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Sessions To Stay At NRCC

Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas) announced Monday that he will run for another term as chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, putting to rest speculation that he would seek the post of House Minority Whip in the next Congress.

"I look forward to leading our new Majority through the challenges of re-electing over 80 freshman Republican Members, navigating congressional re-districting, and maximizing a presidential election cycle," Sessions said in a statement.

Posted: Monday, November 8, 2010 - 10:17am

Starting Lineup: Whip Up

Good Monday morning and welcome back to the Starting Lineup. On the radar today: Steny Hoyer and James Clyburn continue to battle it out for House Minority Whip; Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) prepares to unveil her backers for Republican Conference Chair; Eric Cantor (R-Va.) takes a shot at Nancy Pelosi; Lisa Murkowski's (R-Alaska) rural focus; and Jon Ralston dissects Harry Reid's (D-Nev.) stunning victory.

Posted: Monday, November 8, 2010 - 8:31am

House Roundup: N.Y.'s Bishop In Sudden Danger; Giffords Safe

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) escaped re-election limbo earlier this weekend, as the AP declared her the winner over Iraq war veteran Jesse Kelly (R). But Rep. Tim Bishop (D-N.Y.), who was declared the winner on Election Night after piling up a 3,400-vote advantage over businessman Randy Altschuler (R), now finds himself trailing Altschuler by 393 votes.

Posted: Saturday, November 6, 2010 - 10:42pm

Steele Not Ready To Declare Re-Elect Bid Yet

Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele is not ready to declare himself a candidate for a second term, even as his committee prepares to make the case to members that Steele's strategic decisions led to big GOP gains this week.

In a meeting with reporters Friday, Steele and Republican pollster Frank Luntz argued that investments in key states early in Steele's tenure gave the party needed momentum, even as media reports and some of the GOP's top strategists warned the party was in danger of becoming boxed in regionally.

Posted: Saturday, November 6, 2010 - 11:25am

Election Night Live Blog

Election Night

Posted: Friday, November 5, 2010 - 5:00pm

Previewing The Sunday Shows

Tuesday's election results lead the Sunday shows this weekend. On "Meet the Press," Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), a leader of insurgent Tea Party candidates this year, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a moderate Republican, will discuss what the GOP has become in the two years out of power. "Face the Nation" has members of both parties' leadership, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Rep.

Posted: Friday, November 5, 2010 - 4:42pm

For Candidates This Cycle, 'Ordinary' Was In

There's nothing at all ordinary about the gigantic Republican incoming freshman class. But in 2010, coming across as "ordinary" was in.

Among GOP hopefuls, it didn't pay to earn an elite reputation. Just ask "Fair Tax millionaire" Tim Burns (R) in Pennsylvania's 12th District, "credit card executive" David Harmer (R) in California's 11th, "Wall Street investment banker" Matt Doheny (R) in New York's 23rd, "outsourcing pioneer" Randy Altschuler (R) in New York's 1st or "commercial real estate banker" Scott Bruun (R) in Oregon's 5th.

Posted: Friday, November 5, 2010 - 3:58pm

The Shuster Interview

In light of MSNBC's decision to suspend Keith Olbermann indefinitely for donating to three Congressional campaigns, we thought it would be timely to release excerpts of Hotline's Friday Feature with the last personality at the network to get similar treatment, David Shuster.

Q: First, MSNBC has publicly said your contract ends in December. What are your future plans?

I'm confident MSNBC and I will have an amicable conversation at some point about my future and theirs. Beyond that, I am not going to talk right now about what's ahead.

Posted: Friday, November 5, 2010 - 3:50pm

Pelosi's Path Back to Leadership

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi can credit the drubbing House Democrats received for putting her in a strong position to keep her leadership post. Democrats lost 36 of the 48 members who represent districts that John McCain carried in 2008, wiping out much of the party's moderate wing that would be most resistant to Pelosi's return to power.

Posted: Friday, November 5, 2010 - 2:12pm

The Senate's GOP Young Guns

It's clearly good news for the GOP that they can claim 13 of the 16 incoming Senate freshmen as their own. But another piece of good news for the GOP's long-term Senate prospects is the relative youth (by senatorial standards) of these freshmen. Seven were born in the 1950s and five were born in the 1960s, each of whom could have quite a few terms in the Senate ahead of them. (The exception is 67-year-old Dan Coats (R-Ind.)).

Posted: Friday, November 5, 2010 - 2:03pm