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Video: Obama Gets Questioned on Taxes; Kimmel Can't Wait For More 'Sarah Palin's Alaska'

Pres. Obama continues to get hammered by the late night hosts for making a deal with Republicans on the Bush-era tax cuts. David Letterman, on Obama saying the tax cuts will allow Americans to keep more of their paychecks: "When Americans heard this they said, 'Paychecks? What paychecks?'"

Jimmy Kimmel airs a promo for the latest episode of Sarah Palin's Alaska, a TLC crossover event where the Gosselin family goes camping with the Palins.

Posted: Friday, December 10, 2010 - 8:56am

Starting Lineup: Teaching Triangulation

Good Friday morning and welcome back to the Starting Lineup. On the radar today: Bill Clinton meets with Pres. Obama in the Oval Office; it's (another) D-Day for Joe Miller ; Gov. Gary Herbert watches his back in Utah; Jim Talent gets more serious about a Missouri Senate run; a Republican governor in Washington state?; and Bob Ehrlich is done with politics.

Posted: Friday, December 10, 2010 - 8:25am

Iowa GOP Chair Running For Second Term

Matt Strawn announced Thursday that he'll seek a second term as chairman of the Iowa Republican Party, a move that would position him in an important role in the run up to the 2012 Iowa caucuses.

Strawn would be the first chairman in eight years to serve a second term at the helm of the Iowa GOP, barring an unexpected challenge. The Iowa State Committee will hold elections in January.

The Iowa Republican Party had a particularly strong cycle this year -- no incumbent Republican lost in a statewide or congressional race.

Posted: Thursday, December 9, 2010 - 4:21pm

The Politics Of Compromise

Vermont Rep. Peter Welch (D) is grabbing headlines Thursday with his letter to speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) opposing Pres. Obama's tax cut compromise framework that garnered signatures from 53 other Democrats.

Posted: Thursday, December 9, 2010 - 12:27pm

Social Conservatives Threaten CPAC Boycott

Several socially conservative organizations have threatened to boycott one of the largest gatherings of conservative activists of the year if a group of gay Republicans is allowed to serve as a participating organization at the event.

Social conservatives, including the National Organization for Marriage among others, staged a walk-out at a meeting of board members of the Conservative Political Action Conference, according to multiple board members, to protest CPAC's decision to allow GOProud to join the event as more than just a vendor organization.

Posted: Thursday, December 9, 2010 - 12:21pm

Ruling On Alaska Senate Race Expected

An Alaska judge is expected to rule on Republican Senate contender Joe Miller's challenge to the write-in process before week's end, according to various news reports.

Miller has called for the state to throw out write-in ballots counted for Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) that don't state her name exactly as it was written on her candidacy declaration.

Posted: Thursday, December 9, 2010 - 10:53am

Video: Obama Gets Taxed; Bo Helps Decorate For The Holidays

The late night hosts continue to go after Pres. Obama for making a deal with Republicans to extend the Bush-era tax cuts. Jay Leno, on the deal: "The way it works, it's tax cuts for the rich and benefits for the unemployed. So if you're rich you're in luck and if you're unemployed you're in luck. If you work for a living, you're so screwed."

Posted: Thursday, December 9, 2010 - 8:44am

Starting Lineup: Nelson's New Challenger

Good Thursday morning and welcome back to the Starting Lineup. On the radar today: Another Florida Republican eyes a challenge to Bill Nelson; half of Americans say they are worse off since Pres. Obama took office; a West Virginia Republican puts some pressure on Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R); The Hotline's Republican National Committee Chair's race whip count; John Sununu picks a successor in New Hampshire and the NRCC's Andy Sere moves from campaign strategy to the Hill.

Posted: Thursday, December 9, 2010 - 8:31am

Insiders: No Consensus On Deficit Reduction

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Posted: Thursday, December 9, 2010 - 8:25am

Eight Holiday Wishes For The Eighth Night of Hanukkah

As the eighth night of Hanukkah approaches -- and following up on Sean's wish list column -- it's time for another list. So, here are eight senators who are likely already looking ahead to their re-election bids in 2012, and what they are likely hoping for.

Posted: Wednesday, December 8, 2010 - 6:00pm