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Thursday Marks Round Two for Comments on Comcast-NBCU Deal

The gloves come off Thursday in the second and final round of public comments at the FCC over the proposed $30 billion union of Comcast and NBC Universal. During a recent press briefing in Washington, officials with both companies said the FCC and Justice Department appear to still be on track to complete their reviews of the merger in the fourth quarter. For more details on the transaction, visit the FCC's merge page here and this site featuring comments, testimony and other documents issued by the merger parties.

Posted: Monday, August 16, 2010 - 1:05pm

Half Disapprove of Obama For First Time

Fully half of Americans disapprove of job Pres. Obama is doing for the first time in the latest Gallup daily tracking poll, according to new data released today.

Posted: Monday, August 16, 2010 - 1:00pm

The Most Anti-Obama Ad Yet?

The pols Dems and GOPers use to villify their opponents by association are well known. For Dems, George W. Bush is the go-to. For Republicans, it's Nancy Pelosi and, increasingly, Harry Reid.

The latest ad from Wisconsin GOP gubernatorial candidate Scott Walker suggests that President Obama is approaching that territory. The president visits the Badger State on Monday to tour ZBB Energy Corp. and campaign for Milwaukee Mayor and Dem gubernatorial candidate Tom Barrett.

Posted: Monday, August 16, 2010 - 10:11am

WY GOV Preview: All Eyes On GOP Contest

When Gov. Dave Freudenthal (D) announced in March that he would not challenge the state's term limit law and pursue a third term in office, the prospect of GOPers taking over the seat instantly became an overwhelmingly likely proposition. Freudenthal's own popularity allowed him to appeal to voters in both parties.

Posted: Monday, August 16, 2010 - 8:47am

Haslam Begins TV General Campaign With Full-Minute Ad

Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam (R) is launching his first TV ad of the general election today, a 60-second spot in which Haslam drops the "conservative" label and opts for the I'm-for-everyone approach.

Posted: Sunday, August 15, 2010 - 7:10am

What We Learned: State-By-State Edition

What we at The Hotline learned about the races we're covering this week:

-- Wealthy businessmen Rick Scott (R) and Jeff Greene (D) had the FL GOV and FL SEN nominations sewn up last month. This month, tough stories about Scott's past at Columbia/HCA and Greene's involvement in the mortgage market trading derivatives has them both on their heels. Greene's stumbles in particular are great news for Rep. Kendrick Meek (D) -- and bad news for Dems, who still think Gov. Charlie Crist (I) will caucus on their side.

Posted: Sunday, August 15, 2010 - 6:00am

Saturday Spotlight: Mosque Goes National

Until Friday night, the controversy over a proposed mosque near the site of the World Trade Center in NYC was a phenomenon of cable news networks, an obsession in the narrow I-95 corridor. Then, Pres. Obama weighed in.

Posted: Saturday, August 14, 2010 - 7:03pm

Greene Collapse, Meek Surge Hurt Crist

Rep. Kendrick Meek (D-FL) has turned around his primary campaign against developer Jeff Greene, and that's bad news for Gov. Charlie Crist's (I) chances in the general election, according to a new poll released late today.

Posted: Saturday, August 14, 2010 - 6:54pm

RGA's Ayers Floated For RNC Chair

Prominent GOP officials have asked RGA executive director Nick Ayers to run for RNC chairman, according to sources on the national committee, as the underground campaign to replace current chair Michael Steele slowly ramps up.

Posted: Saturday, August 14, 2010 - 1:16pm

What We Learned: Swamp Thing

Here's what we at The Hotline learned this week:

Posted: Saturday, August 14, 2010 - 6:00am