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Deja Vu All Over Again?

Will the Wisconsin Supreme Court race have all the trappings of the 2008 Minnesota Senate recount, or perhaps the historic 2000 recount in Florida?

It's too early to say. But if a recount is in the cards, it will feature some familiar faces.

Posted: Friday, April 8, 2011 - 11:56am

Allen Ties Kaine To Obama On Expanded Oil Exploration

Former Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) criticized former Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine for not standing up to the Obama administration on oil and gas exploration off the Virginia coastline, in one of his first attacks against the Democrat since he entered the Senate race.

Posted: Friday, April 8, 2011 - 11:11am

Video: Jon Stewart Says Goodbye To Glenn Beck; Trump's First Campaign Ad

Jon Stewart wants to know why Glenn Beck is leaving Fox News.

Jimmy Kimmel has Donald Trump's first presidential campaign ad, "He's the hood ornament on you're car of creation."

Today's Must See Moment - Fast Forward to 0:30 when Stewart heads to the chalkboard. Then let us know why you think Beck is leaving Fox News in our Late Night Poll.

Take our Late Night Poll after the jump.

Posted: Friday, April 8, 2011 - 7:49am

Hotline Sort: Waukesha This Way

Welcome back to Hotline Sort. President Obama met with Congressional leaders late into the night Thursday, but a budget deal still hasn't been reached, with the threat of a government shutdown now hours away. Obama has postponed a previously scheduled Indiana trip to stay and continue to work toward an agreement. Meanwhile, there is big news in the Wisconsin Supreme Court race and former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick (D) has a new roommate. Here's today's rundown:

Posted: Friday, April 8, 2011 - 7:40am

Republicans Cheering In Wisconsin

The county clerk of a GOP-heavy county in Wisconsin revealed Thursday that a spreadsheet error caused thousands of votes in a high-stakes Supreme Court race to go uncounted in the initial tally, upending the race and giving the GOP-backed candidate a big boost.

The new tally from the county will net Justice David Prosser, the Republican-backed candidate, over 7,500 votes, putting him ahead of labor and Democratic-backed challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg.

Posted: Thursday, April 7, 2011 - 8:07pm

Game-Changer In Wisconsin

WTMJ anchor John Mercure is reporting that election officials in the Republican stronghold of Waukesha County -- a Milwaukee suburb -- didn't count 14,000 ballots cast on Election Day. Those ballots will net Republican-backed judge David Prosser 7,381 votes, according to reporting from National Review.

Posted: Thursday, April 7, 2011 - 5:58pm

Pew Poll: Obama Struggling With White Voters

The latest Pew Research Center national poll released today underscores how slender a beachhead President Obama has established among whites more than two years into his presidency.

In his 2008 election, Obama ran well only among two groups of whites -- young people and white women with at least a four year college education, two groups that are generally receptive to government activism. In the 2010 GOP landslide, those groups stuck with Democrats relatively more loyally than the rest of the white electorate, but the party's support tumbled even among them.

Posted: Thursday, April 7, 2011 - 5:11pm

George Allen's Football Fumble

As a Senate candidate, former Sen. George Allen (R) will be faced with a lot of questions over the next few months. Donors will want to know how his campaign is doing, pundits will question his strategy and the media will ask him to weigh in on the events of the day.

But Thursday, it was a question Allen asked that made its way into the headlines.

Posted: Thursday, April 7, 2011 - 2:33pm

Who Said It?

"A fresh set of ideas were brought to the table today. Some are good, and some will need to be improved, but they're out there in the open for anyone to see and debate. This budget is a starting point, not a final product."

"Paul Ryan putting forth a plan, good place to start. There's some problems with it. And I will tell you that honestly, not as a Democrat or Republican, but as a farmer from Montana. But if we get everybody in a room, the same way they did with the debt commission, I think we could come up with a plan."

Posted: Thursday, April 7, 2011 - 1:58pm

Flake Consulting 'Danged Fence' Sheriff

If Rep. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) is looking for someone to boost his credibility on immigration and border security, he may want to turn to a man who gave Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) a hand during his 2010 reelection campaign.

Posted: Thursday, April 7, 2011 - 11:50am