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CPAC Boycott No Deterrent For Prez Hopefuls

Updated with Keene's comments

The Conservative Political Action Conference won't see some social conservative organizations at their annual gathering, but one important constituency still plans to show up: Prospective White House contenders.

Posted: Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 10:00am

Presidential Prospects Attending GOP House Retreat

A cadre of potential Republican presidential contenders will address House Republicans this weekend at their annual retreat, according to Republican sources on the Hill.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) are among those slated to address the new Republican caucus at the retreat this weekend in Baltimore, Md.

Posted: Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 9:09am

Palin Breaks Silence On Shooting

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) on Wednesday broke her near-silence on the tragedy in Arizona with a nearly eight-minute video condemning the violence -- as well as the "blood libel'' committed by the media in blaming the incendiary political climate.

Posted: Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 8:38am

Starting Lineup: A Tale Of Two Kennedys

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

Vicki Firmly Shuts The Door: Vicki Kennedy, the widow of Sen. Ted Kennedy (D), put the kibosh on speculation that she will run for her late husband's seat in 2012. In an interview with the Boston Globe's Scott Lehigh, Kennedy -- who had previously said she wasn't interested in running for the seat -- firmly closed the door.

Posted: Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 8:36am

Video: Delay Get 3 Years In Prison; Schwarzenegger's 'World Speech-Doing Tour'

Former House Majority Leader Tom Delay (R-Texas) is sentenced to three years in prison. Jay Leno on Delay's sentence: "The judge sentenced him to 2 years for money laundering and tacked on an extra year for his performance on Dancing With The Stars."

Jimmy Kimmel is looking forward to former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's first speaking tour, "He's coming to talk to you whether you like it or not."

Posted: Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 8:09am

GOP Donors Prepare For A Rowdy Sensenbender

When it comes to the art of the rager in Washington, D.C., no one throws down harder than Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.).

At least that's what Carole Goeas & Associates would have you believe judging from the title of a planned fundraiser benefiting the 67-year-old former House Judiciary Committee chairman. An e-mail titled "Martinis & Mayhem with Rep. Sensenbrenner Jan. 25th" went out Tuesday morning to potential guests for the get-together slated at the Grill 75 Room of the Capitol Hill Club, a favored spot of congressional Republicans.

Posted: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 - 3:56pm

Boehner Officially Invites Obama To Deliver SOTU

It's official: Pres. Obama has been invited to deliver his State of the Union address on Jan. 25.

And this year, the invitation to the Capitol came from the other side of the aisle. On Tuesday, new House Speaker John Boehner formally asked the president to his chamber.

Boehner made reference to the shooting in Arizona last weekend in the letter to Obama.

Posted: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 - 3:24pm

West Not Backing Down From Explosive Rhetoric

In the wake of this weekend's Arizona shooting, freshman Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) doesn't seem willing to tone down some of the inflammatory language that peppered his campaign against Rep. Ron Klein (D-Fla.) -- and on Monday he lashed out against Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) remarks on Sunday's "Meet The Press," calling them a "political cheap shot."

Posted: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 - 11:54am

Starting Lineup: Pawlenty Swipes Palin

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

Pawlenty Swipes Palin: The political fallout from the tragic shootings in Arizona continued Monday, as the discussion of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's controversial map made its way squarely into the 2012 presidential discourse. In an interview with the New York Times, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) pointedly said about the map: "I wouldn't have done it."

Posted: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 - 8:15am

Video: Coping With Arizona Tragedy; The End of 'Sarah Palin's Alaska'?

Daily Show Senior Correspondent John Oliver turns to the comfort of his panda pajamas to cope with the tragic shooting in Tucson, Arizona.

Jimmy Kimmel finds a new ring tone on the season finale of Sarah Palin's Alaska.

Today's Must See Moment -- Fast forward to 2:10 to hear Kimmel's new ring tone.

Take today's Late Night Poll after the jump.

Posted: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 - 8:03am