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Wednesday's Starting Lineup

Good Wednesday morning. Remember when this World Cup was a South American affair? So much for that: The Dutch guaranteed yesterday that the final will be an all-European match, once Spain and Germany decide their contest today.

Here's today's Starting Lineup, previewing the people who will make a difference in politics today:

Posted: Wednesday, July 7, 2010 - 6:59am

For Congressional Dems, Time Is Almost Up

For months now, the alarm bells have been sounding for President Obama . First there was the drop in support among independents. Then his precipitous drop in support among white voters. Now comes the predictable news that Wall Street donors, sick of being used as political punching bags, are no lo

Posted: Wednesday, July 7, 2010 - 12:00am

Arizona Dems Oppose Immigration Lawsuit

AZ Dems facing tough re-election fights this year are unhappy with a lawsuit the Justice Department filed today aimed at scrapping the state's harsh new anti-immigration law.

Posted: Tuesday, July 6, 2010 - 4:44pm

Reid Takes Down Mock Web Site Of GOP Rival

The re-election campaign of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has taken down a Web site it launched showing his Republican competitor's controversial views on many issues after receiving a "cease and desist" letter from her campaign. Reid's campaign last week created "The Real Sharron Angle" Web site that mirrored Senate GOP nominee Sharron Angle's old Web site and included some of her more controversial stands on issues such as her call to eliminate Social Security and support for storing nuclear waste at Nevada's Yucca Mountain.

Posted: Tuesday, July 6, 2010 - 4:03pm

Ellsworth Cites Law Background In First Ad

Staying in step with a major theme of his general election campaign so far, Rep. Brad Ellsworth (D-08) released his first TV ad today, in which he reminds voters of his work as a sheriff, and aims to distance himself from DC.

"One thing that 25 years as a sheriff teaches you is zero tolerance for bull," Ellsworth says in the 30-second spot. "There's too much at stake. But out in Washington it's like they live and breathe the stuff."

Posted: Tuesday, July 6, 2010 - 3:51pm

Tuesday Fundraising Report

AL 02: Montgomery city coincillor Martha Roby (R) raised $100K between May 13 and June 23 in advance of her runoff election, leaving her with $112K in the bank. She faces businessman Rick Barber (R), who had $25K left over. The winner of the July 13 runoff will face Rep. Bobby Bright (D), who through June 23 had $648K in the bank.

Posted: Tuesday, July 6, 2010 - 3:50pm

Administration Seeks Feedback On Nanotech Priorities

The Obama administration on Tuesday began soliciting feedback on a new strategy for agencies to help revolutionize industry through the use of nanotechnology, Nextgov.com reported. The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy issued a request for information from industry, academia and other stakeholders on specific approaches that will be published in a December strategic plan. In the document, officials posed questions based on the last national plan -- developed in 2007 -- about future research priorities, funding, coordination, partnerships, evaluations and policy.

Posted: Tuesday, July 6, 2010 - 3:48pm

Staff Changes At The FCC

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced Tuesday that he has tapped Rick Kaplan to be his new chief counsel and senior legal adviser. Kaplan will succeed Bruce Gottlieb, who is leaving the FCC at the end of July. Kaplan already works for the FCC, serving most recently as chief of staff to Commissioner Mignon Clyburn since she joined the commission last year. Prior to that, he worked as the deputy coordinator of the FCC's digital television task force. Before joining the FCC, Kaplan was an associate at the Sidley Austin law firm and also worked in the U.S. House of Representatives'

Posted: Tuesday, July 6, 2010 - 3:36pm

Axelrod To Illinois For Giannoulias

WH senior advisor David Axelrod is the latest Obama admin figure to schedule a stop in IL for Treas. Alexi Giannoulias (D). Axelrod will headline a fundraiser for the IL SEN candidate 7/25.

He's at least the fourth major admin figure to headline an event for Giannoulias. VP Joe Biden, WH dep. CoS Jim Messina, Obama '08 mgr David Plouffe and Educ. Sec. Arne Duncan have all raised money on Giannoulias's behalf, though the Dem is still struggling to keep pace with Rep. Mark Kirk's (R) torrid fundraising pace.

Posted: Tuesday, July 6, 2010 - 3:31pm

GOP Moves Toward West Virginia Suit

Top GOP strategists are plotting ways to force WV to hold a special election this year, in hopes of giving the party a better chance to pick off the seat of the late Sen. Robert Byrd (D-WV), according to several party sources.

The RNC and the WV GOP are exploring ways to bring a lawsuit that would force the Mountaineer State to hold an election earlier than planned, the sources said. That could be the best option for the GOP, which believes it can win Byrd's seat in this favorable political climate.

Posted: Tuesday, July 6, 2010 - 2:48pm