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CT Conventions Kick Off Tomorrow

Dems and GOPers will meet in convention separately this weekend to bestow endorsements on favored candidates as questions swirl over AG Dick Blumenthal's (D) presentation of his Vietnam War-era record.

For each party, candidates must receive at least 15% of delegates to qualify for the Aug. 10 primary, but must receive more than 50% to receive the official party endorsement.

Posted: Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 9:39am

Hotline After Dark -- Yes We Arkansas

"World News" and "Evening News" led with the arrival of the heavy oil in the LA marshlands. "Nightly News" led with voter discontent.

AR LG Bill Halter (D) went on the "Ed Show" 5/19 p.m.

Posted: Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 8:56am

Transportation Groups Raise Concerns About Energy Bill

From this morning's Earlybird: • "Major transportation industry groups have 'grave concerns' about a draft Senate climate and energy plan because it imposes new fees on the industry and diverts too much of that revenue elsewhere," CongressDailyAM (subscription) reports. • "Although 'K Street' is virtually synonymous with the lobbying profession, most of Washington's major firms are not on K Street anymore," the Washington Post reports.

Posted: Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 8:46am

Lawmakers Want Action In Google Wi-Fi Controversy

From this morning's Earlybird: • "Energy and Commerce ranking member Joe Barton," R-Texas, "and Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., a senior member of the Energy and Commerce panel... urged the FTC to examine recent revelations that Google has collected information from private but unsecure Wi-Fi networks," CongressDailyAM (subscription) reports. • "Adding an anti-porn amendment to a science authorization bill failed to assuage House Republicans, who blocked passage of the bill for the second straight week Wednesday," Roll Call reports.

Posted: Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 8:42am

Thursday's Starting Lineup

Good Thursday morning. It's May 20, the day committees file their monthly money reports. Be sure to follow @FECtweets on Twitter to get the latest money numbers and our observations about each party's financial health.

Here's today's Starting Lineup, previewing the people who matter in politics today:

Posted: Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 7:50am

The Burqa Ban And The Erosion Of Human Rights

ABOUT THE GUEST COLUMNIST Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., is the chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission) and a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. French President Nicolas Sarkozy 's promotion of a ban on burqas seems to be exacerba

Posted: Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 12:00am

Dem Challenges Administration On School Turnarounds

Union leaders and a House Democrat pushed back this morning against the administration's proposals for turning around chronically underperforming schools. A newly released plan from Rep. Judy Chu of California criticizes the four models for improving the nation's worst schools pushed by the ad

Posted: Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 12:00am

Pelosi Criticizes GOP For Blocking Competes Bill

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., criticized Republicans Wednesday for blocking passage of legislation that would reauthorize research and development programs, boost science, math and technology education, and other programs aimed at boosting U.S. competitiveness. For the second time, Democratic efforts to gain passage of a bill reauthorizing the America COMPETES Act failed after they were unable to muster the two-thirds vote needed to pass the bill on the House floor under the suspension of the rules.

Posted: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 5:39pm

Watchdog: Poor Security Leaves VA Systems Open To Attack

An internal agency watchdog said the Veterans Affairs Department runs unsecure Web application servers, uses weak or default passwords to protect its hardware and software, and does not comprehensively monitor connections between its systems and the Internet, Nextgov.com reported. These conditions leave department systems vulnerable to penetration or attack, said VA Assistant Inspector General Belinda Finn in testimony before the House Veterans Affairs Committee Wednesday.

Posted: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 4:30pm

Labor Willing To Spend More For Halter

The AFL-CIO wants credit for helping LG Bill Halter (D) force Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) into a runoff election, and they've pledged to keep spending to support Halter's cause in advance of the June 8 rematch.

"We are certainly ready and able to spend whatever we need to spend on behalf of Halter," said AFL-CIO Pol. Dir. Karen Ackerman. "We will spend the next 3 weeks ... continuing the campaign to turn out voters."

Posted: Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - 4:21pm