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Obama Bids Farewell To Emanuel, Taps Rouse As CoS

In an emotional ceremony on Friday marked by lengthy standing ovations, Pres. Obama bid farewell to chief of staff Rahm Emanuel as he leaves the White House to pursue a bid for mayor of Chicago.

"Welcome to the least suspenseful announcement of all time," Obama joked as he took the podium.

"In the last 20 months, Rahm has exceeded all of my expectations," Obama said. "It is fair to say we could not have accomplished what we accomplished without Rahm."

Posted: Friday, October 1, 2010 - 11:53am

Minority Media Group to FCC: Give Net Neutrality Legislation Another Chance

David Honig, president and executive director of the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council, urged the FCC Friday not to proceed with his regulatory proposals for broadband, but to instead give Congress another shot at passing network neutrality legislation during the upcoming lame duck session. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has proposed expanding the agency's net neutrality guidelines designed to preserve the Internet's openness, and has recommended tougher regulation for providers of the technology.

Posted: Friday, October 1, 2010 - 11:05am

Pawlenty: Obama Drew A "Huge" Crowd in Wisconsin

Minnesota Governor and potential '12 GOP contender Tim Pawlenty said this week that if there is one thing Pres. Obama can do, it's draw a crowd.

"Did you see the photos of President Barack Obama's rally in Wisconsin on Tuesday?" Pawlenty wrote in an email to supporters earlier this week. "The crowd was huge."

Of course, the praise for Obama ended there. Pawlenty went onto to use the size of the rally to show that the left is fired up this year and Republicans have to continue working through Election Day.

Posted: Friday, October 1, 2010 - 10:58am

Baker Wins Key Endorsement In MA GOV

Independent Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Tim Cahill's running mate pulled out the race on Friday and threw his support to health care CEO Charlie Baker (R), a move that could significantly boost the Republican's chances.

The running mate, former state Rep. Paul Loscocco, is the latest in what has become a mass exodus from Cahill's campaign. Loscocco is a Republican and his departure will hurt Cahill's chances among the center-right voters he has been courting.

Posted: Friday, October 1, 2010 - 10:47am

Is LePage In Trouble In Maine?

For Republican gubernatorial nominee Paul LePage (R), the last month has not been lacking in media exposure. The mayor of Waterville, whose recent controversial comments and actions have repeatedly made the rounds in both state and national media circles, finds himself in a suddenly tightening race, as recent poll numbers raise the question of whether his outspoken style is proving to be a liability.

Posted: Friday, October 1, 2010 - 9:33am

Perry Touts Confronting Obama On Immigration

Gov. Rick Perry (R) is showing some of his Texas bravado in his latest campaign ad: He boasts of "confronting" Pres. Obama on immigration.

The new ad focuses on border security, a top issue in the Lone Star State. Perry, who is running for re-election against former Houston Mayor Bill White (D), is known for provoking Washington. Recall that last year he made headlines for suggesting that Texas could secede from the union.

Posted: Friday, October 1, 2010 - 9:26am

Net Neutrality Spin Wars Ramp Up

With the collapse of efforts to forge a House network neutrality bill Wednesday and Congress in recess until after the election, stakeholders are working hard to spin the outcome in terms that favor their position. The legislation at hand would have codified some principles aiming to protect the openness of the Internet. Much of the rhetorical battle will come down to interpretation of the House Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry Waxman's statement conceding his inability to gain bipartisan support for the measure and thus, move forward.

Posted: Friday, October 1, 2010 - 7:26am

Starting Lineup: GOP's Granite State Gains

Good Friday morning and welcome to October and the Starting Lineup. What to watch today: The GOP smells blood in New Hampshire, Rick Scott leads in a new Quinnipiac poll of the Florida governor's race, the Tea Party Express fires back at Lisa Murkowski.

Posted: Friday, October 1, 2010 - 7:25am

Tea Party Express Strikes Back After Murkowski Ad

Leaders of the Tea Party Express are heading to Alaska this weekend to continue their campaign for Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller -- and they're coming in swinging.

On the heels of an attack ad released Thursday by Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R), the group will unveil an attack ad of its own Monday "calling out Lisa for 'not getting it' and respecting the will of the voters," said Tea Party Express spokesman Levi Russell.

Posted: Friday, October 1, 2010 - 6:00am

Why Emanuel Was Obsessed By Asian Carp

On his last day at the White House staffers feted Rahm Emanuel and presented him with a dead Asian carp, the perfect gag gift for the outgoing chief of staff who once sent a pollster he was angry with a dead fish a la "The Godfather." But the carp was more than a gag. It was an obsession for Eman

Posted: Friday, October 1, 2010 - 12:00am