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Video: Huckabee Defends Conservative Media; Top Ten Obama Campaign Promises

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee stops by "The Daily Show" to discuss his new book and the conservative base.

Jimmy Kimmel, on the budget debate: "Democrats are demanding the government tax everyone all their money and use it to fund free abortions for teenagers. Where as Republicans want to sell the government to Exxon Mobile and forcibly relocate gays to Puerto Rico."

Today's Must See Moment -- Fast forward to 1:40 to see President Obama's Top Ten 2012 Campaign Promises. Then let us know which promise is most likely to happen in our Late Night Poll!

Posted: Thursday, April 7, 2011 - 7:43am

Obama Approval Numbers Weak In Florida

President Obama faces a challenge in winning the battleground state of Florida again, according to a new Quinnipiac poll that shows majorities of voters disapprove of his job performance.

Posted: Thursday, April 7, 2011 - 6:49am

GOP Senate Candidates React To Ryan Budget

Top Republican Senate candidates are in a difficult position when it comes to House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan's budget proposal. The plan, which Ryan unveiled on Tuesday, proposes to cut over $6 trillion in spending over the next decade, and includes significant changes to Medicare, including converting the program into a voucher-based system for people younger than 55.

Posted: Wednesday, April 6, 2011 - 5:10pm

A Safe Endorsement Strategy

Raking in a big endorsement is usually worth some bragging rights for a candidate. But what if you and your main challenger score the same endorsement?

In an unusual move Wednesday, the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce PAC endorsed two Republican candidates in the gubernatorial primary: former Secretary of State Betty Ireland and businessman Bill Maloney.

Posted: Wednesday, April 6, 2011 - 4:23pm

The Hotline Bonus Quote: Someone Special

After Tuesday's Las Vegas mayoral primary, Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist John L. Smith reflected on outgoing Mayor Oscar Goodman's three-term reign and his "larger-than-life persona."

Smith: "Any guy who finds a way to get paid for spending part of his work day checking his sports bets and drinking oversize gin martinis in the company of two stunning showgirls dressed in full feather is someone special."

Posted: Wednesday, April 6, 2011 - 3:52pm

Wisconsin Results Stem The GOP Tide

While the final outcome of Tuesday's Wisconsin Supreme Court race likely won't be known until after a recount, one result is already in: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) and his allies suffered a political loss.

Before the drawn-out controversy over Walker's collective bargaining reforms, Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser seemed poised to cruise to reelection. Prosser won 55 percent of the vote in the February 15 primary, while Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg finished with just 25 percent.

Posted: Wednesday, April 6, 2011 - 1:37pm

Murphy Doubles Bysiewicz's First Quarter Haul

Rep. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) will report that he has doubled the first quarter fundraising haul of his Democratic opponent in the Connecticut Senate race, former Connecticut Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz's (D). Murphy announced Wednesday that that his campaign will report raising $1.1 million in the first quarter 0f 2011. Bysiewicz announced last week she will report raising over $500,000 during the first three months of the year.

Bysiewicz indirectly acknowledged that Murphy would likely outraise her when she announced her total.

Posted: Wednesday, April 6, 2011 - 1:33pm

CNN To Host October Debate In Nevada

The Western Republican Leadership Conference has selected CNN to host a GOP presidential primary debate in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 18, the network announced Wednesday.

The debate will coincide with the WRLC's four-day conference in Las Vegas the week of October 17.

CNN is co-hosting two other debates in 2011. One will be on June 7 in Manchester, New Hampshire and the other will be on September 12 in Tampa, Florida.

Posted: Wednesday, April 6, 2011 - 11:58am

Dueling Polls in WV GOV Primary

A poll released Wednesday by the gubernatorial campaign of acting-Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) shows him leading Secretary of State Natalie Tennant (D) by 14 points. The poll follows a survey conducted several weeks earlier by the Tennant campaign indicating a closer race.

In the Global Strategy Group (D) poll conducted for Tomblin, the acting governor leads Tennant 36 percent to 22 percent.

The Tennant poll, conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research (D), shows Tomblin leading Tennant 31 percent to 27 percent.

Posted: Wednesday, April 6, 2011 - 11:30am

Kloppenburg Takes Lead In Wisconsin

In the Wisconsin Supreme Court race that is still too close to call, Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg, the favorite of liberal activists and unions, has taken the lead over Justice David Prosser, the Republican-favored candidate.

With all but three precincts in the state counted, Kloppenburg leads by a mere 224 votes, 739,574 to 739,350.

Posted: Wednesday, April 6, 2011 - 11:02am