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O'Donnell: I'm Not A Witch

Republican Delaware Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell struck back at her critics on Tuesday, airing a television ad that declares, "I'm not a witch."The ad, the first of O'Donnell's general election campaign, directly takes on the myriad of odd public statements the Republican has made over th

Posted: Tuesday, October 5, 2010 - 12:00am

Feldstein, Krugman Agree: Another War Would Help

Two wars are not enough.America's economic outlook is so grim, and political solutions are so utterly absent, that only another large-scale war might be enough to lift the nation out of chronic high unemployment and slow growth, two prominent economists, a conservative and a liberal, said today.

Posted: Tuesday, October 5, 2010 - 12:00am

Kilroy, Minnick Top Half-Million Mark

Democrats are at risk of losing the House, but that isn't stopping some of the party's most targeted members from raising money - and lots of it.

Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy (D-Ohio), one of the most at-risk incumbents in the House, raised over $603,000 in the third quarter, according to a campaign adviser, well more than double her second-quarter fundraising performance. Much of the strong fundraising came even as she faced stories in national publications that questioned her chances of winning a second term.

Posted: Monday, October 4, 2010 - 4:24pm

Hotline Spotlight: First Monday In October

Rookie Justice Elena Kagan and her 8 colleagues begin the Supreme Court's '10 term facing a raft of social issue questions that could determine the potency -- or impotence -- of Pres. Obama's entire agenda.

-- The Court will rule on an extremist church's protests outside military funerals, which will dominate headlines. But watch the cases that will be a part of the national debate in future election cycles -- and we're not even talking about California's Prop. 8, which is all but guaranteed its day before the Roberts Court.

Posted: Monday, October 4, 2010 - 4:23pm

Twitter CEO Evan Williams Steps Down

The CEO of Twitter, Evan Williams, announced he will step down on Monday in order to shift his focus to product strategy. Twitter chief operating officer Dick Costolo will replace Williams as the new CEO effective today. "I am most satisfied while pushing product direction," Williams noted, citing the principle reason for letting Costolo take his spot. During his tenure at Twitter, Costolo has been "a critical leader in devising and executing our revenue efforts, while simultaneously and effectively making the trains run on time in the office," Williams wrote.

Posted: Monday, October 4, 2010 - 4:19pm

Facebook The Comic Book

If "The Social Network" didn't satisfy your hunger for Facebook-themed entertainment, try Facebook the comic book! In December, Bluewater productions will publish "Mark Zuckerberg: Creator of Facebook," a 48 page biographical comic book. The comic, written by Jerome Maida and penciled by Sal Field, will sell for $6.99. "This is a fascinating story," Maida said.

Posted: Monday, October 4, 2010 - 2:30pm

Clinton More Popular Than Obama In Illinois

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is viewed more favorably in Illinois than Pres. Obama, according to a new survey of the president's home state.

Clinton is the most popular politician in the state, according to the Suffolk University poll. The former presidential contender was viewed favorably by 61% of Illinois likely voters, while 32% viewed her unfavorably.

Obama was viewed favorably by 52% of respondents and unfavorably by 41%. Those numbers are higher than his national numbers, but suggest that even in Illinois, Obama's brand is struggling.

Posted: Monday, October 4, 2010 - 2:11pm

Self Funders Stumble With A Month To Go

Some self-funding candidates locked in tight races ran into trouble late last week when they stumbled into gaffes, scandals and past missteps that could be devastating for their chances of victory.

Posted: Monday, October 4, 2010 - 2:00pm

Coalition Urges Obama Not To Rush Review of Comcast-NBC Universal Merger

A coalition of public interest groups and private organizations sent President Obama a letter on Monday pressing the administration not to rush the regulatory review of the proposed $30 billion merger between Comcast and NBC Universal. "We urge your administration to ensure this unprecedented combination receives the scrutiny that it deserves," the letter concluded.

Posted: Monday, October 4, 2010 - 1:32pm

McMahon Hits Blumenthal On Vietnam Controversy

Former WWE CEO and Connecticut Senate contender Linda McMahon (R) has gone up with a hard-hitting ad that calls Attorney General Dick Blumenthal (D) a liar.

The ad focuses on the controversy -- first uncovered in May in a New York Times story -- that Blumenthal has claimed to have served in Vietnam but, in fact, didn't.

Posted: Monday, October 4, 2010 - 12:57pm