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Video: Obama Comes Home Empty Handed; W. and Kanye Solve Their Problems

Pres. Obama takes heat for coming home from Asia without a trade agreement and David Letterman tunes in for "Sarah Palin's Alaska": "But I think the name of the Sarah Palin show is 'Bleep My Ex-Governor Says'."

Today's Don't Miss Moment: 0:26 George W. Bush and Kanye West Make Up On SNL's Weekend Update.

Take our Late Night Poll after the jump.

Posted: Monday, November 15, 2010 - 8:18am

What We Learned: Looking Ahead To 2012

What we at The Hotline learned this week:

-- The Alaska Senate race could be over soon. While attorney Joe Miller (R) has filed a lawsuit over the issue of "voter intent" on the write-in ballots, there's a scenario in which those challenged ballots won't even matter. Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) needs 88 percent of the write-ins to maintain her lead over Miller. She is currently holding strong, as 89 percent of the write-ins so far have gone for her and have been unchallenged. Of course, if this changes, the outcome will have to go to court.

Posted: Saturday, November 13, 2010 - 1:42pm

Previewing The Sunday Shows

The deficit commission recommendations to cut the deficit and the upcoming debate on whether to extend the Bush tax cuts in the lame-duck session of Congress will dominate the weekend shows. "This Week" will feature Senate Budget Committee Chair Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) while "Face the Nation" hosts Sen.-elect Rand Paul (R-Ky.). Both "Meet the Press" and "Fox News Sunday" host senior White House adviser David Axelrod, in his first Sunday appearance since the midterm elections.

Posted: Friday, November 12, 2010 - 4:06pm

GOP Maxes Out In Florida, Sets Stage For 2012 Fights

The Republican wins in Florida that grabbed the most headlines last week were the Senate race -- where Republican rising star Marco Rubio (R) trounced independent Gov. Charlie Crist -- and the governor's race -- where Republican businessman Rick Scott (R) defeated Democrat Alex Sink.

Posted: Friday, November 12, 2010 - 2:16pm

Nielsen: Most Political Ads Ever Aired In 2010

If you thought more political ads than ever populated your television viewing in October, it wasn't your imagination. According to Nielsen data, voters were treated to 1.48 million political ads this October, up from 1.41 million in October of 2008.

Posted: Friday, November 12, 2010 - 12:06pm

Video: W. Regrets 'Mission Accomplished'; Christine O'Donnell Talks To The Hand

As George W. Bush makes the TV rounds promoting his memoir, the late night hosts miss no opportunity to use the ex-President's own words against him. Jon Stewart, on Bush regretting the 'Mission Accomplished' banner: "Two years to ponder a question you knew was going to be asked and the best you could come up with is, 'Yeh, good going there men and women, great mission or something'."

Posted: Friday, November 12, 2010 - 8:50am

Starting Lineup: Mandate? What Mandate?

Good Friday morning and welcome back to the Starting Lineup: On the radar today: Americans are aren't particularly enthusiastic about Republican wins this year; Rep. John Barrow (D-Ga.) becomes the latest Democrat to say he won't vote for Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.); Jim Talent (R) considers a rematch against Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) in Missouri; three Republicans eye Kent Conrad (D) in North Dakota and Sen. Lisa Murkowski's write-in campaign motors along.

Posted: Friday, November 12, 2010 - 8:47am

First Major Challenger To Steele Announces Bid

Former Michigan Republican Party chairman Saul Anuzis on Friday will become the first major candidate to announce a bid to chair the Republican National Committee.

In a letter being sent to national committee members, Anuzis says the decision to challenge incumbent chairman Michael Steele did not come easy, given his close relationship with Steele. But, he says, the only way for Republican to win back the White House is to get the RNC on the right path.

Posted: Friday, November 12, 2010 - 8:30am

The Top Five Republican Rising Stars

Welcome back to our look at Congress' incoming freshmen class. On Wednesday, we looked at the top five incoming Republicans who, judging from their campaigns, don't look like they are ready for the bright lights -- and media attention -- of being in Congress.

Posted: Thursday, November 11, 2010 - 4:40pm

Steele Coalition In Danger Of Collapse

As he contemplates running for a second term, Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele is on the verge of losing his coalition of supporters. Even some of those closest to the controversial chairman have begun urging him to step aside.

Strategists familiar with the RNC who both support and oppose Steele agree there are between 40 and 50 of the 168 voters who will back Steele for a second term. Another 40 to 50 members will definitely vote for someone else. The remaining members, numbering between 88 and 68, are undecided.

Posted: Thursday, November 11, 2010 - 3:07pm