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Defense seeks to expand ID cards for use at transit systems, ATMs

The Defense Department has launched an ambitious project to transform its electronic identification card into an electronic wallet that eventually could be used as a transit card, a debit card and an ATM card, reported. Bob Gilson, customer development branch chief at the Defense Manpower Data Center, who is spearheading the project, said the new type of card could go government wide. All federal agencies use roughly the same type of electronic ID badges, mandated by Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12, issued by then-President George W. Bush in June 2004.

Posted: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 9:41am

Crossroads Upping Fundraising Goal

American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS, the affiliated outside organizations that have already spent millions of dollars on the midterm elections on behalf of Republican candidates and drawn the ire of Pres. Obama in the process, are blowing through their fundraising goals and planning new assaults on Democratic candidates in coming weeks.

The groups have raised $56M to this point, a spokesman tells Hotline On Call. That amount is already well above their initial $50M goal.

Posted: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 9:27am

SEIU Coming To Hare's Defense

The SEIU is coming to Rep. Phil Hare's (D-IL) defense, launching a radio and TV ad in his district on Wednesday.

The ads, obtained by Hotline On Call, attack restaurateur Bobby Schilling (R) on outsourcing -- the left's go to attack line on the economy this cycle.

The spots are significant because they show that labor is carefully picking its races this year. Unions readily admit they are going to be outspent by conservative third party groups, but they still plan to play a large role in selected races.

Posted: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 9:26am

Starting Lineup: NRSC Tries To Shut The Door In PA

Good Wednesday morning and welcome to the Starting Lineup. On the radar today: The NRSC blitzes Joe Sestak in PA; Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman get personal; Christine O'Donnell and Chris Coons set to square off; rumors swirl in Florida; Lisa Murkowski makes her write-in bid official; Dems breaking with Nancy Pelosi; and Joe Biden tosses cold water on an Obama-Clinton '12 ticket.

Posted: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 8:03am

Crossroads Launches Another $4M In Senate Ads

The conservative American Crossroads group has purchased another $3.7M in TV ads in six Senate races this week, according to their FEC filings.

Along with its nonprofit arm, Crossroads GOP, the group is targeting Colorado, Missouri, Nevada, Illinois, Kentucky and Florida -- all states where it has already invested significantly.

The ad buys underscore the sizable influence of Crossroads this year.

Posted: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 7:55am

The Real Story On Campaign Money

In the final weeks before the midterm elections, President Obama has adopted an inside-baseball closing argument against Republicans: campaign finance. Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and the Democratic National Committee have now publicly gone after the Chamber of Commerce and other third-party groups backing Republicans, accusing them of buying the election and blasting them for not disclosing their donors.

Posted: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 7:31am

Triage Time for Democrats

In a perverse way, the job has gotten simpler for Democrats. Rather than having to try to do two very different things, they can focus on just one.Efforts to persuade independents, that pivotal bloc of as many as 40 percent of all voters who helped Democrats rack up big wins in 2006 and 2008, hav

Posted: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 12:00am

Facebook Rolls Out New Security Measures

Facebook announced new security controls Tuesday, including allowing the social networking site's account holders to use one-time passwords. The one-time-only password will allow users to access their Facebook accounts more securely from a public computer such as one at a hotel or cyber café, Facebook Product Manager Jake Brill said in a blog post. "If you have any concerns about security of the computer you're using while accessing Facebook, we can text you a one-time password to use instead of your regular password," he wrote.

Posted: Tuesday, October 12, 2010 - 8:13pm

DCCC Cuts Ad Buys In 6 Districts

The DCCC formalized its triage operation on Tuesday, moving money out of battleground races where it looks like Republicans have already marshaled significant leads.

In six districts -- three open seats previously held by Democrats and three with Democratic incumbents -- the DCCC has canceled its ad buys for the remainder of the cycle, according to sources in the party. The cancellations are the clearest sign yet that the Democrats view these seats as out of reach.

Posted: Tuesday, October 12, 2010 - 4:49pm

Absent Action, FCC Must Auction D-Block, Aides Say

Key congressional staffers said Tuesday that if Congress fails to act on legislation that would give a chunk of spectrum being sought by public safety officials for a national broadband interoperable public safety network, the FCC is required to auction the spectrum under current law. During a forum on broadband regulation, Daniel Sepulveda, a senior adviser to Senate Commerce Communications Subcommittee Chairman John Kerry, D-Mass., said he did not think Congress will act on the issue during its post-election lame duck session expected to take place in mid-November.

Posted: Tuesday, October 12, 2010 - 4:28pm