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Insiders Convinced Kagan Is In

Members of both parties on Capitol Hill fully expect that Elena Kagan will be confirmed to the Supreme Court. Dems are mostly pleased about that, though not overly enthusiastic. GOPers responded that they are more resigned to the outcome than disappointed; few are hostile.

According to the new National Journal Congressional Insiders poll, 51% of Dems were "satisfied" and another 39% were "enthusiastic" about Kagan's nomination. They emphasized her legal competence, and one called her "a breath of fresh air."

Posted: Thursday, July 1, 2010 - 3:00pm

NRA Opposes Kagan, Will Score Vote

The National Rifle Association opposes Solicitor General Elena Kagan's nomination, the group announced today, meaning a vote for her confirmation could impact a senator's chances of winning an endorsement this year.

In a letter to Sens. Pat Leahy (D-VT) and Jeff Sessions (R-AL), the 2 top members of the Senate Judiciairy Committee, NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre and chief lobbyist Chris Cox said they were concerned Kagan's statements could indicate an anti-Second Amendment outlook.

Posted: Thursday, July 1, 2010 - 12:38pm

Christie Makes His Mark On State GOP

NJ Gov. Chris Christie (R) is making a quiet move toward building his national profile, forcing a long-time party mainstay out in favor of a key political ally.

Christie has asked NJ's RNC committeeman, David Norcross, to step down from his post. In Norcross's place, Christie wants to install Bill Palatucci, his top political advisor and former law partner.

Posted: Thursday, July 1, 2010 - 11:47am

Groups Call For Changes To COPPA Rule

A coalition of child advocates and health, consumer and privacy groups urged the FTC Thursday to update a 1998 law aimed at protecting children's privacy online to include the use of new devices such as mobile phones and gaming devices to get on the Internet. The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act requires Web sites aimed at children under 13 to obtain parental consent before collecting any personally identifiable information from such children. The law, implemented in 2000, required the FTC to review its rules every five years.

Posted: Thursday, July 1, 2010 - 11:23am

Five To Watch As Second Quarter Ends

The second quarter has drawn to a close, giving candidates just 4 months to raise and spend the money necessary to pull out a win. But who's already there, and who needs a strong second quarter report to boost their chances?

Here are 5 people to watch as campaign finance reports roll in:

Posted: Thursday, July 1, 2010 - 9:45am

DNC Picks Convention Finalists

The DNC will renominate Pres. Obama in either St. Louis, Charlotte, Minneapolis or Cleveland, the party announced yesterday.

In an email to supporters last night, DNC chair Tim Kaine announced the 4 finalists. Dozens of cities expressed interest in hosting both parties' conventions, though cost and logistical considerations forced several cities out.

Posted: Thursday, July 1, 2010 - 9:14am

Boucher Seeks Compromise On FCC Bill

From this morning's Earlybird: • "House Energy and Commerce Communications Subcommittee Chairman Rick Boucher, D-Va., is conducting private meetings with broadband providers and Internet companies with the goal of crafting narrow legislation to clarify" Federal Communications Commission "authority that can pass this year," CongressDailyAM (subscription) reports. • "A robust technology research bill cleared the House in late May. An industry tax credit won the lower chamber's approval just days later," Politico reports.

Posted: Thursday, July 1, 2010 - 8:30am

Thursday's Starting Lineup

Good Thursday morning. The second quarter is over, which means candidates will begin filing their FEC reports shortly. For the latest money numbers, be sure to follow @FECtweets on Twitter.

Here's today's Starting Lineup, previewing the people who will make a difference as the week winds down:

Posted: Thursday, July 1, 2010 - 7:09am

Family, Colleagues Pay Respects To Byrd

Posted: Thursday, July 1, 2010 - 12:00am

Education Jobs Bill At Center Of Royal Rumble

Saving teachers' jobs has never been more controversial.What started in April as an attempt by Sen. Tom Harkin , D-Iowa, to provide $23 billion in federal funds to avert hundreds of thousands teacher layoffs has descended into an ugly battle pitting lawmakers, the Education Department, unions, a

Posted: Thursday, July 1, 2010 - 12:00am