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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

Why Sarah Palin Won't Be RNC Chair

A group calling itself the Tea Party Nation is planning to send a letter to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) urging her to run for chairman of the Republican National Committee. But Palin, plainly put, will never become chairman -- both because the national committee would never elect her, and because the job is clearly at odds with her own self-interest.

Posted: Monday, December 6, 2010 - 5:18pm

Steelman Under Scrutiny From Tea Party

The dominant storyline following former Missouri Treasurer Sarah Steelman's (R) early entry into the 2012 Missouri Senate race was how another Tea Party-versus-establishment showdown was shaping up in the Republican primary if former Sen. Jim Talent (R) also runs.

Posted: Monday, December 6, 2010 - 3:51pm

2012's Senate Sure Things

In a year otherwise toxic to incumbent Democrats, Sen. Pat Leahy (D-Vt.) won re-election to a seventh term last month with 64 percent of the vote. He skated by his unknown Republican opponent with such ease that most people probably assumed he wasn't even up for election. There are a few incumbent Senators that will probably have the Leahy experience come 2012.

Posted: Monday, December 6, 2010 - 3:03pm

Priebus Will Run For RNC Chair

A former top ally of Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele will run against him for chairman this year.

Wisconsin Republican Party chairman Reince Priebus announced his candidacy for national chairman in a Monday email to members of the national committee.

Posted: Monday, December 6, 2010 - 12:18pm

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