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Huckabee 'Had a Very Good Night's Sleep'

The ever-shifting to unseat President Obama in 2012 got a supercharge last week, but the debt-ceiling vote loomed, as always, as a more immediate concern. Both dominated this week’s Sunday talk shows. Among the highlights: Mike Huckabee slept soundly after making his 2012 no-go official; Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says he’ll listen to the markets on raising the debt limit; Newt Gingrich dismisses Medicare vouchers as “social engineering” and saying the teacher/analyst Newt will have to take a back seat if he’s elected president.

Posted: Sunday, May 15, 2011 - 10:40am

Huckabee Plunges Politics Into Pop Culture

When Donald Trump suggested he would declare his presidential intentions on the finale of his reality TV show, it seemed like crass popular culture couldn’t have a firmer a grip on politics.

Posted: Sunday, May 15, 2011 - 8:40am

Huckabee's Opponents See Opportunity, Offer Praise

Mike Huckabee's decision not to run for president starts a campaign of a different kind: the race to get his endorsement.

Posted: Saturday, May 14, 2011 - 10:40pm

Tomblin Wins WV Democratic Gubernatorial Primary

Updated at 10:15 pm

Posted: Saturday, May 14, 2011 - 10:40pm

Maloney Wins WV GOP Gubernatorial Primary

Political newcomer and businessman Bill Maloney has convincingly defeated former Secretary of State Betty Ireland in the West Virginia Republican gubernatorial primary, according to the Associated Press.

Posted: Saturday, May 14, 2011 - 10:40pm

Mike Huckabee Will Not Run in 2012

On his Fox News show Saturday night, Mike Huckabee dramatically announced that he would not be running in 2012. There was nothing his hour-long decision special was missing: "Saved by the Bell's" Mario Lopez. A "rock-out" with Ted Nugent. Consulting of religious signs. And a cameo by Donald Trump.

Posted: Saturday, May 14, 2011 - 9:40pm

Where Huckabee's Decision Not to Run Matters Most: Iowa

Without Huckabee in the race, the state that frequently serves as a catalyst to the nomination is very much in play.

Posted: Saturday, May 14, 2011 - 9:40pm

Huckabee Not Running For President

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) announced Saturday that he won't run for president in 2012, removing a strong contender from the field and underscoring the volatility and wide-open nature of the Republican nominating contest.

Posted: Saturday, May 14, 2011 - 9:40pm

New York Times: I.M.F. Head Arrested on Sexual Attack Allegations

The head of the International Monetary Fund was arrested Saturday on accusations that he sexually attacked a hotel maid earlier in the day, The New York Times reported in a breaking news alert Saturday night.

Posted: Saturday, May 14, 2011 - 7:40pm

Western NY Voters Worried About Medicare

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. - Western New York's long-disregarded Democrats believe a Republican plan to make sweeping changes in Medicare gives them a rare chance to snatch a GOP House seat 10 days from now.

Posted: Saturday, May 14, 2011 - 7:40pm