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DCCC Targets Duffy With First IE Ad

The DCCC is going up with its first independent expenditure ad of the cycle, targeting former Ashland Co. DA and "Real World" star Sean Duffy (R) in WI 07 for past statements supporting the privatization of Social Security.

Duffy is facing off against state Sen. Julie Lassa (D) for the seat vacated by retiring Rep. David Obey (D).

Posted: Monday, August 30, 2010 - 4:40pm

Obama Struggling To Find Footing On Economy

Once a master at controlling his message, Pres. Obama is trying to regain his footing on the most important issue of this -- and perhaps next -- election: The economy.

Several leading analysts believe the economy is continuing its downward spiral, hampering Dem hopes of maintaining their House and Senate majorities this fall. And the WH has also been focused on other issues -- from the mosque comments to Obama's speech on Iraq Tuesday night.

Posted: Monday, August 30, 2010 - 4:23pm

"Young Guns" Book Touts GOP Future

Three rising GOP stars are launching a critique of a their own party, while offering a new way forward, in a tome that reads more like a case for a new GOP leadership team than a party agenda.

In "Young Guns: A New Generation of Conservative Leaders," Reps. Eric Cantor (R-VA), Paul Ryan (R-WI), and Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) rip the old ways of their own party while promising a new direction for the GOP.

Posted: Monday, August 30, 2010 - 4:10pm

McCain Challenger Signs New Campaign Manager

Former Tucson City Councilman Rodney Glassman (D) has hired veteran Democratic political operative Bill Romjue as his new campaign manager as he seeks to unseat Sen. John McCain (R) of Arizona.

The move to Romjue comes amid ongoing reports of internal turmoil within Glassman's campaign, which has included the departures since July of some top-level aides. Romjue succeeds outgoing campaign manager Patrick Mellody, who the campaign said today has left to pursue "other opportunities."

Posted: Monday, August 30, 2010 - 3:05pm

Technology and Education

Interested in the intersection of technology and education? Follow National Journal's education blog this week as experts discuss the potential benefits and challenges of using technology to improve classroom results.

Posted: Monday, August 30, 2010 - 2:32pm

Steele Trip Looks Like Re-Election Bid

RNC chair Michael Steele is earning some frequent flier miles to outlying US territories in a trip that looks more like his own re-election bid than it does an effort to gain ground for the GOP this Election Day.

Steele has made recent trips to the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, where a spokesman said he held 5 fundraisers over a weekend. Next month, Steele will head to Guam and the Northern Marianas Islands for fundraisers on behalf of GOP candidates, after a swing to AZ, CA and HI.

Posted: Monday, August 30, 2010 - 1:53pm

Cable Association Keeps Up Fight For Merger Conditions

Acting on behalf of the American Cable Association, former FCC chief economist William Rogerson made the case for imposing conditions on the pending $30 billion merger between Comcast and NBC Universal at a Thursday meeting with FCC officials. Without specific conditions, Rogerson argued, the merger will hamper competition resulting in higher programming fees for rivals and in turn, higher fees for consumers, a disclosure document filed with the commission states.

Posted: Monday, August 30, 2010 - 1:35pm

Murkowski Denied By Libertarian Party

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) will not be on the AK Libertarian Party ballot line this fall, according to the secretary of the party.

Murkowski, who is trailing GOP primary to challenger Joe Miller by 1,688 votes with about 23K ballots still to be counted, has reportedly been seeking another way onto the ballot this fall. The Libertarian Party was considered her best option.

Posted: Monday, August 30, 2010 - 1:13pm

Intel to Acquire Infineon Wireless for $1.4 Billion

Over webcast, technology giant Intel announced Monday that it would purchase the wireless business of Infineon, a German chip maker, for roughly $1.4 billion. "The deal aligns with the Internet connectivity pillar of Intel's computing strategy," the acquisition announcement states. As a growing number of devices were connecting to the Internet, Intel saw wireless connectivity's growth potential, Paul Otellini, head of Intel, told the New York Times. Intel expects the deal to close by the first quarter of 2011.

Posted: Monday, August 30, 2010 - 10:38am

Burr Going Up With First Ad

Updated, 12:02 p.m.

Sen. Richard Burr (R) is going up with the first ad of the North Carolina Senate race on Monday. The ad, which was provided to Hotline On Call is a positive spot and shows that the Burr campaign believes it is in the driver's seat in the against Secretary of State Elaine Marshall (D).

The ad has a down-home feel. "He's from down home North Carolina," the narrator says. "Home every weekend, listening, working for us."

Posted: Monday, August 30, 2010 - 8:40am