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Obama, Islam And The "Other"

The number of Americans who believe Pres. Obama is a Muslim is on the rise, according to a new survey from the Pew Research Center. It is the latest indication that, though he is arguably the most famous person in the world, Obama remains very much undefined -- especially among those who are predisposed to dislike him based on his party affiliation.

Posted: Friday, August 20, 2010 - 9:18am

DSCC Planning Ads For Carnahan, Conway

The DSCC has reserved air time in October for KY and MO SEN, sources tell Hotline On Call. The committee is planning to spend $4M in MO for a statewide broadcast ad and $1.3M in KY for a statewide ad campaign. 

Posted: Friday, August 20, 2010 - 8:00am

Friday Starting Lineup

Good Friday morning. Hope you have some good plans lined up for the weekend. Here is what we are watching today: Grayson in some trouble, Dems hope to capitalize on Rivera, Blunt in crisis control and Gonzo weighs in on the 14th Amendment.

Alan Grayson: Ruh roh. The FL DEM flame thrower may be in some hot water following a report that he allegedly intervened in an OSHA investigation into the death of a SeaWorld killer whale trainer. Grayson acknowledged he contacted OSHA to the Orlando Sentinel, but didn't say much else.

Posted: Friday, August 20, 2010 - 7:24am

Third Parties Not Welcome In PA

The general election in PA will be a strictly bipartisan affair after a judget ordered several Libertarian candidates off the ballot on Wednesday.

The Libertarian candidates, running for GOV, LG and SEN, abandoned their legal fight over a GOP-backed challenge to their nominating petitions.

Posted: Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 3:57pm

Hotline Spotlight: A Cat Amongst The Pigeons

Recall that just after the '09 elections, VA Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) was heralded as the savior of the GOP while NJ Gov. Chris Christie (R) was that other guy who won. Now, through no fault of his own, McDonnell has lost that crown, and the roles have been dramatically reversed.

Posted: Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 3:11pm

Music Groups Urge Web Safeguards

A dozen music organizations have joined with the Recording Industry Association of America in pressing Google and Verizon to incorporate strong copyright protections and anti-piracy provisions in their joint proposal for preserving Internet openness. "We all share the goal of a robust Internet that is highly accessible, secure and safe for individuals and commerce," the groups said in a letter sent Wednesday to Google Chairman and CEO Eric Schmidt.

Posted: Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 3:08pm

Radio Royalty Agreement In Works

The music industry is airing out a possible deal with radio broadcasters to settle a decades-old dispute over royalty payments for works played on AM and FM stations, says a spokesman for the musicFIRST Coalition, Marty Machowsky. The tentative agreement now being circulated among recording studios and artists is considered "a tremendous breakthrough," but negotiations are continuing, he said.

Posted: Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 2:28pm

Dem Hits Pelosi In Latest Ad

We know about Republicans running against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), but how about Democrats running against her?

That appears to be what's happening in Rep. Joe Donnelly's latest campaign ad. Donnelly is running against state Rep. Jackie Walorski (R) in IN 02.

The narrator touts Donnelly as the "most independent congressman" (of all time?! We jest) and says that he "voted against Nancy Pelosi's energy tax on Hoosier families."

Posted: Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 2:25pm

Where Is The Love? Will Disunity Be A Problem For The GOP?

The recent highly-contested Republican primaries have produced a slate of candidates who, on the positive side for the GOP, are battle tested.

On the negative side, the primaries also produced hurt feelings. And in several cases, Republican primary losers who have yet to throw their political capital behind the winners in a show of unity.

Posted: Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 1:52pm

Conditions Sought For Comcast-NBCU Deal

A coalition of nearly 900 small and mid-sized cable companies urged the FCC today to impose conditions on the Comcast-NBC Universal merger if it gives a green light to the proposed media conglomerate. "With the risks so high, the FCC must not fail to protect consumers," said the president and CEO of the American Cable Association, Matthew Polka, as the group submitted comments on the merger to the FCC. Today is the deadline for filing comments.

Posted: Thursday, August 19, 2010 - 1:16pm