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Paladino Defends Outburst, Notes Cuomo's "Prowess"

After a week of headlines about his threats against an influential reporter his unsubstantiated accusation that his opponent committed adultery, New York Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino bought three minutes of TV air time on upstate stations. No apologies were forthcoming.

Posted: Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 6:50pm

Dispute Over FM Chip Mandate In Mobile Phones Continues

The Consumer Electronics Association urged the National Association of Broadcasters not to pursue a Congressional mandate that would require manufacturers to install FM radio chips in all mobile phones in a letter sent to NAB on Thursday. The "free market, not government mandates," wrote CEA President Gary Shapiro "holds the best hope for ensuring that [manufacturing and broadcasting] continue to innovate and thrive." "We will vigorously oppose any effort to force manufacturers by legislative fiat to include legacy technology in devices," Shapiro added.

Posted: Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 4:56pm

Carper: Bill Would Help Implement Cybersecurity Measures

A key Senate lawmaker said Thursday that a new GAO report that shows the White House has made slow progress in implementing the recommendations from a May 2009 cybersecurity review underscores the need for legislation that would provide the administration with more tools to do the job. In a report released Wednesday, the GAO said the Obama administration has fully implemented only two of the 24 recommendations in the 2009 report, while 22 have been partially implemented.

Posted: Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 4:26pm

GOP Insiders Blame Steele, Majority Says DNC Outperforming RNC

Based on the results of the latest National Journal Political Insiders Poll, if the Republicans fail to score major gains in the Senate and House on Nov. 2 they already have their scapegoat -- Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele.

Posted: Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 3:49pm

Obama Signs Bill To Curb Over Classification

President Obama signed legislation Thursday aimed at reducing the over-classification of government documents as secret. The bill, introduced by House Homeland Security Intelligence Subcommittee Chairwoman Jane Harman, D-Calif., will require training and incentives to ensure materials are classified properly, mandate that portions of a document that are not sensitive can be stamped as unclassified, and create a classified information advisory officer to assist state and local law enforcement officials and the private sector access intelligence and other information about terrorist threats.

Posted: Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 3:02pm

What Happened To Manchin?

West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin (D) was supposed to sail through this special election and replace the late Sen. Robert Bryd (D) with ease. One of the most popular governors in the country, he was re-elected in '08 with a record-high margin, nearly 70% of the vote. His opponent, businessman John Raese (R), is a perennial candidate who's never won a race.

But recent polling shows the race to be deadlocked, with some prognosticators even giving Raese the edge. So what happened to Manchin?

Posted: Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 3:00pm

Obamas Heading To Ohio For Strickland

Pres. Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will attend a fundraiser for Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland on Oct. 17, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs announced Thursday. Obama will also attend a DNC fundraiser in Cleveland that night.

The administration has been showering a lot of attention on Ohio to help the embattled governor, who is trailing former Rep. John Kasich (R) by six to nine points in recent polls. Vice Pres. Joe Biden traveled to the state on Monday evening to host an event for him that was attended by about 100 people.

Posted: Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 2:44pm

Meek Rejects Sierra Club Endorsement

Here's something you don't see every day: A Democrat, locked in a tough Senate race in a state facing major environmental issues turning down the endorsement of the Sierra Club.

That's exactly what Rep. Kendrick Meek (D) did on Thursday. The Sierra Club wanted to endorse both Meek and Gov. Charlie Crist (I) in the three-way Senate race. Instead of accepting, Meek attacked the Sierra Club and, by extension, Crist.

Posted: Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 2:26pm

Cook Political Report Moves FL SEN, NH SEN To Lean Republican

The Cook Political Report made several House, Senate and Governors ratings changes today:

FL SEN: Toss Up to Lean R - While Marco Rubio (R) and Kendrick Meek (D) have successfully undermined Republican-turned independent candidate Charlie Crist's candidacy, Rubio appears to have gained the upper hand in the race.

NH SEN: Toss Up to Lean R - Republican Kelly Ayotte has withstood a barrage of attacks from all corners, and yet has managed to maintain a positive profile with voters and a lead in the polls.

Posted: Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 2:10pm

Three Major Tech Firms Back Rush's Privacy Bill

Three prominent tech companies have come out in support of privacy legislation offered by a key House lawmaker, saying the bill provides "the appropriate balance." On Monday, Intel, eBay and Microsoft wrote Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection, voicing support for his privacy legislation, which was introduced in July.

Posted: Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 1:59pm