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Video: Rangel Gets A Lesson In Ethics

Rep. Charles Rangel's (D-N.Y.) ethics trial is the main target for late night jokes, but Conan O'Brien gets in a few more laughs at the expense of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin (R). O'Brien, on the Oxford Dictionary declaring Palin's word 'refudiate' the 2010 Word of The Year: "Palin was honored, said she'll continue to do her best to dismangle the English language."

Jimmy Kimmel is surprised to find out who got a happy birthday tweet from Arizona Senator John McCain.

Posted: Wednesday, November 17, 2010 - 8:46am

Top RNC Aide Slams Steele For Failed Fundraising

Republican National Committee political director Gentry Collins offered an abrupt resignation Tuesday, coupled with a stinging rebuke of Chairman Michael Steele and the committee's fundraising efforts in the midterm elections.

Posted: Tuesday, November 16, 2010 - 3:58pm

Lieutenant Governors To Watch

During a cycle that featured many compelling races, the title of "lieutenant governor" made a notable impact in a handful of contests. In some cases, holding that office was detrimental. Witness New Mexico Lieutenant Gov. Diane Denish's (D) campaign for governor. Denish was never able to effectively distance herself from the unpopular Gov. Bill Richardson (D), and Gov.-elect Susana Martinez (R) used that connection to propel herself to victory.

Posted: Tuesday, November 16, 2010 - 3:57pm

GOP Looking For A Casey Challenger

Coming off Republican Pat Toomey's Senate win, Pennsylvania Republicans are fired up and already discussing how they can unseat first term Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) in 2012.

The problem for Republicans, though, is the dearth of potential top tier challengers to run against Casey. In picking up a whopping five seats in the House this year, the Pennsylvania GOP is dealing with the reality that it cleared its bench in 2010. It is unlikely that a freshman representative turns around and launches a Senate campaign.

Posted: Tuesday, November 16, 2010 - 2:55pm

Wallace Signs New Contract With Fox

Fox News is expected to announce later this afternoon that "Fox News Sunday" anchor Chris Wallace has signed a new contract with the network to continue anchoring the Sunday program.

Wallace took over as anchor of "Fox News Sunday" in late 2003 after Tony Snow left.

With Wallace as anchor "Fox News Sunday" has continued to rank in the top three in the DC market, coming in at number two last Sunday.

Posted: Tuesday, November 16, 2010 - 2:54pm

DSCC Outraised NRSC In October

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee outraised its Republican counterpart in October, an advantage that aided Democrats' effort to retain their Senate majority this year.

The DSCC raised a stunning $17.4 million in October while the National Republican Senatorial Committee raised $14.2 million, a record for the GOP committee.

Posted: Tuesday, November 16, 2010 - 2:25pm

Cornyn To Lead NRSC Through 2012

Coming off a cycle where Republicans picked up seven seats in the Senate, Texas Sen. John Cornyn (R) was re-elected unanimously on Tuesday to chair the National Republican Senatorial Committee through 2012.

Cornyn's re-election provides the NRSC some continuity in 2012 when it faces a playing field with plenty of pick up opportunities. The GOP only has to defend 10 seats in 2012, while 21 Democrats and two independents who caucus with Democrats are up for re-election.

Posted: Tuesday, November 16, 2010 - 12:35pm

Starting Lineup: Murkowski Mows Down Palin

Good Tuesday morning and welcome back to the Starting Lineup. One the radar today: Lisa Murkowski (R) officially takes the lead in Alaska and has some choice words for Sarah Palin (R); Minnesota sets the schedule for another recount; the Congressional Black Caucus withholds its endorsement from Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.); Sen. Richard Lugar makes his re-election bid official, but faces GOP opposition.

Posted: Tuesday, November 16, 2010 - 8:38am

Video: Sarah Palin's Favorite Faux Swears

Jimmy Kimmel pulls together his favorite moments from former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's new reality show and Jon Stewart remembers when Bill Clinton was a bi-partisan dream: "But I guess for Republicans, Bill Clinton is like a fine wine. The more you drink the harder it is to remember, 'Oh I (bleep) hate wine'."

Of Palin, whose TLC show set a record premiere audience for the network, Kimmel said: "It's 'Ice Road Soccer Mom.'''

Posted: Tuesday, November 16, 2010 - 8:29am

Too Close To Call: Update On Deadlocked Races

Election Day was nearly two weeks ago, but nine races are still up in the air. Here is a breakdown of what's left.

Senate

Alaska: Looks like the writing is on the wall for Republican Joe Miller. Sen. Lisa Murkowski is maintaining 89 percent of the write-in votes unchallenged by the Miller camp, which should be enough to get her the victory.

Posted: Monday, November 15, 2010 - 5:59pm