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Kagan Whip Count: Specter A Yes

The confirmation hearings are over, and senators have begun to make up their minds about Solicitor General Elena Kagan. We're keeping a whip count of Kagan backers and her opponents in advance of this month's floor debate.

A note on methodology: We assume a vast majority -- if not all -- of the Dem caucus will vote to confirm Kagan. But we're going to be sticklers for a firm 'yes' -- or the very strong hint of a 'yes' in an interview.

Posted: Thursday, July 15, 2010 - 11:27am

Ayotte: Guinta A "Grandstander"

Ex-Manchester, NH, Mayor Frank Guinta (R) was grandstanding when he complained last year the Granite State wasn't getting its share of stimulus dollars, according to an email ex-AG Kelly Ayotte (R) wrote at the time. Now, the 2 may share a ballot line as they both seek federal office.

Posted: Thursday, July 15, 2010 - 10:58am

Reid Will Push Wounded DISCLOSE Act

Senate Maj. Leader Harry Reid is still planning to bring major campaign finance legislation to the Senate floor before Aug. recess, a sign some observers believe indicates Dems are willing to allow the bill to die at the hands of a GOP filibuster.

Reid had promised Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) he would bring the DISCLOSE Act to the floor. But Dems haven't been able to attract a Senate GOP sponsor, raising questions about the bill's future.

Posted: Thursday, July 15, 2010 - 10:13am

Foley Leads Primary, But Dems Ahead In Connecticut

Ex-Amb. Tom Foley (R) leads the GOP pack in the race to replace outgoing Gov. Jodi Rell (R), but he'll face a difficult hurdle against any of the possible Dems he faces in the general election, according to a new Quinnipiac Univ. survey.

Posted: Thursday, July 15, 2010 - 9:14am

4G Comes To Nations Capital

From this morning's Earlybird: • "Amid ongoing debate in Washington about broadband and expanded broadband access, Clearwire has launched a 4G wireless network in the capital, unveiling the next generation of wireless technology and stirring talk in telecom policy circles around town about a new competitor in the industry," Politico reports. • "Apple Inc. said Wednesday that it will hold a news conference Friday concerning its iPhone 4, which is facing mounting criticism over reception problems tied to antenna design," the Wall Street Journal (subscription) reports.

Posted: Thursday, July 15, 2010 - 8:30am

Thursday's Starting Lineup

Good Thursday morning. The day after the MlB All Star game always feels like an epic letdown. The only thing we needed was a good golf story. What's that? John Daly's leading the Open Championship after day one? We're satisfied.

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

Posted: Thursday, July 15, 2010 - 6:55am

UPDATED: FCC Resumes Closed-Door Sessions with Telecom Lobbyists

They're at it again behind closed doors. Powerful telecommunications industry lobbyists were back at the FCC Tuesday for another round of unannounced meetings with top agency officials to discuss a possible legislative deal on network neutrality. Major telecom and cable companies have indicated a willingness to cede ground on net neutrality if the Democratic-led FCC drops plans to regulate broadband as a public utility.

Posted: Wednesday, July 14, 2010 - 4:35pm

McCain Opens Big Lead On Hayworth

Sen. John McCain (R) has opened up a commanding lead over ex-Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R), according to a new poll in AZ, the latest sign that Hayworth's insurgent challenge from the right is spiraling to earth.

The Rocky Mountain Poll, conducted by the Behavior Research Center in Phoenix, shows McCain trouncing Hayworth by a 64%-19% margin. In the last such survey, conducted April 25, McCain held a 54%-28% lead.

McCain's expanding lead is an indication that Hayworth ceded further ground this past spring in a race he was already trailing.

Posted: Wednesday, July 14, 2010 - 4:31pm

Dems Tense Before White House Meeting

House Dems are steamed at a series of comments from the WH this week in which officials openly acknowledged the party's hold on Congress is tenuous at best, and Dem leaders will raise the issue in an Oval Office meeting with Pres. Obama tonight.

Posted: Wednesday, July 14, 2010 - 4:02pm

Feds Nearing Halfway Mark With $7.2 Billion Stimulus Funding

Federal regulators have distributed nearly half of the $7.2 billion in stimulus dollars set aside for extending broadband's reach, particularly to rural areas, with investments in 270 projects nationwide, according to a report released Wednesday by the Council of Economic Advisors. All fifty states and a few territories have received a total of $3.1 billion distributed by the Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration and the Agriculture Department's Rural Utilities Service.

Posted: Wednesday, July 14, 2010 - 3:55pm