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Manchin Will Run For Senate

WV Gov. Joe Manchin (D) will run in a special election this year to replace the late Sen. Robert Byrd, he announced in a press conference Tuesday morning.

Manchin made his decision on Sunday while spending the day with his children, he said. Serving in the Senate would help him achieve his goal "to put myself in any positon I could to help the people of West Virginia."

"I will represent the people of West Virginia every day," he said.

Posted: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 10:20am

Broadcasters Dispute Need For Retransmission Overhaul

The nation's top broadcasters wrote two lawmakers this week voicing concern about their call for changes to the process for providing broadcast programming to cable providers. Executives from ABC, CBS, Fox television, NBC and Univision as well as the National Association of Broadcasters wrote Reps. Steve Israel, D-N.Y.

Posted: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 10:15am

Dems Gain Generic Edge After Reform Bill

Dems jumped to their first significant advantage in the generic Congressional ballot all year after passing a major overhaul of regulations governing financial institutions, giving the party hope that their agenda is attracting voters.

Dems lead the generic ballot by a 49%-43% margin after leading by a 47%-46% margin in last week's poll. That improvement has been fueled by independent voters, who now favor a generic GOP candidate by a 43%-39% margin. Last week, independents favored GOPers by a 14-point margin; 2 weeks ago, GOPers enjoyed an 18-point edge.

Posted: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 9:44am

Dem Rejects Tea Party Backing

Rep. Walt Minnick (D-ID) has rejected an endorsement from the Tea Party Express after one of the group's leaders attacked the NAACP, according to a letter sent to the group Monday.

Minnick has been the only Dem endorsed by the Tea Party Express, the advocacy group that has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in advocating for conservative candidates in key races around the country. But after co-chairman Mark Williams wrote an imaginary letter from freed slaves to Abraham Lincoln bashing the NAACP, Minnick shunned the group.

Posted: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 9:00am

Tuesday's Starting Lineup

Good Tuesday morning. GA voters are voting, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today. Stay with Hotline OnCall for full results and analysis of key GOV, House and SEN primaries all night long.

Here's today's Starting Lineup, previewing the people who will make a difference in politics today:

JOE MANCHIN: The WV state legislature reached agreement last night on a special election to fill the late Sen. Robert Byrd's seat, with a primary slated for Aug. 28 and a general election to be held on Nov. 2. Today, the WV governor will announce his intentions for the seat.

Posted: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 7:43am

Republicans' Senate Hopes Still Slim

With the conventional wisdom saying that Democrats' House majority is in grave danger -- in my mind, more likely than not to fall -- many have started suggesting that Republicans may capture control of the Senate.A year and a half ago, it seemed impossible that Republicans would take back the Sen

Posted: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 12:00am

Inspector General: Tax E-file System Is Not Error-Free

Security vulnerabilities in the Internal Revenue Service's electronic tax filing system persist, according to a new report from the inspector general, despite previous claims from the agency that those weaknesses had been fixed. The IRS reported in December 2008 that it resolved 10 of 13 previously identified security vulnerabilities in its Modernized e-File system, but the agency conducted routine system tests in January 2010 that showed only two of the problems were eliminated.

Posted: Monday, July 19, 2010 - 4:27pm

Palin Backing Ayotte In NH SEN

Ex-AK Gov. Sarah Palin (R) has identified another "mama grizzly," and has thrown her support behind ex-AG Kelly Ayotte (R) in the race to succeed NH Sen. Judd Gregg (R).

In a post on her Facebook page earlier this afternoon, Palin praised Ayotte's work as AG. "It's my honor to endorse a Granite State 'mama grizzly' who has broken barriers, fought off and locked up criminals, and battled all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court," wrote Palin. "Kelly is the strongest commonsense conservative who can win in the fall."

Posted: Monday, July 19, 2010 - 4:09pm

GA GOV Preview: Barnes May Avoid Runoff, But GOPers Won't

There are two dominant questions entering the 7/20 GA-GOV primary: which two GOPers will clinch a spot in the runoff, and will ex-Gov. Roy Barnes (D) avoid a runoff altogether?

Posted: Monday, July 19, 2010 - 3:41pm

Password Practices

Cybersecurity in government has been a punching bag for years. Most experts agree it's pretty bad -- scary bad. But when it comes to passwords, federal managers are more careful than their private sector counterparts. In a recent cybersecurity survey conducted by the Government Business Council, a Nextgov sister organization at Atlantic Media, about three-quarters of respondents said they always develop unique personal passwords. Continue reading.

Posted: Monday, July 19, 2010 - 1:21pm