunday,” Mr. Graham, a Republican, says it is important for the United States to push back against Iran’s assistance to the Taliban in Afghanistan, opponents of the government in Iraq and protesters battling the Syrian regime.

Mr. Lieberman says Iran has the blood of hundreds of American soldiers on its hands and that legislation in Congress would impose additional economic sanctions on an Iranian government that has murdered its own people.


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