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Hotline Spotlight: Risky Business

The message voters are sending is clear: Anyone associated with DC is going to be punished, at least to some extent, this year. But Dems and GOPers recruiting outside the normal political channels have to remember that someone with a business background has enemies too.

Posted: Monday, August 9, 2010 - 1:44pm

CO GOV Primary Preview: Hickenlooper Rising

Just one month ago, the smart money in the CO GOV race was on ex-Rep. Scott McInnis (R-CO) beating Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper (D) in the general election and succeeding Gov. Bill Ritter (D) as the next governor of Colorado. McInnis was cruising to an easy victory over businessman Dan Maes (R) in the GOP primary and was ready to take advantage of Colorado's bellwether status to bring back the governor's mansion to the GOP.

Posted: Monday, August 9, 2010 - 11:59am

Don't Be Evil Google

With reports of a forthcoming deal between Google and Verizon on Internet traffic management, public interest and political groups are fighting back with a campaign to protect the openness of the Internet. Don't be evil Google, says a petition being circulated by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee in partnership with, Free Press and others. The coalition is calling upon Google to abandon the prospective deal with Verizon arguing that the deal, as it has been reported, would undermine net neutrality.

Posted: Monday, August 9, 2010 - 10:53am

Space To Grow

The idea that the effort to place people back on the moon might be sidelined with the proposed cancellation of NASA's Constellation program is disappointing. For many Americans who grew up in the 1960s and early 1970s and who were aware of the Apollo program, returning to the moon -- and eventually moving beyond -- seems like the natural thing to do. It feels strange we haven't been back. Despite the disappointment, those kids who dreamt of life beyond Earth can find solace in a drive to transform NASA's technology research efforts from what some view as a bureaucratic and

Posted: Monday, August 9, 2010 - 10:40am

Franken: Herseth Sandlin Will Vote For Pelosi

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi isn't exactly the most popular figure in most GOP-leaning House districts. Most GOP candidates are quick to say that their Dem counterparts will cast their first vote for Pelosi for Speaker if indeed Dems do return to the majority. And even some Dems, including Rep. Walt Minnick (D) and WV-01 nominee/state Sen. Mike Oliverio (D), have at times been circumspect about who'd they'd support for Speaker post-'10.

Posted: Monday, August 9, 2010 - 9:21am

FDA Tightens Reign on Social Media Practices

When pharmaceutical companies use the 'Facebook Share' application to promote their products, that information must comply with FDA regulations, the agency made clear recently. The FDA cracked down on Novartis, a multi-national pharmaceutical company, for misuse of the 'Facebook Share' widget on the company's American website for Tasigna, a medicine used to treat certain types of leukemia.

Posted: Monday, August 9, 2010 - 8:12am

Bennet, Romanoff Primary Going Down To The Wire

Appointed Sen. Michael Bennet (D) could become the third sitting senator to go down to defeat in a party primary tomorrow if former Colorado House Speaker Andrew Romanoff (D) manages to ride his late momentum to victory in the Colorado Democratic primary.

Posted: Monday, August 9, 2010 - 7:55am

What We Learned: GOP Primary Edition

Here's what we at The Hotline learned this week:

Posted: Sunday, August 8, 2010 - 8:39pm

McConnell, Paul Feisty At Fancy Farm

The 130th Fancy Farm picnic, the traditional kick-off to Kentucky's political season, is taking place this weekend - and with the high-profile Senate race, the event has attracted national attention and was broadcast live on C-SPAN for the first time.

Posted: Saturday, August 7, 2010 - 4:50pm

Previewing The Sunday Shows

Meet the Press hosts WH Energy Adviser Carol Browner, House Min. Leader John Boehner (OH), ex-Rep Harold Ford (D-TN), Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN), NBC's Andrea Mitchell and Vanity Fair's Todd Purdum.

Face the Nation hosts ex-Adm. Thad Allen, Family Research Council's Tony Perkins, Washington Post's Dan Balz, and CBS News correspondent Jan Crawford.

This Week hosts Iraq Gen. Ray Odierno, Lt. Gen. Peter Chiarelli, New Yorker's George Packer, Financial Times' Gillian Tett, Politico's John Harris and Michael Gershon.

Posted: Friday, August 6, 2010 - 5:40pm