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Austria Not Running for Re-election

Rep. Steve Austria, R-Ohio, announced Friday that he will not run for reelection in 2012. He blamed the new Ohio redistricting map, which carved up his old 7th District and had forced him to file for reelection in the new 10th District, also home to Republican Rep. Mike Turner:

Posted: Friday, December 30, 2011 - 4:40pm

Saying Goodbye: Change in the 112th Congress

Not every representative and senator who is sworn in at the beginning of a Congress is around for the end of their terms. Some step down for other jobs or in the wake of scandal, and a few, sadly, prove all too mortal. Others may stay until the end of their terms, but don't plan on seeking reelection out of a desire to retire from politics or to seek other elective positions.

Posted: Friday, December 30, 2011 - 4:40pm

Did Newt Gingrich Just Have His Teary Hillary Clinton Moment?

Tears helped save Hillary Clinton's campaign in New Hampshire four years ago. Could they be Newt Gingrich's salvation in Iowa?

Tears helped save Hillary Clinton's campaign in New Hampshire four years ago. Could they be Newt Gingrich's salvation in Iowa?

Posted: Friday, December 30, 2011 - 4:40pm

Ron Paul, Conspiracy Theories, and the Right

On The New York Times' "Campaign Stops" page, James Kirchick, author of several conversation-changing pieces on the Ron Paul newsletters, shifts his attention from their racist and antigay content to the candidate himself and his career-long cultivation of support from conspiracy theorists.

Posted: Friday, December 30, 2011 - 4:40pm

DCCC Identifies More Endangered Incumbents

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee added five more House members to its Frontline incumbent-protection program Friday.

Posted: Friday, December 30, 2011 - 3:00pm

Rick Perry to 'Activist Judges': Save Me

Rick Perry appears to be riding into the sunset, but he is not leaving the stage without exercising a true politician's prerogative of cheerfully sacrificing any principle, no matter how strongly stated, when it becomes inconvenient.

Posted: Friday, December 30, 2011 - 3:00pm

Divide and Conquer (Continued)

A second poll underscores the opportunity that division on the right is creating for Mitt Romney in Iowa. In the NBC/Marist University Iowa survey released Friday, Romney continues to draw only modest support overall - but remains positioned to capture the state because the groups most skeptical of him are fragmenting.

Posted: Friday, December 30, 2011 - 3:00pm

Today's e-Reads: Verizon's $2 Fee Sparks Ire, and Banks Salivate Over Facebook IPO

Customers are none too pleased with Verizon's plan to charge a $2 fee for paying onetime bills online or by phone, The New York Times reports.

Banks are vying to handle Facebook's anticipated IPO, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Posted: Friday, December 30, 2011 - 3:00pm

Romney: 'Nobody Does it Better Than Iowa'

WEST DES MOINES -- Don't assume that the hundreds of voters who have come out on a nasty, rainy, windy Friday morning to a Hy-Vee supermarket parking lot to see Mitt Romney are in the tank. Iowa voters, bless them, will rise early, drive far and endure cold to check out a candidate they may or may not vote for.

"I'd really like to look him in the eye one more time,'' said Rob Reed, 44, a chief financial officer for a non-profit, who is trying to decide between Romney and Rick Perry.

Posted: Friday, December 30, 2011 - 3:00pm

2011's Luckiest Candidates

As 2012 approaches, we've been bringing you our series of year end posts/recaps (see our 2011's Top Comeback Kids, Year in Media, and Biggest Twitter Losers) and now, here is our compilation of the luckiest senators up for reelection:

Posted: Friday, December 30, 2011 - 3:00pm