Sen. Ensign to retire 

Republicans in Nevada generally believed that Republican Sen. John Ensign was going to retire one way or another this year -- either voluntarily or involuntarily, through defeat in a Republican primary.

Roll Call reports that he will be doing it voluntarily. He joins Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Tex., and five Democratic senators. Ensign's seat will be the hardest for the GOP to defend, but given his recent scandals, it might be easier now that he's stepped aside.

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David Freddoso came to the Washington Examiner in June 2009, after serving for nearly two years as a Capitol Hill-based staff reporter for National Review Online. Before writing his New York Times bestselling book, The Case Against Barack Obama, he spent three years assisting Robert Novak, the legendary Washington... more
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