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Video: Obama Doesn't Want To Miss DWTS; A Not-So-Subtle Hint To Libyan Rebels

Conan O'Brien thinks President Obama sent the wrong message by scheduling his speech early so that it wouldn't interfere with 'Dancing With The Stars', "As of now the Obama policy is: He's willing to embroil us in a third war but not willing to interrupt the Karate Kid's macarena."

Obama's address reminded Stephen Colbert of a 'dog's breakfast': "Obama's speech was like bacon, jalapeno corn muffins and Corn Muffins."

Today's Must See Moment -- Fast forward to 1:40 for a not-to-subtle hint to Libyan rebels.

Posted: Wednesday, March 30, 2011 - 7:53am

Support For Libya Intervention Is Waning

A plurality of voters -- and a majority of independent voters -- thinks the U.S. military should not be involved in Libya right now, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday that also shows President Obama with his lowest-ever approval rating and re-elect score.

Posted: Wednesday, March 30, 2011 - 6:39am

Coleman Would Back Pawlenty Over Bachmann

Should former Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) be faced with a choice for president between two fellow Minnesotans -- Rep. Michele Bachmann (R) and former Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) -- he'd go with Pawlenty, he told Hotline On Call on Tuesday.

"I've been on the Tim bandwagon for a while," Coleman said. "In the last cycle I said he'd be a great president ... and I've been consulting on and off with him since."

Posted: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 - 3:52pm

Are Centrist Democrats An Endangered Species?

It's hard out there for a moderate.

That was the consensus among three former Democratic members at a roundtable this morning sponsored by the centrist think tank Third Way. While one-term members Dan Maffei (D-N.Y.) and Glenn Nye (D-Va.) were both swept out of their swing districts in the GOP tidal wave, Artur Davis (D-Ala.) stepped down from his safe seat to run for governor - but he was trounced in the Democratic primary by an opponent who argued he was too moderate.

Posted: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 - 12:32pm

Ousting Menendez A Tall Task For GOP

Republicans are publicly bullish on their prospects of targeting Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.). But the Garden State has given Republicans more than their share of headaches in recent years, and ousting Menendez will take an extraordinary effort in 2012.

Posted: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 - 11:00am

Cuomo Looking Like Future Dem Star

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's (D) successful clash with his own party over the state's budget - one where he made significant cuts while holding the line on taxes - is quickly moving him up the ranks of Democrats to watch. At a time when many Republican and Democratic governors alike have seen their popularity erode after making painful budget cuts, Cuomo's approval is still sky-high.

Posted: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 - 9:45am

Hotline Sort: Obama 2.0

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. President Obama delivers a major address on Libya, while his own reelection plans come into focus. Meanwhile, Indiana Democrats come home and Marco Rubio goes national - again. Here's today's rundown:

Posted: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 - 7:55am

Video: Obama Explains Libya And His Final Four; O Canada!

The late night hosts go after President Obama's address to the nation. Jimmy Kimmel: "Obama tonight explained his decision to attack Libya and expanded on his plan to bomb Virginia Commonwealth for screwing up his bracket."

David Letterman can't believe that Obama could accidentally get locked out of the Oval Office.

Today's Must See Moment -- Fast Forward to 1:50 when rebel inuit's storm parliament.

Posted: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 - 7:40am

Arizona Matching Funds Law Goes Before Supreme Court

In a case that could deal another setback to campaign finance laws nationwide, the Supreme Court heard arguments Monday to determine whether governments are constitutionally allowed to help publicly financed candidates maintain financial parity with privately financed opponents .

Posted: Monday, March 28, 2011 - 5:05pm

Daniels Supportive Of Lugar Challenger

Indiana state Treasurer Richard Mourdock was never expecting Gov. Mitch Daniels (R-Ind.) to endorse him as he mounts a primary challenge against Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.). But he said that Daniels offered encouragement for him to run--an important factor in his decision to challenge the longtime senator.

Posted: Monday, March 28, 2011 - 3:11pm