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O'Donnell Nabs Palin Endorsement

Could this be Christine O'Donnell's game changer? Former AK Gov. Sarah Palin (R) endorsed O'Donnell's campaign for Delaware Senate on Thursday.

"Just got Gov. Palin's endorsement! Thank you for your prayers," O'Donnell tweeted.

Posted: Thursday, September 9, 2010 - 4:25pm

Ron Johnson's Path To Victory

Welcome back to Hotline On Call's "Path To Victory," where we look at the marquee races of the cycle from both sides.

This week, we're examining Wisconsin's Senate race, where businessman Ron Johnson (R) is challenging Sen. Russ Feingold (D).

Feingold was believed to be safe this year, having won his last re-election campaign by a comfortable 11-point margin. But the souring environment for Democrats combined with Johnson's hefty checkbook and some smart campaigning have put the contest squarely in the toss up column.

Posted: Thursday, September 9, 2010 - 4:14pm

Chamber Debuts 5 Question Survey

In the two months leading up to the mid-term elections, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce wants everyone -- from Senate candidates to dog-catcher hopefuls -- to know that job creation is paramount to voters. To do so, the Chamber's Campaign for Free Enterprise is looking to arm millions of voters with five questions to ask political candidates.

Posted: Thursday, September 9, 2010 - 4:00pm

Dem Insiders Increasingly Pessimistic About Holding The House

Democrats today are as pessimistic about their prospects of maintaining their majority in the House of Representatives as there were optimistic four years ago about gaining control of the House, according to the latest National Journal Political Insiders Poll.

Posted: Thursday, September 9, 2010 - 3:35pm

More Pressure On Congress To Move D-Block Legislation

The National Governors Association is turning up the pressure on Congress to pass legislation that would re-allocate a controversial chunk of spectrum to public safety officials for the creation of a nationwide interoperable broadband communications network instead of auctioning it off to commercial bidders as the FCC has proposed. In a letter Thursday to House and Senate leaders, Govs. Martin O'Malley, D-Md., and Jan Brewer, R-Ariz., urged Congress to pass legislation offered by Senate Commerce Chairman John (Jay) Rockefeller, D-W.Va.

Posted: Thursday, September 9, 2010 - 3:18pm

Dem Calls Obama's Economic Plan "Misguided"

Rep. Mark Critz become the latest Democrat to pan Pres. Obama's economic plan on Thursday, saying he "strongly" opposes new spending.

Critz, who won the late Rep. John Murtha's seat in a special election earlier this year, said the economy can't take more spending right now.

"Fifty billion dollars of additional government spending will do little to create permanent jobs and will only add to our massive deficit," Critz said. "That's why I strongly oppose the President's misguided plan."

Posted: Thursday, September 9, 2010 - 2:51pm

Hotline TV: It's The Deficit Stupid

In the latest installment of Hotline TV, Reid Wilson and Josh Kraushaar debate whether Pres. Obama's new economic platform will help or hurt Democrats in November.

Posted: Thursday, September 9, 2010 - 2:20pm

Privacy Legislation Leads Group's List of Bad Proposals

Online privacy legislation pending before Congress tops an Internet industry group's list of legislative proposals that it says could hamper the growth of e-commerce and the Internet. The draft privacy bill offered by House Energy and Commerce Communications Subcommittee Chairman Rick Boucher, D-Va., and a similar bill from Energy and Commerce Consumer Protection Subcommittee Chairman Bobby Rush, D-Ill., are among the 10 federal and state legislative proposals on NetChoice's latest list of its "i-AWFUL" laws.

Posted: Thursday, September 9, 2010 - 12:26pm

Dems Breaking With Obama's Economic Plan

In a sign that Democrats are not on-board with what was supposed to be a major cornerstone of their platform this fall, an increasing number of Democratic incumbents and candidates are criticizing Pres. Obama's economic plan.

Within 24 hours of Obama's major address in Ohio on Thursday, a Democratic senator, three House Democrats and another two Democrats vying for open House seats all distanced themselves from Obama's economic plan.

Posted: Thursday, September 9, 2010 - 10:43am

European Parliament Again Urges More ACTA Transparency

A majority of the members of the European Parliament have signed a declaration calling on the European Commission to make public all the documents related to the ongoing negotiations over an anti-counterfeiting and piracy trade agreement. The parliament and public interest groups have been vocal in urging greater transparency in the talks over the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. As of Thursday, a majority of European Parliament members had signed on to the declaration.

Posted: Thursday, September 9, 2010 - 10:38am