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NIST to help retrain NASA employees as cyber specialists

The top cybersecurity educator at the National Institute of Standards and Technology is helping a public-private consortium to open a research institute that would retrain NASA contractors who will be laid off from the shuttle program as early as next month, NextGov reports. Nearly 9,000 employees representing a total income of $600 million could be displaced by the termination of the space shuttle program next year, particularly along the space coast, a 72-mile-long area in east-central Florida where the Kennedy Space Center is located. United Space Alliance expects to layoff on Oct.

Posted: Friday, September 10, 2010 - 5:21pm

Russ Feingold's Path To Victory

Welcome back to Hotline On Call's Path To Victory. This week we are looking at the Wisconsin Senate showdown between Sen. Russ Feingold (D) and businessman Ron Johnson.

On Thursday, we looked at how Johnson -- a self-funder who wasn't on anyone's radar screen at the beginning of the cycle -- can unseat Feingold and get the Republicans one step closer to a Senate majority.

Posted: Friday, September 10, 2010 - 5:03pm

DC Mayor Preview: Fenty Trailing In Re-Election Bid

A comfortable majority of DC voters believes the city is headed in the right direction, two-thirds of Dems think the incumbent has brought needed change to the nation's capital, so why is Mayor Adrian Fenty (D) trailing in his primary re-election campaign? According to recent polls, City Council Chair Vincent Gray (D) leads Fenty in the Democratic primary by a margin between 7 and 17 points.

Posted: Friday, September 10, 2010 - 5:00pm

NH SEN Preview: Ayotte Leads, Ovide Gaining

As the GOP race in the contest to succeed Sen. Judd Gregg (R) heads down the homestretch, former AG Kelly Ayotte (R) finds herself in a position she has occupied for many months now: GOP front-runner. But the recent emergence of the conservative candidate and Tea Party favorite Ovide Lamontagne (R) has observers questioning whether an upset is in the offing come Tuesday.

Posted: Friday, September 10, 2010 - 4:29pm

The Week Ahead In Tech and Telecom

Here is an early look at some of the technology and telecom-related events happening in Washington next week: Monday: The FCC, in conjunction with the National Assn. of Regulatory Commissioners and the National Assn. of State Utility Consumer Advocates, will hold a 12:30 pm Hill briefing to promote awareness about two telephone assistance programs, the Lifeline and Link-Up Programs. Speakers include Joel Gurin, chief of the FCC's Consumer and Government Affairs Bureau; and Irene Flannery, an official the commission's Wireless Competition Bureau.

Posted: Friday, September 10, 2010 - 4:26pm

WI GOV Preview: GOP Race Heats Up During Final Week

After focusing his fire in recent weeks on Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (D), the presumptive Democratic nominee, GOP front-runner Milwaukee Co. Exec. Scott Walker (R) is increasingly hitting his GOP primary opponent, ex-Rep. Mark Neumann (R) in a sign that the race my be tightening.

Posted: Friday, September 10, 2010 - 3:00pm

Facebook Takes Action to Support Women in Tech

In partnership with Girls in Tech, Facebook will host a Developer Garage Hackathon on Saturday at the company's California headquarters. The 24-hour event will "allow developers to code throughout the night and come up with new ideas and concepts." Interested parties can catch a glimpse inside the Hackathon at a "Women in Tech" influencers' panel hosted by Facebook Live at 5 pm EDT on Saturday.

Posted: Friday, September 10, 2010 - 2:52pm

Previewing The Sunday Shows

This weekend's shows will mostly focus on the controversy surrounding Florida pastor Terry Jones and the proposed New York Islamic center. "Face The Nation" will take a look at the midterms with an exclusive interview with House Min. Leader John Boehner (R-OH). And with the 9th anniversary of 9/11 on Sat., MSNBC will replay the "Today" show that aired on 9/11/01.


Posted: Friday, September 10, 2010 - 2:05pm

DSCC Favoring Open Seats Over Incumbents With Ad Buys

The DSCC's planned ad buys so far this cycle reveal a strategy that points more toward capturing open seats than it does protecting vulnerable incumbents.

Democrats have reserved nearly $18M worth of air time so far in 5 states, according to ad data provided to Hotline On Call from a GOP source who monitors the buys. In 3 of those states -- Kentucky ($1.6M), Missouri ($5.1M) and Pennsylvania ($5.2M) -- the DSCC is helping a candidate run for an open seat. In the other 2 -- Colorado ($4M) and Washington State ($2M) -- it is bolstering an incumbent.

Posted: Friday, September 10, 2010 - 1:40pm

Obama's Electoral Headwinds

Americans remain closely divided over President Obama's performance, but all of the trend lines continue to move against him as the critical midterm elections approach, according to the latest Allstate/National Journal Heartland Monitor poll.

Posted: Friday, September 10, 2010 - 1:30pm