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Most Domestic Intel Centers Lack Privacy Plans

The majority of state and local counterterrorism centers across the country do not have federally approved plans to ensure they are protecting the privacy rights and civil liberties of U.S. citizens, raising concerns among privacy advocates that they lack proper oversight, CongressDaily reported. The issue reveals the tension between government efforts to collect and analyze intelligence inside the United States in order to prevent terrorist attacks and fears that innocent Americans and law-abiding groups are being improperly spied upon. After the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the U.S.

Posted: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 8:16am

NRSC Hits Giannoulias On Taxes

The National Republican Senatorial Committee is going back to the GOP's bread and butter attack line in an new Illinois Senate ad: Taxes.

The committee is airing a new ad using Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias's (D) words against him. "Alexi Giannoulias has a message for Illinois," the narrator says before a clip of Giannoulias rolls. "We need an income tax increase," Giannoulias says.

Posted: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 7:30am

Starting Lineup: Obama Batting For Boxer

Good Tuesday morning and welcome back to the Starting Lineup. We are two weeks from Election Day and here's what's on the radar: the DCCC pulls back in Philly; the DGA doubles down on Florida; it's elitism versus extremism in the Nevada Senate race; few signs of a Ted Strickland comeback in new polling; Giannoulias looks to strike; and a rough morning for Alaska's Joe Miller.

Posted: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 7:18am

McCain Denies 'Stimulus Hypocrisy' Accusation

Sen. John McCain denied allegations today that he publicly opposed President Obama's stimulus plan, but then went on to quietly request funds.A report released on Monday by the Center for Public Integrity, a nonpartisan investigative reporting group, found that "scores" of leading members of Co

Posted: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 12:00am

House Race Rankings

Posted: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 12:00am

The Third Wave In A Row

Republicans had a tsunami phase, then Democrats had a natural tightening, and now things have stabilized in the Newton's Laws of Motion-phase, where for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. One state might be improving for Democrats, another for Republicans, but they seem to net ou

Posted: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 12:00am

O'Donnell Questions Whether First Amendment Separates Church and State

Delaware Republican Christine O'Donnell questioned today whether the Constitution mandates a wall between church and state, another surprising remark from the tea-party-backed Senate candidate whose critics have sought to portray her as a fringe thinker.In a WDEL radio debate at Widener Universit

Posted: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 12:00am

Minority Voters Say Race Is Still a Big Issue

A new national survey shows that minorities are no more optimistic about race, even with an African-American president.The report published this afternoon by the Mobilization, Change, and Political Civic Engagement Project at the University of Chicago finds that despite hopes that the election of

Posted: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 12:00am

NAACP Gets Tea Bag Scare

The NAACP announced on Monday that it would soon be releasing an extensive report detailing links between the tea party movement and various extremist and white supremacist groups.A few hours later, the group's Washington offices were evacuated because of a suspicious package. The FBI found that

Posted: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 12:00am

No Biden-Clinton Swap in the Works, Obama Says

President Obama discussed the future of his presidency in a wide-ranging interview today with National Journal. (Photo/Richard A. Bloom) President Obama signaled today that he will seek reelection and dismissed as "completely unfounded" reports that he might replace Vice President Joe Biden

Posted: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 12:00am