Social conservatives threaten CPAC boycott

The possibility of a gay Republican group participating in the annual summit was too much for some conservatives, who walked out of a CPAC board meeting in protest. Reid Wilson at Hotline On Call describes the controversy.

The case for announcing for president early

Since the 1980s, candidates who announced first were often the first out of the race. Chris Cillizza at "The Fix" explains why 2012 GOPers can — and should — buck the trend this time.

Palin planning overseas trip in 2011

Sarah Palin (R ) is reported to be weighing Israel and the United Kingdom as destinations for a trip that could help the former governor remedy perceptions headed into 2012 that she lacks gravitas. CNN's "Political Ticker" gives more detail.

'Shameless!': Senate rejects 9/11 health bill

The bill, rejected by Republicans frustrated with inaction on the Bush tax cuts, would have provided up to $7.4 billion in health care benefits and compensation to first responders who became sick after 9/11. ABC's "The Note" has more.


Centrist, conservative Dems up in arms over tax deal backlash

Blue Dog Democrats, especially those who may be threatened in 2012, have slammed their own caucus for rejecting President Obama's tax deal. Mike Lillis and Russell Berman of The Hill spoke with some of those members on Thursday.

Senate Democrats put 'Dream Act' on hold

After Republicans threatened a filibuster, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) withdrew the attempt, and is now expected to try again later in the lame-duck session. The New York Times breaks down the debate.

AG Holder criticizes proposed Gitmo transfers ban

Holder said on Thursday that efforts to prosecute terrorism suspects would be hurt by the ban. The Associated Press looks at his efforts to convince Senate leaders Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

Life expectancy drops in the U.S.

Americans born in 2008 are forecast to live a month less, on average, than those born in 2007. Rob Stein at the Washington Post explains the bizarre turn.