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Christie Wins Virginia Tea Party Straw Poll

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Saturday won a '12 presidential straw poll taken at the Virginia Tea Party Patriots Convention in Richmond. Christie received 14% of the votes, narrowly upending Tea Party favorites Sarah Palin (R-AK) (13.5%) and Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) (12.5%).

Posted: Saturday, October 9, 2010 - 7:00pm

Allen Won't Rule Out '12 Senate Bid

Former Sen. George Allen (R-VA) told reporters Saturday that a '12 Senate bid is not off the table, but that his priority is with the ongoing midterms.

Posted: Saturday, October 9, 2010 - 5:50pm

Paul Says '12 Run Depends On Fall Of U.S. Dollar

Texas Rep. Ron Paul (R) told reporters Saturday that the bulk of the economic crisis is yet to come, and that a White House '12 bid largely hinges on his anticipated fall of the U.S. dollar.

Posted: Saturday, October 9, 2010 - 3:51pm

Week Ahead in Tech and Telecom

Tuesday The Free State Foundation will host a policy luncheon to consider Congress's various ides for legislation clarifying the FCC's authority to regulate broadband. Featured speakers include Neil Freed, senior counsel of the House Energy and Commerce Committee; David Quinalty, Senate Commerce Committee staffer; Daniel Sepulveda, senior adviser to Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., and Bruce Wolpe, senior advisor at the House Energy and Commerce Committee. The Aspen Institute hosts a noon roundtable discussion on transforming teaching through technology.

Posted: Friday, October 8, 2010 - 7:45pm

McDonnell Says States Should Have Power To Overturn Federal Legislation

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) thrilled the crowd at the Virginia Tea Party Convention in Richmond Friday when he backed the idea of a constitutional amendment that would authorize states to repeal federal legislation if two-thirds of the states agree.

Posted: Friday, October 8, 2010 - 5:00pm

Locke Meets With Silicon Valley CEOs

Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke met with a raft of Silicon Valley executives in Northern California Friday to discuss steps the administration has taken to grow the economy and create jobs. Lock and the business leaders will also talk about the innovation economy, cyber security issues, and the national export initiative, according to a department spokesperson. "This is also an opportunity for the business community to bring to the table their ideas on strengthening the economy and job creation," the spokesperson added. The meeting was closed press.

Posted: Friday, October 8, 2010 - 4:00pm

Previewing The Sunday Shows

This Sunday, the Senate will be the focus of "Meet the Press" and "This Week." "MTP" will host the Illinois Senate debate between Democrat Alexi Giannoulias and Republican Rep. Mark Kirk. While, "This Week" turns it's attention to the Connecticut Senate race with nominees Linda McMahon (R) and Richard Blumenthal (D). CNN discusses the Democratic strategy with DCCC Chair Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) on "State of the Union," while over on FOX News, House Min. Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) and Rep.

Posted: Friday, October 8, 2010 - 3:06pm

Companies Defend Their Online Privacy Protections

A host of major American companies that operate websites have defended their online privacy practices in letters to Congress, saying their consumer protections are robust while asserting that some collection of information is essential to their business model. "In order to continue to provide our audience of over 20 million users with free content, we are required to run advertising," John Morse, president and publisher of the Merriam-Webster dictionary, wrote to Rep.

Posted: Friday, October 8, 2010 - 2:59pm

Obama Signs Bill That Modernizes Disability Accessibility Requirements Into Law

President Obama signed the 21st Century Communication and Video Accessibility Act into law Friday afternoon. "The bill I'm signing into law today will make it easier for people who are deaf, blind, or live with visual impairments to do what many of us take for granted," Obama said. "I'm proud to sign this bill." The legislation modernizes disability accessibility requirements in the Communications Act, updating existing mandates as TV and phone services connect via the Internet and use new digital and broadband technologies.

Posted: Friday, October 8, 2010 - 2:30pm

DSCC Moving Money Out of Missouri

The DSCC is moving TV ad money out of Missouri, a sign that the Senate race may be moving beyond Democrats' grasp.

Four Republican sources who monitor media buying and three Missouri TV stations have confirmed to Hotline On Call that the DSCC has canceled reservations from Oct. 11 to Oct. 25. The DSCC still has reservations in Missouri for the last week before Election Day.

"Yes, the weeks of Oct. 12 and Oct. 19 have been canceled for the DSCC in our station," Sean Kellerman of WDAF, the Kansas City, MO, FOX affiliate, said.

Posted: Friday, October 8, 2010 - 1:33pm