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Senator Wants Answers On Google Wi-Fi Incident

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., wrote Google CEO Eric Schmidt Thursday seeking answers to her questions about the firm's revelation last week that it had "mistakenly" collected private data from unsecured Wi-Fi networks. In her letter to Schmidt, Klobuchar, a member of the Senate Commerce Committee, noted Google's revelation that vehicles that snap photos for Google's Street View feature and Google Maps services also scanned for wireless networks that collected the name and numerical address of such networks.

Posted: Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 5:36pm

BP Taps Gorelick

BP has hired Jamie Gorelick, a former Deputy Attorney General in the Justice Department during the Clinton administration, and several other attorneys who work with her at the firm WilmerHale. The embattled oil behemoth is expanding its team of high-powered legal beagles as it faces increased heat on Capitol Hill and several federal inquiries over its catastrophic spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Posted: Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 2:07pm

GOP Picks Scandal-Plauged Ex-Rep For Old Seat

The Staten Island GOP wants their old representative back, even after a scandal prematurely ended his political career and handed a seat to Dems.

The local party committee endorsed ex-Rep. Vito Fossella (R) in a meeting last night, picking the former 7-term member over ex-Bloomberg aide (R) and businessman Mike Grimm (R). Both Allegretti and Grimm are "On the Radar" Young Gun contenders.

Posted: Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 1:35pm

Paul On Defense Over Civil Rights Act

Ophthalmologist Rand Paul (R) is playing defense after saying in interviews he would oppose using the Civil Rights Act to impose restrictions on private businesses.

In interviews on MSNBC and with NPR this week, Paul would not say whether he would have voted for the '64 legislation, which banned many forms of discrimination. Paul said he did not support government involvement in private businesses.

Posted: Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 1:05pm

Bennett Won't Run As Write-In

Sen. Bob Bennett (R-UT) will not run for re-election as a write-in candidate, he said, ending an 18-year Senate career and bringing to a close a UT political dynasty.

In a brief statement at NRSC headquarters, Bennett said he would forgo what could have been a long-shot campaign. Bennett said he had received an outpouring of support from UT GOPers after he lost his bid for renomination at a party convention earlier this month.

Posted: Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 12:24pm

Big Drop For Whitman, Fiorina Maintains Slight Lead

Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman has blown a huge lead she held in March over Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner in the race to be the Republican nominee for California governor, a new poll released Wednesday found. The latest poll released by the Public Policy Institute of California shows Whitman's lead over Poizner has dropped from nearly 50 points in the organization's March poll. She now leads Poizner 38 percent to 29 percent.

Posted: Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 12:21pm

Van Hollen: GOP Strategy "Crashed"

Rep.-elect Mark Critz's (D-PA) victory in a special election contest on Tuesday shows the GOP's approach to the fall midterms is fundamentally flawed, DCCC chair Chris Van Hollen said today, voicing new confidence his party can avoid wide-spread losses in the fall.

"It's clear the Republicans did a test run of their November strategy in Pennsylvania 12, and that it crashed," Van Hollen told reporters today, referring to Critz's southwestern PA district.

Posted: Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 11:54am

Divergent Polls Show Close CA Fights

New polls out of the Golden State show different results as GOP contenders hurtle toward the June 8 primary, but they agree on one thing: The races for the GOP GOV and SEN nominations are getting tight.

A Public Policy Institute of CA surveyed 411 likely GOP primary voters between May 9-16 for a margin of error of +/- 4.8%. In the SEN contest, ex-Rep. Tom Campbell (R), ex-HP CEO Carly Fiorina (R) and Assemb. Chuck DeVore (R) were tested. In the GOV matchup, ex-eBay CEO Meg Whitman (R) and Insurance Commis. Steve Poizner (R) were tested.

Posted: Thursday, May 20, 2010 - 10:21am

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