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Starting Lineup: An Obama Rebound?

Good Thursday morning and welcome back to the Starting Lineup. On the radar today: Polls show that Pres. Obama is using the tax cut compromise to rebound after the midterms; Bob Casey in good shape for his 2012 re-elect; the DSCC courts Joe Lieberman; an updated whip count of the RNC chairman's race; Mitch Daniels and Haley Barbour keep us waiting until spring and is Vicki Kennedy is keeping her options open about a Senate run after all.

Posted: Thursday, December 16, 2010 - 8:27am

Insiders: Pelosi Biggest Loser of 2010; Obama Strengthened by Tax Cut Deal

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Posted: Thursday, December 16, 2010 - 8:26am

Video: Obama's Tax Plan Gets Slow Jammed; Steele To Run For Second Term

Pres. Obama's deal with Republicans to extend the Bush-era tax cuts is too much for Jimmy Fallon to handle. Fortunately NBC "Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams steps in to help Fallon slow jam the news. Fallon, in slow jam: "Democrats say Obama can't satisfy their legislative desires 'cause he's gone soft. Is he cheating on them with the Republicans?"

David Letterman highlights the newest category in the Golden Globe Awards, "Outstanding Performance By An Animal Killed by Sarah Palin."

Posted: Thursday, December 16, 2010 - 8:20am

Updating Hotline's RNC Chairman's Race Whip Count

Updated, Dec. 17, 5:55 p.m.

Republican National Committee members now have a total of six candidates from which to choose as they contemplate their next chairman. And, slowly, the 168 members of the committee are making their decisions public.

So far, at least 43 committee members have said they back a candidate. We consider an endorsement either a comment in a publication or a release from a candidate's campaign. Missing any names? Email us and let us know.

Posted: Wednesday, December 15, 2010 - 4:19pm

The Top Five Political Spouses Of 2010

During political campaigns, candidates' significant others -- whether willingly or unwillingly -- often become involved in some capacity. Less frequently, they actually play a defining of role in the race. Here, we look back at five significant others who influenced races in either helpful, unhelpful, or just amusing ways this year.

Posted: Wednesday, December 15, 2010 - 3:30pm

What Women Want From Obama

Pres. Obama is still in good standing among women voters who supported him in 2008 but abandoned Democrats in 2010, according to a new Democratic survey released Wednesday.

The survey was conducted for EMILY's List, a group that backs Democratic women who support abortion rights, by Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group -- a Democratic polling firm. The group surveyed 608 women who voted for Obama in 2008 but did not support a Democrat in 2010. Of that 608, a third voted for a Republican this year, three fifths did not vote and the remainder voted for a third party candidate.

Posted: Wednesday, December 15, 2010 - 1:15pm

Pence Will Oppose Tax Deal

House Republican Conference chairman Mike Pence will vote against a tax compromise crafted by Pres. Obama and the White House, he said Tuesday night during an interview with conservative radio host Sean Hannity.

"I've been fighting since last summer to extend all the tax rates. I said on national radio over the summer that we needed to make sure that no American would see a tax increase on January first, not one," Pence said.

Posted: Wednesday, December 15, 2010 - 10:55am

Alaska Senate Race Resolved By Christmas?

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) scored a victory late Tuesday when a judge ruled that the 2010 election results may be certified before the prolonged legal battle is brought to a close.

The ruling means that Murkowski should be certified the winner of her race with Republican Joe Miller before the next Congress begins on Jan. 3. Senators are scheduled to be sworn in on Jan. 5. That would ensure that Murkowski wouldn't lose any seniority in the chamber because of a delay in certification.

Posted: Wednesday, December 15, 2010 - 10:11am

Starting Lineup: Romney v. Thune

Good Wednesday morning and welcome back to the Starting Lineup: On the radar today: John Thune sounds increasingly like a presidential contender as he takes on Mitt Romney on the tax cut compromise and schedules an appearance on New Hampshire radio; Rep. Tim Murphy floats his name as a possible challenger to Bob Casey; Tea Party favorite Ed Martin considers a Missouri Senate run and one potential Tea Party challenge to Olympia Snowe fizzles.

Posted: Wednesday, December 15, 2010 - 8:31am

Video: Bill Clinton Back In Charge; Gibbs Has A Game Show Moment

Jon Stewart thinks Pres. Obama made a mistake letting Bill Clinton run a White House briefing on his own: "You're going to leave that guy , the Michael Jordan of press briefings, in charge...while you go to a Christmas party. You know Mr. President that's the kind of cool confidence that borders on delusional."

Jimmy Kimmel on the cold weather across the country: "I don't know how she did it but the whole country is suddenly turning into Sarah Palin's Alaska."

Posted: Wednesday, December 15, 2010 - 8:30am