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Bump On The Chris Christie Bandwagon

The Chris Christie bandwagon may have hit a speed bump - at least a small one - based on results from two new polls released today.

Posted: Tuesday, December 21, 2010 - 8:41am

Video: DADT Is Repealed; What's In An Alaskan Name?

Over the weekend the Senate voted to repeal the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law. Conan O'Brien on the law being overturned: "This is great news for gay soldiers and bad news for straight soldiers who were planning to say they were gay to get out of the Army." David Letterman, on Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) opposing the repeal: "Although he admitted that he probably has served with gay soldiers in the Civil War."

Posted: Tuesday, December 21, 2010 - 8:35am

RNC Candidates United Against Steele

Candidates vying for the chance to lead the Republican National Committee have had discussions with each other aimed at ensuring incumbent chairman Michael Steele is not elected to a second two-year term, several have confirmed to The Hotline, though none have agreed to vote-trading deals.

"Many candidate have had conversations to make sure the ballot is not any more divided than it needs to be," said former RNC political director Gentry Collins.

Posted: Monday, December 20, 2010 - 4:40pm

Obama Finds Lame Duck Ally In Murkowski

One of Pres. Obama's biggest supporters in the Senate in the past week is not even a member of his own party: Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).

Murkowski supported the president's position on the Senate's four biggest votes since last Wednesday. She and fellow Alaska Sen. Mark Begich (D) voted in favor of the tax cut compromise and to invoke cloture on New START treaty, the Dream Act and the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell. Both senators also voted in favor of the final repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell on Saturday.

Posted: Monday, December 20, 2010 - 3:46pm

Updating Hotline's RNC Chairman's Race Whip Count

Updated, 10:08 p.m., Sunday, December 26

More than one-third of Republican National Committee members have declared their support for one of the six contenders seeking the chairmanship, and with just under a month to go the race remains wide open.

Posted: Monday, December 20, 2010 - 3:28pm

The Year In Scandals

Welcome to the first chapter in The Hotline's "Year In Review" series. Like college football's bowl season, we'll be bringing you a recap of the year's most notable news up until the new year -- one category at a time.

We start with everyone's favorite guilty pleasure: Political scandals. This year was full of them -- from Charlie Rangel's censure to Nazi paraphernalia and biker gangs on the campaign trail.

Posted: Monday, December 20, 2010 - 2:01pm

You Ask, We'll Tell: 4 Big Winners From DADT

The repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" allowing gays to serve openly in the military is a landmark legislation - a historic civil rights bill that will be remembered in the history books for generations to come. But the political implications of its passage are also very significant, for both the White House and several leading senators whose fortunes changed overnight.

Here are the four big political winners in the wake of the "don't ask, don't tell" repeal:

Posted: Monday, December 20, 2010 - 7:49am

Video: Democrats Dream Of Better Headlines; The Obamas Go Vintage

As the new year approaches, Saturday Night Live wonders what headlines the Democrats would like to see in 2011. Pres. Obama's dream headline: "WIKILEAKS: 'John McCain A Muslim'."

Jimmy Fallon likes the vintage dress Michelle Obama wore to the Christmas in Washington Concert, "She's not the only one going vintage, in fact, her husband just agreed to a tax plan from the early 2000s."

Posted: Monday, December 20, 2010 - 7:33am

What We Learned: Obama's Good Week

What we at The Hotline learned this week.

-- While all hope seemed to be lost last week for Democrats to pass some of their most cherished bits of socially progressive legislation this Congress, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) wasn't willing to throw in the towel. The former boxer pushed -- successfully -- to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

Posted: Sunday, December 19, 2010 - 2:18pm

On The Bubble: Fun With Redistricting

It's the political version of the NCAA's Selection Day: Ten states waiting for the big Tuesday announcement from the Census Department to find out just how much congressional clout they will gain or lose in the once-a-decade remap of the nation's House districts.

Posted: Friday, December 17, 2010 - 6:09pm