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The Top Five Political Spouses Of 2010

During political campaigns, candidates' significant others -- whether willingly or unwillingly -- often become involved in some capacity. Less frequently, they actually play a defining of role in the race. Here, we look back at five significant others who influenced races in either helpful, unhelpful, or just amusing ways this year.

Posted: Wednesday, December 15, 2010 - 3:30pm

What Women Want From Obama

Pres. Obama is still in good standing among women voters who supported him in 2008 but abandoned Democrats in 2010, according to a new Democratic survey released Wednesday.

The survey was conducted for EMILY's List, a group that backs Democratic women who support abortion rights, by Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group -- a Democratic polling firm. The group surveyed 608 women who voted for Obama in 2008 but did not support a Democrat in 2010. Of that 608, a third voted for a Republican this year, three fifths did not vote and the remainder voted for a third party candidate.

Posted: Wednesday, December 15, 2010 - 1:15pm

Pence Will Oppose Tax Deal

House Republican Conference chairman Mike Pence will vote against a tax compromise crafted by Pres. Obama and the White House, he said Tuesday night during an interview with conservative radio host Sean Hannity.

"I've been fighting since last summer to extend all the tax rates. I said on national radio over the summer that we needed to make sure that no American would see a tax increase on January first, not one," Pence said.

Posted: Wednesday, December 15, 2010 - 10:55am

Alaska Senate Race Resolved By Christmas?

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) scored a victory late Tuesday when a judge ruled that the 2010 election results may be certified before the prolonged legal battle is brought to a close.

The ruling means that Murkowski should be certified the winner of her race with Republican Joe Miller before the next Congress begins on Jan. 3. Senators are scheduled to be sworn in on Jan. 5. That would ensure that Murkowski wouldn't lose any seniority in the chamber because of a delay in certification.

Posted: Wednesday, December 15, 2010 - 10:11am

Starting Lineup: Romney v. Thune

Good Wednesday morning and welcome back to the Starting Lineup: On the radar today: John Thune sounds increasingly like a presidential contender as he takes on Mitt Romney on the tax cut compromise and schedules an appearance on New Hampshire radio; Rep. Tim Murphy floats his name as a possible challenger to Bob Casey; Tea Party favorite Ed Martin considers a Missouri Senate run and one potential Tea Party challenge to Olympia Snowe fizzles.

Posted: Wednesday, December 15, 2010 - 8:31am

Video: Bill Clinton Back In Charge; Gibbs Has A Game Show Moment

Jon Stewart thinks Pres. Obama made a mistake letting Bill Clinton run a White House briefing on his own: "You're going to leave that guy , the Michael Jordan of press briefings, in charge...while you go to a Christmas party. You know Mr. President that's the kind of cool confidence that borders on delusional."

Jimmy Kimmel on the cold weather across the country: "I don't know how she did it but the whole country is suddenly turning into Sarah Palin's Alaska."

Posted: Wednesday, December 15, 2010 - 8:30am

Why Scott Brown Isn't As Vulnerable As You Think

For Democrats to hold on to the Senate in 2012 -- when they must defend 23 seats -- they'll need to offset likely losses with every potential pickup opportunity. A quick survey of which senators are up for re-election reveals what would appear to be the Democrats' number one target: Republican Sen. Scott Brown of deep blue Massachusetts.

Posted: Tuesday, December 14, 2010 - 3:22pm

GOP Goes On Offense After Health Care Ruling

Monday's decision in Virginia that a key part of Pres. Obama's health care reform bill is unconstitutional has cast a renewed spotlight on his signature legislative achievement and Republicans are using the development to go on offense in different ways in races across the country.

Posted: Tuesday, December 14, 2010 - 2:12pm

NRCC Leadership Team Stays Intact

Guy Harrison will lead the National Republican Congressional Committee for another two years as executive director, according to an NRCC source familiar with the move.

Harrison staying on means that the leadership of the NRCC -- which guided Republicans to a 63-seat gain in 2010 -- will remain largely unchanged in the 2012 cycle. NRCC Chair Pete Sessions (R-Texas) is also staying on for another two years.

Posted: Tuesday, December 14, 2010 - 10:52am

Video: Clinton Back In The White House; Stewart Goes After The Senate GOPers

Bill Clinton gets all the attention after Pres. Obama leaves their joint press conference to attend a Christmas party. Jimmy Fallon, on Clinton being back in the White House: "Clinton was like, 'Just do me a solid. Text me when anyone but Hillary walks under the mistletoe.'"

Jon Stewart puts together a tribute to the 9/11 "non-responders."

Posted: Tuesday, December 14, 2010 - 8:48am