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Personal Scandals Dominating Key Races

Scandals are playing a big role in a handful of key races this year, forcing campaigns to divert attention away from the economy and toward answering potentially embarrassing questions.

Posted: Thursday, October 14, 2010 - 1:47pm

Chamber-Club For Growth Showdown In Arizona

There is a showdown brewing between two of the largest conservative third party groups -- the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Club for Growth.

On Wednesday, the Chamber backed Rep. Harry Mitchell (D-AZ) in his rematch against Republican David Schweikert -- the first time this cycle that the Chamber has endorsed a Democrat who voted for health care reform.

The Club for Growth has endorsed Schweikert, in a race that has become a major priority for Republicans and many conservatives.

Posted: Thursday, October 14, 2010 - 12:30pm

Telecom Community Gathers For Public Knowledge Awards

Scads of technology and telecommunications professionals gathered on Capitol Hill Wednesday evening for the seventh annual Public Knowledge IP3 awards ceremony. The IP3 awards recognize individuals who have advanced the public interest in information policy, Internet protocol and Internet Policy. Pamela Samuelson, professor at UC Berkeley's Law School and School of Information, took home the Information Policy prize.

Posted: Thursday, October 14, 2010 - 11:46am

NRSC Upping The Ante In Pennsylvania

The NRSC is upping its ad buys in Pennsylvania, doubling what it plans to spend there in the next few weeks before Election Day.

The move is a sign that Senate race is tightening and both parties are heavily committed to the race financially.

The NRSC had originally planned to spend $1.7M statewide on air time. It is now planning $3.4M, according to committee sources. That's the same amount that the DSCC is planning to spend on air time in the next two weeks.

Posted: Thursday, October 14, 2010 - 10:34am

How The Tea Party Might Help Net Neutrality

At first blush, tea party members would appear to be uniformly opposed to increased government regulation in any sector of the economy. But some leaders are open to narrow legislation that would codify principles to preserve an open Internet, CongressDaily reported. To be clear, there is no enthusiasm for Internet regulation among the tea party and its key affiliates.

Posted: Thursday, October 14, 2010 - 9:26am

Defense, Homeland Security Reach Cybersecurity Compromise

The heads of the Defense and Homeland Security departments on Wednesday formally agreed to coordinate on cybersecurity in a newly established office, amid a debate over whether the Pentagon, Homeland Security or the White House should have chief responsibility for protecting information networks, Nextgov.com reported. Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano issued a memorandum of agreement outlining the personnel, tools and facilities the two departments will share to improve collaboration on cyber activities.

Posted: Thursday, October 14, 2010 - 8:49am

Starting Lineup: Reid Gets Ready To Rumble

Good Thursday morning and welcome to the Starting Lineup. On the radar: Harry Reid finally gets his shot at Sharron Angle; NRCC sets a fundraising record and targets Gene Taylor for the first time; DNC goes up with a new ad targeting young voters; the growing cell phone gap in polling; Richard Blumenthal opens a lead in Connecticut; Michael Bennet gets help from the NEA and the First Lady and Steve Driehaus drills the DCCC.

Posted: Thursday, October 14, 2010 - 7:37am

O'Donnell Tries To Stay On Offense In Debate

Barbs flew Wednesday night in the first Delaware Senate debate between nominees Chris Coons (D) and Christine O'Donnell (R). Borrowing from one of Coons's fallback remarks of the night: "There's just so much to respond to -- a minute may not be enough."

Posted: Thursday, October 14, 2010 - 6:25am

The DNC's Risky Surge Strategy

Updated at 12:49 p.m.

Barack Obama broke new ground in 2008 by winning states that were long considered out of reach for Democratic candidates, and he did so by substantially broadening the electorate.

Just two years later, some Democratic strategists worry that the electorate is reverting to normal size, and that the White House is pursuing a misguided election strategy that threatens many of the House and Senate Democrats swept into office along with the new president.

Posted: Thursday, October 14, 2010 - 6:00am

Negotiations With Taliban Near Reality

Updated at 8:55 a.m .KABUL, Afghanistan -- The senior Afghan officials leading the country's new peace council said they believed the Taliban were ready for direct negotiations and reiterated an offer of safe passage for militant leaders willing to meet with representatives of the Afghan governm

Posted: Thursday, October 14, 2010 - 12:00am