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Is Pawlenty's Fiscal Reputation A House Of Cards?

Lame-duck MN Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) has a reputation to protect as a fiscal hawk as he eyes the '12 presidential race, but he's drawing fire from all sides in the MN GOV race to over what his critics say is an ineffective and wasteful program on the state level.

Posted: Wednesday, August 25, 2010 - 2:27pm

Buck Posts First General Lead

Weld Co. DA Ken Buck (R) holds an early lead over Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO), according to the first live-call poll taken after the Aug. 10 primary.

Buck has support from 49% of likely voters, according to the Reuters/Ipsos poll, while 40% back Bennet. Still, 54% of the state's registered independent voters say they are undecided, with Bennet leading among that group by a 27%-17% margin. Among all registered voters, Buck leads Bennet 44%-40%.

Posted: Wednesday, August 25, 2010 - 2:00pm

Dem House Strategy: Go Negative Early

As we turn toward the general election, Democrats are revealing a key component of their strategy for trying to retain their House majority: Going negative.

Already, there are 8 incumbent House Dems who have gone on the air with negative ads against their GOP opponents. The ads show that Dems -- and the DCCC -- view these next few weeks as critical. They want to define -- or smear, depending on how you look at it -- their Republican opponents immediately after they emerge from their primaries.

Posted: Wednesday, August 25, 2010 - 1:30pm

White House IT Crackdown Might Actually Boost Some Vendors

Some contractors are welcoming the White House's threat to cut off funding for risky information technology projects as a moment that could be financially advantageous to them, Nextgov.com reported. The Office of Management and Budget on Monday released a list of roughly 30 at-risk, mission-critical IT projects worth about $30 billion that need reworking. Simultaneously, OMB officials are deciding the fate of about 30 financial system projects, a historically costly class of IT systems that the White House halted on June 28. Agencies must downsize the projects or scrap them to start afresh.

Posted: Wednesday, August 25, 2010 - 12:55pm

FTC Official Wary About Uses Of Data Beyond Ads

The head of the FTC's consumer protection bureau says while he believes most consumers do not mind getting targeted online ads based on their Web surfing habits they will continue to be wary that information collected for advertising purposes could be used for other activities. During a discussion taped earlier this month for a segment of C-SPAN's "The Communicators" series to be broadcast on Sept. 11, FTC Consumer Protection Bureau Director David Vladeck said the agency wants to ensure that sensitive data such as medical information or financial information are not used inappropriately.

Posted: Wednesday, August 25, 2010 - 12:08pm

Obama Seeks $1M For DCCC

Pres. Obama made a fundraising appeal for the DCCC on Tuesday, asking supporters to raise $1M before the Aug. 31 monthly deadline.

In a message posted on the DCCC website, Obama draws a direct line between the financial goal and success in November.

"Democrats will retain the House of Representatives this year, as long as you continue working to help them win," Obama wrote.

Posted: Wednesday, August 25, 2010 - 9:22am

Wednesday's Starting Lineup

Good Wednesday Morning. Hotline On Call is still sifting through the election results last night and pouring our second cup of coffee. In the Starting Lineup today: Sarah Palin has a good night, Ron Klein goes negative immediately, electoral volatility leading to surprises and Rand Paul getting a boost from Haley Barbour.

Be sure to check out links to our coverage of yesterday's primaries after the jump.

Posted: Wednesday, August 25, 2010 - 7:53am

Court Strikes Down FCC Auction Rules

The Third Circuit Court of Appeals struck down two FCC auction rules on Tuesday that required small businesses not to lease more than 50 percent of their winning spectrum to third parties and to wait ten years before reselling any of it, Broadcasting and Cable reported. The court found the rules to be in violation of the Administrative Procedures Act because they were imposed without sufficient notice and comment.

Posted: Wednesday, August 25, 2010 - 7:44am

VT GOV: Extra Innings For Shumlin, Racine

State Senate Pres. Pro Tem Peter Shumlin (D) and state Sen. Doug Racine (D) wake up this morning to find that they're still in a dogfight for the Dem nod in the VT-GOV race as less than 100 votes separate the two with St. Albans still left to report its numbers according to the AP.

Posted: Wednesday, August 25, 2010 - 7:08am

Miller Leads Murkowski By Narrow Margin

Updated 8:45 a.m.

Wildly surpassing expectations, attorney Joe Miller (R) is leading Sen. LIsa Murkowski (R-AK) as elections officials in the Last Frontier count ballots.

With 98% of precincts reporting, Miller leads Murkowski 51.09%-48.91% -- a difference of about 2,000 votes out of nearly 90K cast.

Posted: Wednesday, August 25, 2010 - 6:58am