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Video: Obama And McCain Mend Fences; SNL's Winners And Losers Of Egypt

Turmoil in Egypt continues, while the media struggle to keep up with the latest developments.

President Obama and Sen. John McCain try mend their relationship. Jimmy Fallon: "John McCain said yesterday that President Obama has gotten easier to talk to since he's taken a more centrist position. Meanwhile, Obama said McCain's gotten easier to talk to because he started holding the phone right side up."

Today's Must See Moment --Fast forward 0:28 to for SNL's recap of the "Winners/Losers of Egypt."

Take our Late Night Poll after the jump.

Posted: Monday, February 7, 2011 - 8:34am

Obama Stays Neutral In This Year's Super Bowl

Pittsburgh and Green Bay are two cities with longstanding football traditions set to do battle in Sunday's Super Bowl. Both cities also happen to be in states important to Pres. Obama's reelection prospects in 2012. And in a departure from the previous two Super Bowls, Obama is staying neutral in this year's game.

Posted: Sunday, February 6, 2011 - 12:00pm

What We Learned: Marco Paul-O Edition

More tidbits we picked up this week:

-- It's a wide-open Republican field for the right to take on Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson (D) in Florida, but former Republican state Majority Leader Adam Hasner would bring one asset to a Republican primary that other potential contenders don't: He backed Marco Rubio early in his contested Republican primary against Gov. Charlie Crist, while the rest of the field went with the governor.

Posted: Sunday, February 6, 2011 - 7:00am

What We Learned: Water's Edge, Watershed Edition

What we at The Hotline picked up this week:

-- The health care law will remain an issue headed into the 2012 election. While the Senate's repeal vote never had a chance and a ruling from a federal judge in Florida may eventually be overturned by a high court, Democrats will still defend the law and Republicans will still attack. But the public may slowly be warming up to it, and if its popularity grows, Democrats think Republicans will soon find themselves playing defense and forced to explain their various repeal attempts.

Posted: Saturday, February 5, 2011 - 5:05pm

Rehberg Announcing Senate Bid

Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.) is making his challenge to Sen. Jon Tester (D) official today, setting up a marquee 2012 showdown in the Treasure State.

"If this is a campaign on the issues with two contrasting philosophies, I better represent the state of Montana," Rehberg said in an interview with the Billings Gazette published Saturday morning.

Posted: Saturday, February 5, 2011 - 2:19pm

Hotline Spotlight: Winning One For The Gipper

The 100th anniversary of Ronald Reagan's birth offers an opportunity to reflect on the fact that the 40th president still has a big impact on today's political landscape, and that the Reagan legacy includes some aspects that no longer exist.

Posted: Friday, February 4, 2011 - 5:00pm

Previewing The Sunday Shows

With the Super Bowl and the Ronald Reagan Centennial Celebration on Sunday, some Sunday programs are taking a lighter approach to the usual gritty, political conversations.

"Fox News Sunday" will have a football edition with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, former Steelers wide receiver Lynn Swann and former Packers offensive lineman Jerry Kramer.

Posted: Friday, February 4, 2011 - 4:45pm

Redistricting Q&A: John Ryder

Welcome back to Hotline On Call's Redistricting Q&A feature, where we sit down with some of the biggest players in the map-drawing process. Last week, we featured Bill Burke, the executive director of the Foundation for the Future - a go-to 527 group for Democrats across the country.

Posted: Friday, February 4, 2011 - 3:13pm

Branstad Stuck In Neutral -- For Now

Observers of the 2012 presidential race turned their attention to Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) on Thursday after the Washington Post's David Broder suggested in his column that Branstad "is generally counted" in the camp of former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R).

Posted: Friday, February 4, 2011 - 2:59pm

West Virginia Sets Special Election Dates, Again

The West Virginia Legislature has finally settled on primary and general election dates for the special gubernatorial election this year: both the state House and Senate passed compromise legislation that set the primary date at May 14 and the general election date for Oct. 4. Acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) indicated he will sign off on the compromise.

Posted: Friday, February 4, 2011 - 2:21pm