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VA Dem Defying CW

Updated, 6:30 p.m.

Rep. Rick Boucher (D) is in a surprisingly good position in his race against Republican challenger Del. Morgan Griffith, according to his internal polling.

The poll, provided to Hotline On Call, found that when likely voters in VA-09 were asked who they plan to vote for, Boucher leads by a striking 55% to 32% margin. The poll was conducted Aug. 18-22.

Now, this polling should be viewed with a grain of salt since it was done by a Dem firm -- Benenson Strategy Group.

Posted: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 - 4:56pm

Hotline TV: Obama 2012 Outlook

In the latest installment of Hotline TV, Reid Wilson and Josh Kraushaar debate whether the slowing economy should make Pres. Obama worried about 2012.

Posted: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 - 3:12pm

FCC Releases Details From Comcast, NBCU Meeting

The FCC Monday released some details - though not much - of a private meeting held on Friday to discuss economic issues related to Comcast's merger with NBC Universal. Among the few details included in the disclosure document filed with FCC Secretary Marlene H. Dortch was who attended the meeting. The meeting was divided up into two panels with the first focused on multichannel video programming distributors. The first panel included economists representing Comcast and NBCU: Michael L.

Posted: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 - 2:36pm

Lisa Murkowski Faces Her Fate

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) faces a make-or-break test of her absentee ballot program today as AK officials begin tallying a round of absentee votes that appear likely to put her farther behind her conservative rival.

Posted: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 - 2:13pm

Tea Party Express Unaware Of O'Donnell's Finances

The Tea Party Express, the fiscally conservative organization that has helped nominate several GOP underdogs this year, endorsed Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell (R) without knowing too much about her personal financial history.

Posted: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 - 12:48pm

Crossroads GPS Targets Obama in KY

The conservative Crossroads GPS is up with a new issue ad on Tuesday that seeks to hang Pres. Obama and health care reform around the neck of KY SEN candidate Jack Conway (D).

The ad represents the first time American Crossroads has directly tied Obama to a Dem candidate in an ad -- and it's one of the few anywhere that prominently highlights health care. The ad shows Conway and Obama riding in a car together.

"Obamacare is the wrong way for Kentucky," the ad's narrator says. "And Jack Conway is going the wrong way too."

Posted: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 - 12:25pm

AT&T Defends Paid Prioritization Of Web Traffic

In a filing this week to the FCC, AT&T defended the idea of allowing businesses and others to pay to ensure faster access to their Web content, saying the Internet's key standard setting organization has supported the idea of paid prioritization and that it is being used today by businesses of all sizes.

Posted: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 - 12:10pm

Dems, Labor Focus On Social Security Attack

Expect to see lots of ads from Democrats and their allies attacking Republican candidates for supporting privatizing Social Security.

Today AFSCME is going up with its second ad targeting ex-state Sen. Joe Heck (R) on the issue. Heck is running against Rep. Dina Titus (D) in a suburban Las Vegas district, one of the most competitive districts this cycle.

Posted: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 - 11:41am

Contest Seeks African Apps

Those African developers who have a great idea for a technology application that can also help assist in solving some of the most vexing development problems facing Eastern Africa have until midnight Tuesday to submit their idea.

Posted: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 - 11:08am

Craigslist CEO Blasts CNN Reporter

Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster took to the company's blog Monday to blast CNN reporter Amber Lyon for engaging in tabloid journalism when she "ambushed" Craigslist founder Craig Newmark in May to ask about criticisms that the online classified site's adult services ads support sex trafficking. In the post, Buckmaster chides Lyon for now seeking an interview about claims that Craiglist's adult services ads help promote prostitution, including sex trafficking of children, after promoting Lyon's impromptu interview with Newmark for weeks.

Posted: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 - 10:14am