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Dem Rejects Tea Party Backing

Rep. Walt Minnick (D-ID) has rejected an endorsement from the Tea Party Express after one of the group's leaders attacked the NAACP, according to a letter sent to the group Monday.

Minnick has been the only Dem endorsed by the Tea Party Express, the advocacy group that has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in advocating for conservative candidates in key races around the country. But after co-chairman Mark Williams wrote an imaginary letter from freed slaves to Abraham Lincoln bashing the NAACP, Minnick shunned the group.

Posted: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 9:00am

Tuesday's Starting Lineup

Good Tuesday morning. GA voters are voting, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today. Stay with Hotline OnCall for full results and analysis of key GOV, House and SEN primaries all night long.

Here's today's Starting Lineup, previewing the people who will make a difference in politics today:

JOE MANCHIN: The WV state legislature reached agreement last night on a special election to fill the late Sen. Robert Byrd's seat, with a primary slated for Aug. 28 and a general election to be held on Nov. 2. Today, the WV governor will announce his intentions for the seat.

Posted: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 7:43am

Republicans' Senate Hopes Still Slim

With the conventional wisdom saying that Democrats' House majority is in grave danger -- in my mind, more likely than not to fall -- many have started suggesting that Republicans may capture control of the Senate.A year and a half ago, it seemed impossible that Republicans would take back the Sen

Posted: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 - 12:00am

Inspector General: Tax E-file System Is Not Error-Free

Security vulnerabilities in the Internal Revenue Service's electronic tax filing system persist, according to a new report from the inspector general, despite previous claims from the agency that those weaknesses had been fixed. The IRS reported in December 2008 that it resolved 10 of 13 previously identified security vulnerabilities in its Modernized e-File system, but the agency conducted routine system tests in January 2010 that showed only two of the problems were eliminated.

Posted: Monday, July 19, 2010 - 4:27pm

Palin Backing Ayotte In NH SEN

Ex-AK Gov. Sarah Palin (R) has identified another "mama grizzly," and has thrown her support behind ex-AG Kelly Ayotte (R) in the race to succeed NH Sen. Judd Gregg (R).

In a post on her Facebook page earlier this afternoon, Palin praised Ayotte's work as AG. "It's my honor to endorse a Granite State 'mama grizzly' who has broken barriers, fought off and locked up criminals, and battled all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court," wrote Palin. "Kelly is the strongest commonsense conservative who can win in the fall."

Posted: Monday, July 19, 2010 - 4:09pm

GA GOV Preview: Barnes May Avoid Runoff, But GOPers Won't

There are two dominant questions entering the 7/20 GA-GOV primary: which two GOPers will clinch a spot in the runoff, and will ex-Gov. Roy Barnes (D) avoid a runoff altogether?

Posted: Monday, July 19, 2010 - 3:41pm

Password Practices

Cybersecurity in government has been a punching bag for years. Most experts agree it's pretty bad -- scary bad. But when it comes to passwords, federal managers are more careful than their private sector counterparts. In a recent cybersecurity survey conducted by the Government Business Council, a Nextgov sister organization at Atlantic Media, about three-quarters of respondents said they always develop unique personal passwords. Continue reading.

Posted: Monday, July 19, 2010 - 1:21pm

Obama Makes Obstructionism Case

Pres. Obama called on GOPers to end their obstruction of extended unemployment benefits in a Rose Garden statement on Monday, previewing a theme likely to become a central talking point for Dems this Nov.

"Over the past few weeks, a majority of senators have tried -- not once, not twice, but three times -- to extend emergency relief on a temporary basis," Obama said. "And each time, a partisan minority in the Senate has used parliamentary maneuvers to block a vote, denying millions of people who are out of work much-needed relief."

Posted: Monday, July 19, 2010 - 11:55am

Minerals Management Service's Replacement Still Has No Web Site

The homepage of the bureau that replaced the now-defunct Minerals Management Service seems to be as opaque as the former organization that has been blamed for lax oversight of the energy industry, open government advocates said. The Obama administration announced in May that MMS' energy development, enforcement and revenue collection functions would be separated into independent offices. A month later, shortly after the Interior Department began reorganizing MMS, its website went dark, except for a message stating the site would be redone in a few days ... Continued reading.

Posted: Monday, July 19, 2010 - 11:00am

From This Week's CongressDaily Outlook

Public safety officials -- police, emergency communications professionals, and others -- plan to lobby Capitol Hill this week to convince lawmakers to reallocate the D-block of spectrum for the creation of a nationwide interoperable public safety broadband network. This pits the public safety alliance against the FCC, which has proposed auctioning the D-block to commercial bidders and using the proceeds to support the public safety broadband network. According to the alliance, the FCC's proposal won't leave the public safety community with a sufficient amount of spectrum to meet their needs.

Posted: Monday, July 19, 2010 - 10:56am