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Posted: Friday, July 16, 2010 - 3:30pm

Murray Ad Blitz Kicks Off With Veterans

Sen. Patty Murray (D) is up with her first TV ad, a 30-second spot in which she highlights support from veterans. The ad, produced by Karl Struble, features various veterans praising the incumbent, who sits on the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee. "Senator Murray stopped the VA from closing three hospitals," says a veteran in the ad.

Posted: Friday, July 16, 2010 - 2:22pm

TiVo Tip Sheet

Meet the Press hosts NRSC chair John Cornyn (TX) and DSCC chair Bob Menendez (NJ), and NRCC chair Pete Sessions (TX) and DCCC chair Chris Van Hollen (MD).

Face the Nation hosts TBD.

This Week hosts VP Joe Biden, ex-WH press sec. DeeDee Myers, Chicago Tribune's Clarence Page, McCain-Palin aide/ex-Bush aide Nicole Wallace and Washington Post's George Will.

Fox News Sunday hosts House Maj. Whip James Clyburn (SC) and House GOP Conference chair Mike Pence (IN).

Posted: Friday, July 16, 2010 - 1:39pm

The Week Ahead Features Minority Media Telecom Conference

There are several tech and telecom-related events next week. Here are some of the highlights: Monday: The Minority Media and Telecom Council will host its two-day eighth annual Access to Capital and Telecommunications Policy conference starting at 8 a.m. Speakers include FCC members Meredith Baker, Mignon Clyburn, Michael Copps and Robert McDowell. Industry officials include Information Technology Industry Council President Dean Garfield, National Cable and Telecommunications Association President Kyle McSlarrow, and National Association of Broadcasters President Gordon Smith.

Posted: Friday, July 16, 2010 - 12:23pm

GOP Candidate Bashes New Contract Effort

The GOP's efforts to involve ordinary citizens in building a new version of the Contract with America is an abdication of leadership, one of the party's own Congressional candidates.

Speaking to the Idaho Press-Tribune, state Rep. Raul Labrador (R) said he is not impressed by America Speaking Out, a project of the House GOP Conference aimed at soliciting ideas from the general public that can then morph into a campaign platform.

Posted: Friday, July 16, 2010 - 12:03pm

Reid Takes First Lead

Senate Maj. Leader Harry Reid is doing something he hasn't been able to do all cycle: Leading a poll by more than the margin of error.

Reid leads ex-Assemb. Sharron Angle (R) by a 44%-37% margin, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal/KLAS-TV survey conducted by Mason-Dixon. In the last R-J poll, conducted just before the GOP primary, Angle led by a 44%-41% margin.

Posted: Friday, July 16, 2010 - 11:16am

Manchin Picks Former Aide

WV Gov. Joe Manchin (D) is set to name former advisor Carte Goodwin to the seat once held by the late Sen. Robert Byrd in an announcement to be made later today.

The AP reported that Manchin will tap Goodwin, Manchin's former general counsel. Goodwin is from a prominent WV political family, and at just 36 years of age he has already built a hefty resume of his own.

Goodwin will fill several months of Byrd's unexpired term. State legislators are heading to a special session to revise WV's election laws to allow for a new election this year.

Posted: Friday, July 16, 2010 - 10:48am

Mark Your Calendars: The Great Debates

With more than half the primaries complete, and only 2 taking place in July, campaign season may feel like it has reached a lull.

But there is still plenty of action left to look forward to in the remaining primaries, including debates worthy of some attention. Some may make or break a race, some mark the only occasions candidates will address each other face to face this cycle and some promise to just be plain entertaining. Here are a few we've got our eye on:

Posted: Friday, July 16, 2010 - 9:58am

Friday's Starting Lineup

Good Friday morning. Your Starting Lineup may be late for a few days, given some staffing changes, but we're still here, don't worry.

Here's today's edition, a special look at the winners and losers of the second quarter fundraising circuit:


Posted: Friday, July 16, 2010 - 8:56am

GOP's Potential Lines Of Attack

"To draw more unaffiliated voters to their side," William Englund writes in this week's National Journal , "Republicans are keying on areas that might have economic ramifications but are primarily about government performance." Many of these lines of attack are targeted at President Obama si

Posted: Friday, July 16, 2010 - 12:00am