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Mook To Lead DCCC

Newly-tapped Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) announced Monday that Robby Mook will be the committee's executive director for the 2012 cycle.

Mook is a veteran of the DCCC, having led the committee's independent expenditure arm for the 2010 cycle and serving as its political director in 2009. He'll replace Jon Vogel as executive director in heading up the DCCC's operations.

Posted: Monday, December 6, 2010 - 10:09am

Video: WikiLeaks TMZ Edition; W. Gets Knocked Out By Tetherball

"Saturday Night Live" skewers WikiLeaks with their parody, "WikiLeaks:TMZ." Julian Assange wants to take down Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and has a top secret video, "that has to be seen to be believed." Assange makes no apologies: "There you have it America, truth courtesy of Julian Assange. Do I suck a little bit? I do. You try me for treason, you can't because I'm from Australia. But nice try dummies."

Posted: Monday, December 6, 2010 - 8:29am

Starting Lineup: Walls Closing In Around Steele

Good Monday morning and welcome back to the Starting Lineup. On the radar today: One of Michael Steele's key allies jumps ship -- signaling a possible challenge in the RNC chairmanship race; Newt Gingrich is "inclined" to run for president; Mike Huckabee wants more people talking about him; the end approaches in the Minnesota governor's race; Pres. Obama hits the campaign trail in North Carolina and the 50 Iowa operatives you need to know.

Posted: Monday, December 6, 2010 - 8:23am

RNC General Counsel Quits

Reince Priebus, the Republican National Committee's top legal counsel, resigned his position early Sunday morning, The Hotline has learned, a move that will be widely interpreted as a major step toward running for chairman of the organization and a big blow to current chairman Michael Steele.

Priebus, the chairman of the Wisconsin Republican Party, was once Steele's closest ally on the committee. Priebus pushed to elect Steele in 2009, and in the two years since has served as Steele's conduit with committee members.

Posted: Sunday, December 5, 2010 - 1:38pm

What We Learned: Picking 2012 Sides Early

What we at The Hotline learned this week:

Posted: Sunday, December 5, 2010 - 11:22am

Previewing The Sunday Shows

"Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the START treaty and the battle over Bush-era tax cuts are on tap for this weekend's Sunday shows. Senate Whips Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) will square off on "Face the Nation" while Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) appear on NBC's "Meet the Press." Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) talk's deficit reduction plans on "Fox News Sunday" while General Wes Clark and Log Cabin Republican Executive Director Clarke Cooper discuss DADT on "This Week."

Posted: Friday, December 3, 2010 - 3:00pm

Emmer Has No Plans For Court Challenge...For Now

Holding just his second press conference since Election Day, trailing Minnesota gubernatorial contender Tom Emmer (R) said Friday that he is not currently planning a post-recount legal challenge in the ongoing governor's race, but signaled that his final decision would rest on ascertaining the state Supreme Court's reasoning for rejecting a voter-counting petition that he filed before the hand recount began.

Posted: Friday, December 3, 2010 - 1:31pm

Deficit Commission Fails

Pres. Obama's deficit commission did not win the 14 votes necessary to pass its plan Friday -- dealing the administration a significant setback in its efforts to trim the country's deficit.

The commission needed 14 votes to be automatically sent to Congress for consideration.

Former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles (D) and former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.) secured 11 votes. Seven of the 18 members said they did not support the plan.

Here's the whip count:

Posted: Friday, December 3, 2010 - 11:52am

Senate Committees Empty The Tank

The Democratic and Republican Senate campaign committees begin the 2012 cycle with almost nothing left in the bank after spending more than $30 million each in the final two weeks of the midterm elections.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee reported raising $19.9 million during the period running between Oct. 14 and Nov. 22, according to reports filed with the Secretary of the Senate's office. The DSCC entered Thanksgiving week with just $712,784 on hand, meaning they spent about $34 million in the final spring.

Posted: Friday, December 3, 2010 - 11:31am

Artur Davis Taking On The Establishment

Outgoing Rep. Artur Davis (D-Ala.) had some frank words for his party and, by implication, the Congressional Black Caucus in my interview with him for my column this week.

Posted: Friday, December 3, 2010 - 10:44am