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Fisher Wins Slim Victory

OH LG Lee Fisher (D) will face ex-Rep. Rob Portman (R) in the race to fill an open SEN seat, but only after winning a smaller-than-expected victory over his Dem rival.

With 85% of the vote counted just after 11 p.m., Fisher led the Dem primary with 54% over Sec/State Jennifer Brunner (D), who was taking 46%.

Fisher raised much more money than Brunner during the primary, and he spent at least $900K on TV ads during the final weeks of the primary. That amount -- more than Brunner had raised during her entire campaign -- was enough to win the Dem nod.

Posted: Tuesday, May 4, 2010 - 11:26pm

NC SEN Candidates Headed To Runoff

The leading Dems in the race to face Sen. Richard Burr (R) are headed to a June 22 runoff after neither leading contender achieved 40% of the vote.

Sec/State Elaine Marshall (D) lead the field with 36.5%, while ex-state Sen. Cal Cunningham (D) finished with 27.3% of the vote. Attorney Ken Lewis, who had the support of top African American leaders in the state, finished with about 17.1% of the vote, with 89 of 100 counties reporting their results.

Posted: Tuesday, May 4, 2010 - 10:35pm

Google Defends AdMob Deal

Google Tuesday defended its proposed acquisition of mobile advertising provider AdMob by pointing to comments from other players in the mobile market to bolster its claim that the deal will not harm competition. The FTC is currently weighing whether to approve Google's $750 million purchase of AdMob.

Posted: Tuesday, May 4, 2010 - 9:12pm

Crowell To Leave FCC

A key adviser to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced Tuesday that he is leaving the commission. Senior Counselor Colin Crowell said he planned to leave the agency in June to "explore other professional opportunities." Before joining the FCC, Crowell spent years as the top telecommunications staffer to Rep.

Posted: Tuesday, May 4, 2010 - 5:03pm

Report: Watchdogs Missing

The U.S. government is currently missing 21 percent of its inspectors general and auditors at agencies across Washington, according to an investigation by the Center for Public Integrity. The group says 15 of the 73 inspectors general, chief auditors, or whistleblower protection jobs across government currently are vacant or are being covered by acting officials. They include posts at the State Department, Central Intelligence Agency, Environmental Protection Agency, Labor Department, and the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Posted: Tuesday, May 4, 2010 - 4:15pm

A Primary Primer

We'll have 3 new SEN nominees when polls close in key states tonight. Be sure to check out our previews, from Friday, of IN, NC and OH primaries.

Posted: Tuesday, May 4, 2010 - 3:46pm

Privacy Groups Blast Draft Privacy Bill

A group of privacy advocates expressed strong disappointment with draft privacy legislation unveiled Tuesday by the leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Communications Subcommittee, with some saying it might be worse than the status quo. While some of the groups praised Subcommittee Chairman Rick Boucher, D-Va.

Posted: Tuesday, May 4, 2010 - 3:37pm

Strickland Uses First Ad To Attack

Gov. Ted Strickland (D) released his first TV ad today in the OH GOV race, attacking ex-Rep. John Kasich (R) for voting for trade deals like NAFTA and for working for Lehman Brothers after he left Congress. The ad features an ex-factory worker, Meghan Cofield, who says her job was "shipped to China" as a result of trade deals.

Posted: Tuesday, May 4, 2010 - 3:14pm

Rubio Supports Drilling, Unsure On Mirandizing Suspect

Ex-FL House Speaker Marco Rubio (R) said today that even in light of the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, U.S. oil drilling will continue.

"There is going to be drilling off the coast of the United States," Rubio told a gaggle of reporters while in DC for a fundraiser. "Venezuela's going to do it. China's going to do it. Russia's going to do it. Cuba might do it."

Posted: Tuesday, May 4, 2010 - 2:19pm

No New White House Rules On Health Care Lobbying

After Congress passed the $900 billion stimulus package in February 2009, the Obama administration implemented new restrictions on lobbyist communications with executive branch officials in an effort to reduce the influence of special interests. So when the health care bill passed in March, K Street wondered if the administration would create another set of rules on lobbyists working on its implementation. The answer is no, according to Nancy-Ann DeParle, head of the White House Office of Health Reform.

Posted: Tuesday, May 4, 2010 - 1:53pm