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Murkowski Wants Tea Party Express Ads Pulled, PAC "Apologizes"

The tug-of-war between Tea Party Express and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) continued this morning with a fake apology issued by the PAC in response to Murkowski's attempt to block the group's recent attack ad from airing.

Posted: Tuesday, October 5, 2010 - 12:46pm

Commerce Seeks Comment On Online IP Issues

The Commerce Department said Tuesday that it is seeking comment on ways to protect copyrighted works on the Internet while still fostering technological innovation. The department's Internet Policy Task Force issued a notice of inquiry that seeks comment from a variety of stakeholders including copyright holders, technology companies, Internet service providers and Internet users.

Posted: Tuesday, October 5, 2010 - 12:44pm

Race to Know: McIntyre Faces Polar Opposite In NC 07

One of the more surprising targets of the NRCC's latest ad buy is North Carolina Democratic Rep. Mike McIntyre, whose very conservative voting record has earned him token opponents and huge margins in this GOP-leaning Wilmington area district. But if McIntyre's campaigns are usually boring, the GOP nominee, Gulf War and Iraq War veteran Ilario Pantano, has set the district and DC abuzz and has won over a powerful mentor, NRCC Chair Pete Sessions (R-TX).

Posted: Tuesday, October 5, 2010 - 12:00pm

Administration Cracking Down On Internet Piracy

Curbing Internet piracy is a big priority for the administration, U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel said on Tuesday. The administration does not have an official position on the Combating Online Privacy Infringement and Counterfeits Act, a measure recently introduced by Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., but looks forward to working with Congress on finding an appropriate legislative solution, Espinel noted.

Posted: Tuesday, October 5, 2010 - 11:34am

NRSC Hits Manchin, Murray; DSCC Blasts Paul, Rossi

Updated, 11:30 a.m.

The senatorial campaign committees are up with 4 new ads on Tuesday. The DSCC is on the air for the first time in Kentucky and Washington, while the NRSC has gone up with its first ad in Washington and its second ad in West Virginia.

Posted: Tuesday, October 5, 2010 - 10:26am

ITIF Releases Guide To Digital Politics

The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation released a new report on Tuesday delineating the landscape of American digital politics. "Digital politics, if not the greatest issue of our age, will be central to the life of our nation in the years ahead," the guide states. The report describes who the major players in the information technology space are and where their attitude falls on cross-cutting policy dynamics such as government regulation versus laissez-faire and individual empowerment versus societal benefit.

Posted: Tuesday, October 5, 2010 - 9:19am

Feingold Flags GOP For "Excessive Celebration"

OK, sports fans, here's an ad you can appreciate. Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) is going up with a new spot that features some of the most infamous NFL end zone dances to make the case that Republicans are already celebrating his defeat.

The ad even includes a shot of Randy Moss pretending to pull his pants down and moon the Green Bay Packers' crowd when he played for the arch rival Minnesota Vikings. That act prompted commentator Joe Buck to exclaim, "That is a disgusting act!"

Posted: Tuesday, October 5, 2010 - 9:11am

NRCC Stops Short Of Predicting Winning Majority

NRCC Chair Pete Sessions (R-TX) said Tuesday that Republicans are on the brink of major gains in the House this year but wouldn't say that the GOP would retake the House.

The message -- delivered in a NRCC memo to be released Tuesday -- underscores the importance of expectations. While other Republicans (and even some Democrats) have predicted that the GOP will pick up the 39 seats necessary to gain the majority, Sessions says Democrats "will, at the very least, lose functional control of the House."

Posted: Tuesday, October 5, 2010 - 7:56am

Starting Lineup: Things Get Testy

Good Tuesday morning and welcome to the Starting Lineup. On the radar today: Sharron Angle (R-NV) hangs out with the GOP establishment she dislikes, Christine O'Donnell (R-DE) denies that she's a witch, the gloves come off in Alaska, Colorado gubernatorial hopefuls face off while their counterparts in California pull the plug on a planned debate. And Joe Biden heads to Minnesota.

Posted: Tuesday, October 5, 2010 - 7:48am

Gloves Come Off Between Murkowski And Tea Party Express

The gloves were ripped off Monday night for leaders of the Tea Party Express and their current target, Alaska Sen.

Posted: Tuesday, October 5, 2010 - 6:19am