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Report: Pence Decides Against Presidential Bid

Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) has decided to reveal his long-awaited decision about his political future in an interview Thursday evening with The Indianapolis Star -- suggesting that the congressman, who is being urged to run for president by some conservatives, is leaning towards the Indiana governor's race instead.

Posted: Thursday, January 27, 2011 - 5:21pm

Students for Daniels Launches First 2012 Ad

A group of Yale students is hitting the airwaves in Iowa, New Hampshire and Indiana with a new ad urging Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) to run for president.

The ad will be the first official presidential ad of the 2012 cycle.

Students for Daniels will air the ad for the first time during the NFL Pro Bowl on Sunday in the Des Moines media market.

The ad directly appeals to voters who backed Pres. Obama in 2008 but have been disappointed in his performance and, in particular, the country's rising deficit.

Posted: Thursday, January 27, 2011 - 5:16pm

It's Official: Talent Won't Run In Missouri

Former Missouri Sen. Jim Talent (R) told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Thursday that he will not challenge Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) in 2012. Talent, originally thought to be a likely contender in the race, has in recent weeks sparked widespread speculation that he would pass on a bid. Now that he's making it official, the Republican primary field is expected to expand quickly.

Posted: Thursday, January 27, 2011 - 4:37pm

Redistricting Q&A: Bill Burke

Welcome back to Hotline On Call's Redistricting Q&A feature, where we sit down with some of the biggest players in the map-drawing process. Last week, we featured former Republican Rep. Tom Reynolds (R-N.Y.), who highlighted how cutthroat New York redistricting can be.

Posted: Thursday, January 27, 2011 - 3:30pm

West Virginia Wrestles With Special Election

A fast-developing race is off to a slow start in West Virginia.

Now that the state Supreme Court of Appeals has ruled that a special gubernatorial election must be held this year and acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) has set Oct. 4 as the date, the state has moved on to yet another sticky issue: whether to choose the parties' nominees by nominating convention or to change the law so that there is a primary.

Posted: Thursday, January 27, 2011 - 2:16pm

DeMint Heading To Iowa

South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, a Tea Party favorite, is heading to Iowa to deliver a speech in March -- a move that is fueling speculation that DeMint is considering a White House run, even as he publicly denies interest.

DeMint will speak at a forum hosted by Iowa Rep. Steve King in Des Moines on March 26, according to sources close to DeMint. News of the appearance was first reported by The Iowa Republican.

Posted: Thursday, January 27, 2011 - 11:39am

Romney Aides Discussed Skipping Iowa

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) spent a lot of time and treasure in Iowa in 2008, and all he got was a lousy second-place finish behind Mike Huckabee (R).

So as Romney contemplates kicking off another bid for president, his team is considering a new approach. Sources tell us Romney's strategists have spoken with potential consultants about skipping the Iowa caucuses altogether and launching a campaign from New Hampshire.

Posted: Thursday, January 27, 2011 - 11:00am

Insiders Draw Lines On Debt Ceiling, Health Care

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Posted: Thursday, January 27, 2011 - 9:00am

Video: Obama Has A Plan To 'Win The Future'; Kimmel Eavesdrops On Congress

Stephen Colbert thinks Pres. Obama laid out a clear plan to move the U.S. forward in his State of the Union adderss, "Yes, we'll win the future. If we just keep pumping quarters into it, this thing has got to pay up. We're due!"

Jon Stewart focused on the human stories from the State of the Union.

Today's Must See Moment -- Fast forward to 0:35 when Jimmy Kimmel eavesdropped on members of Congress as Obama entered the House.

Take out Late Night Poll after the jump.

Posted: Thursday, January 27, 2011 - 8:59am

Starting Lineup: Romney's Relaunch

Good Thursday morning and welcome back to the Starting Lineup. Here's our take on the day's political news.

Romney v. Obama: Mitt Romney offered tough criticism of Pres. Obama's leadership Wednesday night in remarks that were sharper than usual from the former Massachusetts governor.

"He's trying awfully hard," Romney said on Sean Hannity's Fox News show. "The problem is, he just doesn't know what to do."

Romney went on to sharply attack Obama's approach to the economy, calling it "sad."

Posted: Thursday, January 27, 2011 - 8:50am