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Taming The Tea Party? Insurgent Candidates Feted In Georgetown

The Tea Party came to town Tuesday night -- and headed right to the favorite precincts of Washington's power elite, hats in hand.

A swanky fundraiser in the heart of Georgetown salon country gave two GOP insurgents -- Nevada's Sharron Angle and Florida's Marco Rubio -- a chance to rub shoulders with some of the same Beltway types they've been eviscerating on the campaign trail.

Posted: Wednesday, October 6, 2010 - 9:01am

Poll: GOP Leads In 11 Of 12 Battleground House Races

New polls of a dozen House races featuring vulnerable first term Democratic incumbents show the GOP holding advantages in 11 of them, but not by the wide margins you might expect.

The GOP contender hasn't crossed 50% in any of the races. In some, however, Republicans are holding significant leads while in others, Democrats once thought to be finished are holding on.

Posted: Wednesday, October 6, 2010 - 8:21am

Starting Lineup: Losing The Base

Updated, 9:35 a.m.

Good Wednesday and welcome to the Starting Lineup. On the radar today: Florida Senate contenders face off; yet another feud in the Alaska Senate race, this time between the Palins and Joe Miller; NRSC hits Jack Conway in Kentucky; Liberal third party groups pull their support of some Democrats; and George Pataki raises his profile in New Hampshire.

Posted: Wednesday, October 6, 2010 - 8:11am

RNC Approves New Debt Spending

The Republican National Committee has approved a new $5 million line of credit, adding to an existing credit line that will ensure the party is deeply in debt after the midterm elections.

Posted: Wednesday, October 6, 2010 - 6:56am

Democrats' False Optimism

House Democrats have begun sounding an optimistic note that they will avoid a midterm wipeout as the base starts tuning in, campaigns engage, and President Obama travels the country reminding voters of the stakes.

Posted: Wednesday, October 6, 2010 - 6:00am

Tea Party Comes To Georgetown -- To Collect Money

The Tea Party came to town Tuesday night -- and headed right to the favorite precincts of Washington's power elite, hats in hand.A swanky fundraiser in the heart of Georgetown salon country gave two GOP insurgents -- Nevada's Sharron Angle and Florida's Marco Rubio -- a chance to rub shoulders wi

Posted: Wednesday, October 6, 2010 - 12:00am

Is The Best Advertising Her Advertising?

Chris Coons, the Democratic candidate opposing GOP It Girl Christine O'Donnell in Delaware's Senate race, is using her advertising to tout his campaign.Visitors to the Coons campaign website this morning were greeted by the above image of O'Donnell and an embedded video of her much-talked-abou

Posted: Wednesday, October 6, 2010 - 12:00am

A Squandered September For Democrats

A little over nine months ago I was sitting down with a prominent Democratic pollster, talking about all that had transpired over 2009 and looking ahead to the midterm election. The experienced campaign strategist was very pessimistic.There was little he had seen that he had liked over the past y

Posted: Wednesday, October 6, 2010 - 12:00am

Obama Job Training Program Draws Praise, Skepticism

The White House's new industry-led job training program is drawing praise from workforce experts for its emphasis on community colleges and industry partnerships, but the program is unlikely to reduce high unemployment in the short term.The initiative -- announced Monday at a White House event

Posted: Wednesday, October 6, 2010 - 12:00am

Geithner Criticizes Currency Manipulation

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner pressed emerging economies today to adopt flexible currency policies in order to prevent inflation, deflate asset bubbles, and advance global financial progress.Although he was careful not to mention China directly, Geithner's comments clearly addressed concern

Posted: Wednesday, October 6, 2010 - 12:00am