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American Crossroads Targets Bennet, Carnahan In New Ads

The conservative group American Crossroads is going up with two new ads on Wednesday targeting the Democratic contenders in the Missouri and Colorado Senate races.

The ads show two different strategies for attacking Democrats this year.

The Missouri spot seeks to strongly tie Robin Carnahan to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Pres. Obama.

"They have failed Missouri and Robin Carnahan is one of them," the ad's narrator says as photos of the Carnahan, Pelosi, Reid and Obama are shown.

Posted: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - 12:58pm

Next Electoral Target For Tea Party: Democrats

Christine O'Donnell's GOP primary upset in Delaware on Tuesday is just one more feather in the caps of Tea Party activists, who now boast a handful of Senate candidates in November.

O'Donnell's victory comes at the expense of 9-term Rep. Mike Castle, who, until last week, was the presumed shoo-in to fill Vice President Joe Biden's former seat. Such an upset has become almost mundane for Tea Partiers, who celebrated a similar win last month when dark horse Joe Miller defeated incumbent Lisa Murkowski in the Alaska Senate race.

Posted: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - 12:50pm

Bill Would Freeze New Cell Phone Taxes

A House Judiciary subcommittee approved legislation Wednesday that would place a five-year moratorium on any new state or local taxes and fees on wireless services. Current local, state and federal taxes on wireless devices total on average more than 15 percent compared with 7 percent for most other taxable goods and services, according to Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., the bill's sponsor. However, the bill, approved by voice vote by the Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee, would not affect current state or local taxes on cell phones or other wireless devices.

Posted: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - 12:15pm

NRSC Transfers $42K To O'Donnell

Seeking to tamp down speculation that it isn't supporting Christine O'Donnell (R), the NRSC said Wednesday that it will contribute the maximum amount allowable to her campaign.

In a statement, Cornyn said the NRSC is cutting a $42K check for O'Donnell and that the committee is standing behind her.

"I reached out to Christine this morning, and as I have conveyed to all of our nominees, I offered her my personal congratulations and let her know that she has our support," Cornyn said.

Posted: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - 11:52am

Debate Rages Over Public Safety Network

National Journal reporter David Hatch writes in Wednesday's CongressDaily that as the nation approaches the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, debate continues to rage over the design of a cutting-edge communications network for first responders that's urgently needed before the next tragedy. That fateful day exposed dangerous lapses in the ability of first responders to communicate across agencies and jurisdictions in a crisis -- glitches that have not been fully corrected nearly a decade later.

Posted: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - 11:22am

EXCLUSIVE: Senate Commerce Planning Sept. 23 Hearing on Spectrum Proposal

The Senate Commerce Committee plans to announce a Sept. 23 hearing on legislation sponsored by Chairman John (Jay) Rockefeller that would provide first responders with an additional 10 megahertz of spectrum to construct a nationwide emergency communications network, government and industry sources said. The frequencies - known as the D-block - are adjacent to 10 MHz that public safety groups already control. But moving the bill in the next few weeks would require the backing of key members, including Senate Commerce ranking member Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas.

Posted: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - 11:13am

EU Project To Boost Computing Power

The European Union this week launched a new project aimed at giving European researchers more computing power to help tackle a broad range of complex issues from the environment to energy to health. The European Grid Infrastructure project, announced Tuesday, will give EU researchers "sustainable and continuous" access to more than 200,000 desktop computers in more than 30 European countries, according to statement from the European Commission, the EU's regulatory arm.

Posted: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - 10:39am

The Death of a Moderate: How O'Donnell won

How did Christine O'Donnell go from being a weak third place finisher in the '06 Delaware Republican Senate primary to slaying the party's top vote getter, Rep. Mike Castle, and becoming the GOP 2010 Senate nominee today? An analysis of the returns from the state's 41 state representative districts shows that O'Donnell did it by winning working class towns and suburbs, the fastest growing parts of the state, and Delaware's reliably conservative turf in Kent and Sussex Counties.

Posted: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - 10:37am

Did Castle's GOP Allies Let Him Down?

Did the Republican establishment unwittingly play a role in handing the Delaware Senate primary to Christine O'Donnell?

Posted: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - 8:52am

Palin Primary Scorecard: Big Wins So Far

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) had one of her best primary nights this cycle on Tuesday night.

Palin had 5 grizzlies in primaries Tuesday and, at this point, it looks like at least three of her candidates have won. A fourth -- Kelly Ayotte (R) -- is holding on to a narrow lead in the New Hampshire Senate Republican primary.

Posted: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - 8:26am