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Tuesday's Starting Lineup

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

Posted: Tuesday, June 15, 2010 - 7:53am

Senate Race Rankings: Not So Fast, Democrats

Updated at 7:56 a.m. on June 15 .Wins by controversial GOP candidates Rand Paul in Kentucky and Sharron Angle in Nevada have helped to make the Senate picture look a bit more promising for Senate Democrats. Even so, Democrats are still far from assured of winning in either state and are like

Posted: Tuesday, June 15, 2010 - 12:00am

Nunnelee Leads Childers In GOP Poll

Just two weeks after his 51% primary victory, state Sen. Alan Nunnelee (R) now leads Rep. Travis Childers (D-MS) by eight points, according to a poll conducted for his campaign.

The Tarrance Group (R) poll conducted for Nunnelee, obtained by Hotline OnCall, surveyed 303 likely voters between June 8-9 for a margin of error of +/- 5.6%. Nunnelee and Childers were tested.


Posted: Monday, June 14, 2010 - 5:50pm

Kerry and Snowe to FCC: Pick up 'White Space' Pace

Get a move on, FCC! That's the underlying message in a letter that Senate Communications Subcommittee Chairman John Kerry, D-Mass., and Senate Commerce member Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, sent to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski Monday urging the agency to open up the so-called white space to wireless broadband providers. "The commission has already taken the first step but we encourage you to move expeditiously to conclude the TV white spaces proceeding--as recommended in the national broadband plan," they wrote.

Posted: Monday, June 14, 2010 - 5:16pm

Bentley Camp In Turmoil As Huck Allies Take Over

Allies of ex-AR Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) have taken over state Rep. Robert Bentley's (R) AL GOV campaign, firing key staff in a shakeup that could impact Bentley just a month before the July 13 runoff.

Bentley, the more conservative candidate in the race to replace retiring Gov. Bob Riley (R), surprised political observers by finishing in second place in the state's June 1 primary. Shortly after, his former staffers allege, he forced out his top 3 aides, all at Huckabee's behest.

Posted: Monday, June 14, 2010 - 3:49pm

NRA Gets Carve Out In DISCLOSE Act

Powerful gun lobbying group, the National Rifle Association, has won a carve-out in the DISCLOSE Act that will exempt them from having to disclose the names of top donors behind its political ads, according to sources. After the NRA threatened to oppose the legislation, which would require companies, unions and other parties to disclose the donors behind political ads, House Democrats negotiated with the NRA to find common ground.

Posted: Monday, June 14, 2010 - 3:12pm

NRCC Recruit Fincher Goes Negative In Primary

The farmer from Frog Jump has a fierce fighting side. Stephen Fincher (R), one of the NRCC's favorite recruits this cycle, is up with a new, and unannounced, attack ad slamming a GOP rival for being too much like House Dems.

Fincher's new ad takes on physician Ron Kirkland (R), another well-funded contender in the race to replace retiring Rep. John Tanner (D-TN). The ad accuses Kirkland of being complicit in thousands of dollars of donations to Dems while Kirkland headed the American Medical Group Association.

Posted: Monday, June 14, 2010 - 2:20pm

Bill Proposes Cyber Workforce Reforms

A bipartisan group of lawmakers on Thursday unveiled yet another bill that would help the government respond to a major cybersecurity attack. The Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act, sponsored by Sens. Tom Carper, D-Del., Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, includes key provisions that would mandate continuous monitoring and create a new cyber office at the White House. But the bill also includes some provisions to improve the recruitment and retention of the cybersecurity workforce. Continue reading on

Posted: Monday, June 14, 2010 - 1:23pm

Survey: Cloud Computing To Make Huge Strides By 2020

Mobile computing will outpace desktop technology in the next 10 years if challenges to access, security and interoperability are overcome, according to a study from the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life Project released on Friday. The report, a survey of nearly 900 Internet and technology experts, found that 72 percent of respondents believed technology users will conduct business using shared mobile platforms and smart phone applications rather than desktop computing. Easy access to information and the growing use of mobile devices will be key drivers of this trend, they said.

Posted: Monday, June 14, 2010 - 1:13pm

Biden To Fundraise For Giannoulias

VP Joe Biden will attend a fundraiser in Chicago for IL SEN candidate/IL Treas. Alexi Giannoulias on June 21st, the Giannoulias campaign announced today.

Posted: Monday, June 14, 2010 - 1:10pm