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Video: Weapon of Choice, 'Stupid and Unnecessary Visual Aids'

Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert go after Pres. Obama for making a deal with Republicans to extend the Bush era tax cuts. Colbert on the tax deal increasing the deficit: "Eventually [the deficit] will reach infinity. And we just turn our heads sideways, and boom, it's an eight. Eight, that's not much. I'll pay that off myself. Here's a sawbuck. Keep the change America."

Jay Leno reveals more WikiLeaks secrets: "Wolf Blitzer has a sister named Coyote Ugly. Did you know that?"

Posted: Wednesday, December 8, 2010 - 8:46am

Starting Lineup: Emmer's Exit

Good Wednesday morning and welcome back to the Starting Lineup. On the radar today: The Cook Political Report lays out the 2012 landscape; Tom Emmer (R) to concede in the Minnesota Governor's race; Jim DeMint (R) flexes his muscle on the tax cut deal; Kay Bailey Hutchison (R) tests the fundraising waters for 2012 and Michael Capuano (D) -- a potential 2012 Senate contender -- stokes Massachusetts' liberal base.

Posted: Wednesday, December 8, 2010 - 8:42am

Cook Political Report Names First 2012 Targets

Don't expect the next election to be a let-up from the breakneck political pace set in 2010: The Cook Political Report on Tuesday already categorized five Senate and 10 House races as "toss-ups" nearly two years before the next federal Election Day.

Posted: Tuesday, December 7, 2010 - 8:05pm

Elizabeth Edwards Dies At 61

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Posted: Tuesday, December 7, 2010 - 6:01pm

Steele's Island Firewall In Trouble

Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele can no longer count on the support of a key caucus within the RNC, the latest blow to his chances of keeping a job he's held since 2009.

Steele has long counted on the 18 votes that make up the unofficial Island caucus, a group of members representing U.S. territories on the national committee. Those votes represent nearly a quarter of the votes he would need to win re-election, and any cracks in what are ordinarily a solid coalition could prove fatal to Steele's chances.

Posted: Tuesday, December 7, 2010 - 4:34pm

Holiday Wish Lists In 2010's Last Three Races

As the holiday season kicks into full swing, three races remain unresolved: Minnesota's gubernatorial contest, New York's First Congressional District race and Alaska's Senate election -- where Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) has been declared the winner, but GOP challenger Joe Miller has refused to give up.

Posted: Tuesday, December 7, 2010 - 4:30pm

The Real Rubio: Tea Party or Party Man?

Political Correspondent Beth Reinhard knows Marco Rubio better than most, having covered the Republican senator-elect in Florida before he became the Tea Party's darling and a conservative rising star. So how might Rubio behave as a lawmaker in Washington? Reinhard makes her predictions below.

Posted: Tuesday, December 7, 2010 - 1:30pm

Gaming Sununu's Successors

In announcing Monday that he won't seek another term as chairman of the New Hampshire GOP, former Gov. and White House Chief of Staff John Sununu (R) has set off a flurry of activity over who will succeed him, with nearly a half dozen contenders already eying the race.

Posted: Tuesday, December 7, 2010 - 12:23pm

Video: Palin Goes Reindeer Hunting; Obama Is A 'Prez With Benefits'

The late night hosts take shots at the most recent episode of Sarah Palin's Alaska and Stephen Colbert thinks it's time for Pres. Obama to stop trying to win over Republicans: "Mr. President, face the facts. Republicans just aren't that into you."

Jimmy Fallon doesn't think the WikiLeaks saga is over yet: "WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said he's going to release damaging files on BP and Guantanamo Bay if his website is shut down ... No one besmirches the good names of BP and Guantanamo Bay!"

Posted: Tuesday, December 7, 2010 - 8:45am

Starting Lineup: Talent's Trigger Finger

Good Tuesday morning and welcome back to the Starting Lineup. On the radar today: Speculation grows surrounding whether Jim Talent (R-Mo.) will run for his old Senate seat as a poll shows him to be the frontrunner in the GOP primary; New Hampshire GOP Chair John Sununu retires -- opening up a valuable job for an ally of a 2012 contender; Florida Sen. George LeMieux (R) stays in 2012 holding pattern and the 2012 South Carolina operatives you need to know.

Posted: Tuesday, December 7, 2010 - 8:26am