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White House Hands Cyber Oversight to DHS

The Department of Homeland Security will, effective immediately, assume primary responsibility for making sure agencies comply with federal information security requirements, sidelining the Office of Management and Budget from administrative duties, according to a memo OMB and the White House cybersecurity coordinator released earlier this week. The memo is an attempt by OMB and the cybersecurity office to quiet calls from Congress to overhaul how the executive branch manages information security in federal government, Nextgov.com reported. OMB Director Peter R.

Posted: Friday, July 9, 2010 - 4:29pm

Dems Play Small Ball

Your Hotline OnCall editor writes in this week's National Journal:

Posted: Friday, July 9, 2010 - 4:00pm

TiVo Tipsheet: Immigration Dominates

What's on the Sunday shows this week:

Meet the Press hosts WH Press Sec. Robert Gibbs, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, ex-RNC chair Ed Gillespie, New York Times' David Brooks and ex-Rep. Harold Ford Jr.

Face the Nation hosts U.S. AG Eric Holder.

This Week hosts WH sr. adviser David Axelrod, Reps. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) and Brian Bilbray (R-CA).

Fox News Sunday hosts Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and WH sr. adviser David Axelrod.

Posted: Friday, July 9, 2010 - 2:30pm

Four FCC Regulators To Skip Chicago Workshop on Comcast-NBCU Merger

It's the biggest communications mega-merger of the Obama administration and a transaction that could reshape the media landscape for generations. Yet only one of the FCC's five regulators, Democrat Michael Copps, will bother to attend the agency's Tuesday "public workshop" in Chicago on the proposed combination of Comcast and NBC Universal. That's despite the commission's central role in reviewing the transaction, along with the Justice Department's Antitrust Division, and the rarity of the event.

Posted: Friday, July 9, 2010 - 2:02pm

Obama's New Message: Same As The Old Message

Pres. Obama hit the campaign trail yesterday with a new stump speech aimed at creating a clear contrast between Dems and the GOP, signaling what is ostensibly a new chapter in Dem efforts to create a choice election.

Posted: Friday, July 9, 2010 - 1:19pm

The Week Ahead

There are several tech and telecom-related events next week. Here are some of the highlights: Monday: Microsoft holds its week-long Worldwide Partner Conference kicking off with a keynote address at 8 a.m. from Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Tuesday: The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the federal government's National Nanotechnology Coordination Office holds a workshop beginning at 8 a.m. to solicit ideas on updating the National Nanotechnology Initiative's strategic plan.

Posted: Friday, July 9, 2010 - 12:59pm

The West Virginia Short List

WV Gov. Joe Manchin (D) is reviewing a short roster of politicians as he considers a replacement for the late Sen. Robert Byrd, an appointment Manchin is expected to make shortly. A look at candidates on Manchin's radar, in alphabetical order:

Anne Barth:: Barth was Byrd's state director for years before mounting an unsuccessful bid against Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R) in '08. Byrd even cut a campaign ad for Barth, and she would be intimately familiar with his office's operation.

Posted: Friday, July 9, 2010 - 12:08pm

Hotline Whip Count: The Kagan Nomination

The confirmation hearings are over, and senators have begun to make up their minds about Solicitor General Elena Kagan. We're keeping a whip count of Kagan backers and her opponents in advance of this month's floor debate.

A note on methodology: We assume a vast majority -- if not all -- of the Dem caucus will vote to confirm Kagan. But we're not going to count anyone until they've made a formal statement in support or said publicly they will vote for her.

Posted: Friday, July 9, 2010 - 11:12am

Brooks Poll Shows Her Closer, But Behind

Franklin Co. Commis. Paula Brooks (D) is keeping her GOP rival under 50% in a survey conducted for her campaign, though the internal poll still shows her trailing Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-OH) by a wide margin.

The survey, conducted for Brooks' campaign by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, shows Tiberi leading Brooks by a 48%-36% margin. Businessman Travis Irvine (L) pulls 10%.

Posted: Friday, July 9, 2010 - 10:05am

Deficit Politics, Front And Center

National Journal's Richard E. Cohen writes in this week's magazine:

You wouldn't know it from the overheated partisan rhetoric that gets thrown about these days, but it's possible, just possible, that Congress could get serious about tackling the federal budget deficit.

Although it's far too early to take the savings to the bank -- and failure remains a leading option -- some influential members of Congress seem to have a real commitment to act.

Consider the statements below from two House leaders.

Posted: Friday, July 9, 2010 - 9:08am