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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

Starting Lineup: Romney Tacks Right

Good Tuesday morning and welcome back to the Starting Lineup: It's a busy one -- here's what's on the radar: Mitt Romney comes out against the tax compromise; Michael Steele stuns, announces bid for another term at the helm of the RNC; John Ensign's tricky position on that framework; George Allen and Jim Webb would start their rematch in a dead heat; a possible return of Linda McMahon and an Indiana holding pattern.

Posted: Tuesday, December 14, 2010 - 8:46am

Steele Will Seek Second Term

Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele will seek a second two-year term, he told committee members on Monday, further scrambling a campaign that has already attracted several candidates hungry to replace the incumbent.

"We fired Pelosi, so now we must increase our resources and strengthen ourselves further at the grassroots level," Steele said Monday during a private conference call with the committee's 168 voting members. "The path to 2012 and 270 electoral votes will require leadership."

Posted: Monday, December 13, 2010 - 9:09pm

The Roots Of Partisan Gridlock

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Two of the biggest culprits of today's partisan gridlock, according to participants at today's "No Labels" conference: gerrymandered voting districts and closed primary elections.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg -- one of the few politicians at the event who has left not one but two political parties -- is advocating major voting reforms in his state.

Posted: Monday, December 13, 2010 - 4:24pm

Cino, Collins In Race For RNC Chair

Two former top officials at the Republican National Committee want the opportunity to lead the party, entering the race to replace RNC chairman Michael Steele just hours before the incumbent is expected to quit.

Former RNC political director Gentry Collins made official his bid for the post today, less than a month after quitting while issuing a stern rebuke of Steele's fundraising practices.

Posted: Monday, December 13, 2010 - 3:54pm

What Berkley's Vocal Support Of Tax Deal Means For A Possible Senate Run

Ever since the framework of Pres. Obama's compromise on extending the Bush-era tax cuts there has been one member of the liberal wing of the Democratic House caucus that has been particularly outspoken in her support of the deal: Nevada Rep. Shelley Berkley (D).

Posted: Monday, December 13, 2010 - 3:51pm

Will A Third Party Ever Be Viable?

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- In an age of hyper partisanship, will a legitimate, viable third party emerge?

That was one of the questions that emerged during the first panel discussion at the launch of "No Labels" in New York.

MSNBC host and former Republican Congressman Joe Scarborough said it's "inevitable" that third-party candidates will start winning -- if the major parties continue to fail to tackle the national debt and energy independence.

Posted: Monday, December 13, 2010 - 3:15pm