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Steele Defends Himself

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele pushed back on his critics this week in a memo to RNC members that highlights the committee's accomplishments this cycle.

The memo, obtained by Hotline On Call, appears to be a direct response to the letter RNC political director Gentry Collins sent to Steele earlier this week announcing his resignation and roundly criticizing Steele's fundraising efforts.

Posted: Friday, November 19, 2010 - 2:11pm

Etheridge Concedes To Ellmers

Rep. Bob Etheridge (D-N.C.) formally conceded this afternoon after results
from a completed recount were expected to show he didn't make up any
significant ground in his race against Rep.-elect Renee Ellmers (R).

Posted: Friday, November 19, 2010 - 1:11pm

Pawlenty's Long, Strange Trip

Sometimes, getting from Point A to Point B can include a few stops along the way. That's what happened to Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) on his way to the annual Republican Governors Association meeting earlier this week.

Pawlenty left Minnesota Tuesday night on a commercial flight bound for San Diego, but fog forced an unscheduled stop-over in Phoenix. The flight took off again a few hours later, but again, fog prevented a landing. That sent Pawlenty's plane to Ontario, an airport about 100 miles north of San Diego.

Posted: Friday, November 19, 2010 - 12:46pm

Starting Lineup: Miller's Defiance

Good Friday morning and welcome back to the Starting Lineup. On the radar today: Two House races that are still tight as a tick; Joe Miller's (R) Alaska defiance; Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) names who the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee saved and George W. Bush kills on Leno.

Miller's Defiance: Republican Joe Miller, facing very long odds in the Alaska Senate race, went to the courts on Thursday and asked a judge to prevent the certification of the election results.

Posted: Friday, November 19, 2010 - 8:52am

Video: George W. Bush Needs An Exit Strategy; Trump For President In 2012

Former President George W. Bush stops by the Tonight Show to discuss his book "Decision Points" and Donald Trump considers running for President in 2012. Conan O'Brien on Trump's possible White House bid: "A website has been launched called ShouldTrumpRun.com. Yeah don't worry, the American public has responded with their own website, No.com."

Jon Stewart goes after Fox News host Glenn Beck for using martinets during his show: "Worst children's party ever."

Posted: Friday, November 19, 2010 - 8:38am

Republicans Tout Midwest Comeback

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Big Republican gains in the Midwest have erected a significant roadblock to Pres. Obama's re-election bid, newly-elected governors from the Big Ten states said at a press conference on Thursday. But as they strive for success, those new chief executives may wind up assisting Obama's re-election bid.

Posted: Thursday, November 18, 2010 - 7:41pm

Barbour, Daniels Won't Announce Until Spring

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Two of the most prominent potential White House contenders will wait until late in the Spring to make public their decision whether or not to mount runs for president.

In interviews Thursday, both Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels said they had difficult upcoming legislative sessions to consider before making their plans public. That, they said, would take their focus away from making a final decision until April or May.

Posted: Thursday, November 18, 2010 - 7:40pm

Christie, Haley Elected To RGA Leadership Team

The Republican Governors Association elected a diverse new leadership team on Thursday for the 2011 cycle that includes rising stars in the party like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) and South Carolina Gov-elect Nikki Haley (R).

The election took place at the RGA's annual meeting in San Diego.

Posted: Thursday, November 18, 2010 - 4:36pm

McDonnell Thinks Allen Will Run In 2012

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Count Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell among the Republicans who want to see former Sen. George Allen (R) take a shot at winning back the seat he lost in 2006.

In a wide-ranging interview with The Hotline, McDonnell said he believes Allen will run against Sen. Jim Webb (D) in 2012. McDonnell, who worked in Allen's gubernatorial administration in the 1990s, praised Allen as "a great ideas governor, a reform governor."

Posted: Thursday, November 18, 2010 - 3:00pm

Redistricting: How The GOP Could Lose By Winning

The most far-reaching impact of Republican Party's historic landslide in the 2010 election will be on redistricting.

As a result of its gains at the state level, Republicans now control the governorship and state legislatures in 15 states -- giving them near complete control of redrawing district lines before the next election. And the population growth in (primarily) GOP-friendly states means that many GOP strongholds, like South Carolina and Texas, will be gaining seats in the reapportionment.

Posted: Thursday, November 18, 2010 - 12:48pm