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Starting Lineup: GOP's Granite State Gains

Good Friday morning and welcome to October and the Starting Lineup. What to watch today: The GOP smells blood in New Hampshire, Rick Scott leads in a new Quinnipiac poll of the Florida governor's race, the Tea Party Express fires back at Lisa Murkowski.

Posted: Friday, October 1, 2010 - 7:25am

Tea Party Express Strikes Back After Murkowski Ad

Leaders of the Tea Party Express are heading to Alaska this weekend to continue their campaign for Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller -- and they're coming in swinging.

On the heels of an attack ad released Thursday by Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R), the group will unveil an attack ad of its own Monday "calling out Lisa for 'not getting it' and respecting the will of the voters," said Tea Party Express spokesman Levi Russell.

Posted: Friday, October 1, 2010 - 6:00am

Why Emanuel Was Obsessed By Asian Carp

On his last day at the White House staffers feted Rahm Emanuel and presented him with a dead Asian carp, the perfect gag gift for the outgoing chief of staff who once sent a pollster he was angry with a dead fish a la "The Godfather." But the carp was more than a gag. It was an obsession for Eman

Posted: Friday, October 1, 2010 - 12:00am

Emanuel Says Goodbye, But Only Hints At Where He's Headed

Updated at 1:45 p.m. on October 1. Outgoing White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel hugs President Obama after announcing his departure. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images) President Obama , making what he joked was probably "the least suspenseful announcement of all time," today bade farewell

Posted: Friday, October 1, 2010 - 12:00am

Rouse May Find The Job Is More Than Interim

President Obama introduces senior adviser Pete Rouse as the next chief of staff. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images) It is in Pete Rouse 's nature to embrace the "interim" part of his new title. But if he thinks this is just a short-term gig as White House chief of staff, it won't be the first time P

Posted: Friday, October 1, 2010 - 12:00am

Financial Council Seeks Input on Supervision, Volcker

The Financial Stability Oversight Council held its first formal meeting today, with members pledging to work together as they carry out their duty to monitor against risks to the financial system and prevent another crisis.In less than 25 minutes, the 11-member council approved its organization r

Posted: Friday, October 1, 2010 - 12:00am

Progress And Freedom Foundation Shuts Down

The Progress and Freedom Foundation announced Thursday that it has shut down, citing declining financial support as the key factor. The free-market think tank has focused in recent years on digital media issues, pushing in particular for fewer regulations on the Internet and digital technologies. "The organization had been through some tumultuous times recently with five presidents in five years and steadily declining support during that period. Thus, the decision was made to close the doors," PFF President Adam Thierer said in a post on the Technology Liberation Front blog.

Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 8:43pm

In the Minority, Insiders See Hoyer And Boehner As Leaders

Democrats see a shake-up in their leadership in the House if the party loses control, but Republicans may be more forgiving if the GOP fails to win majorities, according to the latest National Journal Congressional Insiders Poll.

Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 5:12pm

DSCC Cancels Ad Buy In Kentucky

Updated, 7:08 p.m.

The DSCC has canceled some ad reservations in Kentucky, a likely sign that the Democratic committee is re-evaluating whether it is worth spending money there this year.

A Republican source who monitors ad buys told Hotline On Call that the DSCC has canceled reservations there for next week. The DSCC had reserved about $292K worth of air time during that time span.

The move may indicate that Democrats view the race between AG Jack Conway (D) and ophthalmologist Rand Paul (R) as moving outside their grasp.

Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 5:05pm

Insiders Find Pelosi And Palin Lacking Compared To Other Surrogates

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) may have guided Democrats to their majority in the House of Representatives, but according the latest National Journal Congressional Insiders Poll, many of her colleagues are not looking to her to help them win their own races this year.

Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2010 - 4:10pm