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Hotline Spotlight: The GOP Turns Pro-Choice

For months, Dems have tried to convince reporters and supporters that the midterms will be a choice election rather than solely a referendum on the unpopular majority. But what if the choice option is just as bad as the referendum?

-- A new POS survey for the GOP group American Crossroads in key SEN races shows it's not just the referendum that's beating Dems, it's the GOP's actual arguments too. The GOP message on the economy beats the Dem message 52%-44%. On health care, the GOP wins 51%-46%. And an overall GOP message beats an overall Dem message by a 54%-42% score.

Posted: Tuesday, August 10, 2010 - 1:10pm

Former NASA Administrator On Crashed Flight

Former NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe, who is now CEO of EADS North America, is among the passengers on a plane that crashed in Alaska Monday night, the company said Tuesday. Other passengers who are believed to have been on the flight that apparently killed five of the nine passengers include former Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska. "Local authorities are reporting that there are survivors and a rescue operation is underway," EADS North America spokesman Guy Hicks said in a statement.

Posted: Tuesday, August 10, 2010 - 11:08am

House Primary Preview

House primaries will be upstaged today by exciting Governor and Senate contests in MN, CO, CT and GA today, but there are a few contests that bear watching. For one, GOPers will attempt again (after failing last week in MI) to gain a high-profile African-American nominee in CO-07, and will also pick the next congressman in the heavily GOP GA-07 open seat. Meanwhile, Rep. Tom Graves (R) will meet a familiar opponent for a chance to put a lock-down on his newly gained seat.


Posted: Tuesday, August 10, 2010 - 10:18am

Key CDT Official Leaving For NIST

Ari Schwartz, a longtime advocate for protecting privacy in the age of Web-based government, is leaving his post at the Center for Democracy and Technology to press for change from within the administration at the National Institute for Standards and Technology, reported. After working at the Washington civil liberties group for nearly 13 years, Schwartz announced Monday that he has accepted an offer to become a NIST senior adviser for Internet policy. The move will allow him to continue examining issues related to identity management, cybersecurity and privacy, he said.

Posted: Tuesday, August 10, 2010 - 9:58am

MO GOPer Coordinates On Health Care

Health care is back to the front burner in MO these days, after a proposition that would allow the state to opt out of the new health care law's individual mandate passed by overwhelming margins there last week.

On the same day Show-Me State voters went to the polls to select their nominees for this fall's elections, they also passed Proposition C, a direct challenge to a key pillar of the health care law. The measure passed with more than 70% of the vote.

Posted: Tuesday, August 10, 2010 - 9:16am

CT GOV: Self Funders Versus The Political Establishment

Two wealthy businessmen who have spent millions of their money to become the next governor of Connecticut are squaring off against politically-experienced challengers without the resources, but with the late momentum in today's Democratic and Republican gubernatorial primaries in the race to succeed retiring Gov. Jodi Rell (R).

Posted: Tuesday, August 10, 2010 - 8:11am

Ted Stevens Possibly Aboard Crashed Plane

Former Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens (R) may have been on board a plane that crashed last night in Western Alaska, according to the Anchorage Daily News:

Posted: Tuesday, August 10, 2010 - 7:20am

McMahon Poised To Smackdown Primary Opposition

Linda McMahon (R), a wrestling magnate sporting a colorful background running the WWE's business affairs, is heavily favored to emerge as the Republican nominee against Attorney General Richard Blumenthal in the Connecticut Senate primary to succeed retiring Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT).

Posted: Tuesday, August 10, 2010 - 6:00am

The Unrelenting Economy

One of the fascinating things about wave elections is that the party in power often has raised significantly more money nationally, district by district and state by state; it may have invested in strong field organization efforts; it may have done everything in its power to insulate itself from a

Posted: Tuesday, August 10, 2010 - 12:00am

Former Sen. Ted Stevens (R)

News that former Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, died in an August 9 plane crash in southwest Alaska should prove shocking for both his home state and the Washington, D.C. establishment that has known the power broker since he arrived in the Senate in 1968.Stevens survived a plane crash in 1978 at An

Posted: Tuesday, August 10, 2010 - 12:00am