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The Top Five Not-Ready-For-Primetime Freshmen

With every incoming class of freshmen in Congress, there are some who are ready for  primetime and some who aren't.

Over the next two days, we'll bring you two lists: The top five incoming Republican members who are likely to be rising stars in the GOP and the top five who are most likely to say or do something that, well, won't help their re-election chances.

Posted: Wednesday, November 10, 2010 - 4:12pm

How Murkowski Pulled It Off

In the last Senate race standing, the ballot count is finally underway.

Posted: Wednesday, November 10, 2010 - 4:09pm

Another GOP Civil War Brewing In 2012

Just a week after Election Day, Republicans are already chomping at the bit to get the ball rolling for 2012 Senate contests.

And judging from the number of Republican contenders who have already floated their names out there, it looks like the GOP could be facing another busy and stressful, primary calendar -- both in races where they are challenging Democrats and in states where they will be defending seats.

Posted: Wednesday, November 10, 2010 - 1:46pm

Video: 'Decision Points' Hits the Shelves; Obama's Asia Tour Gets Disrupted

Jay Leno reflects on the candid moments in George W. Bush's memoir: "He talked about how he and Dick Cheney often clashed because of their different styles. For example Bush likes to shoot from the hip whereas Cheney likes to shoot people in the face."

Don't miss today's must see moment: 1:38 Jimmy Kimmel On Obama's 'American' Childhood.

Posted: Wednesday, November 10, 2010 - 8:47am

Starting Lineup: The Final Frontier

Good Wednesday Morning and welcome back to the Starting Lineup. On the radar today: Joe Miller (R) goes to court as Alaska begins counting write-in ballots; Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) makes her case in USA Today as the anti-Pelosi for Minority Leader caucus grows; the Congressional Black Caucus backs James Clyburn (D-S.C.) for Minority Whip, drawing him nearly even with Steny Hoyer (D-Md.); and a GOP Facebook game.

Posted: Wednesday, November 10, 2010 - 8:27am

Too Close To Call: Update On Deadlocked Races

Election Day was one week ago and nine races are still yet to be called. Here's the breakdown of what's left.

SENATE

Alaska: Not much has changed here. The "write in" ballots, which are likely to predominantly support Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R), lead Republican Joe Miller and Democrat Scott McAdams 41 percent to 34.3 percent to 23.6 percent, respectively. Alaska will begin counting write-in ballots on Wednesday and will review absentee and questioned ballots starting Friday.

Posted: Tuesday, November 9, 2010 - 5:06pm

Minnesota Recount Could Have Far-Reaching Impact

In the only remaining contested gubernatorial race, former Sen. Mark Dayton (D) and state Rep. Tom Emmer (R) are separated by less than 9,000 votes in Minnesota, as the state braces itself for a second statewide recount in two years.

But unlike two years ago, this recount could have a significant impact on the 2012 presidential race.

Posted: Tuesday, November 9, 2010 - 4:58pm

2012 Presidential Power Rankings

Who is best positioned to win the 2012 Republican presidential nomination? Find out here, in The Hotline's inaugural Presidential Power Rankings. We rank the top 15 GOP contenders using a formula that answers a simple question: Who is currently in the strongest position to secure the nomination? Our criteria:

1. Money: How much do they have? How much can they raise?

Posted: Tuesday, November 9, 2010 - 4:25pm

The GOP's First 2012 Target: Joe Manchin

The Republican Party is wasting very little time going after one of their top Senate targets for 2012: West Virginia Sen.-elect Joe Manchin (D).

Manchin is already up for re-election because he was elected last Tuesday in a special election for the late Sen. Robert Byrd's (D) seat.

Just a week after he defeated Republican John Raese by 10 percent, Manchin is already being put on the defensive by rumors that he has been courted by the GOP to switch parties.

Posted: Tuesday, November 9, 2010 - 3:29pm

Danny Davis Challenging Rahm, Faces Long Odds

Fresh off receiving the endorsement of a major coalition of black leaders, Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.) all but officially announced he's running for mayor of Chicago Monday afternoon.

In an interview with WGN radio, Davis said he will "be making a formal announcement before the week is over."

Posted: Tuesday, November 9, 2010 - 10:31am