With no Kennedy in the running, expect a crowded Democratic field.
Most of the potential Democratic candidates have more than $1 million available. But for those who officially enter the race, more fundraising may be necessary.
Edward Kennedy's wife or nephew would be instant front-runners in any bid to replace him in the US Senate.
In an abrupt turn, the Venezuelan president reinstated the program two days after its suspension.
A sharp drop in oil prices is forcing the country to reduce government spending.