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The Surprising Democratic Firewall

Actions speak louder than words. That's why Democratic control of the House is looking more tenuous by the day. As the party begins to build its firewall to prevent a GOP takeover, top strategists are working to salvage seats that few considered Republican pickup opportunities just a few months ago.

Posted: Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 6:00am

Obama Heads Home To Purple-ish Illinois

Updated at 9:31 a.m. When President Obama heads back to Chicago for a fundraiser today, he'll find that his once solidly blue backyard is in danger of turning purple.The Democratic governor, Pat Quinn, is in a tight race. Four congressional Democratic incumbents -- all from urban districts --

Posted: Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 12:00am

Pocket Veto Threat Raises Constitutional Question

There could be a Constitutional showdown over a bill that sounds mind-numbingly dull but of potential import to homeowners and financiers alike.President Obama is planning to issue his second pocket veto on the Interstate Recognition of Notarizations Act of 2009, a bill that would require courts

Posted: Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 12:00am

Waiting For The Ax

Tomorrow brings the last big chance for an economic ray of light to shine down upon President Obama and Democratic candidates nationwide before the November elections. But few analysts -- or candidates -- are holding much hope for that to happen.Instead, forecasters expect Friday's unemployment r

Posted: Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 12:00am

White House Disputes Report That It Misled Public On BP Oil Spill

The White House is pushing back hard today against stinging charges that the administration slowed scientists from letting the public know the full extent of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.Responding to preliminary reports released Wednesday by the presidential commission on the Gulf of Mexic

Posted: Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 12:00am

Plouffe's Definition Of Success

The Democrats' top strategist, David Plouffe, cannot predict that his party will retain control of the House and Senate or win a majority of the marquee governors races.All Plouffe can say with confidence is he sees a "path" to Democrats retaining control of the House and Senate and finishing bet

Posted: Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 12:00am

Obama Hits the Trail for O'Malley In Maryland

BOWIE, MD. -- President Obama spent the afternoon at Bowie State University, where he spoke at a rally for Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D). Campus police estimated the crowd -- mostly young, black voters -- was between 3,000 and 4,500.Obama's appearance was intended to help boost turnout among

Posted: Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 12:00am

Facebook Launches More Changes

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Wednesday announced more changes to the popular social networking site, including a new feature that allows users to decide with whom among their Facebook friends they want to share their information. During a webcast from the firm's Palo Alto, Calif.,-headquarters, Zuckerberg announced Facebook would be adding two other new features to the site in addition to the new Groups settings, which will allow users to share information among a smaller group of Facebook friends.

Posted: Wednesday, October 6, 2010 - 5:30pm

Sestak Plays Trump Card

It's the ad Pennsylvania Democrats have been waiting for.

U.S. Sen. candidate Joe Sestak (D) on Tuesday finally unveiled a TV spot that that ties Republican opponent Pat Toomey to Rick Santorum, the state's former GOP senator who lost his '06 re-election bid in a landslide to Sen. Bob Casey (D).

Posted: Wednesday, October 6, 2010 - 4:30pm

Nathan Deal's Path To Victory In GA GOV

Welcome back to Hotline On Call's Path To Victory feature, where we take a close look at some of the marquee races this year. On Monday, we examined how former Gov. Roy Barnes' (D) plans to return to the Georgia governor's mansion this year.

Posted: Wednesday, October 6, 2010 - 4:08pm