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Jenny Craig, Meet Haley Barbour

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is a man of his word, and to divine whether he will run for president, you just have to keep an eye on his waistline.

"If you see I lose 40 pounds, you'll know I'm either running or got cancer," Barbour told a roundtable of reporters a year ago.

Posted: Tuesday, February 8, 2011 - 1:55pm

Emanuel: I Specialized In 'Relationship Banking'

Rahm Emanuel isn't inclined to discuss his work as an investment banker as he campaigns for mayor of Chicago. But Emanuel's opponents have raised questions about his stint with Wasserstein Perella & Co, where Emanuel reportedly earned $18.5 million in just two and a half years after leaving the Clinton White House.

Posted: Tuesday, February 8, 2011 - 1:38pm

Americans Think Obama Would Lose In 2012

More than half of registered voters believe President Obama will lose a bid for a second term, even as more Americans say they approve of his job performance than at any time in more than a year.

A new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey, released Tuesday, shows 51 percent of registered voters, and the same percentage of adult Americans, believe Obama will lose if he runs for re-election. 46 percent say he would win.

Posted: Tuesday, February 8, 2011 - 12:16pm

Ideological Battle Brewing In Race To Replace Harman

Progressive activist Marcy Winograd inched closer to running in the special election to replace Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.), but her decision to run may hinge on whether California Secretary of State Debra Bowen also throws her hat in the ring.

Posted: Tuesday, February 8, 2011 - 11:35am

The Telling Shuttering Of The DLC

The Democratic Leadership Council announced Monday it would close its doors after more than two decades playing a major role in Democratic politics.

Just a few years ago, the centrist group, from whence sprang Bill Clinton, attracted a steady parade of Democratic presidential hopefuls. But by the 2008 campaign, those hopefuls were choosing to attend events sponsored by the netroots rather than by the centrist Democratic establishment.

Posted: Tuesday, February 8, 2011 - 9:23am

Video: President Obama Is Ready For Some Football

Conan O'Brien still can't get over the White House Super Bowl Party menu, "President Obama served a menu that featured food from both Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. Which explains why this morning, President Obama tested positive for diabetes."

Fox's Bill O'Reilly is tough on Obama during their pre-Super Bowl interview. Jimmy Kimmel: "It's weird to see those two together. I think Bill O'Reilly might think he's the president and not the other way around."

Posted: Tuesday, February 8, 2011 - 8:46am

Could Djou Challenge Akaka?

Former Rep. Charles Djou (R-Hawaii) all but swore off elective politics in his recent farewell address, but the former congressman recently penned an article that is sure to ignite speculation among the state's political observers over whether a 2012 bid against Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii) is in the offing.

Posted: Monday, February 7, 2011 - 6:11pm

Raese Won't Run In West Virginia

West Virginia industrialist John Raese (R) has decided not to attempt a fifth run for statewide office in this year's special gubernatorial election. His decision leaves Secretary of State Betty Ireland (R) the frontrunner in the Republican primary.

Posted: Monday, February 7, 2011 - 5:37pm

Crowded Election Shaping Up For Harman Seat

With Rep. Jane Harman's (D-Calif.) sudden departure from Congress in the coming weeks, the race to replace her is already drawing interest from several top Democrats in what's shaping up to be a competitive and crowded primary.

Posted: Monday, February 7, 2011 - 4:58pm

Ron Paul To Iowa, But What About Huckabee?

Add Rep. Ron Paul's (R-Texas) name to the list of Republicans making their way through Iowa for an appearance at a conservative group's Presidential Lecture Series, but don't pencil in former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) just yet.

Posted: Monday, February 7, 2011 - 4:49pm