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Barbour Heading To Israel

Add Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) to the list of potential 2012 White House contenders visiting Israel.

The Republican Jewish Coalition announced Tuesday that it is sponsoring Barbour's trip Israel starting this weekend. Barbour's trip comes on the heels of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee's trip there this week and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney trip to the Middle East last month.

Posted: Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - 11:26am

Martin, Steelman Already Trading Barbs

He may have just entered the Missouri Senate race on Monday, but that didn't stop Republican Ed Martin from leveling some direct criticism at his primary opponent, former state Treasurer Sarah Steelman.

And Steelman, not to be outdone, wasted little time firing back.

Posted: Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - 10:38am

Starting Lineup: Rehberg Running

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

Rehberg Running: Montana Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg will announce Saturday that he will challenge Democratic Sen. Jon Tester, according to Hotline sources with knowledge of Rehberg's decision. Rehberg had said he was considering the race and gives national Republicans a top tier challenger for a seat that is a prime pick up opportunity for the GOP in 2012.

Posted: Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - 8:13am

Video: Caught In The Middle Of Egyptian Unrest; Made In U.S.A

The United States has expressed support for protesters in Egypt, but Jon Stewart is concerned we may have credibility issues with the citizens of Egypt.

Jimmy Kimmel, on reports that mummies have been damaged during the turmoil in Egypt, "One thing I do know is that disturbing 2000-year-old mummies is a terrible idea, if there's one think Brendan Fraser has taught us..."

Today's Must See Moment -- Fast forward 1:20, Stewart wants the U.S. to create a pillow cannon.

Posted: Tuesday, February 1, 2011 - 7:50am

NRCC Posts Early Cash Advantage

House Republicans begin the 2012 cycle not only with a new majority but also in a significantly better financial advantage than their Democratic counterparts.

According to year-end fundraising reports filed Monday with the Federal Election Commission, the National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee ended 2010 with $2.54 million cash on hand, while the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee reported only $805,000 after a bruising campaign cycle -- less than a third of the NRCC's bank account.

Posted: Monday, January 31, 2011 - 8:09pm

Palin Outraises Romney, Rivals

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin led her potential rivals for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination in end-of-the-year fundraising, nosing ahead of her closest competitor, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

Both Palin and Romney filed impressive year-end fundraising reports, due Monday at the Federal Election Commission. From Nov. 23 and Dec. 31, Palin's Sarah PAC hauled in $279,000. She finished the year with $1.3 million in her campaign account.

Posted: Monday, January 31, 2011 - 4:19pm

Obama Headed For Possible Happy Valley Ice Storm

President Obama is scheduled to tour laboratories and speak to an invitation-only crowd Wednesday at Penn State University, but for the second time in as many weeks, his travel plans may be adversely affected by a significant winter-weather event.

Posted: Monday, January 31, 2011 - 4:04pm

Kyl's Indecision Would Open Door For Divisive Primary

Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) continues to keep Republicans guessing about his 2012 plans, and if he decides not to seek reelection, Arizona Republicans could be faced with a crowded primary with no clear successor to the state's junior senator.

Kyl plans to announce his decision in February, and some Arizona Republicans have their doubts about whether he will run.

Posted: Monday, January 31, 2011 - 3:53pm

Angle's Next Job: Makeup Salesman?

Sharron Angle (R) came up short in her race against Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D), but she hasn't totally faded into the background.

Speculation about Angle's next move has mostly focused on another Senate run in 2012 or even a possible entry into the GOP presidential field. One role the political prognosticators missed? Makeup Spokeswoman.

Posted: Monday, January 31, 2011 - 2:02pm

Boehner Rounds Out Political Team

Less than a month after taking the gavel, House Speaker John Boehner (R) is already focusing on the road to 2012. Boehner's PAC, the Freedom Project, and his campaign committee will join to form "Team Boehner," a collaborative effort to work across platforms to raise money for GOP candidates.

Boehner's committees will focus on maintaining and expanding the Republican House Majority. Tom Whatman will lead Boehner's political operations with deputy Chris McNulty tasked with working closely with the National Republican Congressional Committee's political team.

Posted: Monday, January 31, 2011 - 1:54pm