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Murkowski Denied By Libertarian Party

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) will not be on the AK Libertarian Party ballot line this fall, according to the secretary of the party.

Murkowski, who is trailing GOP primary to challenger Joe Miller by 1,688 votes with about 23K ballots still to be counted, has reportedly been seeking another way onto the ballot this fall. The Libertarian Party was considered her best option.

Posted: Monday, August 30, 2010 - 1:13pm

Intel to Acquire Infineon Wireless for $1.4 Billion

Over webcast, technology giant Intel announced Monday that it would purchase the wireless business of Infineon, a German chip maker, for roughly $1.4 billion. "The deal aligns with the Internet connectivity pillar of Intel's computing strategy," the acquisition announcement states. As a growing number of devices were connecting to the Internet, Intel saw wireless connectivity's growth potential, Paul Otellini, head of Intel, told the New York Times. Intel expects the deal to close by the first quarter of 2011.

Posted: Monday, August 30, 2010 - 10:38am

Burr Going Up With First Ad

Updated, 12:02 p.m.

Sen. Richard Burr (R) is going up with the first ad of the North Carolina Senate race on Monday. The ad, which was provided to Hotline On Call is a positive spot and shows that the Burr campaign believes it is in the driver's seat in the against Secretary of State Elaine Marshall (D).

The ad has a down-home feel. "He's from down home North Carolina," the narrator says. "Home every weekend, listening, working for us."

Posted: Monday, August 30, 2010 - 8:40am

Starting Lineup: Bayou Buzz

Good Monday morning and welcome back to the Starting Lineup. What Hotline On Call is watching today: Rep. Charlie Melancon (D) has a very uphill fight against Sen. David Vitter, another NRCC candidate goes down to a Tea Party fave, DCCC sounds like it agrees with their GOP counterparts that 75 seats are in play and more.

Posted: Monday, August 30, 2010 - 7:26am

Jim DeMint Gets His Way

"I would rather have 30 Republicans in the Senate who really believe in principles of limited government, free markets, free people, than to have 60 that don't have a set of beliefs." So said Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., back in April 2009. Now, a little more than a year later, DeMint is on the brink of getting at least part of his wish.

Posted: Monday, August 30, 2010 - 6:00am

Senate May Consider Stem Cell Legislation

Updated at 2:42 p.m. Stem cell research advocates have set their sights on a legislative fix to get stem cell research moving again after U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth last week granted a temporary injunction against federal funds for the practice.Senate Labor-HHS Appropriations subcomm

Posted: Monday, August 30, 2010 - 12:00am

New Spending Rules Mean New Backlash

For American corporations testing their new freedom to spend money directly on campaigns, the backlash against donations by Target Corp. and Best Buy Co. sends a stark warning: Proceed at your own risk.Target has borne the brunt of public outrage over six-figure contributions that both retailers

Posted: Monday, August 30, 2010 - 12:00am

Boehner To Slam Obama Ahead Of Iraq Speech

Updated at 8:01 a.m. on Aug. 31 .House Minority Leader John Boehner is preparing to bash President Obama and other Democrats during a speech Tuesday for having opposed the troop "surge" in Iraq that he says is now allowing a shift of U.S. forces there from combat.In a speech to be delivere

Posted: Monday, August 30, 2010 - 12:00am

DC Mayor: Gray Opens Up Lead On Fenty

DC City Council Chair Vincent Gray (D) has a significant lead over Mayor Adrian Fenty (D) in the Sept. 14 mayoral primary, despite the fact that a majority of DC Dems think Fenty has brought needed change to the nation's capital, according to a new poll released today.

Gray leads Fenty, 49% to 36%, in the new poll, conducted for the Washington Post. Among those who say they're more likely to vote, Gray's lead expands to 53% to 36%.

Gray held a narrow lead among registered Dems, 35% to 31%, in a late Jan. WaPo poll.

Posted: Sunday, August 29, 2010 - 9:08am

Richmond To Face Cao; LA 03 GOPers Move To Runoff

New Orleans-area Dems picked state Rep. Cedric Richmond (D) to face freshman Rep. Joseph Cao (R-LA 02) in the fall, as Richmond avoided a runoff and throttled state Rep. Juan LaFonta (D) 60% to 21%.

Richmond -- who was endorsed by the DCCC -- prevailed despite a last-ditch effort to derail his candidacy by an outside org named Louisiana Truth PAC, a group founded by Dem donor/LaFonta supporter Stuart Smith.

Posted: Sunday, August 29, 2010 - 2:57am