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Video: W. Regrets 'Mission Accomplished'; Christine O'Donnell Talks To The Hand

As George W. Bush makes the TV rounds promoting his memoir, the late night hosts miss no opportunity to use the ex-President's own words against him. Jon Stewart, on Bush regretting the 'Mission Accomplished' banner: "Two years to ponder a question you knew was going to be asked and the best you could come up with is, 'Yeh, good going there men and women, great mission or something'."

Posted: Friday, November 12, 2010 - 8:50am

Starting Lineup: Mandate? What Mandate?

Good Friday morning and welcome back to the Starting Lineup: On the radar today: Americans are aren't particularly enthusiastic about Republican wins this year; Rep. John Barrow (D-Ga.) becomes the latest Democrat to say he won't vote for Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.); Jim Talent (R) considers a rematch against Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) in Missouri; three Republicans eye Kent Conrad (D) in North Dakota and Sen. Lisa Murkowski's write-in campaign motors along.

Posted: Friday, November 12, 2010 - 8:47am

First Major Challenger To Steele Announces Bid

Former Michigan Republican Party chairman Saul Anuzis on Friday will become the first major candidate to announce a bid to chair the Republican National Committee.

In a letter being sent to national committee members, Anuzis says the decision to challenge incumbent chairman Michael Steele did not come easy, given his close relationship with Steele. But, he says, the only way for Republican to win back the White House is to get the RNC on the right path.

Posted: Friday, November 12, 2010 - 8:30am

The Top Five Republican Rising Stars

Welcome back to our look at Congress' incoming freshmen class. On Wednesday, we looked at the top five incoming Republicans who, judging from their campaigns, don't look like they are ready for the bright lights -- and media attention -- of being in Congress.

Posted: Thursday, November 11, 2010 - 4:40pm

Steele Coalition In Danger Of Collapse

As he contemplates running for a second term, Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele is on the verge of losing his coalition of supporters. Even some of those closest to the controversial chairman have begun urging him to step aside.

Strategists familiar with the RNC who both support and oppose Steele agree there are between 40 and 50 of the 168 voters who will back Steele for a second term. Another 40 to 50 members will definitely vote for someone else. The remaining members, numbering between 88 and 68, are undecided.

Posted: Thursday, November 11, 2010 - 3:07pm

Controversial Talk Show Host Turns Down West

Looks like Rep.-elect Allen West (R-Fla.) won't be bringing a conservative firebrand to D.C. after all.

In a tersely worded statement, West announced Thursday that conservative talk show host Joyce Kaufman will not be his chief of staff.

"It is with deep regret that this Congressional office and the people of [the 22nd District] will not have Joyce Kaufman as my Chief of Staff," West said. "Joyce is a good friend, and will remain loyal to South Floridians and to me."

Posted: Thursday, November 11, 2010 - 1:59pm

Huckabee: Trip To Iowa Definitely Political

Former Arkansas Governor and potential 2012 contender Mike Huckabee (R) doesn't want there to be any question about the reason he is going to Iowa later this month -- politics.

Huck PAC executive director Hogan Gidley issued a statement Wednesday night that makes it very clear that Huckabee is seriously considering a run for the presidency.

Posted: Thursday, November 11, 2010 - 11:44am

Video: Michelle Obama Extends A Hand; George W. Bush Is No Hater

Late night hosts make the easy decision to go after George W. Bush's 'Decision Points.' David Letterman on Bush getting some time to relax: "Here's why he's glad to be out of the Oval Office. Because he does not have to think all the time ... and I'm thinking wait a minute. That was him thinking all the time?"

Pres. Obama makes progress in Indonesia, but no presidential trip would be complete without some international embarrassment.

Posted: Thursday, November 11, 2010 - 8:30am

GOP Insiders: House Leaders Can Speak For Tea Party

Republican operatives are confident that their current House leaders are able to represent the interests of the tea party movement, according the results of the latest National Journal Political Insiders Poll.

Posted: Thursday, November 11, 2010 - 8:29am

Starting Lineup: Bachmann Bails

Good Thursday morning and happy Veterans Day. On the radar today: Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) ditches her bid for GOP Conference Chair; Joe Miller's legal team suffers a setback in Alaska; two House Democrats declare victory in California; handicapping the 2012 Massachusetts Senate race; Tim Kaine for Senate?; and two potential presidential contenders sign books, together, in Texas.

Posted: Thursday, November 11, 2010 - 8:21am