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Congress To Focus On Proposed Movie Exchanges

Two congressional panels this week will take action to address concerns over proposals to create movie futures exchanges, which several movie industry groups oppose. The Senate Agriculture Committee on Wednesday is set to mark up a financial regulatory reform measure introduced by Senate Agriculture Chairwoman Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., that includes a provision that would ban the creation of exchanges that would allow investors to buy and sell futures contracts linked to movie box office receipts.

Posted: Monday, April 19, 2010 - 11:10am

McCollum, Sink In Tight Fight

FL AG Bill McCollum (R) and CFO Alex Sink (D) are in a neck-and-neck fight for the Sunshine State, a new Quinnipiac Univ. poll out this morning shows.

The survey, conducted April 8-13, tested 1,250 FL voters for a margin of error of +/- 2.8%. Sink was tested against McCollum and state Sen. Paula Dockery (R).

GENERAL ELECTION MATCHUP All Dem GOP Ind
McCollum 40% 7% 83% 37%
Sink 36 73 5 28

Sink 37 69 9 29
Dockery 28 6 59 26

Posted: Monday, April 19, 2010 - 10:12am

Problematic Projects On IT Chopping Block

Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra says the Obama administration officials have cut funding for the modernization of some information technology programs as a result of a government-wide accountability system launched earlier this year, Nextgov.com reported. "We've made some tough decisions across the board," Kundra said during an interview with Nextgov.

Posted: Monday, April 19, 2010 - 9:38am

Evangelicals For T-Paw?

Could MN Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) be the Mike Huckabee of 2012?

As Pawlenty travels the country laying the groundwork for a potential WH '12 bid, what may serve to be one of his greatest assets -- his religion -- has been largely overlooked by both the national media and the Pawlenty camp itself.

That appeal could prove to be key in IA, where social conservatives' influence in the GOV GOP primary is being viewed as a harbinger of the force they'll have in the 2012 GOP caucuses.

Posted: Monday, April 19, 2010 - 9:25am

FCC Needs More Data On Comcast-NBC Merger

From this morning's Earlybird: • "The Federal Communications Commission on Friday extended the public comment period for the joint venture between Comcast Corp and NBC Universal because it has not received additional economic data requested from the companies supporting their deal," Reuters reports.

Posted: Monday, April 19, 2010 - 8:45am

Aviation Bill Sparks Battle

From this morning's Earlybird: • "FedEx Corp. and the Teamsters union are battling over whether wide-ranging aviation legislation will contain provisions to make it easier for unions to organize airline employees and harder for carriers to cut costs by allying with rivals or outsourcing maintenance," the Wall Street Journal (subscription) reports.

Posted: Monday, April 19, 2010 - 8:45am

Monday's Starting Lineup

Good Monday morning. For anyone who's found themselves starving late at night in Adams Morgan, the Travel Channel featured a battle between the city's most famous jumbo slice purveyors this weekend. We recommend watching, if only for the candid interviews with tipplers out to satisfy a late-night hunger.

Here's today's Starting Lineup, previewing the people who will matter in politics this week:

Posted: Monday, April 19, 2010 - 7:58am

The Battle Over The EPA

Having spent the last year warring over climate legislation, environmental and industry lobbyists are now facing off over an even higher-stakes trophy: the Clean Air Act and the Environmental Protection Agency's right to enforce it.Caught in the middle are the three senators who are gearing up to

Posted: Monday, April 19, 2010 - 12:00am

Are Likely Voters The Ones To Watch?

In polling on questions of public policy, is it better to look at samples of all adults or likely voters? The answer may not be obvious, but understanding the difference between the two helps explain a big source of divergence in polling. Read more and comment on this column at Pollster.com .

Posted: Monday, April 19, 2010 - 12:00am

Advertiser Endorses Case In Hawaii Special

The Honolulu Advertiser endorsed ex-Rep. Ed Case (D) in its editions today, two weeks before officials begin mailing out ballots in the HI-01 special election.

Posted: Sunday, April 18, 2010 - 4:41pm