The Daily Caller launches conservative answer to Huffington Post

Conservative political commentator Tucker Carlson and his college roommate, former Cheney aide Neil Patel, launched their new, heavily hyped online venture, The Daily Caller, just after midnight on Monday.

Widely characterized as a conservative answer to Arianna Huffington's hugely successful, left-leaning Huffington Post, the Daily Caller combines aggregated news from across the web with original reporting, video clips, and guest contributors.

Monday's lead story, written by Carlson, concerns alleged "third gate crasher" Carlos Allen. Opening-day contributors include Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R), Arianna Huffington (who wishes them luck), and Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), who's essay is titled "How the GOP Gets its Mojo Back."

Despite appearances, Carlson told The Washington Post he isn't interested in furthering a conservative agenda on the site. "We'll cover the people in power," he said, later describing Republicans on Capitol Hill as  "totally powerless."

The site has 21 employees and aims to lure freelance writers by offering them a share of ad revenues, which is a departure from the typical industry practice of paying a pre-determined fee for each published submission.