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Cornilles Brings In Over $500K

Republican Rob Cornilles has raised over half a million dollars in the eight weeks since he entered the special election race to succeed disgraced former Rep. David Wu, D-Ore., according to a GOP source.

Posted: Monday, October 3, 2011 - 7:40am

Should Obama Open Arctic Waters to Drilling?

Should the Obama administration green light drilling in the Arctic Ocean off Alaska's coast?

Shell Oil is inching closer to completing a lengthy regulatory process with both state and federal agencies to drill exploratory wells in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas off Alaska's north coast. The company could begin drilling as soon as next summer.

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Posted: Monday, October 3, 2011 - 6:40am

Was Obama's Order to Kill Awlaki Justified?

President Obama's campaign to wipe out top al-Qaida leaders around the world through unilateral covert strikes claimed another victim on Friday, when Anwar al-Awlaki, the U.S.-born radical cleric identified as "chief of external operations" for al-Qaida on the Arabian Peninsula, was killed in Yemen as he rode in a convoy. Awlaki's death followed the takedown of al-Qaida's No. 2 official, Atiyah Abd al-Rahman, in late August, and Osama bin Laden in early May. U.S. officials quickly sought to justify the strike against a U.S.

Posted: Monday, October 3, 2011 - 6:40am

Stolen TRICARE Health Records Did Not Meet Federal Encryption Standards

Computer tapes containing health care information on 4.9 million TRICARE beneficiaries stolen from the car of a Science Applications International Corp. employee in San Antonio, Texas, earlier this month were not encrypted in compliance with federal standards, SAIC said.

Posted: Sunday, October 2, 2011 - 7:40pm

NASA Finds 'Unprecedented' Ozone Loss Over Arctic Region

Researchers have seen the worst loss of ozone yet recorded over the Arctic, as bad as the loss that causes the ozone hole over the Antarctic every year, NASA said on Sunday.

Cold temperatures in the stratosphere seem to have caused the ozone depletion last winter and spring, NASA scientists and others reported in the journal Nature.

Usually the damage isn't so bad over the Arctic. But this past year's destruction over the Arctic matches that seen in some years over the Antarctic, where an ozone "hole" has formed each spring since the mid-1980s.

Posted: Sunday, October 2, 2011 - 7:40pm

Cain Says Christie's Too Liberal

  • Barbour, O'Malley Dodge Question of Christie's Weight
  • Barbour, O'Malley Dodge Question of Christie's Weight
  • Cain Attacks Perry Over Racial Slur Displayed at Lodge
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    Posted: Sunday, October 2, 2011 - 6:40pm

    Your Sunday West Virginia Roundup

    Updated at 4:37 p.m.

    Your Sunday roundup of West Virginia tidbits:

    -- Republican Bill Maloney, is attending a fundraiser for a PAC in the Eastern Panhandle this afternoon. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito and David McKinley will also attend.

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    Posted: Sunday, October 2, 2011 - 4:40pm

    What We Learned: Security Alarm

    What we at The Hotline learned this week:

    -- When the president's strongest issue is national security, it's a sure-road to victory ... in 2004. The death of yet another top-terrorist target this week marks another major success for President Obama and his strategy of winding down the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in favor of more tactical strikes against key al-Qaeda leaders. Yet his job approval rating is hovering somewhere between the high-30s to low-40s. Next year's election is all about one thing: jobs.

    Posted: Sunday, October 2, 2011 - 4:40pm

    Maloney Hypes National Stakes in West Virginia

    HARRISVILLE, W.Va. -- Republican businessman Bill Maloney is casting Tuesday's West Virginia special gubernatorial election as a major national test with implications that outstrip the recent special election in New York's 9th District.

    Maloney declared in an interview with Hotline On Call Saturday night that the campaign to unseat President Obama "starts Tuesday, here in West Virginia. We had the first round maybe in New York ... but this is huge."

    Posted: Sunday, October 2, 2011 - 3:40pm

    Perry Camp Braces for Fallout Over Ranch Sign

    The next week could be a political slog for Republican presidential hopeful Texas Gov. Rick Perry, as his campaign is forced to play defense in the aftermath of blunt criticism from fellow GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain over a racially slurred sign on land leased by Perry's family.

    By noon on Sunday, the Perry campaign had tried to contain the potential fallout. “Rick Perry has a long and strong record of inclusiveness and appointing African Americans to key state posts,” Perry spokesman Ray Sullivan said in a statement.

    Posted: Sunday, October 2, 2011 - 2:40pm