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Wyden Poll: Nothing To See Here

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) is leading his GOP challenger by a wide margin, according to a new survey conducted for the incumbent's campaign.

The survey shows Wyden leading law school professor Jim Huffman (R) by a 53%-23% margin. Green Party candidate Rick Staggenborg and Libertarian Marc Delphine each collect 2% support.

Posted: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 - 12:15pm

NV GOV: What's In A Name?

Clark Co. Commission chair Rory Reid (D) has launched his first ad of the general election, but he conspicuously omits a factor that could play a key role in his campaign -- his last name.

The 30-second spot features a host of children touting Reid's plans to revamp the Silver State's school system. "My plans as governor are all about them, and when it comes to their education, I'll never, ever compromise," Reid says.

Posted: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 - 11:27am

TARP Backers Rack Up Losses

GOPers who supported George W. Bush's urgent request for money aimed at bailing out Wall Street have a troubled asset of their own: A vote for the TARP program has proven a sure political loser in a series of GOP primaries this year.

Posted: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 - 10:36am

Haley Eschews Labels, Thanks Palin

SC State Rep. Nikki Haley (R) acknowledged the role key endorsements played in her upstart campaign while downplaying her ground-breaking win in the SC GOP primary last night.

In an interview with MSNBC Wednesday morning, Haley said ex-AK Gov. Sarah Palin (R) had given her campaign a key boost. Palin appeared with Haley at a rally in Columbia, then in a TV ad as Haley's numbers surged.

"Gov. Palin has been fabulous at getting people to understand the power of their voice," Haley said on "Morning Joe." "She gave us the push we needed at the time."

Posted: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 - 9:43am

Rules Committee Meeting On DISCLOSE Act

The House Rules Committee will meet today to formulate guidelines for a campaign finance bill aimed at increasing disclosure requirements as Dem leadership makes a final push toward getting the bill through the House.

The DISCLOSE Act is likely to hit the floor on Thursday, according to multiple Dem sources. But aides aren't certain it has the votes to pass yet. A series of meetings with key constituencies within the Dem caucus today, leadership aides hope, will be enough to clear the final hurdles.

Posted: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 - 9:15am

Watchdogs Chide FCC For Meeting Privately With Tech Companies

From this morning's Earlybird: • The Federal Communications Commission "came under fire Tuesday from public-interest groups demanding that the agency -- which regularly trumpets its openness -- disclose its private meetings with telecommunications industry lobbyists," CongressDailyAM (subscription) reports. • "A handful of Members of Congress have accepted more than $100,000 worth of free international travel from the religious organization affiliated with the 'C Street house,' a Capitol Hill townhouse linked to recent Congressional sex scandals," Roll Call (subscription) reports.

Posted: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 - 9:12am

San Francisco Enacts Cellphone Radiation Disclosure Law

From this morning's Earlybird: • "San Francisco on Tuesday became the first U.S. jurisdiction to respond to increased concerns over possible links between cellphone use and cancer, adopting a city ordinance requiring retailers to post the radiation levels of mobile phones," the Washington Post reports. • "Just three years ago, Apple wasn't in the mobile-phone business at all," the Wall Street Journal reports. "Since then, its game-changing iPhone has become the most influential smartphone in the world."

Posted: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 - 8:30am

Wednesday's Starting Lineup

Good Wednesday morning. In this space last week, we predicted the US would beat Slovakia. A draw wasn't good enough, so we'll avoid making predictions about today's match against Algeria, which kicks off at 9:30 a.m. ET.

Here's today's Starting Lineup, previewing the people who will make a difference in politics today:

Posted: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 - 7:35am

Ron Fournier To Join National Journal Group As Editor-In-Chief

Atlantic Media Company announced today that nationally-acclaimed journalist Ron Fournier will join the firm in the newly-created position of editor-in-chief of the National Journal Group. He will oversee the editorial operations of a unified newsroom that will include, Nationa

Posted: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 - 12:00am

Matheson Rolls In UT

Rep. Jim Matheson (D) easily turned back a challenge from retired teacher Claudia Wright (D), who sought to run to Matheson's left. The AP called the race with Matheson leading, 68-32%; 31% of precincts were reporting.

Matheson was on track to win nearly all of the CD's 16 counties, including the population base of Salt Lake Co., where Wright was expected to fare well in some of the county's liberal enclaves. Instead, Matheson took 64% there.

Posted: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - 11:56pm