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Murkowski Targets Tea Party Express In Latest Ad

Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) is going up with two distinctive ads on Thursday in her write-in re-election campaign, including one that takes aim at the Tea Party Express.

The ads are the second and third ads of Murkowski's general election campaign against attorney Joe Miller (R) and Sitka Mayor Scott McAdams (D). Since losing to Miller in the primary, Murkowski has been searching for ways to to wage a successful write-in bid.

Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 7:54am

Starting Lineup: DNC Dishes Out The Dough

Good Thursday Morning and welcome back to the Starting Lineup. On the radar today: The DNC transfers another $4.9M to state and campaign committees, 60 Plus doubles down in key House races and Pres. Obama raises funds in D.C. while Biden heads to Nebraska and New Mexico.

DNC Delivers Dough: The DNC has transferred another $4.9M to its state and campaign committees as part of its political efforts this year.

Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 7:29am

Democrats Aren't Staging A Comeback

Democratic strategists have recently started experiencing a new feeling of optimism. There are indications, they say, that the party is showing the smallest signs of a turnaround, and that rumors of their electoral demise have been premature.

Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 6:00am

Agency May Not Have The Funds To Enforce Dodd-Frank

Updated at 11:40 a.m. Congress may have hamstrung one of the chief financial reforms that it enacted this summer by underfunding the agency charged with implementing it, an agency official said.The Commodity Futures Trading Commission had requested $92.2 million in additional funding on top of

Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 12:00am

Emanuel To Leave For Chicago Race

POLITICAL CONNECTIONS A Tactician's Compass In the spirit of Lyndon Johnson, Rahm Emanuel has been a master of the game as the White House chief of staff. Ronald Brownstein Washington typecasts all of its leading players, and Emanuel's sharp edges and kinetic maneuvers have defined him as a t

Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 12:00am

Pew Report Finds 'No Silver Bullet' For Deficits

A report released today by the Pew Fiscal Analysis Initiative outlines the pitfalls of relying on any one policy to reduce the federal debt, projected by Pew to reach 95 percent of annual GDP in the next 15 years.As the rhetoric surrounding federal deficits and debt has grown more polarized in th

Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 12:00am

Sanders Warns Against Changing Social Security

Sen. Bernie Sanders , I-Vt., is sending a message to the presidential commission pondering ways to reduce the deficit: Leave Social Security alone.Sanders on Wednesday night introduced a nonbinding "sense of the Senate" resolution opposing privatizing Social Security, raising the retirement age,

Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 12:00am

Bloomberg Would Extend Tax Cuts For Two Years

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said today that he supports extending the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts to avoid endangering the country's economic recovery, but he added that he doesn't think they should be made permanent.The mayor, echoing an argument made by President Obama 's former budget

Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 12:00am

Race To The Top Elevates Standards, Panel Says

State education systems benefiting from the Race to the Top Fund are setting the bar for federal improvement standards, according to experts gathered for a National Journal forum at Union Station's Columbus Club today to debunk the myths surrounding K-12 education policy in the United St

Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 12:00am

Axelrod Praises Emanuel, Defends Obama

David Axelrod wouldn't confirm widespread reports today that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is leaving the position Friday to run for mayor of Chicago, but President Obama 's senior aide did appear to give Emanuel his blessing.Running a large city takes a "larger-than-life figure" w

Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 12:00am