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Video: Rumsfeld Takes On Stewart; Reid Wants To Outlaw Prostitution

Donald Rumsfeld stops by the "Daily Show" to discuss the dangers of "certainty with power."

Jimmy Fallon, on Sen. Harry Reid, R-Nev., wanting to end legalized prostitution in Nevada, "He said he wants to keep prostitution where it belongs, Washington D.C."

Today's Must See Moment -- Fast Forward to 0:33 when Jon Stewart addresses the elephant in the room.

Take out Late Night Poll after the jump.

Posted: Thursday, February 24, 2011 - 8:33am

GOP Insiders Dubious Of Government Shutdown

In the battle over federal spending for the remainder of this fiscal year, nearly two-thirds of the Republican operatives surveyed in this week's National Journal Political Insiders Poll believe that it isn't in their party's interest to see a government shutdown, while most Democrats feel such a confrontation could benefit them.

Posted: Thursday, February 24, 2011 - 8:30am

McCain's Shift Makes Him Senate's Most Conservative

The politician who once best exemplified the idea of a "maverick" independent has shifted so far to the right that he is now tied for the title of the Senate's most conservative member, according to National Journal's 2010 vote ratings.

Posted: Thursday, February 24, 2011 - 7:00am

Pearce Warns Against Republican Divisions

As he considers whether he will run for the Senate, Rep. Steve Pearce (R-N.M.) is warning against a repeat of the 2008 Republican Senate primary, which turned into an ideological battle that caused the candidates to become "bruised and out of money."

Posted: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 7:58pm

House GOP Working on CR to Avert Shutdown, Deflect Blame

House Republicans are drafting a two-week continuing resolution to keep the government operating after the current CR expires on March 4 and will file the bill on Friday, National Journal has learned.

Posted: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 7:23pm

Timeline: Obama on Gay Marriage

From the time he was a candidate for the U.S. Senate from Illinois, Barack Obama has opposed the Defense of Marriage Act but maintained that he believes marriage was meant to be between a man and a woman.

• February 11, 2004: As a Senate candidate, Obama wrote in a Windy City Times letter to the editor that he found the Defense Against Marriage Act to be "abhorrent."

Posted: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 7:09pm

Mitch Daniels' Moment

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) has staked out a middle-of-the-road position in the dispute between state House Democrats and Republicans in Indiana over a right-to-work measure that would diminish the power of labor unions.

While Daniels has said that making Indiana a right-to-work state would boost economic development, he remains opposed to dealing with the matter at the current time, over concerns that it would disrupt his larger legislative agenda.

Posted: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 2:23pm

Haridopolos Cozying Up To Rubio

Like most politicians, Florida Senate Pres. Mike Haridopolos (R) wants potential voters and donors to think of him when they receive a fundraising letter.

But he also wants them to think of somebody else -- the state's junior senator.

The St. Petersburg Times highlights a Haridopolos fundraising letter in which Sen. Marco Rubio's (R) name is mentioned six times.

Posted: Wednesday, February 23, 2011 - 10:27am

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