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Today On TOTN: Kucinich Comes Around; Challenges To Dems Who Don't?

Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio, one of 39 Democrats who voted against the health care bill in the House last November, announced this morning that he will vote yes this time around ... even though he says the bill is far from perfect.

But other Democrats who vote no may be threatened by either a primary challenge or one from an independent in November. We'll have Andy Stern, president of the Service Employees International Union, as our special guest. Stern is ready to take on — or take out — Democrats who vote no on the bill ... especially if they are responsible for it going down to defeat.

In California news, Gavin Newsom is IN (albeit for lt. gov.), and Meg Whitman is UP over Jerry Brown (albeit by just 3 points). Joe DioGuardi joins what had been a mostly invisible Republican campaign against Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in New York, but Dan Senor is likely to follow. In Wisconsin, Tommy Thompson is still weighing a challenge to Sen. Russ Feingold, and in Colorado, the establishment-backed candidates for the Senate have had a rocky beginning in the caucuses.

Plus: The Prez does Fox, the astonishing Boxer hot air blimp ad, and the latest rumors about Justice John Paul Stevens.

Join host Neal Conan and me every Wednesday at 2 p.m. ET for the Junkie segment on TOTN, where you can often, but not always, find interesting conversation, useless trivia questions and sparkling jokes. And you can win a Political Junkie T-shirt!

A good trivia question today, if I do say so myself.

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