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Unemployment Dips, Jobs Fall Short Of Predictions

The U.S. economy added 103,000 jobs in December, according to the Labor Department, while the unemployment rate fell to 9.4 percent.

Economists had on average expected a gain of 160,000 jobs, which partly reflected the shockingly high reading from Wednesday's ADP employment report, which measures private-sector job growth based on payroll data. That report stunned forecasters by registering a net gain of 297,000 jobs.

Posted: Friday, January 7, 2011 - 9:48am

Starting Lineup: Steelman Catches A Big Fish

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

Steelman Catches A Big Fish: Former Missouri Treasurer Sarah Steelman picked up a big endorsement for her Senate bid on Thursday: Gregg Hartley.

Hartley is one of the top lobbyists on Capitol Hill, currently working for Cassidy and Associates. He has deep ties to Missouri, having served as Sen. Roy Blunt's (R) chief of staff as he was ascending the leadership in the House.

Posted: Friday, January 7, 2011 - 8:07am

Video: Going After Boehner's Gavel; Jersey Shore Reads The Constitution

The 112th Congress may be under way but all the late night hosts are focused on Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) new "over-sized gavel". Stephen Colbert on Boehner's gavel of choice: "I think someone's compensating for his small government."

Jimmy Kimmel has a idea to make the reading of the Constitution more interesting, "It's also very very boring. It's the kind of thing that makes you wish you'd never learned how to read, unless you add the kids from Jersey Shore."

Posted: Friday, January 7, 2011 - 8:07am

An Unorthodox Path To RNC Victory

Updated: Check below the jump for complete election results from the 2009, 1997 and 1993 chairman's races

Wisconsin Republican Party chairman Reince Priebus is the clear front-runner in the race to replace Michael Steele, but that doesn't mean Priebus will waltz to victory. Instead, history shows the front-runner in the race to chair the Republican National Committee doesn't always win.

Posted: Thursday, January 6, 2011 - 4:40pm

O'Reilly Lands Obama Super Bowl Interview

Fox News host Bill O'Reilly will interview Pres. Obama on Super Bowl Sunday, Fox News sources confirmed.

Details about when the Feb. 6 interview will be taped and when it will air are still unclear.

Posted: Thursday, January 6, 2011 - 4:40pm

Updating Hotline's RNC Chairman's Race Whip Count

Fully half the voting members of Republican National Committee have declared their support for one of the five contenders seeking the chairmanship, and with just over a week to go before the January 14 vote, the race has a clear front-runner in Wisconsin Republican Party chairman Reince Priebus.

Still, Priebus has about a third of the 85 votes he would need to win, meaning any of the contenders have a path to victory. On Thursday, former Michigan Republican Party chairman Saul Anuzis flexed his muscle, announcing endorsements from four prominent committee members.

Posted: Thursday, January 6, 2011 - 4:39pm

Dems Target Michael Grimm On Health Care

Looks like Democrats have their first 2012 opposition research clipping for New York freshman Rep. Michael Grimm (R).

In one of his first interviews since being sworn in, Grimm brushed off the suggestion that he was being hypocritical for accepting government-provided health insurance while calling for the repeal of Pres. Obama's health care reform.

Posted: Thursday, January 6, 2011 - 3:23pm

Hotline Whip Count: Dems On Health Care Repeal

When House Republicans bring their legislation that would repeal Pres. Obama's health care reform to a vote Wednesday, they will be putting several Democrats in a bind.

The vote is expected to breakdown along partisan lines, as only a trio of Democrats have said they will join Republicans and vote for repeal. And it appears highly unlikely that any Republicans will join the Democrats in opposition to the measure.

Posted: Thursday, January 6, 2011 - 12:09pm

Insiders: Romney Is Top GOP 2012 Contender, Daniels Second

Posted: Thursday, January 6, 2011 - 10:53am

Surprise Winners Ready To Put 2010 Behind Them

A few months ago, their ascension to Congress seemed unimaginable. But for a handful of freshmen who survived razor-thin contests, weeks of uncertainty and even legal challenges, all were more than ready to move past the winding path of the 2010 elections as they took the oath of office on Wednesday.

Posted: Thursday, January 6, 2011 - 8:50am