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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

Lugar Gearing Up For 2012 Race

Indiana Republican Sen. Richard Lugar -- one of the Tea Party's top targets in 2012 -- said Tuesday that he is already gearing up for his toughest re-election bid.

Speaking a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor, Lugar said he is going ahead full steam with his re-election campaign. He added, however, that at this point, he doesn't know how difficult a challenge he faces.

"It's hard for me to evaluate how serious the threat is," he said, "but I take any opposition seriously."

Posted: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - 12:47pm

O'Donnell Forms PAC

Former Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell (R) has officially filed paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to organize her own political action committee -- Christine PAC.

Posted: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - 12:46pm

Conrad Announces Retirement

North Dakota Sen. Kent Conrad (D) won't seek re-election in 2012, presenting Republicans a top pick up opportunity next year.

(Here's a look at other retirees and potential retirees.)

In a statement, Conrad said he decided to spend the rest of his term addressing the country's problems instead of focusing on a re-election campaign.

Posted: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - 11:03am

Lieberman Gets His First Dem Challenger

Former Connecticut Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz announced Tuesday that she will challenge Sen. Joe Lieberman (I), setting off what is likely to be a very complicated primary and general election.

"I am running for the U.S. Senate for the same reason I first entered public service: because I want this state to be a better place for my children and yours," Bysiewicz said in a statement.

Posted: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - 10:29am

Starting Lineup: Obama's Moment?

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

Obama's Moment? If Pres. Obama earns re-election in 2012, expect most pundits to point to his gripping speech in the wake of the tragic Arizona shooting as the turning point in his first term. New polling from the Washington Post and ABC News shows why.

Posted: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - 8:36am

Video: Congressional Light Bright; What Is A Reince Priebus?

Members of Congress plan to sit together during Pres. Obama's State Of The Union address, but Jon Stewart isn't sure that's enough, "And in light of current events, tonight I will not refer to the caucus across the aisle as douche bag central."

Conan O'Brien is surprised that former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger passed up $200 million worth of movie roles while in office, "However most movie goers say it was worth it."

Posted: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - 8:02am

What We Learned: Politics Briefly Put On Hold

What we at The Hotline learned this week:

Posted: Sunday, January 16, 2011 - 10:47am

Sources: Steele Took Deal For Endorsement

This story was updated at 2:52 p.m.

Former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele dropped his bid for a second term on Friday after being offered a lucrative deal in exchange for his endorsement, sources on the committee tell The Hotline.

Posted: Saturday, January 15, 2011 - 7:00am