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Cain Forms 2012 Committee

Herman Cain (R), the conservative Atlanta-based radio host and former CEO of Godfather's Pizza, announced Wednesday that he is officially forming a presidential exploratory committee.

The announcement makes Cain the first 2012 contender to launch an exploratory committee.

Posted: Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 3:28pm

Arizona Rhetoric In 2010 Driven By Immigration Bill

In the wake of the tragic shooting last weekend in Tucson that targeted Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik's said that Arizona has become the "mecca for prejudice and bigotry" and "sort of the capital" of hatred.

Posted: Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 2:51pm

Redistricting Q&A: Arturo Vargas

Welcome back to Hotline On Call's Redistricting Q&A, where we sit down with some of the major players in the next reapportionment. After last week's discussion about the map in Texas with Democratic strategist Matt Angle, we now turn to Arturo Vargas, the executive director of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials.

Posted: Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 12:30pm

CPAC Boycott No Deterrent For Prez Hopefuls

Updated with Keene's comments

The Conservative Political Action Conference won't see some social conservative organizations at their annual gathering, but one important constituency still plans to show up: Prospective White House contenders.

Posted: Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 10:00am

Presidential Prospects Attending GOP House Retreat

A cadre of potential Republican presidential contenders will address House Republicans this weekend at their annual retreat, according to Republican sources on the Hill.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) are among those slated to address the new Republican caucus at the retreat this weekend in Baltimore, Md.

Posted: Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 9:09am

Palin Breaks Silence On Shooting

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) on Wednesday broke her near-silence on the tragedy in Arizona with a nearly eight-minute video condemning the violence -- as well as the "blood libel'' committed by the media in blaming the incendiary political climate.

Posted: Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 8:38am

Starting Lineup: A Tale Of Two Kennedys

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

Vicki Firmly Shuts The Door: Vicki Kennedy, the widow of Sen. Ted Kennedy (D), put the kibosh on speculation that she will run for her late husband's seat in 2012. In an interview with the Boston Globe's Scott Lehigh, Kennedy -- who had previously said she wasn't interested in running for the seat -- firmly closed the door.

Posted: Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 8:36am

Video: Delay Get 3 Years In Prison; Schwarzenegger's 'World Speech-Doing Tour'

Former House Majority Leader Tom Delay (R-Texas) is sentenced to three years in prison. Jay Leno on Delay's sentence: "The judge sentenced him to 2 years for money laundering and tacked on an extra year for his performance on Dancing With The Stars."

Jimmy Kimmel is looking forward to former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's first speaking tour, "He's coming to talk to you whether you like it or not."

Posted: Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - 8:09am

GOP Donors Prepare For A Rowdy Sensenbender

When it comes to the art of the rager in Washington, D.C., no one throws down harder than Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.).

At least that's what Carole Goeas & Associates would have you believe judging from the title of a planned fundraiser benefiting the 67-year-old former House Judiciary Committee chairman. An e-mail titled "Martinis & Mayhem with Rep. Sensenbrenner Jan. 25th" went out Tuesday morning to potential guests for the get-together slated at the Grill 75 Room of the Capitol Hill Club, a favored spot of congressional Republicans.

Posted: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 - 3:56pm

Boehner Officially Invites Obama To Deliver SOTU

It's official: Pres. Obama has been invited to deliver his State of the Union address on Jan. 25.

And this year, the invitation to the Capitol came from the other side of the aisle. On Tuesday, new House Speaker John Boehner formally asked the president to his chamber.

Boehner made reference to the shooting in Arizona last weekend in the letter to Obama.

Posted: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 - 3:24pm