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When Insider Credentials Don't Work

Sen. Bob Bennett (R-UT) is a top-ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) has spent 30 years delivering for his home state. And Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) is the first person from her state ever to chair the Senate Agriculture Committee.

Bennett and Specter lost their re-nomination battles. Lincoln was forced into a runoff, being held today, that could mean the end of her own career, as many believe LG Bill Halter (D) is the favorite to win.

Posted: Tuesday, June 8, 2010 - 3:32pm

Poll Finds Public Concern Over Online Privacy

A new poll shows that a large majority of consumers are concerned about being tracked on the Internet and favor a proposal from privacy groups to create a "do not track list." The survey, commissioned by the tech and telecom industry research group Precursor LLC, found that 81 percent of those polled said they were "somewhat" or "very" concerned about companies tracking their Web surfing habits and using that information for advertising, while 88 percent said it is "unfair" for companies to do such tracking without an Internet user's permission.

Posted: Tuesday, June 8, 2010 - 3:01pm

Daniels Demurs On WH Talk

IN Gov. Mitch Daniels, who may be wrestling with a WH, also might be toying with another question: '12 or '16.

"No one in this town ever, ever, ever believes that people mean what they say," he said when asked about what tonight's D.C.-based fundraiser for his PAC means. "Every penny of that's going to be spent in Indiana," he told reporters today at the Heritage Foundation.

Posted: Tuesday, June 8, 2010 - 2:25pm

FTC Rejects Group's Request For COPPA Safe Harbor

The FTC Tuesday said it has rejected a proposal by the Internet safety education group iSAFE to operate a self-regulatory program that would allow firms that sign up for it to comply with the provisions of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act. The FTC voted 5-0 to reject iSAFE's application to operate a "safe harbor" program in compliance with COPPA, which requires Web sites aimed at children under 13 to obtain parental consent before collecting information from them.

Posted: Tuesday, June 8, 2010 - 12:35pm

Crist Removes Pro-Life Language

FL Gov. Charlie Crist (I) has removed pro-life language from his campaign website, the latest move in an effort to distance himself from the GOPers who forced him out of the party.

Crist's website, which touts his "independence" and "integrity," now includes sections on open government, offshore drilling, fiscal responsibility and immigration, but it says little about social issues. Ex-FL House Speaker Marco Rubio's (R) camp noticed the omission and forwarded a previous page to reporters.

Posted: Tuesday, June 8, 2010 - 12:28pm

The Day Of The Woman?

In '92, the number of women candidates who won election made it the "Year of the Woman." And while both parties have struggled to recruit top women candidates this year, a good number of strong women candidates could emerge from today's primaries.

Posted: Tuesday, June 8, 2010 - 11:13am

Army Looking To Virtual World For Soldier Training

The Army wants to develop a massive virtual world populated by 10,000 avatars that are managed by artificial intelligence and operate over a 32-mile square simulated landscape, Nextgov.com reported. Officials at the Army Research, Development and Engineering Command's Simulation and Technology Training Center said they want a systems integrator to put together a virtual world that includes soldiers, vehicles and weapons that can move around a landscape built from Defense Department digital terrain elevation data.

Posted: Tuesday, June 8, 2010 - 11:04am

EU Court Upholds Roaming Caps

The European Union's highest court Tuesday upheld a EU law that set caps on the cost that its citizens have to pay to use their mobile phones in another European country. The Court of Justice upheld the EU law imposing limits on the prices that mobile operators can charge users for roaming in other EU countries, saying it was justified because it was aimed at ensuring the "functioning of the EU's internal market," according to a Court of Justice statement. "Today's court ruling is significant because it confirms the commission's view that legislation of this type was necessary and that

Posted: Tuesday, June 8, 2010 - 10:40am

Approval Ratings Worse Than '94

Dems are loathe to accept the comparison, and GOPers are giddy at their similar prospects, but in one important respect the '10 midterms are different from the '94 contests: Incumbents are actually less popular.

A new Washington Post/ABC News survey shows just 49% of voters approve of the job their member of Congress is doing. That's 10 points below the same poll's numbers in Oct. '06, just 2 weeks before Dems retook control of Congress; and it's 2 points lower than the rating voters gave their incumbents just days before the '94 midterms, when the GOP took over.

Posted: Tuesday, June 8, 2010 - 10:06am

IA SEN: Conlin Plots Grassley Challenge

Poll Times: 7 a.m.-9 p.m. statewide.

In IA, candidates must receive the most votes, and at least 35% of the vote to win. There is no runoff. Should a candidate fail to obtain the necessary percentage, it will fall to the party, and convention delegates.

Dems: '82 GOV nominee/ex-U.S. Atty Roxanne Conlin (D), Atty/ex-state Sen. Tom Fiegen (D), ex-state Rep./ex-IA DoT transp. planner Bob Krause (D).

GOPers: Sen. Chuck Grassley (R) is unopposed.

Posted: Tuesday, June 8, 2010 - 9:49am