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Rod Blagojevich Inspirational? Throw All the Politicians in Jail, Leno Says -- VIDEO

Jay Leno said Wednesday that maybe the people of Illinois are on to something after their former Gov. Rod Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in prison for corruption.

"How lucky are the people in that state? Think about this. Look at all the money they're saving by not having to pay their former governors a pension," Leno joked. "Throw all the politicians in jail! We'd save a fortune."

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Posted: Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 11:40am

QUICK TAKE: Jobless Claims Tumble

Initial claims for jobless benefits dropped to 381,000 for the week ending Dec. 3, the Labor Department reported on Thursday.

Posted: Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 11:40am

Hotline Sort: Stop and Smell the 99 Percent

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. Democrats and Romney are starting to go after Gingrich more and more, Blagojevich is sentenced to 14 years in prison, Betty Sutton and Jim Renacci are on a collision course and Joe Walsh explains why he's a fan of Febreze.

Posted: Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 11:40am

Lawmakers To Release Draft Anti-Online Piracy Bill

Two key lawmakers are expected to release draft legislation on Thursday that offers an alternative to two controversial bills cracking down on piracy and counterfeiting on foreign websites.

Posted: Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 11:40am

Gallup Poll Shows Narrowing Enthusiasm Gap

Republicans are less enthusiastic about voting for president in 2012, according to a new Gallup survey released early Thursday, suggesting that the turnout advantage they enjoyed in last year's midterm elections may be waning.

Forty-nine percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents say they are more enthusiastic than usual about voting, compared to 44 percent who say they are less enthusiastic. In a mid-September survey, 58 percent of Republicans were more enthusiastic, while just 30 percent said they were less enthusiastic.

Posted: Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 8:40am

Gingrich Surges, Obama in Trouble in Swing State Polls

President Obama is underwater in key swing states, and faces electoral peril in November from both Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich, according to new polls released early Thursday by Quinnipiac University, which show Gingrich surging among Republicans in three important battlegrounds, 

Posted: Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 8:40am

Democrats: Gingrich Negatives Could Mute Economy Negatives in 2012

The suddenly plausible chance that Newt Gingrich could run against President Obama in next year’s election has Democratic strategists scrambling to determine which lines of attack would work best against the former speaker of the House.

Their ideas are split into two strategic camps: Focus on his congressional career, which was marked by partisanship and, at times, his embrace of very conservative positions, or, highlight Gingrich’s tumultuous personal history and uneven temperament.

Posted: Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 8:40am

Warren Edges Brown in Mass. Senate Poll

Democrat Elizabeth Warren has pulled ahead of Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., in a new UMass-Lowell/Boston Herald poll released Wednesday night, as Bay State voters have begun to sour on the incumbent senator over the past few months.

Posted: Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 1:40am

On the Campaign Trail for Romney in Iowa, Christie Revels in His ‘YouTube Moment’

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – The event was designed to advance the campaign of Mitt Romney, but it couldn’t have been less Romney-esque. There were hecklers, confrontations with the audience, and plenty of references to . . . New Jersey, and its governor, Chris Christie.

Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 11:40pm

The Perception Dilemma

President Obama is embarking on the campaign trail alongside his best friend and his worst enemy: good economic news. Positive reports like the administration received last week from the Bureau of Labor Statistics hint at an economy that is turning the corner. But the pace of that recovery is painfully slow, and perceptions of a course correction have been slow to take hold among the very voters Obama needs to win reelection.

Posted: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 - 11:40pm