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Video: Limbaugh Connects With Fred Flinstone; Colbert Goes After The Source Of The Problem

Jimmy Kimmel is surprised that Rush Limbaugh would criticize first lady Michelle Obama for eating ribs on vacation, "The idea that someone as weighty as Rush Limbaugh would call someone else fat is kind of hilarious. So we decided to make it even more hilarious."

Stephen Colbert thinks the unions in Wisconsin are an "existential threat."

Today's Must See Moment -- Fast forward to 1:45 for the latest "Kimmel Kartoon."

Posted: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 8:55am

Emanuel Wins Chicago Mayor's Race

Rahm Emanuel won the Chicago mayoral election outright Tuesday, capturing the necessary majority of votes to avoid an April runoff, CNN has projected. The AP has also called the race for Emanuel.

With 97 percent of precincts reporting, Emanuel has 55 percent of the vote. Former Chicago School Board president Gery Chico, the second-place finisher, has 24 percent, while City Clerk Miguel del Valle and former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun each have 9% of the vote.

Posted: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 10:00pm

Video: Is Walker Feeling the Heat?

Under pressure over a controversial budget plan that would eliminate collective bargaining rights for many state workers, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) appeared anxious in the seconds leading up to his public address, captured in the video below.

Posted: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 9:30pm

Daniels Looking To Avoid Fight With Labor

Concerned that the response from labor and Democrats could disrupt the legislative session, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) reiterated that the current time is not right to debate the right-to-work legislation Democrats are opposing.

"For reasons I've explained more than once, I thought there was a better time and place to have this very important and legitimate issue raised," Daniels said to reporters Tuesday afternoon.

Posted: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 6:01pm

On The Hunt For Huntsman

When is a presidential stalking horse not a presidential stalking horse? When it's Jon Huntsman's political action committee.

The newly-formed Horizon PAC isn't actually affiliated with the ambassador to China - but it's described by a top staffer as Huntsman's "campaign-in-waiting," as Huntsman works to extricate himself from his current assignment in Beijing.

Posted: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 4:58pm

Polls Diverge On Wis. Showdown, But The Questions Matter

As protesters besiege Madison, Wis., for an eighth consecutive day of demonstrations, stakeholders on both sides and interested observers are looking for measurements of public opinion to demonstrate where Wisconsinites and Americans in general stand on the budget showdown between Republican Gov. Scott Walker and unions representing state workers.

Posted: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 4:10pm

Golisano Seeks End To Electoral College's Role

Fresh off his sale of the Buffalo Sabres hockey team, entrepreneur and New York political activist Tom Golisano this morning announced he's putting his energies and considerable financial resources into a new cause: ending the Electoral College's role in picking a new president.

Posted: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 3:20pm

Emerson Not Running For Senate

Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-Mo.) has decided not to challenge Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) in 2012, leaving the Republican field without a more moderate option for the time being.

Posted: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 2:45pm

Indiana Democrats Fleeing State

Indiana House Democrats are taking a page out of the playbook of their Wisconsin counterparts, leaving the state rather than voting on anti-union legislation, the Indianapolis Star reports.

The move prevents the House from reaching the quorum presence necessary to do business.

Posted: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 2:06pm

Thune Not Running For President

Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) announced Tuesday he will not run for president in 2012, declaring he is "best positioned to fight for America's future here in the trenches of the United States Senate."

In a statement on his Facebook page, Thune said he and his wife had contemplated a bid, but that the timing isn't right for the second-term senator to make a White House bid.

Posted: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 1:07pm