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Republicans Looking For Leadership On Redistricting

Even though Republicans made historic gains at the state level in 2010 that gave them unprecedented control over redistricting, they are currently lacking a unifying organization to lead the process.

And the absence of such a group is starting to cause alarm in Republican circles.

Posted: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 - 11:17am

Trumka: We Are Governing From Fear

AFL-CIO Pres. Richard Trumka said Wednesday that America has been lost for a decade due to questionable political choices and has fallen behind countries like China and Germany.

Speaking at the National Press Club, the president of the nation's largest labor union argued the days of doing the same old thing in Washington must end for the United States to get back on track as a competitive nation.

Posted: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 - 10:50am

Starting Lineup: Last Call For Lieberman

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

Losing Lieberman: As everyone in the political world knows, Connecticut Independent Sen. Joe Lieberman will announce at 12:30 in Stamford that he won't seek a fifth term in the Senate. The announcement will bring to an end a career that has been in the political limelight since Al Gore tapped him as his vice presidential nominee in 2000.

Posted: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 - 8:34am

Video: Stewart Creates A New 'Palin-drome'; Who's The Chinese President?

Chinese President Hu Jintao makes a four-day state visit to the U.S. and Jimmy Kimmel thinks the White House is prepared, "Vice Pres. Biden has been instructed not to do his hilarious 'Who's on first?' routine."

Conan O'Brien is fascinated by former Vice Pres. Dick Cheney's new battery operated heart pump.

Today's Must See Moment -- Fast forward to 1:32 when Jon Stewart makes up a new Palin-ism.

Take today's Late Night Poll after the jump.

Posted: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 - 8:04am

Lieberman To Retire

Independent Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman will not run for re-election in 2012, sources have confirmed to the National Journal, a move that will likely bring an end to an often-controversial 24 years in office.

The 68-year-old lawmaker, now in his fourth term, will formally announce his decision Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. in Stamford, Conn.

Posted: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 - 7:33am

Court Orders West Virginia Special Election This Year

The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that the state must hold a special election for governor by Nov. 15 -- a year after Sen. Joe Manchin (D) left and acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin (D) was sworn in.

The decision, which makes West Virginia one of just four states to hold a gubernatorial election this year, should set off a scramble as a big field of candidates jockeys for position in the abbreviated election season.

Posted: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - 5:08pm

Cook Moves N.D. Senate To Toss Up

After Sen. Kent Conrad's (D) announcement Tuesday that he won't seek re-election, the Cook Political Report has moved the North Dakota Senate race from "likely Democrat" to "Toss Up."

From Cook:

Posted: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - 4:34pm

Menendez Starting 2012 Race On Solid Footing

When the Democratic-leaning automated polling firm Public Policy Polling released some less-than-stellar approval ratings for Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) last week, speculation arose that his seat might be vulnerable in 2012. According to the poll, 37 percent of New Jersey voters approve of Menendez's performance, while the same percentage disapproves.

Posted: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - 3:40pm

Lieberman To Make 2012 Announcement

Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman (I) will announce whether he will seek re-election in 2012 on Wednesday.

Whether Lieberman will seek another term as an independent or retire is one of the biggest political mysteries early on this election cycle. Earlier Tuesday, former Connecticut Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz (D) announced she will run for the Senate and Rep. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) is likely to follow her lead.

Posted: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - 3:17pm

Bysiewicz Poll Shows Her Leading Lieberman

An internal poll conducted for the nascent campaign of former Conn. Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz (D) shows her narrowly ahead in Democratic primary matchups and three-way general election contests against incumbent Sen. Joe Lieberman (I) and the two GOP statewide nominees last year.

Posted: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - 1:59pm