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Hotline Spotlight: Road Trippin' With My Favorite Allies

Pres. Obama launches his first major campaign swing today, filling Dem coffers with the only advantage the party has left -- campaign cash.

-- The Dems who will stand with Obama on stage this week face the uncomfortable knowledge that those photos will show up in GOP campaign spots. But the advantage of having another million in campaign funds could outweigh the risk. Money isn't everything in politics, but it can play a determinative role when one candidate is able to swamp another with late TV time.

Posted: Monday, August 16, 2010 - 4:51pm

WA HOUSE Preview: All Eyes On A Single District

With one big exception, the general election fields in WA House contests are basically set. But the machinations of the state's relatively new primary system give tomorrow's election added importance.

The state's all-party, top-two primary system means, theoretically, that two candidates from the same party could match up this fall. But that's not likely to happen in the state's three contested seats.

Posted: Monday, August 16, 2010 - 4:29pm

Reid Breaks With Obama on Mosque

Senate Maj. Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), who is currently locked in a tight fight for reelection, broke ranks with Pres. Obama on Monday over whether a mosque should be built near Ground Zero.

"The First Amendment protects freedom of religion," Reid spokesman Jim Manley said in a statement. "Senator Reid respects that, but thinks that the mosque should be built someplace else."

Posted: Monday, August 16, 2010 - 4:00pm

DISCLOSE Act Will Get Second Look

Senate Dems plan to bring up a campaign finance measure once again, according to the bill's supporters who hope to win cloture by wooing key GOP senators.

The DISCLOSE Act, which could not clear Senate hurdles when it came up just before the Aug. recess, will head back to the floor for a vote when the Senate returns next month, according to spokespeople for Senate Maj. Leader Harry Reid and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), the bill's lead sponsor.

Posted: Monday, August 16, 2010 - 3:29pm

Tech Policy Honchos To Gather in Tony Aspen Amid Five-Star Luxury

The who's who of the high-tech scene will jet off to posh Aspen, Colo., next week for the annual policy forum sponsored by the Technology Policy Institute, a non-profit think tank whose backers include major broadband providers. And if any of the attendees need personal butlers to fluff their pillows or walk their dogs, that can be arranged. The event kicks off Sunday with welcoming remarks from Edward Mueller, the top executive at Qwest. Keynotes will be delivered by the CEOs of Intel, Verisign and Intuit and former HP CEO Carly Fiorina, who chairs the Institute's Board of Directors and

Posted: Monday, August 16, 2010 - 3:00pm

The Dem and GOP Strategies for the Mosque Remarks

Here's what we know: Pres. Obama's comments regarding the construction of a mosque near Ground Zero have sucked up all the oxygen in the political world for the time being. Here's what we don't know, and what everyone is wondering: Do the comments have the political legs to last through the midterms?

Posted: Monday, August 16, 2010 - 1:52pm

Don't Cross Jindal Off The 2012 GOP Ticket Yet

LA Gov. Bobby Jindal's (R) proclamation that he is definitely running for reelection in 2011 is a good sign that he will not run for president. But let's not take him out of the 2012 discussion altogether.

Posted: Monday, August 16, 2010 - 1:10pm

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