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The Roots Of Partisan Gridlock

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Two of the biggest culprits of today's partisan gridlock, according to participants at today's "No Labels" conference: gerrymandered voting districts and closed primary elections.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg -- one of the few politicians at the event who has left not one but two political parties -- is advocating major voting reforms in his state.

Posted: Monday, December 13, 2010 - 4:24pm

Cino, Collins In Race For RNC Chair

Two former top officials at the Republican National Committee want the opportunity to lead the party, entering the race to replace RNC chairman Michael Steele just hours before the incumbent is expected to quit.

Former RNC political director Gentry Collins made official his bid for the post today, less than a month after quitting while issuing a stern rebuke of Steele's fundraising practices.

Posted: Monday, December 13, 2010 - 3:54pm

What Berkley's Vocal Support Of Tax Deal Means For A Possible Senate Run

Ever since the framework of Pres. Obama's compromise on extending the Bush-era tax cuts there has been one member of the liberal wing of the Democratic House caucus that has been particularly outspoken in her support of the deal: Nevada Rep. Shelley Berkley (D).

Posted: Monday, December 13, 2010 - 3:51pm

Will A Third Party Ever Be Viable?

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- In an age of hyper partisanship, will a legitimate, viable third party emerge?

That was one of the questions that emerged during the first panel discussion at the launch of "No Labels" in New York.

MSNBC host and former Republican Congressman Joe Scarborough said it's "inevitable" that third-party candidates will start winning -- if the major parties continue to fail to tackle the national debt and energy independence.

Posted: Monday, December 13, 2010 - 3:15pm

The Centrists' Woodstock

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- The Beatles' "Come Together" and David Bowie's "Changes" set the tone at the launch of No Labels, a new national organization that aims to turn down the volume of partisan bickering and tackle the nation's problems.

"Welcome to our little Woodstock of Democracy,'' co-founder and veteran Republican strategist Mark McKinnon told the hundreds of people gathered at Columbia University in New York.

Posted: Monday, December 13, 2010 - 1:53pm

Poll: 57 Percent View Palin Unfavorably

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin continues to be a highly polarizing figure, with a whopping 57 percent viewing her unfavorably according to a new poll.

The Bloomberg survey, released Monday, also found that the negative feelings about Palin are particularly strong. A third -- 33 percent -- said they view Palin "very unfavorably." That's the same percentage that viewed her favorably cumulatively -- respondents who either viewed her "somewhat" or "very" favorably (!).

Posted: Monday, December 13, 2010 - 12:03pm

Steele Decision Comes After Setbacks

Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele will announce whether he will seek a second term in the spotlight Monday night, ending a month of speculation about the controversial chairman's future at a time when his allies have begun seeking other alternatives.

Posted: Monday, December 13, 2010 - 9:26am

Video: Obama Has An Economic Change Of Heart

Democrats aren't happy with Pres. Obama for making a deal on the Bush-era tax cuts. SNL Weekend Update's Seth Meyers, on Democrats saying Obama caved to Republicans: "Man if other Democrats think you caved, you really caved. That's like the chess club president calling you a nerd."

Jimmy Fallon isn't sure about former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's (R) humanitarian trip to Haiti: "Cause if there's one thing that's reassuring it's seeing Sarah Palin above you in a helicopter."

Posted: Monday, December 13, 2010 - 8:48am

Starting Lineup: Steele's (Last?) Move

Good Monday morning and welcome back to the Starting Lineup. On the radar today: Michael Steele makes his (last?) move; No Labels launches in New York City; Evan Bayh passes on the Indiana governor's race; Rahm Emanuel set to defend his Illinois residency; Ron Paul weighs another presidential bid and the pressure starts to mount on the Maine Tea Party's mystery Senate candidate.

Posted: Monday, December 13, 2010 - 8:30am

What We Learned: The Return To Legislating

What we at The Hotline learned this week:

Posted: Sunday, December 12, 2010 - 10:46am