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Grayson Blames Palin For Arizona Shooting

Former Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) places blame directly on Sarah Palin and Republicans for last week's deadly Arizona shooting in an email to supporters on Wednesday.

Grayson, a one-term Democrat who was ousted by Rep. Daniel Webster (R) by 18 points in November, is widely expected to run again in 2012. And while the note isn't an explicit appeal for money, there is a "contribute" link at the bottom of the message.

Posted: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 - 2:30pm

Lieberman: I Haven't Always Fit Into Political Boxes

Facing the likelihood of a daunting re-election campaign, Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman (I) said Wednesday that he'll retire from the Senate after serving four terms.

Lieberman, speaking to supporters in Stamford, placed himself in the tradition of Kennedy Democrats and decried how deeply divided politics has become. He also implied that there is no long a place for his independent brand of politics.

Posted: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 - 1:56pm

New Hampshire Straw Poll To Be Held Saturday

Nearly one year before the first 2012 primary is set to occur, a new straw poll of the potential Republican contenders will be held on Saturday in New Hampshire.

WMUR-TV is partnering with ABC News to conduct a straw poll on Jan. 22 at the state GOP's convention when it elects its new chair. The attendees will be the state party's nearly 493 committee members, which include many of the most important endorsements for the 2012 presidential contenders.

Posted: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 - 11:56am

Republicans Looking For Leadership On Redistricting

Even though Republicans made historic gains at the state level in 2010 that gave them unprecedented control over redistricting, they are currently lacking a unifying organization to lead the process.

And the absence of such a group is starting to cause alarm in Republican circles.

Posted: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 - 11:17am

Trumka: We Are Governing From Fear

AFL-CIO Pres. Richard Trumka said Wednesday that America has been lost for a decade due to questionable political choices and has fallen behind countries like China and Germany.

Speaking at the National Press Club, the president of the nation's largest labor union argued the days of doing the same old thing in Washington must end for the United States to get back on track as a competitive nation.

Posted: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 - 10:50am

Starting Lineup: Last Call For Lieberman

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

Losing Lieberman: As everyone in the political world knows, Connecticut Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman will announce at 12:30 in Stamford that he won't seek a fifth term in the Senate. The announcement will bring to an end a career that has been in the political limelight since Al Gore tapped him as his vice presidential nominee in 2000.

Posted: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 - 8:34am

Video: Stewart Creates A New 'Palin-drome'; Who's The Chinese President?

Chinese President Hu Jintao makes a four-day state visit to the U.S. and Jimmy Kimmel thinks the White House is prepared, "Vice Pres. Biden has been instructed not to do his hilarious 'Who's on first?' routine."

Conan O'Brien is fascinated by former Vice Pres. Dick Cheney's new battery operated heart pump.

Today's Must See Moment -- Fast forward to 1:32 when Jon Stewart makes up a new Palin-ism.

Take today's Late Night Poll after the jump.

Posted: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 - 8:04am

Lieberman To Retire

Independent Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman will not run for re-election in 2012, sources have confirmed to the National Journal, a move that will likely bring an end to an often-controversial 24 years in office.

The 68-year-old lawmaker, now in his fourth term, will formally announce his decision Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. in Stamford, Conn.

Posted: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 - 7:33am

Court Orders West Virginia Special Election This Year

The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that the state must hold a special election for governor by Nov. 15 -- a year after Sen. Joe Manchin (D) left and acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) was sworn in.

The decision, which makes West Virginia one of just four states to hold a gubernatorial election this year, should set off a scramble as a big field of candidates jockeys for position in the abbreviated election season.

Posted: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - 5:08pm

Cook Moves N.D. Senate To Toss Up

After Sen. Kent Conrad's (D) announcement Tuesday that he won't seek re-election, the Cook Political Report has moved the North Dakota Senate race from "likely Democrat" to "Toss Up."

From Cook:

Posted: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - 4:34pm