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Video: Republican Edition of 'Real Housewives of DC'; Schwarzenegger is 'Up To His Old Tricks'

Bill Maher doesn't think Republicans should have walked out of the debt-ceiling negotiations, "Eric Cantor got mad at John Boehner because he went golfing with Obama and talked about stuff that Cantor wasn't in on. And that's it for this week's episode of Real Housewives of DC."

Jay Leno has a video of former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, "up to his old tricks" in Austria.

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Posted: Monday, June 27, 2011 - 9:40am

Perry's Predicament: Does He Have Time to Build a National Campaign?

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is still weeks away from a decision on joining the 2012 Republican presidential race, but his camp has already made some key decisions about how he would run if he does, according to his top political adviser.

Posted: Monday, June 27, 2011 - 6:40am

U.S. to Begin 'Thinning Out' Its Afghan Forces

President Obama’s announcement last week that 10,000 troops would leave Afghanistan this year set off a political firestorm, with Democrats accusing Obama of withdrawing too few troops and Republicans accusing him of withdrawing too many.

Posted: Monday, June 27, 2011 - 6:40am

In Iowa, Will Bachmann Cover All the Bases?

If the history books are to be believed, Rep. Michele Bachmann’s chances of winning the White House are slim. But as she launches her campaign Monday in the state where she was born and where other presidential long shots have been vaulted into contention, she boasts an advantage unique—at least so far—in the Republican field: her ability to appeal to both tea party activists and Christian evangelicals.

Posted: Monday, June 27, 2011 - 6:40am

What's at Stake for the White House in Deficit-Reduction Deal

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Posted: Sunday, June 26, 2011 - 11:40pm

Wisconsin Cuts Funds to Planned Parenthood

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a budget Sunday that cuts education and health clinics -- including Planned Parenthood clinics -- to plug a $3 billion shortfall without raising taxes, AP reported.

The two-year, $66 billion budget passed in the state legislature without a single Democratic vote.

Posted: Sunday, June 26, 2011 - 6:40pm

MAP: Where is Same-Sex Marriage Legal?

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Posted: Sunday, June 26, 2011 - 4:40pm

GOP White House Hopefuls Face First Big Test This Week

The candidates are barely in the race, but the first major reckoning of the 2012 presidential campaign is this Thursday. When candidates file their second-quarter campaign finance reports with the Federal Election Commission at the end of the month, we may be able to start sorting the buyers from the spyers, the needy from the greedy, and those who are serious contenders from those who aren't.

Posted: Sunday, June 26, 2011 - 1:40pm

What We Learned: At A Crossroads

What we at The Hotline learned this week:

-- More evidence the power of outside groups is increasingly overshadowing the role of the parties in elections: the money that conservative group Crossroads' GPS is spending on an ad campaign targeting Pres. Obama over the next couple of months is more than three times the $6.2 million that the Republican National Committee has in cash on hand.

Posted: Sunday, June 26, 2011 - 12:40pm

Riding High in Iowa Poll, Bachmann Tones it Down

Posted: Sunday, June 26, 2011 - 11:40am