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Sestak Plays Trump Card

It's the ad Pennsylvania Democrats have been waiting for.

U.S. Sen. candidate Joe Sestak (D) on Tuesday finally unveiled a TV spot that that ties Republican opponent Pat Toomey to Rick Santorum, the state's former GOP senator who lost his '06 re-election bid in a landslide to Sen. Bob Casey (D).

Posted: Wednesday, October 6, 2010 - 4:30pm

Nathan Deal's Path To Victory In GA GOV

Welcome back to Hotline On Call's Path To Victory feature, where we take a close look at some of the marquee races this year. On Monday, we examined how former Gov. Roy Barnes' (D) plans to return to the Georgia governor's mansion this year.

Posted: Wednesday, October 6, 2010 - 4:08pm

GAO: Administration Slow To Implement Cybersecurity Report

The GAO said Wednesday that the White House has made slow progress in fully implementing a set of recommendations included in a cybersecurity review released by the Obama administration in May 2009. The GAO report says the White House has fully implemented only two of the 24 recommendations in the 2009 report, while 22 have been partially implemented. The two that have been implemented called for appointing a cybersecurity coordinator within the National Security Council and a privacy and civil liberties official.

Posted: Wednesday, October 6, 2010 - 4:01pm

The FCC Slams the Phoenix Center

The FCC slammed the Phoenix Center on Wednesday for releasing a paper that claims the FCC's regulatory agenda will harm new job creation. The commission's Paul deSa wrote a scathing blog post calling the Phoenix paper a "frothy mix of algebra and math jargon," that, he sarcastically notes, is anything but obvious to understand. DeSa is the chief of the Office of Strategic Planning. The commission took on the report's primary assertion head on saying a better title would have been "23 pages of Theory Actually Says Nothing at All About the Practical Effect of FCC's Agenda on New Job

Posted: Wednesday, October 6, 2010 - 3:44pm

Club For Growth Targets Spratt With First House Ad

The conservative Club For Growth waded into a House race for the first time since primary season on Wednesday, targeting Rep. John Spratt with a TV ad.

The ad - the Club's first in a general election race -- is an example of yet another conservative third party group airing ads in House races this year. This ad is particularly striking, however, because the Club is targeting the House Budget Committee chairman, a member of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-CA) leadership team.

Posted: Wednesday, October 6, 2010 - 3:22pm

Group: Merger Should Include Public Affairs Programming Support

A union representing online, film and television writers Wednesday called on federal regulators if they approve the proposed merger of Comcast and NBC Universal to require the combine company to donate at least $10 million a year for a decade to support public affairs programming on television and online. In a letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, the Writers Guild of America East said it hopes the commission and the Justice Department will block the proposed merger.

Posted: Wednesday, October 6, 2010 - 3:16pm

Are You A Good Nominee, Or A Bad Nominee?

Sen. nominee Christine O'Donnell (R-DE) might want to click her heels three times and change some voters' minds: new poll results have her badly trailing Democratic nominee Chris Coons. The poll of likely voters, conducted from Sept. 26 to Oct. 3 by Farleigh Dickinson University, has him up 53% to 36% with a margin of error of +/- 3.5 percentage points.

Posted: Wednesday, October 6, 2010 - 2:24pm

Ross To Leave Copyright Alliance

The Copyright Alliance announced Wednesday that its executive director, Patrick Ross, is stepping down from his post to return to a full-time writing career. Ross has served as the group's chief since its launch in May 2007. Prior to that, he spent a decade as a journalist, working most of that time for Communications Daily and its sister publication Washington Internet Daily. Ross will stay on in his current post while the alliance searches for a successor.

Posted: Wednesday, October 6, 2010 - 2:11pm

The Left Strikes Back: NEA Launches $15M Ad Campaign

It looks like some Democrats might finally be getting some serious help from third party groups. The National Education Association announced Wednesday that it is launching a $15M campaign for the run up to Election Day.

The effort will be welcome among Democrats, many of whom have seen conservative third party groups air ads in their races. The NEA is planning TV ads and mailings in House and Senate races, urging voters to support "pro-public education candidates."

Posted: Wednesday, October 6, 2010 - 1:22pm

CDT: Meritless Take-Down Notices Could Chill Online Free Speech

A new report released Wednesday from the Center for Democracy and Technology argues that "meritless" calls to take down online campaign ads because they allegedly infringe copyrights are stifling online free speech. CDT examined a dozen cases in which YouTube and other online sites were sent notices demanding that online videos be taken down because they allegedly infringed the senders' copyrighted material. CDT claimed in its report that all 12 cases it examined involved short clips of copyrighted works that are covered under the U.S.

Posted: Wednesday, October 6, 2010 - 12:34pm