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Cybersecurity Coordinator Set To Hire Deputy

White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt is expected to name Sameer Bhalotra his deputy cybersecurity coordinator soon, Nextgov.com reported. According to sources, Bhalotra, a professional staffer on the Senate Intelligence Committee, sent out notes last night informing people of his move to the White House. Bhalotra has gained deep respect within the ranks of cybersecurity circles as a strong cyber adviser.

Posted: Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 2:47pm

Wyden Calls For FCC Probe Of ETFs

Wireless operators came under more pressure from some lawmakers Thursday for the fees they charge customers for breaking their wireless phone contracts. In a letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., called on the commission to launch an investigation into these early termination fees (ETFs) charged by wireless carriers to determine what costs they are trying to offset with the fees. AT&T came under fire last week from Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., after the wireless firm announced it was raising its ETFs for some of its smart phones.

Posted: Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 2:18pm

Updating The NRCC Clip And Save

Each month, DC media outlets bring you the latest fundraising numbers from each party committee. But only on Hotline OnCall can you find the context that makes those numbers matter.

From now on, we'll provide a monthly look at how the committees have done over the previous reporting period, as well as a look at how each has done since Jan. 1, '06. Today, our updated chart, current through April 30 (That is, reflecting reports filed with the FEC on May 20).

Posted: Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 1:30pm

Updating The DCCC Clip And Save

Each month, DC media outlets bring you the latest fundraising numbers from each party committee. But only on Hotline OnCall can you find the context that makes those numbers matter.

From now on, we'll provide a monthly look at how the committees have done over the previous reporting period, as well as a look at how each has done since Jan. 1, '06. Today, our updated chart, current through April 30 (That is, reflecting reports filed with the FEC on May 20).

Posted: Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 12:00pm

The Google Giant

Hotline executive editor John Mercurio writes:

Posted: Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 10:00am

Hotline After Dark -- Just Answer The Question

"World News" led with the top kill procedure to hopefully plug the oil leak. "Evening News" led with top kill. "Nightly News" led with top kill.

Gov. Ed Rendell (D) went "On the Record" 5/26 p.m.

Posted: Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 8:53am

Panel Weighs Challenges Of Thwarting Terrorists On Web

From this morning's Earlybird: • "A House Homeland Security panel Wednesday struggled with how to curb the recruitment of terrorists on the Internet while still protecting freedom of speech," CongressDailyAM (subscription) reports.

Posted: Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 8:45am

CT SEN: Blumenthal Still Up Big

CT AG Richard Blumenthal (D) maintains a sizable lead over ex-World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon (R) in the race to succeed Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT), despite recent revelations that he occasionally overstated his military record, a new poll shows.

The poll was conducted from May 24 and 25 by Quinnipiac Univ., surveying 1,159 registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 2.9%.

General Election Matchup

Blumenthal 56% (-5 from 3/15)
McMahon 31 (+3)

Posted: Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 7:11am

Survey Shows Consumer Confusion With Cell Phone Bills

One in six users say they have experienced "bill shock" from unexpectedly high mobile phone bills, according to a new FCC survey released Wednesday. Of those who experienced bill shock, 84 percent said their cell phone providers did not contact them when they were about to exceed their allowed minutes, text messages, or data downloads. The survey found that 88 percent said their carrier did not notify them after their bill increased suddenly. More than a third reported bill hikes of $50, while 23 percent experienced jumps of $100 or more.

Posted: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 7:35pm

Spratt Challenger Shows Good Poll

Rep. John Spratt (D-SC) faces the toughest challenge of his career, according to a new survey conducted for his GOP challenger, as party strategists say they are increasingly confident in their ability to knock off the chairman of the House Budget Committee.

The Public Opinion Strategies (R) poll conducted for state Sen. Mick Mulvaney (R), obtained by Hotline OnCall, surveyed 400 likely voters between May 17-18 for a margin of error of +/- 5.3%. Spratt and Mulvaney were tested against each other.

Posted: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 5:01pm