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Video: Harry Reid Hates Christmas; Huckabee Stops By Daily Show

Stephen Colbert goes after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) for threatening to make Congress work between Christmas and New Years: "But some people out there hate this holiday, like Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a.k.a. the albino raisin who stole Christmas."

Jay Leno pulls together clips of the best water works on Capitol Hill and wonders, "are the roles changing in Washington."

Posted: Friday, December 17, 2010 - 8:48am

Starting Lineup: Start Your Engines

Good Friday morning and welcome to the Starting Lineup. On the radar today: The Iowa GOP sets the date for its presidential straw poll and a coinciding debate; Haley Barbour heading to CPAC; a potentially potent "Draft Sarah Palin" group registers with the FEC; Baron Hill passes on the Indiana governor's race and Jay Nixon lays the groundwork for his 2012 re-election bid in Missouri.

Posted: Friday, December 17, 2010 - 8:16am

With Bayh Out, Cook Moves Indiana Gov. To Likely GOP

The governor's race in Indiana -- a key pickup state for Barack Obama in 2008 -- has moved from a toss-up to a likely Republican win in 2012, according to the latest rankings from the Cook Political Report.

Posted: Thursday, December 16, 2010 - 4:27pm

Rob Simmons: NRSC Enamored With Self-Funders

Former Rep. Rob Simmons (R), a 2010 Senate contender, is taking aim at the National Republican Senatorial Committee, accusing it of abandoning him in favor of former WWE CEO Linda McMahon because of her substantial personal wealth.

Simmons jumped into the 2010 Connecticut Senate race early in the cycle and was highly-touted by the committee. The race evolved quickly, however, as McMahon got into the race, Sen. Chris Dodd (D) announced his retirement and the popular then-Attorney General Richard Blumenthal (D) launched his bid.

Posted: Thursday, December 16, 2010 - 12:10pm

The Dangers Of Running For RNC Chairman

Lob an unfair or untrue accusation in a race for public office at your own risk. If a tale about an opponent turns out to be false, a campaign opens itself to the wrath of newspaper editorial pages and the dreaded PolitiFact franchises, all while affording the opponent the opportunity to wiggle out of the attack.

Posted: Thursday, December 16, 2010 - 10:13am

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