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Posted at 1:21 PM ET, 11/26/2010

Afternoon Fix: Nearly 40 Republican National Committee members don't want Michael Steele to run for re-election; Sarah Palin takes aim at critics on Facebook

By Chris Cillizza

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California Democratic Rep. Jerry McNerney wins re-election; one House race remains undecided


* In interviews with 51 of the 168 members of the Republican National Committee, the Associated Press found that 39 said they preferred RNC Chairman Michael Steele not be on the ballot in January's chairmanship election -- an indication that if he does decide to pursue a second term, Steele will face an uphill battle.

* Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) took to Facebook on Thanksgiving Day to criticize the media for quickly seizing on her misstatement that America must "stand with our North Korean allies," citing a list of gaffes made by President Obama.

* Supporters of a proposed three-year earmark moratorium are doubtful that they'll have enough votes for the measure to pass a Senate vote next week. Worth watching: might voting against the measure imperil some Democrats who are up in 2012?

* Running as a Republican in 2012 might offer Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) his best shot at re-election, according to some Connecticut political watchers. But with as many as 61 percent of Connecticut Republicans saying they'd prefer to replace Lieberman, rather than re-elect him -- and with a slew of potential challengers in the offing -- Liberman's options are looking increasingly limited.


* Obama's sit-down with ABC's Barbara Walters airs tonight at 10 p.m. Eastern.

* When Obama officially launches his 2012 re-election bid, it appears virtually certain that his headquarters will be run out of Chicago. But some have questioned the wisdom of doing so.

* Palin takes her book tour to Iowa this weekend, visiting the Hawkeye State for the first time since September.

* NBC's "Meet the Press" hosts Sens. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.); CNN's "State of the Union" features Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.), Rep. David Obey (D-Wis.), former President George W. Bush and former Florida governor Jeb Bush (R); "Fox News Sunday" hosts Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.); and C-SPAN's "Newsmakers" hosts former Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.).


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With Felicia Sonmez and Aaron Blake

By Chris Cillizza  | November 26, 2010; 1:21 PM ET
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