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NRA Already In Position To Celebrate In 2012

Facing stiff scrutiny in the wake of the Tucson shootings, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin seemed to make the smallest of concessions in her speech to the Safari Club in Nevada this past weekend. Palin, the most in-your-face supporter of 2nd Amendment rights in the potential 2012 Republican field, was heard through the closed ballroom door saying, "Don't retreat, stand tall" -- a softer version of her controversial catchphrase, "Don't retread, reload."

Posted: Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 3:32pm

Romney Gives $130K To Republicans

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) has ponied up to Republican members of Congress in a big way, dishing out nearly $130,000 in his first contributions of the 2012 cycle.

Posted: Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 12:40pm

Insiders Split On Public Financing For Pres. Campaigns

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Posted: Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 12:30pm

Cuomo Takes Christie-Like Stand On Budget

When it comes to figuring out how to eliminate New York's $10 billion budget deficit, Republicans are proving to be perhaps stronger allies of Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) than some members of his own party.

This is crucial not just for Cuomo but for Democratic executives across the country as Cuomo may be providing an example for how to work with a split legislature that has a reputation for being fiercely partisan.

Posted: Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 12:00pm

Insiders to GOP: Keep Your Mitts off Medicare

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Posted: Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 11:00am

Presidential Power Rankings, Second Edition

Here we are, a year before the first caucuses and primaries, and to our stunned surprise, not a single presidential candidate has made his or her campaign official. But behind the scenes, the invisible primary is well under way, as candidates hit the trail and solicit support. We're tracking the key players and moves to answer the question: Who is best positioned to win the 2012 Republican presidential nomination?

We rank the top 15 GOP contenders using four criteria:

Posted: Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 10:30am

Starting Lineup: Bill Nelson's Numbers

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

Better Than Expected: Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson starts his 2012 reelection bid in solid shape, according to a new Quinnipiac poll.

Posted: Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 8:16am

Bruning The Bono Fan

If you're a Democratic strategist looking for some advice on how to go after Republicans, you might want to check in with an unlikely source: Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning (R), the leading contender running against Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.)

Hillary Clinton is an "amazing woman." "I believe in gun control." I "think a woman should have a right to choose."

Posted: Wednesday, February 2, 2011 - 4:04pm

Flush With Cash, Is Young Next For Miller?

Alaska Republican Joe Miller has money to spend - but the question is where, and against whom.

Posted: Wednesday, February 2, 2011 - 2:15pm

The Obama-Carter Parallel

Through internal and unpredictable machinations, Egypt, stalwart ally of the U.S., has reached a critical point in history that may entirely be out of Pres. Obama's control but that could significantly influence his presidency.

Posted: Wednesday, February 2, 2011 - 1:23pm