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Is Angle Surging?

Former Nevada Assemblywoman Sharron Angle (R) has had what appeared to be a bad few weeks. Her pastor -- or former pastor, depending on whom you believe -- insulted Mormons, a group that accounts for 1 out of 4 of Nevada's GOP electorate and her opponent. At a recent rally, Angle agreed with an audience member that Sharia law is taking hold in towns in the U.S.

Posted: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 2:13pm

Genachowski Touts 'Bill Shock' Proposal

As part of a new consumer empowerment agenda, the FCC will propose new rules on Thursday to tamp down on mobile phone companies' confusing billing practices that result in unexpected charges for consumers, the agency announced on Wednesday. The commission's "bill shock" proposal would require mobile companies to send customers alerts before and when they exceed their plan limits resulting in increased charges. The FCC also is exploring the idea of whether all carriers should have to offer the option of capping usage based on limits set by the customer.

Posted: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 2:01pm

Races To Know: Vulnerable Veterans

In this political environment, are three-decade veterans in Congress vulnerable because of, and not despite, their time in Washington? Nervous Democrats are cognizant that many long-term incumbents up for re-election in '94 ultimately fell, including 42-year Democratic Rep. Jack Brooks of Texas, who chaired the Judiciary Committee and outspent his GOP opponent four to one.

Posted: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 1:45pm

Groups Aim To Make Privacy A Campaign Issue

Privacy groups are stepping into the political fray by urging their supporters to press candidates to state where they stand on key civil liberties, consumer protection and privacy issues. The Electronic Privacy Information Center and other groups Wednesday launched the Privacy 2010 campaign that provides a list of 10 questions that can be posed to candidates for offices at all levels of government for this fall's midterm elections. The list includes whether candidates oppose the federal government's plan to install body scanners in U.S.

Posted: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 1:07pm

DCCC Spends $6.3M On Ads, Targets Sleeper Race

The DCCC has invested $6.3M on TV ads this week, including a few large media buys in districts that were once believed to be sure pickups for the GOP this year.

The total is the most the DCCC has spent in one week on ad buys so far, and it is also spending in the most districts -- 38 this week.

Posted: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 12:14pm

Stakeholders Take Predictable Stands In Open Net Comments

Stakeholders involved in the debate over the FCC's proposed open Internet rules appear to be lining up along predictable lines on whether net neutrality rules should apply to wireless and specialized broadband services. Several groups filed comments this week with the FCC, which is seeking input on whether wireless broadband and specialized services should be exempted from proposed rules that would bar broadband providers from discriminating against Internet content. The deadline for initial comments was Tuesday and reply comments are due by Nov. 4.

Posted: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 11:36am

Races To Know: IL SEN and NV GOV

IL SEN: There is no Senate race more important to the White House than this one between Democratic state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias and GOP Rep. Mark Kirk. The White House's interest is obvious: this is Pres. Obama's Senate seat and Democrats appreciate the symbolism of losing it. And, so do Republicans. NRSC chair John Cornyn (R-TX) goes as far as to call it a trophy seat. It's not a surprise that national Democrats are pulling out all the stops for Giannoulias, including two appearances -- so far -- by the President.

Posted: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 10:49am

Defense seeks to expand ID cards for use at transit systems, ATMs

The Defense Department has launched an ambitious project to transform its electronic identification card into an electronic wallet that eventually could be used as a transit card, a debit card and an ATM card, reported. Bob Gilson, customer development branch chief at the Defense Manpower Data Center, who is spearheading the project, said the new type of card could go government wide. All federal agencies use roughly the same type of electronic ID badges, mandated by Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12, issued by then-President George W. Bush in June 2004.

Posted: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 9:41am

Crossroads Upping Fundraising Goal

American Crossroads and Crossroads GPS, the affiliated outside organizations that have already spent millions of dollars on the midterm elections on behalf of Republican candidates and drawn the ire of Pres. Obama in the process, are blowing through their fundraising goals and planning new assaults on Democratic candidates in coming weeks.

The groups have raised $56M to this point, a spokesman tells Hotline On Call. That amount is already well above their initial $50M goal.

Posted: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 9:27am

SEIU Coming To Hare's Defense

The SEIU is coming to Rep. Phil Hare's (D-IL) defense, launching a radio and TV ad in his district on Wednesday.

The ads, obtained by Hotline On Call, attack restaurateur Bobby Schilling (R) on outsourcing -- the left's go to attack line on the economy this cycle.

The spots are significant because they show that labor is carefully picking its races this year. Unions readily admit they are going to be outspent by conservative third party groups, but they still plan to play a large role in selected races.

Posted: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 9:26am