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Branstad In Control As National Dems Face Spending Decision

The Iowa gubernatorial contest, a race Republicans have identified as a prime pick up opportunity this cycle, appears firmly in the hands of former Gov. Terry Branstad (R) with 5 weeks to go until Election Day. A new poll released over the weekend reaffirmed Branstad's double-digit lead on struggling incumbent Gov. Chet Culver (D), raising the question of how much support Culver can count on from national Democrats the rest of the way.

Posted: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 - 1:58pm

President Carter Hospitalized

Former Pres. Jimmy Carter was taken off a flight to Cleveland and hospitalized after developing an upset stomach on Tuesday. Carter was taken to MetroHealth Hospital, where he is resting comfortably, according to the Carter Center.

Carter, 85, was traveling to promote his new book, "White House Diary," which was released last week. He will resume the tour later in the week, the center said.

Posted: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 - 1:52pm

EU Announces Major Investment In IT Research

The European Commission Tuesday announced it would be investing more than $1 billion in 2011 in information and communications technology research aimed at boosting Europe's competitiveness. The commission, the European Union's regulatory arm, said the funding (780 million Euros) would go toward research focused on the Internet, robotics, smart and embedded systems, photonics, energy efficiency technologies and health. The effort is part of a commission goal of increasing information and communications technology research and development funding by 20 percent every year until at least 2013.

Posted: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 - 1:16pm

Group Voices Concerns With Leahy's Online IP Bill

While it appears unlikely that the Senate Judiciary Committee will act on the legislation this week, the Center for Democracy Technology voiced strong concerns Tuesday with a bill aimed at cracking down on foreign websites that offer illegal copyrighted content or counterfeit goods, saying it could hamper free speech on the Internet and force Internet intermediaries to become the gatekeepers of the Web.

Posted: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 - 12:35pm

DSCC Launches Ad in West Virginia

The DSCC is going on the air in the West Virginia Senate race, another sign that the contest between Gov. Joe Manchin (D) and businessman John Raese (R) is tightening.

The Senate race for the late Sen. Robert Byrd's (D) seat was originally considered a sure thing for the Democrats when Manchin jumped in the race. Manchin has enjoyed exceptionally high approval ratings despite West Virginia's economic struggles.

Posted: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 - 10:43am

Federal Cybersecurity Exercise To Attack Content, Identities

The Department of Homeland Security kicked off its third large-scale cybersecurity drill on Tuesday to test government's and industry's ability to respond to hackers hijacking Web content and stealing personal identities with the goal of grabbing sensitive information and crippling federal and commercial operations, Nextgov.com reported. The primary goal of Cyber Storm III, which will run through Friday, is to test procedures the Obama administration outlined for how agencies and companies should work together during cyber attacks.

Posted: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 - 9:42am

Chamber Attacks Boxer's '28 Years' In DC

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is going up with an ad hitting California Sen. Barbara Boxer on Tuesday that reveals the GOP strategy for attacking the Democrat this year.

The ad, the Chamber's second in California, is supported by a "significant" ad buy focused primarily in Los Angeles. The ad will be up for a couple weeks and may stay on the air for longer, according to Chamber sources.

In the ad, the Chamber emphasizes how long Boxer has been in Washington. The narrator repeatedly says "28 years" in an attempt to paint Boxer as a creature of D.C.

Posted: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 - 9:11am

The Cook Political Report Moves 5 Solid Dem Races to Likely Dem

In a sign of just how daunting this midterm election has become for any Democrat in conservative territory, The Cook Political Report has moved 5 races from Solid Democratic to Likely Democratic.

The races are:
ME 02: Rep. Mike Michaud (D)
MA 05: Rep. Nike Tsongas (D)
MS 04: Rep. Gene Taylor (D)
NY 22: Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D)
WA 09: Rep. Adam Smith (D)

Posted: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 - 8:15am

Starting Lineup: Aiding Ayotte

Good Tuesday morning and welcome to the Starting Lineup. What to watch this morning: The NRSC commits resources to Kelly Ayotte (R) in New Hampshire, DGA attacks Charlie Baker (R) in Massachusetts and the White House hits the campaign trail in earnest.

NRSC Boosting Ayotte: The NRSC is going into New Hampshire, committing $171K in coordinated campaigns to former Attorney General Kelly Ayotte's (R) Senate campaign, according to NRSC sources.

Posted: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 - 7:31am

McMahon Closes To Within 3

Former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon (R) has closed to within 3 points of Attorney General Richard Blumenthal (D) in the increasingly tight CT Senate race, according to a new Quinnipiac Univ. poll out today.

Blumenthal leads McMahon, 49% to 46%, a margin that is half as large as the 6-point lead he had just 2 weeks ago. Blumenthal remains popular, with more than two-thirds of likely voters approving his the job he is doing as AG. But Blumenthal is being weighed down by the unpopularity of Pres. Obama, particularly among independent voters.

Posted: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 - 6:48am