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Dems Launch First IE Campaign

The DSCC is up with their first independent expenditure of the cycle, bashing ex-Rep. Pat Toomey (R-PA) for his ties to Wall Street.

"Before he became a politician, Pat Toomey was a Wall Street wheeler-dealer," the narrator says. Dems charge "Mr. Wall Street" with promoting derivatives, and with weakening oversight on financial institutions.

Posted: Friday, August 13, 2010 - 12:21pm

Poll: Half Would Vote For Generic GOP Challenger In '12

Pres. Obama trails a generic GOPer in a WH '12 re-election bid, according to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll released today. Among registered voters, fully half, 50%, said they were more likely to vote for a generic GOPer, while just 45% said they were more likely to vote for Obama.

Posted: Friday, August 13, 2010 - 12:19pm

Open Internet Coalition to FCC: Don't Wait for Congress

Pushing back against a raft of lawmakers whom have urged the FCC to let Congress act first on Internet regulation, the Open Internet Coalition implored the commission not to wait for the legislative body to move forward with reclassification of broadband. In comments filed with the FCC on Thursday, the coalition said it would "be irresponsible" for the FCC to wait for Congress to take legislative action. "Congress has given the commission the authority to modify its regulatory treatment of broadband Internet access to protect consumers," the letter states.

Posted: Friday, August 13, 2010 - 12:13pm

Vitter's 'Serious Sin'

Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) is the one Republican senator potentially vulnerable this November, not because of his voting record but because of the well-publicized prostitution scandal that Louisiana voters are all too familiar with.

Posted: Friday, August 13, 2010 - 12:04pm

Dems Latching On Social Security Anniversary

Dems will recognize the 75th anniversary of Social Security this weekend by accusing the GOP of trying to take it away.

"Again in this election Republicans are proposing radical things -- everything from privatizing Social Security (and letting it ride on a stock market in which millions lost their shirts over the past several years) to drastic benefit cuts to eliminating the program altogether," DNC communications director Brad Woodhouse said in an email.

Posted: Friday, August 13, 2010 - 9:05am

CA Judge Puts Gay Marriages On Hold

Chief U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn R. Walker extended the stay on his 8/4 ruling overturning Prop. 8. The extension gives gay marriage opponents until 5 pm on 8/18 to appeal the decision to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. If the appeals court does not act by then, the stay is lifted and same-sex marriages can legally commence in CA.

Posted: Thursday, August 12, 2010 - 5:09pm

Binnie Pivots To Immigration In New Ad

Veering away from months of TV ads about job creation, the economy and his personal background, businessman Bill Binnie (R) is up with a new spot underscoring the need for immigrants to learn English. Binnie's move is the latest signal that conservative attacks and a primary that is fast approaching may be causing him to shift his campaign's focus.

"As a U.S. senator, I'll insist that all immigrants learn English. It's simple -- Americans should have allegiance to one flag and have one official language: English," Binnie says in the ad.

Posted: Thursday, August 12, 2010 - 3:59pm

VA Data Breaches Go Live

Today the Veterans Affairs Department started posting online its monthly data breach reports as part of its ongoing transparency thing, VA Chief Information Officer Roger Baker told a press briefing this morning. He said the latest report (for July) might not make it to the Web until Thursday. The reports include not only lost, misplaced or stolen computers and BlackBerries, but also misaddressed prescriptions sent out by the VA mail-order pharmacy operation, Baker said. Those packages contain sensitive veterans health information coupled with personal identifiers.

Posted: Thursday, August 12, 2010 - 3:19pm

Google Responds to Criticism of Policy Proposal

Fresh off the blog, Richard Whitt, Google's Telecom and Policy Counsel, posted a lengthy fact sheet Thursday afternoon rebutting some of the criticism surrounding their joint Internet regulation proposal.

Posted: Thursday, August 12, 2010 - 2:40pm

Public Interest Groups Protest Google to "Save the Internet"

A coalition of public interest groups including Free Press and MoveOn.org are organizing a rally in front of Google's headquarters tomorrow to protest a deal on Internet regulation unveiled by Google and Verizon last Monday. "The Google-Verizon plan would create two separate, unequal sections of the Internet," wrote Josh Levy, online campaign manager at Free Press, in an email to supporters.

Posted: Thursday, August 12, 2010 - 2:23pm