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Starting Lineup: Allen's Return

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

Et tu, Webb? Former Virginia Sen. and Gov. George Allen (R) will make it official on Monday: He'll run for his old Senate seat next year.

Posted: Monday, January 24, 2011 - 8:02am

Video: Tearing Up Over The SOTU; Obama And Biden Celebrate Their 2-Year Anniversary

Bill Maher thinks Pres. Obama should try to make House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) cry during the State of the Union by telling the story of "Old Yeller", "The state of our union is strong, but not so good for one special dog."

Jay Leno, on House Republicans voting to repeal 'Obama-care': "Now don't confuse that with the Republican health care plan, that's 'You're sick, we really don't care.'"

Posted: Monday, January 24, 2011 - 7:49am

What We Learned: Tea Partying In New Hampshire

-- The Tea Party is alive and well in New Hampshire. The Tea Party backed Jack Kimball upset establishment favorite Juliana Bergeron on Saturday to become chairman of the New Hampshire GOP. Bergeron was backed by outgoing Chair John Sununu. Kimball's win raises more questions than it answers. Chief among them: Will he support a Republican presidential contender in the New Hampshire primary?

Posted: Sunday, January 23, 2011 - 11:37am

Romney Wins New Hampshire Straw Poll

Mitt Romney easily won an early 2012 presidential straw poll in New Hampshire Saturday, earning the support of 35 percent of Republicans attending the state party's annual meeting in Derry. His nearest competitor was Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, who earned 11 percent.

Posted: Saturday, January 22, 2011 - 5:47pm

Report: Newt Eyeing Campaign Office Space in Atlanta

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) has made no secret of his interest in a 2012 presidential bid, but now he seems to be edging closer to making it official.

Posted: Saturday, January 22, 2011 - 9:44am

Redistricters Head To Training Camp

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Lawmakers from 43 states and both parties convened Friday afternoon to figure out the ins and outs of the redistricting process. While the bipartisan convention begins Saturday, Friday was filled with closed-door planning sessions for the two parties for the impending zero-sum brawl.

Posted: Friday, January 21, 2011 - 7:07pm

Bachmann To Deliver Alternative SOTU Response

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) will deliver her own rebuttal to Pres. Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday, a surprise - and perhaps unwelcome - announcement sure to invite contrasts to the official GOP response being given by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).

Posted: Friday, January 21, 2011 - 6:01pm

Previewing The Sunday Shows

What Pres. Obama will say in his State of the Union next Tuesday and what he needs to achieve in the address will dominate the Sunday shows this week.

Posted: Friday, January 21, 2011 - 6:00pm

Martin Eyes Missouri Senate Seat

A high-stakes staring contest appears to be taking place in Missouri Republican circles over who -- and how many -- will run in the GOP primary to take on Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) next year.

Right in the middle of it is 2010 House contender and Tea Party favorite Ed Martin (R). And that's how he wants it.

Posted: Friday, January 21, 2011 - 4:37pm

Giffords' Challenger Hasn't Inquired About Her Seat

Arizona Republicans say reports that Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' (D-Ariz.) 2010 challenger has been inquiring about special election procedures in the state are false.

According to a report in the subscription-only Arizona Capitol Reports, a representative from Jesse Kelly's (R) campaign contacted Arizona Republican Party legal counsel Lee Miller to ask about the process of filling the seat if Giffords couldn't serve.

Posted: Friday, January 21, 2011 - 3:19pm