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Previewing Tuesday's NM Primary

NM GOPers will head to the polls on Tuesday to pick a GOV nominee, seeking to return one of their own to office after Gov. Bill Richardson (D) dominated state politics for 8 years.

The tight race between Dona Ana Co. DA Susana Martinez (R) and businessman/ex-NM GOP chair Allen Weh (R) is coming down to the wire.

Posted: Friday, May 28, 2010 - 9:00am

Hotline After Dark -- Spill, Baby, Spill

"World News" led with Obama on the oil spill. "Evening News" and "Nightly News" each led with the Gulf oil spill being the biggest one ever in the U.S.

The Gulf oil spill was the talk of TV last night.

Posted: Friday, May 28, 2010 - 8:51am

Reid Runs Neck-And-Neck With GOPers In New Poll

Senate Maj. Leader Harry Reid's re-election prospects have improved considerably as the GOP primary has evolved into a legitimate three-way race, according to a new poll released today by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Posted: Friday, May 28, 2010 - 8:30am

McCarthy Sees GOP Gains, Stops Short Of Predicting A Takeover

The House GOP's deputy whip, Kevin McCarthy, who recruits for the NRCC, knows that for all of the electoral expectations trading over the last year, it's still going to be tough for the GOP to grab control of the lower chamber in Nov.

"Would we be back in this competitive position if it wasn't for the mismanagement of the Democrats? No," McCarthy said at a breakfast this a.m. hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.

"If you're the majority party, and you can't govern, it matters," he said.

Posted: Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 11:12pm

DNC Pushes Sex Scandal Story

The DNC, the political wing of a president who launched his campaign decrying slash-and-burn campaign tactics, is highlighting new stories about a sex scandal rocking a GOP primary.

Earlier today, the DNC sent around a report from WSPA, the Spartanburg, SC, CBS affiliate, in which SC blogger Will Folks says SC state Rep. Nikki Haley's (R) campaign asked him to deny an affair.

Posted: Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 8:52pm

Dingell Joins Chorus of Democrats Opposing FCC Plan

Former House Energy and Commerce Chairman John Dingell, D-Mich., became the 75th House Democrat today to oppose FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski's plan to subject broadband providers to tougher regulation. "I have strong reservations about the course the commission is presently taking," he said in a Thursday letter to the agency chief. Dingell said he's worried that Genachowski's proposal would be struck down in court, puts at risk "significant" past and future investments and could even "paralyze" other regulatory initiatives.

Posted: Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 5:08pm

Judge Bars Google From Destroying Wi-Fi Data

A federal judge in Oregon has slapped a restraining order on Google, barring the Internet firm from destroying data it says its Street View cars mistakenly collected from private Wi-Fi networks. The judge's order, filed earlier this week, requires Google to turn over two copies of the hard drive containing the data collected from home Wi-Fi networks. The order stems from a class action lawsuit filed by citizens who claim their privacy was violated by Google's collection of data from their unsecured home Wi-Fi networks. Google has come under fire on Capitol Hill over the incident.

Posted: Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 5:00pm

Experts Tout Virtual Education

Leaders of online education gathered Thursday to discuss the role that virtual learning must play in our nation's future, saying brick-and-mortar classrooms won't become obsolete but will be complemented by blended and virtual learning models. "We [the United States] were great at creating human capital but the rest of the world is catching up," said Paul Peterson, executive editor at Education Next during a forum at the Heritage Foundation. According to Peterson, virtual learning will allow for the personalization of education and save costs.

Posted: Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 4:33pm

NJ Insiders Poll: GOP Gains Confidence In House Pick-Up

Election-year optimism has grown among GOPers, who now believe they'll win enough seats to take the House majority in Nov., according to the new National Journal Congressional Insiders poll. On average, they predict that the GOP will gain 40 House seats, which would give them a slim majority. Responding to a similar question in Jan., the same group predicted a 33-seat House GOP gain.

Posted: Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 3:00pm

Cybersecurity Coordinator Set To Hire Deputy

White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt is expected to name Sameer Bhalotra his deputy cybersecurity coordinator soon, reported. According to sources, Bhalotra, a professional staffer on the Senate Intelligence Committee, sent out notes last night informing people of his move to the White House. Bhalotra has gained deep respect within the ranks of cybersecurity circles as a strong cyber adviser.

Posted: Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 2:47pm