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Previewing The Sunday Shows

A majority of this weekends Sunday shows will focus on the 5th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. "This Week" will dive into the education debate, while "Face The Nation" will zero in on the midterms and the Tea Party. Also, CSPAN will carry FNC's Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally starting at 10 am ET. And Brian Williams will have an exclusive interview with President Obama in New Orleans on Sunday's "Nightly News." Williams anchors live from New Orleans.


Posted: Friday, August 27, 2010 - 3:30pm

Crist Flips On Health Care Reform

Updated 2:30 pm

Gov. Charlie Crist (I) said on Central Florida News 13 TV Friday that he "would have voted for" the health care reform bill, contradicting numerous previous statements including a pledge to lead the fight to repeal the law.

"I think what we need to do is go ahead and repeal this thing," said Crist, while on "Fox News Sunday" on March 28. "Let's start over. Let's take an opportunity to do what's right for the people."

Posted: Friday, August 27, 2010 - 1:52pm

"Meet the Press" Launches Senate Debate Series

NBC announced Friday that "Meet The Press" will again be featuring this fall's most competitive U.S. Senate races in the "Senate Debate Series." The debates will be moderated by David Gregory and will be aired live from NBC studios in Washington D.C.

The series kicks off over Labor Day weekend with Rep. Kendrick Meek (D) and ex-FL House Speaker Marco Rubio (R) squaring off. Independent candidate Charlie Crist was invited to participate but has not yet committed to appearing.

Posted: Friday, August 27, 2010 - 1:35pm

Bonus Quote Of The Day

"If we decide to do this it will advance the Party and believe me we won't do this for nothing."

-- AK Libertarian Party chair Scott Kohlhaas, on the prospects of Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) running on the party's line if she doesn't win the GOP nod, to The Daily Caller.

Posted: Friday, August 27, 2010 - 12:45pm

Older Adults' Use of Social Networking Grows

Social networking use among older adults soared over the past year according to a Pew study released on Friday. From April 2009 to May 2010, adults 65 and older increased their use of social networking by 100 percent (13 to 26 percent). And during the same period, adults between 50 and 64 increased their social networking activity by 88 percent (25 to 47 percent). Young adults, ages 18 to 29, experienced a modest uptake in their social networking use over the past year with a 13 percent increase (76 to 86 percent). "Social media has the potential to bridge generational

Posted: Friday, August 27, 2010 - 12:38pm

DCCC Strategy: Bash Bush, Boehner

DCCC Chairman Chris Van Hollen signaled Friday that former Pres. George W. Bush will be a key player in the Democratic playbook for retaining their House majorities this fall.

In remarks at the National Press Club, Van Hollen emphasized that Dems will present this election to voters as a choice between moving the country forward and reverting to Bush's economic policies. And a big part of that strategy is showing that the current crop of Republican leaders want to impose the same policies as Bush.

Posted: Friday, August 27, 2010 - 12:32pm

WV SEN Preview: It's Manchin's To Lose

West Virginians will head to the polls Saturday, capping by far the shortest primary season in any state this year.

When the Sen. Robert Byrd (D) passed away in June, state law required Gov. Joe Manchin (D) to nominate someone to the seat for the remaining two years of Byrd's term. But calls to have an election sooner prompted the government to investigate whether there was a way for a special election to be called for this year.

Posted: Friday, August 27, 2010 - 12:21pm

LA SEN Preview: Vitter In The Driver's Seat

Sen. David Vitter (R) is expected to cruise past former Supreme Court Justice Chet Traylor (R) this weekend in Louisiana's GOP primary on his way to the general election against Democratic Rep. Charlie Melancon.

Posted: Friday, August 27, 2010 - 10:15am

Friday Trivia

Apart from being legendary entertainers, what do George Carlin, Bono and Cher have in common? All three were cited for their use of expletives over broadcast in the FCC's Thursday filing with the federal court of appeals in New York to reconsider its decision on indecency in Fox v. FCC. "The three-judge panel's decision in July raised serious concerns about the commission's ability to protect children and families from indecent broadcast programming," FCC general counsel Austin Schlick said in a statement.

Posted: Friday, August 27, 2010 - 9:00am

Starting Lineup: The Dem Narrative, Discontent in NV

Good Friday Morning and welcome to the Starting Lineup. What Hotline On Call is watching today: DCCC Chairman Chris Van Hollen makes the Dem case, NV wants new Senate nominees, voters head to the polls in Louisiana and it's getting nasty in New Mexico.

Chris Van Hollen: The DCCC chairman will hold a briefing this morning at the National Press Club. Look for Van Hollen (MD) to tout the Dem GOTV advantage and this weekend's "National Day of Action," where volunteers are planning to knock on 200K doors.

Posted: Friday, August 27, 2010 - 7:17am