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Should McCaskill Want The DNC In St. Louis?

The political considerations of where to hold the 2012 Democratic National Convention for Pres. Obama are nearly endless. Each of the four finalists -- Charlotte, St. Louis, Cleveland and Minneapolis -- has numerous advantages and disadvantages as the Obama and the DNC begin to map out their 2012 path to victory.

But holding the convention in St. Louis, which looks like a frontrunner, would also have significant political ramifications for one of the most vulnerable Senate Democrats up for re-election in 2012: Missouri's Claire McCaskill.

Posted: Friday, January 7, 2011 - 12:27pm

Updating Hotline's RNC Chairman's Race Whip Count

More than half the voting members of Republican National Committee have declared their support for one of the five contenders seeking the chairmanship, and with just a week to go before the January 14 vote, the race has a clear front-runner in Wisconsin Republican Party chairman Reince Priebus.

Posted: Friday, January 7, 2011 - 11:48am

The Unending 2012 Invisible Primary

It's been called "the invisible primary" -- the period in every presidential election cycle where candidates raise money, put together staffs, and develop strategies for victory long before the first public rallies are held in Iowa and New Hampshire. But this year it has been more invisible than other recent elections. While candidates have already announced their intentions to run for Senate and gubernatorial races, potential presidential contenders are still biding their time.

Posted: Friday, January 7, 2011 - 11:16am

Unemployment Dips, Jobs Fall Short Of Predictions

The U.S. economy added 103,000 jobs in December, according to the Labor Department, while the unemployment rate fell to 9.4 percent.

Economists had on average expected a gain of 160,000 jobs, which partly reflected the shockingly high reading from Wednesday's ADP employment report, which measures private-sector job growth based on payroll data. That report stunned forecasters by registering a net gain of 297,000 jobs.

Posted: Friday, January 7, 2011 - 9:48am

Starting Lineup: Steelman Catches A Big Fish

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

Steelman Catches A Big Fish: Former Missouri Treasurer Sarah Steelman picked up a big endorsement for her Senate bid on Thursday: Gregg Hartley.

Hartley is one of the top lobbyists on Capitol Hill, currently working for Cassidy and Associates. He has deep ties to Missouri, having served as Sen. Roy Blunt's (R) chief of staff as he was ascending the leadership in the House.

Posted: Friday, January 7, 2011 - 8:07am

Video: Going After Boehner's Gavel; Jersey Shore Reads The Constitution

The 112th Congress may be under way but all the late night hosts are focused on Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) new "over-sized gavel". Stephen Colbert on Boehner's gavel of choice: "I think someone's compensating for his small government."

Jimmy Kimmel has a idea to make the reading of the Constitution more interesting, "It's also very very boring. It's the kind of thing that makes you wish you'd never learned how to read, unless you add the kids from Jersey Shore."

Posted: Friday, January 7, 2011 - 8:07am

An Unorthodox Path To RNC Victory

Updated: Check below the jump for complete election results from the 2009, 1997 and 1993 chairman's races

Wisconsin Republican Party chairman Reince Priebus is the clear front-runner in the race to replace Michael Steele, but that doesn't mean Priebus will waltz to victory. Instead, history shows the front-runner in the race to chair the Republican National Committee doesn't always win.

Posted: Thursday, January 6, 2011 - 4:40pm

O'Reilly Lands Obama Super Bowl Interview

Fox News host Bill O'Reilly will interview Pres. Obama on Super Bowl Sunday, Fox News sources confirmed.

Details about when the Feb. 6 interview will be taped and when it will air are still unclear.

Posted: Thursday, January 6, 2011 - 4:40pm

Updating Hotline's RNC Chairman's Race Whip Count

Fully half the voting members of Republican National Committee have declared their support for one of the five contenders seeking the chairmanship, and with just over a week to go before the January 14 vote, the race has a clear front-runner in Wisconsin Republican Party chairman Reince Priebus.

Still, Priebus has about a third of the 85 votes he would need to win, meaning any of the contenders have a path to victory. On Thursday, former Michigan Republican Party chairman Saul Anuzis flexed his muscle, announcing endorsements from four prominent committee members.

Posted: Thursday, January 6, 2011 - 4:39pm

Dems Target Michael Grimm On Health Care

Looks like Democrats have their first 2012 opposition research clipping for New York freshman Rep. Michael Grimm (R).

In one of his first interviews since being sworn in, Grimm brushed off the suggestion that he was being hypocritical for accepting government-provided health insurance while calling for the repeal of Pres. Obama's health care reform.

Posted: Thursday, January 6, 2011 - 3:23pm