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Video: Obama Has A Plan To 'Win The Future'; Kimmel Eavesdrops On Congress

Stephen Colbert thinks Pres. Obama laid out a clear plan to move the U.S. forward in his State of the Union adderss, "Yes, we'll win the future. If we just keep pumping quarters into it, this thing has got to pay up. We're due!"

Jon Stewart focused on the human stories from the State of the Union.

Today's Must See Moment -- Fast forward to 0:35 when Jimmy Kimmel eavesdropped on members of Congress as Obama entered the House.

Take out Late Night Poll after the jump.

Posted: Thursday, January 27, 2011 - 8:59am

Starting Lineup: Romney's Relaunch

Good Thursday morning and welcome back to the Starting Lineup. Here's our take on the day's political news.

Romney v. Obama: Mitt Romney offered tough criticism of Pres. Obama's leadership Wednesday night in remarks that were sharper than usual from the former Massachusetts governor.

"He's trying awfully hard," Romney said on Sean Hannity's Fox News show. "The problem is, he just doesn't know what to do."

Romney went on to sharply attack Obama's approach to the economy, calling it "sad."

Posted: Thursday, January 27, 2011 - 8:50am

Anuzis Could Fill Michigan Vacuum

Former Michigan GOP Chairman and 2011 Republican National Committee Chair candidate Saul Anuzis would face several hurdles if he decides to challenge Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow in 2012.

Chief among them would be other potential contenders with much larger statewide profiles -- such as former Rep. and 2010 gubernatorial candidate Pete Hoekstra and former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land, an Anuzis ally -- who, on paper at least, would be stronger candidates against Stabenow.

Posted: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 - 4:32pm

Lengthy Invisible Primary Has Historical Precedence

While the "invisible primary" is going strong and pundits watch with bated breath for candidates to announce they will run for the White House, history shows it could still be awhile before candidates start officially jumping in the race - perhaps even until September.

The nodding and winking taking place now between potential candidates and the media is a delicate game for contenders. An early misstep could ruin a candidacy, while waiting too late to announce can make a candidate irrelevant.

Posted: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 - 3:14pm

Emerson Considering Missouri Senate Run

Missouri Republican Rep. Jo Ann Emerson is considering a run for the Senate, adding another name to the growing list of potential contenders to take on Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.).

According to sources familiar with Emerson's deliberations, she has been considering the race for two weeks and has made several phone calls to prominent Republicans across the state.

Posted: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 - 11:25am

Bachmann Heading Back To Iowa

Coming off delivering her response to the State of the Union Tuesday night, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann (R) is planning to head to Iowa in March.

Bachmann will attend an event hosted by the Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators on March 23 in Des Moines, according to the group's website. The event is designed to put a "face" on homeschooling for Iowa state legislators.

Posted: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 - 11:04am

Starting Lineup: Obama, Born-Again Centrist

Good Wednesday morning and welcome back to the Starting Lineup. Here's our take on the day's political news.

Obama Gets High Marks: Pres. Obama's State of the Union appears to be playing very well outside the Beltway, according to instant polling following the speech.

The address earned high marks in CNN's post speech poll. The Opinion Research survey of 475 viewers found that 52 percent had a very positive reaction to the speech while another 32 percent had a somewhat positive response.

Posted: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 - 8:51am

Redistricting Pros: Challenges Likely Heading To SCOTUS

A trio of redistricting experts warned Tuesday to expect many court battles and plenty of uncertainty as congressional districts are redrawn in the next two years.

Speaking at a Tuesday morning panel, Kim Brace, the president of the bipartisan Election Data Services Inc., said in many states, the legislators drawing the maps are "newbies" that have never been through the process before and some will be tackling the complicated process unprepared.

Posted: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 - 4:05pm

Illinois Supreme Court To Hear Emanuel Case

The Illinois Supreme Court announced Tuesday that it will hear Rahm Emanuel's appeal of the lower court decision that barred him from the ballot in the Chicago mayoral election earlier this week.

The court will judge the case based on the briefs filed in the appellate case. No additional briefs will be accepted, and no oral arguments will be held.

Posted: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 - 3:40pm

Emanuel Back On The Ballot, For Now

The Illinois Supreme Court Tuesday granted a stay of the appellate court ruling that removed Rahm Emanuel from the ballot in the Chicago mayoral race, an order that puts Emanuel's name back on the ballot for the time being.

"The Board of Elections is directed that if any ballots are printed while this Court is considering this case, the ballots should include the name of petitioner Rahm Emanuel as a candidate for Mayor of the City of Chicago," the court stated.

Posted: Tuesday, January 25, 2011 - 2:32pm