(CNN) - Former Republican National Committee Political Director Gentry Collins took a step closer to throwing his hat into the ring in the race to become Chairman of the Republican National Committee.
"Yesterday, I filed paperwork and took the first step in exploring a run for Chairman of the Republican National Committee," Collins said in a statement announcing his candidacy.
(CNN) - For the second straight time in a statewide election, there will be a recount in a major race in Minnesota.
The State Canvassing Board Tuesday formally cleared the way for a recount in the razor-thin Governor's race between Democratic Farmer Labor Party candidate Mark Dayton and Republican state lawmaker Tom Emmer.
(CNN) - Incumbent Democratic Rep. Dan Maffei has conceded the race for his House seat in New York's 25th Congressional district to Republican challenger Ann Marie Buerkle.
Buerkle's win gives Republicans a net gain of 63 seats in the House. It also makes New York the state with the most GOP House pickups– six districts changed sides in the 2010 midterms. Republicans picked up five seats in Ohio and Pennsylvania respectively.
(CNN) - "Dancing with the Stars" continues to enjoy enormous ratings – and enormous amounts of controversy and decidedly non-dancing publicity. The ABC competition show will conclude tonight, and viewers will find out whether Bristol Palin can pull off the upset victory. Meanwhile the other show with Bristol as co-star, "Sarah Palin's Alaska," is seeing ratings erosion for episode two.
(CNN) - Senator-elect Rand Paul is coming to a bookstore near you with a Tea Party roadmap.
"The Tea Party Goes to Washington" is scheduled to hit shelves in February and outline the future Republican Kentucky senator's plan for the Tea Party. The release will coincide with the new session of Congress.
Washington (CNN) - Politics is serious business - but not all of the time. From the halls of Congress to the campaign trail to the international stage, there's always something that gets a laugh or a second glance. Here are some of the things you might have missed:
Goodbye Air Force planes
When the new Congress convenes in January, Rep. Nancy Pelosi will find herself back to flying commercial, AOL's Patricia Murphy writes. As speaker of the house, Pelosi traveled on Air Force planes, a practice incoming House Speaker John Boehner has vowed to end.
(CNN) – Americans are most concerned about keeping their money out of the government's hands this holiday season, indicates a new Gallup poll.
When asked about the lame-duck Congress and to rate the importance of six possible actions lawmakers may take before year's end, those surveyed most want Capitol Hill to vote down an increase in the estate tax and to extend some form of the federal income tax cuts passed during the Bush administration.
(CNN) - When it comes to new airport security screening for passengers, Americans agree that full-body scanners are okay, but split over when additional measures cross the line, according to two new polls.
A majority of Americans surveyed in two new polls released this week support the Transportation Security Administration's use of full-body x-ray machines that use new technology to highlight outlines of the human body in an effort to detect hidden weapons.
Washington (CNN) - Illinois Sen. Roland Burris is considering running for mayor of Chicago, potentially joining a crowded field of candidates that includes an ex-senator, current congressman and President Obama's former chief of staff.
Burris is leaving Capitol Hill at the end of the year after being appointed to fill the remaining two years of then-President elect Obama's Senate term.
Washington (CNN) - Since the midterm elections, at least four national polls in the next race for the White House have been released. But one thing's missing: Candidates.
Last time around, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani formed a presidential exploratory committee in November 2006, with Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas and former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore launching exploratory committees the following month. Rep. Duncan Hunter of California didn't even wait for the midterms that year, announcing his first formal steps towards a White House bid in the week before the election.