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Obama Hits 8-Month High In Gallup Poll

As Pres. Obama returns from a Hawaiian vacation to a more Republican Washington Tuesday, his approval rating in the latest Gallup Daily tracking poll sits at its highest point in eight months.

Fully half of Americans approve of the job Obama is doing, while 42 percent disapprove. The last time Obama's approval stood at 50 percent was for the three-day, rolling sample conducted last May 29 to June 1, partially over Memorial Day weekend. His disapproval rating hasn't been lower than 42 percent since mid-May of 2010.

Posted: Monday, January 3, 2011 - 2:00pm

Pawlenty's Political Book Tour

Despite the fact that it stops in nearly every important presidential state, outgoing Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) said Monday that his upcoming book tour is not about presidential politics.

Posted: Monday, January 3, 2011 - 11:47am

Game Time For Boehner, House GOP

With the 112th Congress being sworn in on Wednesday, all eyes will be on the new House Republican majority. And already House Republicans have indicated that they will get a jump on their top priority: Cutting spending.

Here's a breakdown of the most notable political developments to watch this week on Capitol Hill, from John Boehner's moment in the spotlight, to a largely symbolic effort to repeal health care reform, to throwing the new Tea Party members of the House a bone.

Posted: Monday, January 3, 2011 - 10:36am

Starting Lineup: In The Red Corner

Good Monday morning and welcome to 2011. We hope everyone got some time off over the holidays and had a Happy New Year.

On the radar for Monday: RNC Chair contenders square off as one candidate drops out of the race; Tim Kaine says he's staying at the DNC; Jon Huntsman for president?; It's Carol Moseley Braun v. Rahm Emanuel in Chicago; and Yale students love...Mitch Daniels.

Posted: Monday, January 3, 2011 - 8:20am

RNC Communications Chief Leaving

The top spokesman at the Republican National Committee will leave his post just after elections for new officers are held, even if incumbent chairman Michael Steele keeps his job.

Doug Heye, who has served as communications director since February, will make an official announcement on Monday. He will not immediately announce a new position.

Posted: Sunday, January 2, 2011 - 11:00pm

Collins Drops Out Of RNC Race

Former Republican National Committee political director Gentry Collins will end his bid to become the next chairman of the party, he said late Sunday night.

Collins, who resigned from his position in November with a letter offering a scathing commentary on incumbent chairman Michael Steele's leadership, said he has entered the race to provide an alternative to Steele's leadership. But the entry of other qualified candidates helped Collins toward an exit.

Posted: Sunday, January 2, 2011 - 10:28pm

Updating The RNC Chairman's Race Whip Count

Updated 9:50 p.m., and again at 10:24 p.m.

Nearly half the voting members of Republican National Committee have declared their support for one of the six contenders seeking the chairmanship, and with just over two weeks to go the race has a clear front-runner, Wisconsin Republican Party chairman Reince Priebus.

Posted: Saturday, January 1, 2011 - 4:37pm

Priebus Faces Attacks As Front-Runner

Wisconsin Republican Party chairman Reince Priebus has taken a clear lead in his bid to lead the Republican National Committee, as rivals react by questioning his record and his judgment.

Priebus has scored 27 public endorsements so far, nearly a third of the 85 votes he would need to win the chairmanship outright. That easily outpaces his three nearest rivals, incumbent chairman Michael Steele (15), former Michigan Party chairman Saul Anuzis (11) and former Ambassador Ann Wagner (11).

Posted: Saturday, January 1, 2011 - 3:01pm

The Year's Best Campaigns

Welcome back to The Hotline's "Year In Review" features.

Posted: Thursday, December 30, 2010 - 1:00pm

Lame Duck Sets Table For 2012 Senate Races

As attention turns to the 112th Congress -- and the 2012 cycle -- the political ramifications of the sprint to close the 111th Congress are becoming clear. Several members of the 111th Congress may find themselves in competitive Senate races in 2012 and an analysis of their voting decisions during the lame duck session offers a few clues about what is in store for some of 2012's marquee contests.

Posted: Wednesday, December 29, 2010 - 4:10pm