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Starting Lineup: 60 Plus Steps Into The Election

Good Thursday morning and welcome to the Starting Lineup. What Hotline On Call is watching today: 60 Plus begins what will be an extensive ad campaign targeting Democrats, Democrats focus on Bill White in Texas, Burr takes a Democratic ad and flips it and the House Race Hotline's race ratings.

Posted: Thursday, September 9, 2010 - 7:10am

Five Dems Who Might Lose -- But Don't Know It

The battlefield on which the House will be won or lost is largely known, as both Democrats and Republicans focus their efforts on dozens of competitive races. But while some members of Congress know they are in trouble, others believe, mistakenly, they are more secure. It will be those members who become surprise losers, or narrow winners, on Nov. 2.

Posted: Thursday, September 9, 2010 - 6:00am

'Mancession' Continues Despite Gains

Last week's job report had some good news for American men: With the latest figures, 1 million more of them have jobs now compared with the beginning of the year.Yet even so, the male unemployment rate continues to outstrip that for American women by nearly two percentage points.The "mancessi

Posted: Thursday, September 9, 2010 - 12:00am

Obama: Expand the Research and Development Tax Credit

During a speech given in Cleveland, Ohio on Wednesday, President Obama proposed an expansion of the research and development tax credit as a key part of an economic package aiming to provide further relief to the nation's troubled economy. "I'm proposing a more generous, permanent extension of the tax credit that goes to companies for all the research and innovation they do right here in America," Obama said. Established in 1981, the R&D tax credit, which has been extended 13 times, is a boon for the technology sector. Obama now proposes making it a permanent feature of the American

Posted: Wednesday, September 8, 2010 - 5:30pm

Dem Airs First Ad in Delaware

Here's a sign of how negative the GOP primary in the Delaware Senate race is becoming: The Democrat in the race, sensing an opportunity, has accelerated his TV strategy and is already going up on the air.

New Castle Co. Exec. Chris Coons (D) is going on the air today with a positive ad that stands at stark contrast to the ads being aired on the GOP side by Rep. Mike Castle and the Tea Party Express-backed Christine O'Donnell before the Sept. 14 primary.

Posted: Wednesday, September 8, 2010 - 3:57pm

Dems Say State Legislative Races Key To Obama '12 Bid

There has been -- and will be -- plenty of discussion whether Democrats can hold on to the House and the Senate this year and what that will mean for Pres. Obama's re-election prospects in '12.

But for a better indication of how Obama '12 chances, it is worth watching the most competitive state legislature races this fall.

Aided by the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, Dems have made significant gains at the state level. They now hold majorities in 28 state Senates and 32 state Houses.

Posted: Wednesday, September 8, 2010 - 3:15pm

Huckabee Faces Another Test For Values Voters

It may be a little early for accurate '12 scientific polling, but 17 GOP candidates will appear on the ballot at this year's fifth annual -- and decidedly unscientific -- Values Voter Summit Straw Poll in D.C., hosted by the Family Research Council Action.

Posted: Wednesday, September 8, 2010 - 2:36pm

DCCC Targets Benishek With 2nd IE Ad

The DCCC has gone up with its second ad of the cycle, attacking surgeon Dan Benishek (R) for supporting cuts to Social Security and Medicare -- the Dems go-to-campaign issue so far this cycle.

Benishek is running against state Rep. Gary McDowell (D) for retiring Rep. Bart Stupak's seat in MI 01.

Posted: Wednesday, September 8, 2010 - 1:33pm

Barbour's "Observation" On Obama's Background

Updated, 1:15 p.m.

After advising Republicans to stay focused on economic issues in the final laps of the campaign season, the normally sure-footed chairman of the RGA, Gov. Haley Barbour (MS) may have gotten off message a bit himself at a breakfast meeting with reporters hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.

Posted: Wednesday, September 8, 2010 - 12:12pm

Microsoft's Dan Reed on Spectrum Policy

Microsoft's Dan Reed, corporate vice president of technology, strategy and policy, is scheduled to speak in the nation's capital on Wednesday about spectrum policy. Spectrum, a finite resource, is needed to power the tremendous growth of mobile devices and for the infrastructure of the information economy. Reed spoke with Tech Daily Dose early Wednesday morning and gave a preview of his remarks to be delivered at the Gov 2.0 Summit held at the Grand Hyatt Washington. Edited excerpts from the interview follow: TDD: What commercial stake does Microsoft have in spectrum?

Posted: Wednesday, September 8, 2010 - 11:27am