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Dump Steele effort gains momentum

A group of conservatives on the Republican National Committee’s governing board has launched an “Anybody but Steele” campaign and are gathering pledges from other committee members not to back the beleaguered RNC chairman, POLITICO has learned. Members of the Republican National Conservative Caucus held a conference call and sent e-mails last week in an attempt to build support for what they’re calling a “Resolution of Commitment.” The same group is also working on a similar, but far more targeted, campaign to persuade the five Republicans challenging Steele not to strike an agreement with him that might improve his prospects —
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Barbour lives large on Mississippi-state jet

Haley Barbour, the Mississippi governor who thinks the Ku Klux Klan is just a misunderstood community civic group, has a  new problem. Seems the guv is running around the country on the state’s 12-passenger Cessna Citation jet, treating the 12-passenger plane as his own personal limousine and running up more than a half-million bucks in taxpayer-paid bills over the last three years. Much of the travel, the web site Politico has discovered, is for Republican campaign jaunts. Read the full story on Politico Related articles Haley Barbour: Racist to the core (capitolhillblue.com) Haley Barbour Responds to Racial-Tension Criticism, Calls Segregation
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Clinton set to campaign for Rahm

Former President Bill Clinton is going to campaign for former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel in his race for Mayor of Chicago. Clinton’s involvement was confirmed Sunday by Ben LaBolt, spokesman for the Emanuel campaign.  Clinton will be in the Windy City on undetermined dates during January. Emanuel, whose residency and edibility to run was challenged, was cleared by election officials over the weekend although the challenge may well go to the courts.
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Emanuel cleared to run for Chicago mayor

Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel cleared an important hurdle in his bid to be Chicago mayor early Thursday when a hearing officer recommended his name appear on the February ballot, even though Emanuel spent much of the last two years living in Washington working for President Barack Obama. The ruling, which still needs final approval from the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners, is a political win for Emanuel because it could help him silence critics who have persistently argued he isn’t a Chicago resident. The board is scheduled to meet later Thursday and will likely make a
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Repeal of ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell:’ A civil rights milestone?

Allowing gays and lesbians to serve openly in the U.S. military is a step toward equality, advocates say, but a fight for other social changes such as gay marriage still lies ahead. The Senate voted Saturday to end the 17-year ban on openly gay troops, overturning the Clinton-era policy known as “don’t ask, don’t tell.” “It’s one step in a very long process of becoming an equal rights citizen,” said Warren Arbury of Savannah, Ga., who served in the Army for seven years, including three combat tours, before being kicked out two years ago under the policy. He said he
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Partisanship or cooperation? Damn good question

For an early idea of how the Democratic White House and emboldened House Republicans will get along next year, keep an eye on Vice President Joe Biden and California congressman Darrell Issa. Biden, the administration’s point man touting the economic stimulus, and Issa, the GOP‘s top House investigator who called White House claims of the program’s success a fake, have made peace for now. But will the cooperative spirit last? Both men have been known for bombastic rhetoric, and there was little reason for them to cooperate while Democrats controlled the House. But just as the House Republican victory in
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Bloomberg on Presidency: ‘No way, no how’

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg showed up on Meet the Press Sunday and host David Gregory handed down the standard question: “Will you for President?” Blumenthal churned out the usual answer: “No way, no how.” Politicians with Presidential ambitions usually deny any plans to seek the big job. Then many of them do. As a novice Senator from Illinois, Barack Obama was asked if he planed a run for President. “No way,” he said. “No how.” Sound familiar?
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Palin will run for President if she feels she has the ‘best shot’

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin said in an interview she would run for US president if she has the “best shot” on the right, and expressed confidence that she could beat Barack Obama. But the Tea Party favorite and former Republican vice-presidential candidate said she was still mulling the “lay of the land” ahead of 2012 presidential polls. “I will run for president if I believe that I have the best shot to win the race,” she said in a TV interview with ABC‘s Barbara Walters. “I would run if I believe that other candidates willing to put themselves forward
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Elizabeth Edwards remembered

Family and friends of Elizabeth Edwards recalled her Saturday as an idealistic law student who challenged professors, a political sage who offered advice at every turn and a matriarch who comforted her family even as she was dying of breast cancer. Edwards’ funeral drew hundreds to Edenton Street United Methodist Church, where she once mourned her 16-year-old son, Wade, after he died in a car crash in 1996. She was to be buried next to him during a private ceremony. Speakers reflected on a multi-faceted personality: Edwards, 61, was an intellectual who frequented discount clothing stores like T.J. Maxx, she
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Obama aide: Opponent? What opponent?

President Barack Obama’s chief political adviser says he doesn’t think the president will face a primary challenge in 2012. David Axelrod tells CNN’s “State of the Union” that he sees “strong support” for Obama among Democrats. Axelrod says Democrats realize that Obama is “fighting hard, trying hard” to move the country ahead and that his administration already has accomplished a lot. Axelrod does say that until the economy has recovered and the unemployment rate goes down, “you’re going to have static out there politically.” He says the “biggest lament” he hears from Democrats is “you’ve done so much, how come
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