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The New GOP Model: Silent Candidates

As GOPers seek to make the midterm elections a referendum on the unpopular Dem majority, the party is delivering a message to several of its candidates: Shut up.

A bumper crop of rookie candidates have earned attention from national media outlets for controversial statements or issue positions. That plays into Dems' hands; the majority is doing its best to make GOP candidates appear as non-viable options against Dem opponents.

Posted: Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 1:22pm

Lawmakers Voice Support For Blocking Movie Exchanges

A bipartisan group of 40 House members are voicing support for congressional efforts to block proposals to establish online futures exchanges based on motion picture box office receipts. In a letter Tuesday to House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson, D-Minn., and ranking member Frank Lucas, R-Okla., the lawmakers echoed concerns raised by the movie industry, which staunchly opposes the proposed movie exchanges. The Agriculture Committee has jurisdiction over the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, which is weighing the proposals.

Posted: Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 12:51pm

Quote Of The Day

A new candidate for understatement of the century:

"The Democratic nominee for Senate last night is a young man who has never run for office, unemployed, who didn't spend one penny and got 59 percent of the vote, and he's facing felony charges. That is an uphill climb."

-- Sen. Lindsey Graham, on Tuesday's Dem primary, to Fox News Channel last night.

Posted: Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 12:43pm

Romney Op-Ed Blames Obama For Spill

Ex-MA Gov. Mitt Romney (R) faults Pres. Obama for a lack of leadership in stopping the BP oil spill in an op-ed in USA Today, the first time a potential WH'12 contender has used the spill to score political points.

In the op-ed, Romney charges Obama with failing to accept responsibility, instead blaming George W. Bush and GOPers for problems the country faces today.

Posted: Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 11:36am

Reid Launches First Post-Primary Spot

Senate Maj. Leader Harry Reid is up with his first post-primary ad, making the case that only he can produce and provide for NV.

"What you see here are hundreds of jobs," says Tim Gardner, a construction worker who was unemployed until recently. "These solar jobs wouldn't be here without Harry Reid. It's that simple."

The new spot, which focuses on a solar power plant in rural NV that's produced 300 new jobs, is the latest positive ad Reid's campaign has run. Already, Reid's campaign has spent more than $1.5M on ads, though his approval ratings remain low.

Posted: Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 10:56am

Bennett Will Back Rival

Sen. Bob Bennett (R-UT) isn't going back to the Senate next year after losing his bid for renomination, but he wants a hand in selecting who will take his seat.

Bennett will endorse business consultant Tim Bridgewater (R), according to the Salt Lake Tribune. Bennett joins 2 other candidates in backing Bridgewater, who faces attorney Mike Lee (R) in the June 22 primary.

Posted: Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 10:21am

More Sparring Over FCC Broadband Regulation

Republicans in both chambers are seeking to block FCC funding from being used to implement controversial regulatory proposals being championed by the agency's Democratic chairman, Julius Genachowski, CongressDaily reported. During a Wednesday hearing before the House Financial Services Appropriations Subcommittee, Rep. John Culberson, R-Texas, vowed to amend the agency's FY11 request of $352.5 million with language barring the commission from regulating the Internet.

Posted: Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 9:56am

Facebook, PTA To Promote Safe Surfing

Facebook and the National PTA announced a partnership Thursday aimed at promoting safe and responsible Internet surfing for children, parents and teachers. The social networking site and the National PTA say they will work together to develop a "comprehensive" program aimed at tackling such issues as Internet security, cyber bullying and responsible online citizenship. The National PTA will promote the program through its 24,000 local PTA groups nationwide, while Facebook also will raise awareness about the effort among its users and through its safety center.

Posted: Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 9:38am

Florida Outsiders Roil Primary Contests

Until now, FL AG Bill McCollum (R) and Rep. Kendrick Meek (D) only had to worry about their general election opponents. But thanks to wealthy independent candidates who have launched big ad campaigns, McCollum and Meek may not even make it to the general election, according to a new survey.

Posted: Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 9:08am

Security Hole Exposes AT&T Customer Information

From this morning's Earlybird: • "AT&T Inc. acknowledged Wednesday that a security hole in its website had exposed iPad users' email addresses, a breach that highlights how corporations still have problems protecting private information," the Wall Street Journal (subscription) reports. • "Key senators are expected to introduce sweeping legislation today aimed at protecting critical federal and private computer networks," CongressDailyAM (subscription) reports.

Posted: Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 8:30am