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Buerkle Builds Lead As Ballot Counting Nears End

The final county has counted its absentee ballots in Upstate New York, and it appears to have lifted Republican Ann Marie Buerkle (R) to a very narrow victory over Rep. Dan Maffei (D). The Syracuse Post-Standard says Buerkle now has a 567-vote lead.

Posted: Sunday, November 21, 2010 - 4:26pm

What We Learned: Quit When You're Behind

What we at The Hotline learned this week:

Posted: Sunday, November 21, 2010 - 3:20pm

Maffei Trails After Base Fails To Lift His Bid

Onondaga County absentee ballots gave Rep. Dan Maffei (D-N.Y.) a boost, but it wasn't big enough to topple assistant Attorney General Ann Marie Buerkle (R), who elections officials estimate holds a 400-vote lead in the Upstate New York race.

Officials announced late Friday that Maffei gained 557 votes from the county, which was his base. But Buerkle was fortified by a more than 800-vote lead heading into that count, which was more than enough to withstand Maffei's surge there.

Posted: Friday, November 19, 2010 - 5:39pm

Pelosi Taps Israel To Chair DCCC

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has tapped Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) to be the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee for the 2012 cycle when Democrats will look to regain seats after significant losses this year.

The move comes shortly after Pelosi was elected to be House Minority Leader in the next Congress.

In a statement, Pelosi praised Israel's ability to win districts in difficult territory.

Posted: Friday, November 19, 2010 - 5:07pm

Previewing The Sunday Shows

The new START treaty and NATO will be on tap this weekend as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Admiral Mike Mullen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff make the Sunday morning rounds. Clinton will appear on "Meet the Press," "Face the Nation" and "FOX News Sunday." Mullen will appear on "This Week and "State of the Union." House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) will face Bob Schieffer on CBS to discuss the lame duck session in Congress. House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.), meanwhile, will appear on CSPAN's "Newsmakers."

Posted: Friday, November 19, 2010 - 4:12pm

Steele Defends Himself

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele pushed back on his critics this week in a memo to RNC members that highlights the committee's accomplishments this cycle.

The memo, obtained by Hotline On Call, appears to be a direct response to the letter RNC political director Gentry Collins sent to Steele earlier this week announcing his resignation and roundly criticizing Steele's fundraising efforts.

Posted: Friday, November 19, 2010 - 2:11pm

Etheridge Concedes To Ellmers

Rep. Bob Etheridge (D-N.C.) formally conceded this afternoon after results
from a completed recount were expected to show he didn't make up any
significant ground in his race against Rep.-elect Renee Ellmers (R).

Posted: Friday, November 19, 2010 - 1:11pm

Pawlenty's Long, Strange Trip

Sometimes, getting from Point A to Point B can include a few stops along the way. That's what happened to Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) on his way to the annual Republican Governors Association meeting earlier this week.

Pawlenty left Minnesota Tuesday night on a commercial flight bound for San Diego, but fog forced an unscheduled stop-over in Phoenix. The flight took off again a few hours later, but again, fog prevented a landing. That sent Pawlenty's plane to Ontario, an airport about 100 miles north of San Diego.

Posted: Friday, November 19, 2010 - 12:46pm

Starting Lineup: Miller's Defiance

Good Friday morning and welcome back to the Starting Lineup. On the radar today: Two House races that are still tight as a tick; Joe Miller's (R) Alaska defiance; Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) names who the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee saved and George W. Bush kills on Leno.

Miller's Defiance: Republican Joe Miller, facing very long odds in the Alaska Senate race, went to the courts on Thursday and asked a judge to prevent the certification of the election results.

Posted: Friday, November 19, 2010 - 8:52am

Video: George W. Bush Needs An Exit Strategy; Trump For President In 2012

Former President George W. Bush stops by the Tonight Show to discuss his book "Decision Points" and Donald Trump considers running for President in 2012. Conan O'Brien on Trump's possible White House bid: "A website has been launched called Yeah don't worry, the American public has responded with their own website,"

Jon Stewart goes after Fox News host Glenn Beck for using martinets during his show: "Worst children's party ever."

Posted: Friday, November 19, 2010 - 8:38am