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DCCC Strategy: Bash Bush, Boehner

DCCC Chairman Chris Van Hollen signaled Friday that former Pres. George W. Bush will be a key player in the Democratic playbook for retaining their House majorities this fall.

In remarks at the National Press Club, Van Hollen emphasized that Dems will present this election to voters as a choice between moving the country forward and reverting to Bush's economic policies. And a big part of that strategy is showing that the current crop of Republican leaders want to impose the same policies as Bush.

Posted: Friday, August 27, 2010 - 12:32pm

WV SEN Preview: It's Manchin's To Lose

West Virginians will head to the polls Saturday, capping by far the shortest primary season in any state this year.

When the Sen. Robert Byrd (D) passed away in June, state law required Gov. Joe Manchin (D) to nominate someone to the seat for the remaining two years of Byrd's term. But calls to have an election sooner prompted the government to investigate whether there was a way for a special election to be called for this year.

Posted: Friday, August 27, 2010 - 12:21pm

LA SEN Preview: Vitter In The Driver's Seat

Sen. David Vitter (R) is expected to cruise past former Supreme Court Justice Chet Traylor (R) this weekend in Louisiana's GOP primary on his way to the general election against Democratic Rep. Charlie Melancon.

Posted: Friday, August 27, 2010 - 10:15am

Friday Trivia

Apart from being legendary entertainers, what do George Carlin, Bono and Cher have in common? All three were cited for their use of expletives over broadcast in the FCC's Thursday filing with the federal court of appeals in New York to reconsider its decision on indecency in Fox v. FCC. "The three-judge panel's decision in July raised serious concerns about the commission's ability to protect children and families from indecent broadcast programming," FCC general counsel Austin Schlick said in a statement.

Posted: Friday, August 27, 2010 - 9:00am

Starting Lineup: The Dem Narrative, Discontent in NV

Good Friday Morning and welcome to the Starting Lineup. What Hotline On Call is watching today: DCCC Chairman Chris Van Hollen makes the Dem case, NV wants new Senate nominees, voters head to the polls in Louisiana and it's getting nasty in New Mexico.

Chris Van Hollen: The DCCC chairman will hold a briefing this morning at the National Press Club. Look for Van Hollen (MD) to tout the Dem GOTV advantage and this weekend's "National Day of Action," where volunteers are planning to knock on 200K doors.

Posted: Friday, August 27, 2010 - 7:17am

Measuring The NASA Stimulus

There's no doubt that NASA spending -- as with the spending of any government agency -- can benefit the economy directly through the purchase of goods and services, and indirectly by inspiring industries that spin off from its technologies.But how much of a benefit is an open question -- one that

Posted: Friday, August 27, 2010 - 12:00am

Pentagon Pulls $1B From WMD-Defense Efforts

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Defense Department has shifted more than $1 billion out of its nuclear, biological and chemical defense programs to underwrite a new White House priority on vaccine development and production to combat disease pandemics, according to government and industry officials.The pl

Posted: Friday, August 27, 2010 - 12:00am

Bernanke Says Fed Is Prepared To Act, But Not Yet

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said today the central bank has three policy options ready to boost the slumping U.S. economy, but it is not willing to implement them unless more troubling signs such as deflation start to show.In prepared remarks in Jackson Hole, Wyo., Bernanke said the F

Posted: Friday, August 27, 2010 - 12:00am

Van Hollen Dismisses Chances For GOP Takeover

Touting Democrats' successes this cycle in special elections in New York and Pennsylvania, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen today sought to convey confidence in the party's efforts to retain its majority in the House."The more voters focus on the election an

Posted: Friday, August 27, 2010 - 12:00am

Gulf Needs Immediate Guidance And Funding, Report Says

President Obama should immediately appoint a senior official to work with disaster relief organizations in the Gulf Coast, while oil giant BP should give those organizations an infusion of cash to help them continue providing services, according to a report released today by the Center for Nati

Posted: Friday, August 27, 2010 - 12:00am