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Updating The RNC Clip And Save

Each month, DC media outlets bring you the latest fundraising numbers from each party committee. But only on Hotline OnCall can you find the context that makes those numbers matter.

From now on, we'll provide a monthly look at how the committees have done over the previous reporting period, as well as a look at how each has done since Jan. 1, '06. Today, our updated chart, current through June 30 (That is, reflecting reports filed with the FEC on July 20).

Posted: Friday, July 23, 2010 - 4:30pm

McCain Dumps $10 Million On Primary

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) spent more than $10M on his primary battle against ex-Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R), according to his 2ndQ campaign finance report, leaving him with a much narrower financial advantage in the GOP primary than he once enjoyed.

McCain has spent a total of $15.7M this cycle, according to FEC reports, and he has just $1.78M left to spend before the Aug. 24 GOP primary. Hayworth had $922K in the bank, his reports showed.

Posted: Friday, July 23, 2010 - 4:05pm

Updating The DNC Clip And Save

Each month, DC media outlets bring you the latest fundraising numbers from each party committee. But only on Hotline OnCall can you find the context that makes those numbers matter.

From now on, we'll provide a monthly look at how the committees have done over the previous reporting period, as well as a look at how each has done since Jan. 1, '06. Today, our updated chart, current through June 30 (That is, reflecting reports filed with the FEC on July 20).

Posted: Friday, July 23, 2010 - 3:30pm

Dingell to FCC Chairman Genachowski: Never Dis' Me Again

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski might think twice in the future about taking his time answering a Dingellgram after the legendary Michigan Democrat cut the agency chief down to size earlier this week. "I write to express my great frustration at your apparent unwillingness to respond to my letter of May 27, 2010," Rep. John Dingell told Genachowski in a follow-up correspondence. The congressman, a former chairman of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee, then instructed Genachowski to reply by the close of business on Monday, July 26.

Posted: Friday, July 23, 2010 - 3:30pm

New Poll Shows Close Race In KY

KY AG Jack Conway (D) and ophthalmologist Rand Paul (R) are locked in a tight battle in the race to succeed retiring Sen. Jim Bunning (R), according to a new poll released Thursday.

Paul leads Conway 41-38% in the poll, which was conducted for the KY cable news channel cn|2. Among registered Dems, Conway leads, 56-19%. But Paul runs up the score (72-11%) among registered GOPers (Dems outnumber GOPers in the poll, 54-38%. As of '08, voter registration in KY was 57% Dem, 36% GOP.)

Posted: Friday, July 23, 2010 - 2:48pm

TiVo Tip Sheet

Meet the Press hosts Treas. Sec. Tim Geithner, Washington Post's E.J. Dionne, New York Times' David Brooks, Ex-WH Comm. Dir. Anita Dunn, National Urban League's Marc Morial and CNBC's Rick Santelli.

Face the Nation hosts Conservative race historian/Bush appointee Abigail Thernstrom, Georgetown Univ. prof. Michael Eric Dyson, Princeton Univ. prof. Cornel West, Wall Street Journal's John Fund and Washington Post's Michael Gerson.

Posted: Friday, July 23, 2010 - 2:02pm

Kagan Whip Count: Lugar Second GOP "Yes"

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday put a positive stamp on Solicitor General Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court, clearing the way for a floor debate expected to begin soon.

The committee approved Kagan's nomination by a 13-6 margin, with most GOPers voting against. Only Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) crossed the aisle to side with Dems. Reports indicate that the offices of retiring Sens. George Voinovich (R-OH) and Judd Gregg (R-NH) will not say how their bosses are voting.

Posted: Friday, July 23, 2010 - 1:09pm

NJ EXCLUSIVE: Inside the Closed-Door Telecom Negotiations

Read National Journal's exclusive, behind-the-scenes coverage of the top-secret negotiations being held by Congress and the FCC to craft major telecom legislation: Key members of Congress and the Federal Communications Commission have held private talks with telecommunications-industry stakeholders more than 30 times since April, with the goal of crafting broadband-related legislation that can be fast-tracked this year.

Posted: Friday, July 23, 2010 - 12:48pm

The Week Ahead Features Hearings On Online Privacy

Here is an early look at some of the technology and telecom-related events happening in Washington next week: Monday: The FCC will hold a joint two-day meeting with the Food and Drug Administration on wireless medical technology beginning at 8 a.m. Speakers include FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg. Tuesday: The FCC and FDA will host the second day of their joint meeting on wireless medical technology beginning at 9 a.m. The House Financial Services Committee will hold a 10 a.m. markup of H.R.

Posted: Friday, July 23, 2010 - 12:30pm

Health Care Law Has Wamp Hoping Against Secession

Rep. Zach Wamp (R-03) suggested TN and other states may have to consider seceding from the union if the federal government does not change its ways regarding mandates.

"I hope that the American people will go to the ballot box in 2010 and 2012 so that states are not forced to consider separation from this government," said Wamp during an interview with Hotline OnCall.

Posted: Friday, July 23, 2010 - 11:58am