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Primaries put incumbents on the line
(CNN) – Tuesday's primary contests will put the nation's anti-Washington mood to the test as voters choose between incumbents and anti-establishment candidates.
The races come in the wake of some tough blows to sitting lawmakers: Sen. Bob Bennett, a three-term senator, failed to advance at the Utah GOP convention, and Rep. Alan Mollohan didn't win over fellow Democrats in last week's West Virginia primary.
Leaders of both parties agree - it's a tough year for experienced politicians.
"There is no question. There is, at this moment, an anti-incumbent mood," said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California. And House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, warned, "It's 'politicians beware.' "
Contests are taking place across the country on what's been dubbed as this year's Super Tuesday. Read more
Oil spill 'not near the end' as Day 2 of hearings begins
Hearings continue for a second day in the Senate on Tuesday as lawmakers assess the response to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, where a ruptured well continues to gush thousands of barrels of crude.
Three hearings are scheduled, with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar testifying to lawmakers in two of them. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Thad Allen and BP America Chairman Lamar McKay will speak at the third.
On Monday, oil company BP touted its progress toward plugging the massive spill, but the Obama administration said the disaster is far from over. Read more
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