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Video: Rush Hour 4: Obama and Hu (And Jackie Chan)

The White House dinner for Chinese President Hu Jintao was a success, but Conan O'Brien thinks Hu didn't enjoy his dessert, "At the end of the meal, Jintao opened a fortune cookie that said, 'You will lend us another trillion dollars.'"

Jon Stewart on the U.S. owing China almost a trillion dollars: "Quick American turn off the lights! Maybe he'll think we're not home."

Today's Must See Moment -- Fast forward to 1:40, Chinese President Hu Jintao's state visit hits the big screen.

Posted: Friday, January 21, 2011 - 8:51am

Starting Lineup: Romney's First Test

Good Friday morning and welcome back to the Starting Lineup: Here's our take on the day's political news.

All Eyes On Romney: Saturday's New Hampshire straw poll will provide an early test for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) - the early frontrunner in the state so far.

Just less than 500 New Hampshire GOP committee members -- key endorsers in the 2012 GOP primary -- will vote in the straw poll at their convention in Derry, where they will also elect a new chair. The poll is sponsored by WMUR and ABC News.

Posted: Friday, January 21, 2011 - 8:25am

Murphy Would Have Run Against Lieberman

Fresh off announcing he'll run for retiring Sen. Joe Lieberman's (I) seat, Connecticut Rep. Chris Murphy (D) said Thursday afternoon that his decision had not been contingent on Lieberman retiring. 

On a conference call with reporters, Murphy said he had spent months mulling the race, and had decided to run over the past few weeks -- and that his campaign announcement video was shot this weekend, prior to Lieberman's announcement. 

Posted: Thursday, January 20, 2011 - 7:25pm

Dingell Running For Re-Election

Michigan Democratic Rep. John Dingell, the longest serving member of the House, said Thursday that he'll seek another term next year.

"It's the greatest job in the world," Dingell told the Detroit News. "I can help people and ... make things better, and I represent some of the finest people on earth. The people in southeast Michigan are nothing short of wonderful."

Posted: Thursday, January 20, 2011 - 3:34pm

With a Nudge, Obama Kicks Off His Reelection Campaign

President Obama's reelection campaign has kicked off: Virtually all White House political functions will be transferred to the Democratic National Committee and to the campaign itself, which will be run by Jim Messina, the president's deputy chief of staff, and operate out of an as-yet-to-be-determined office building in Chicago.

Posted: Thursday, January 20, 2011 - 2:45pm

Graves Would Seek Tea Party Mantle

If Missouri Republican Rep. Sam Graves ends up running for the Senate, he'll actively seek out the support of Tea Party activists in the Show Me State, he said Thursday.

The remarks foreshadow a potential show down with former Missouri Treasurer Sarah Steelman (R), who is already in the race and plans to appeal to the Tea Party segment of the Missouri GOP.

Posted: Thursday, January 20, 2011 - 2:27pm

North Dakota, Connecticut Search For Seniority

One of the many results of Sens. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) and Joe Lieberman's (I-Conn.) impending retirements is that both states now have a newly elected senator who will, in two years, be that state's senior senator.

Posted: Thursday, January 20, 2011 - 12:23pm

Santorum Plays Race Card Against Obama

Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) invoked President Obama's African-American ancestry while discussing the president's views on the genesis of human life and subsequent support of abortion rights.

In an interview this week with CNS News, Santorum said: "I find it almost remarkable for a black man to say, 'No, we're going to decide who are people and who are not people" when discussing abortion rights.

Posted: Thursday, January 20, 2011 - 10:44am

Chris Murphy To Run For Senate

Connecticut Democratic Rep. Chris Murphy will announce Thursday that he'll seek the Senate seat vacated by Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman.

Murphy has long been considered a potential candidate in the Connecticut Senate race and Lieberman's retirement announcement this week accelerated Murphy's timetable.

Posted: Thursday, January 20, 2011 - 10:42am

The Secret to Obama's Rebound

Here's the most telling statistic from the new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll: More voters view President Obama as a moderate and fewer view him as a liberal than at any point in his presidency -- or even his presidential campaign.

Posted: Thursday, January 20, 2011 - 9:19am