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Dean: DLC Was "Destructive"

In my column this week, I took a look at the legacy the Democratic Leadership Council left after more than two decades spent honing the image of the modern Democratic Party. Few organizations have been more influential on an entire political party, and yet few have generated the loathing within the Democratic Party the DLC attracts.

Posted: Friday, February 11, 2011 - 11:00am

T-Paw's Hockey Picks

The evening before former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) was scheduled to deliver a speech at CPAC, he addressed something that he's been struggling with for months: who's going to win the Stanley Cup?

After addressing supporters at a crowded Irish pub in northwest Washington, where his Freedom First PAC was sponsoring a meet-the-candidate event, Pawlenty -- a big hockey fan -- took some time with Hotline On Call to break down the field (no, not that field).

Posted: Friday, February 11, 2011 - 10:07am

Census Quick Cuts

The Census Bureau continues to roll out state-level demographic data, giving us a keep at how the states have changed in the last decade - and how redistricting might shape up there in the next year or two. Here are some quick thoughts on this week's states: Arkansas, Iowa, Indiana, Maryland, and Vermont.

-- Arkansas saw its population grow by 9%, with a doubling its Hispanic population to 6.4% of the state. The number of African Americans also increased, but their share of the state population dipped a bit.

Posted: Friday, February 11, 2011 - 10:00am

Video: What They Call a Moderate Republican ...

The late night hosts go after Rep. Chris Lee, R-N.Y, for allegedly sending shirtless pictures of himself to woman who posted an ad on Craigslist. Jay Leno: "He's what they call a moderate Republican, that means he kept his pants on."

Today's Must See Moment -- Fast forward to 1:00 when David Letterman finds some more shirtless pictures of Lee. Then vote in our Late Night Poll on who had the best joke about the scandal.

Take out Late Night Poll after the jump.

Posted: Friday, February 11, 2011 - 8:46am

Flake's Immigration Views Could Be Tough Sell

Just about as soon as Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) announced his retirement plans Thursday, speculation over who will run for his seat instantly kicked into gear. And in the conservative-minded state of Arizona, the focus is primarily on the Republican side, where Rep.

Posted: Friday, February 11, 2011 - 8:13am

Video: At CPAC, GOP Told Dems to Keep Their Hands Off Reagan

On Day 1 of CPAC, conservative speakers took aim at Democrats over comparisons made between President Obama and President Reagan, taking the opportunity to express how they were none too happy about liberals tainting the beloved conservative's legacy.

Posted: Friday, February 11, 2011 - 7:07am

Insiders Split On Entitlements, Agree On Middle East

Democratic and Republican lawmakers have a decidedly different outlook on the chances for significant entitlement reform in the next two years according to the results of this week's National Journal Congressional Insiders Poll.

Posted: Friday, February 11, 2011 - 1:00am

CPAC Day 1: On Call's Takeaways

National Journal and Hotline were out in full force for the kickoff to this weekend's CPAC conference. Here are the key takeaways and nuggets from our reporters:

Posted: Thursday, February 10, 2011 - 10:00pm

Angle-ing For A CPAC Slot

Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle expects to be added as a featured speaker to the final two days of CPAC.

"I didn't know I was coming to the conference until Saturday, so that's why they weren't able to agenda-ize me," Angle told Hotline On Call. "But when they found out I was here, they said, 'We're going to fit you in,' so I guess it's to be announced."

Posted: Thursday, February 10, 2011 - 8:08pm

Cheney, Rumsfeld Make Surprise CPAC Appearance

In a surprise appearance at CPAC, former Vice President Dick Cheney and former two-time defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld brought out an unexpected point of contention from conservatives within the room: After Cheney took the stage to a standing ovation, he presented a tribute award to Rumsfeld, who was booed for nearly a minute. Supporters of Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, even left the room.

Posted: Thursday, February 10, 2011 - 6:53pm