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Video: WikiLeaks Gets Super Villian Status; Colbert Is A Cheese Head

The WikiLeaks document dump dominates late night. Jon Stewart analyzes WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the world's newest super villain: "Assange is Osama Bin Laden crossed with Magneto and the albino from 'The Matrix', with more then a scootch of the Dyson vacuum guy."

Jimmy Kimmel reinterprets Dr. Seuss' "How The Grinch Stole Christmas!" with help from FNC's Bill O'Reilly.

Posted: Wednesday, December 1, 2010 - 8:41am

Starting Lineup: Singling Out Stabenow

Good Wednesday morning and welcome to December and the Starting Lineup. On the radar today: A well-heeled businessman considers a run against Sen. Debbie Stabenow in Michigan; the DGA taps Martin O'Malley; Alaska takes Joe Miller to court (really); Mark Dayton looks in control of the Minnesota gubernatorial recount; and Mitt Romney to appear with Jay Leno tonight.

Posted: Wednesday, December 1, 2010 - 8:40am

With Eye on '12, McCaskill and Nelson Back Earmark Ban

Updated, 6 p.m.

Only seven Democrats voted for the earmark moratorium in the Senate on Tuesday, including two who are likely looking ahead to their 2012 re-election bids.

Of the 23 members of the Democratic caucus who are up for re-election in 2012, Florida Sen. Bill Nelson (D) and Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill (D) supported the ban.

Posted: Tuesday, November 30, 2010 - 3:01pm

Murray To Chair DSCC

Updated 3:41 p.m.

Washington Sen. Patty Murray (D) will be the next chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, the committee announced Tuesday.

The announcement comes after weeks of speculation surrounding who would succeed Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) at the helm of the committee.

In a statement, Menendez highlighted Murray's victory this year over Republican Dino Rossi.

Posted: Tuesday, November 30, 2010 - 12:59pm

Lugar's Votes Inviting Tough Re-Election

Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar (R) sure looks like a sucker for primary punishment - at least insofar as inviting a tough fight for renomination.

Posted: Tuesday, November 30, 2010 - 12:44pm

What To Watch For In The Minnesota Recount

When the Minnesota State Canvassing Board certified the results of the gubernatorial race between state Rep. Tom Emmer (R) and former Sen. Mark Dayton (D) on Nov. 23, Dayton's lead was small enough (just over 8,700 votes) to trigger an automatic recount, for which both sides have been preparing during the weeks since Election Day.

Posted: Tuesday, November 30, 2010 - 12:15pm

Starting Lineup: Turning Down Talent

Updated, 10:27 a.m.

Posted: Tuesday, November 30, 2010 - 8:39am

Video: WikiLeaks or Mean Girls?; Pres. Obama Gets Stitches

Pres. Obama gets elbowed in the mouth during a Thanksgiving basketball game and Jon Stewart gets catty while going through the US diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks: "Who put Prez Hilton in charge of our diplomatic core, 'Hey Columbia is that your army or did Menudo just get back together?'"

Conan O'Brien on former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin saying we've got to stand with our North Korean allies: "When told that North Korea is not our ally, Palin said 'I'm sorry I meant East Korea.'"

Posted: Tuesday, November 30, 2010 - 8:34am

The Never Regions

Now that all but one House race has been called, we have an excellent view of the damage that the GOP wave inflicted on Election Night. Some thoughts:

* We knew the West was a huge disappointment for the GOP, but after looking at the numbers, it was the biggest letdown of the cycle for the House GOP. The party picked up just two seats in the region -- just 3 percent of its total pickups. In contrast, in 1994, the region accounted for 20 percent of the GOP's pickups.

Posted: Monday, November 29, 2010 - 5:04pm

Wagner Takes Aim At Steele In RNC Bid

Former Ambassador Ann Wagner says she will offer an alternative to the way the Republican National Committee has been run, taking barely veiled shots at incumbent chairman Michael Steele while promising not to criticize him by name.

In an interview Monday, Wagner said she has the experience necessary, as a local and national party leader and as a campaign operative, to lead the Republican Party out of debt and toward prosperity in 2012. But a large measure of her pitch is drawing a stark contrast between herself and the man she hopes to replace.

Posted: Monday, November 29, 2010 - 4:30pm