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When Debates Matter (And When They Don't)

Debate season 2010 has been at fever pitch in October, with close races featuring marquee encounters all across the country. With "sparred," "clashed" and "traded barbs" often dominating post-debate headlines everywhere, it can be difficult to distinguish between those that will immediately influence a race, those that have the potential to change the direction of a contest and those that will not leave much of an imprint.

Posted: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 12:56pm

Intel Announces Big U.S. Investment

Intel announced Tuesday that it will be investing between $6 billion and $8 billion in a new U.S. factory and upgrades to existing U.S. fabrication centers to help in the manufacturing of the firm's next-generation microprocessing technology. The new fabrication plant will be built in Portland, Ore., and will manufacture 22-nanometer process technology. In addition, Intel said it would be upgrading four existing facilities in Oregon and Arizona to also manufacture 22-nanometer process products. The new 22-nanometer technology will enable higher performance and extend battery life, Intel said.

Posted: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 12:30pm

DeMint Caucus Grows To 11

South Carolina Republican Sen. Jim DeMint, one of the conservative kingmakers this cycle, endorsed businessman John Raese (R) in the West Virginia Senate race on Tuesday.

Raese is the eleventh Republican Senate candidate that DeMint has backed this cycle.

"John is a principled conservative leader who has a strong chance of winning this critical race and really needs our help," DeMint said in an email to supporters.

Posted: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 12:08pm

Canada Finds Google Violated Privacy Laws

Canada's privacy commissioner said Tuesday that an nvestigation has found that Google violated Canadian privacy laws when the Internet firm collected personal information from unsecured Wi-Fi networks in that country. Canadian Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart launched the investigation earlier this year after Google revealed that its Street View cars, which take street-level photos for Google's mapping service, had mistakenly also collected personal information from unsecured Wi-Fi networks in Canada and other countries including the United States. Several U.S.

Posted: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 11:30am

DCCC Going On Air For Shuler, Doubling Down For Spratt

The Democratic Congressional Committee has reserved ad buys in Rep. Heath Shuler's (D-N.C.) district for the first time, another sign that the DCCC is having to spend money on incumbents who were previously believed to be safe.

Posted: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 10:23am

Congress Pokes Facebook

In response to reports that third-party applications on Facebook have been collecting and distributing user information, Reps. Edward Markey, D-Mass., and Joe Barton, R-Texas, want to know how many people were affected, when Facebook found out, and what the company plans to do about it. In a letter to CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the lawmakers scolded the social media website for what appears to be a violation of consumer trust.

Posted: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 9:18am

Most Domestic Intel Centers Lack Privacy Plans

The majority of state and local counterterrorism centers across the country do not have federally approved plans to ensure they are protecting the privacy rights and civil liberties of U.S. citizens, raising concerns among privacy advocates that they lack proper oversight, CongressDaily reported. The issue reveals the tension between government efforts to collect and analyze intelligence inside the United States in order to prevent terrorist attacks and fears that innocent Americans and law-abiding groups are being improperly spied upon. After the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the U.S.

Posted: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 8:16am

NRSC Hits Giannoulias On Taxes

The National Republican Senatorial Committee is going back to the GOP's bread and butter attack line in an new Illinois Senate ad: Taxes.

The committee is airing a new ad using Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias's (D) words against him. "Alexi Giannoulias has a message for Illinois," the narrator says before a clip of Giannoulias rolls. "We need an income tax increase," Giannoulias says.

Posted: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 7:30am

Starting Lineup: Obama Batting For Boxer

Good Tuesday morning and welcome back to the Starting Lineup. We are two weeks from Election Day and here's what's on the radar: the DCCC pulls back in Philly; the DGA doubles down on Florida; it's elitism versus extremism in the Nevada Senate race; few signs of a Ted Strickland comeback in new polling; Giannoulias looks to strike; and a rough morning for Alaska's Joe Miller.

Posted: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 7:18am

McCain Denies 'Stimulus Hypocrisy' Accusation

Sen. John McCain denied allegations today that he publicly opposed President Obama's stimulus plan, but then went on to quietly request funds.A report released on Monday by the Center for Public Integrity, a nonpartisan investigative reporting group, found that "scores" of leading members of Co

Posted: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 12:00am