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E-Mail Of Journalists Who Cover China Hacked

The e-mail accounts of several journalists, human rights activists and academics who cover China have been hacked, the New York Times reported Wednesday. The attacks targeted Yahoo e-mail accounts of those who write about China and Taiwan and began mostly last week after Google announced it would redirect all its users in China to its uncensored Hong Kong-based search site, the report said.

Posted: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - 1:18pm

Paul Raises $600K, But Is Low On Cash

Ophthalmologist Rand Paul (R) will report raising approximately $600K over the last 3 months, according to campaign manager David Adams.

Adams said he's still uncertain what the exact cash on hand figures will look like and stressed several times, "We've spent just about all of it." Figures for the first quarter won't be available until the quarter actually ends, at midnight tonight.

Posted: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - 12:41pm

Experts: Net Will Change Government, Institutions

The second report released Wednesday out of four gauging the opinions of Internet stakeholders found that while a large majority of those surveyed believe the Internet will lead to more efficient and responsive government institutions and businesses, they disagreed on the rate of change.

Posted: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - 12:00pm

McCain Sets Fundraising Expectations

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) didn't even wait for the first quarter to come to a close before he began to set expectations, announcing he had raised $2.2M over the last 3 months.

McCain's campaign has $4.5M in the bank so far. The first quarter ends tonight at midnight, and reports aren't due to the Secretary of the Senate until Apr. 15.

Posted: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - 11:55am

White House Weighs Proposals To Improve Info Sharing

The White House is seriously considering proposals by a bipartisan task force to prevent lapses in information sharing among agencies that have allowed some terrorist plots to go undetected, according to members of the nonprofit panel.

Posted: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - 11:38am

Dems Claim Leads In Ohio Poll

Dems are claiming leads in OH's top statewide races in a new Quinnipiac Univ. poll out today, in what the pollster says is a "mini-surge" for the party.

The new Q poll was conducted Mar. 23-29. The school surveyed 1,526 registered voters, for a margin of error of +/- 2.5%. In the SEN race, Sec/State Jennifer Brunner (D) and LG Lee Fisher (D) were tested against ex-Rep./ex-OMB Dir. Rob Portman (R), while Gov. Ted Strickland (D) was tested against ex-Rep. John Kasich (R).

Posted: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - 10:57am

Sports Viewers Largely Republican

If you're a GOP strategist looking for key primary votes, spend your valuable advertising money on PGA Tour events. If you're a Dem trying to win over your base, focus on advertising during NBA games.

So says a new study among hundreds of thousands of Americans examining the correlation between viewers' favorite sports and their voting habits. And, the survey shows, most dedicated sports watchers are much more likely to vote with the GOP than they are to vote with Dems.

Posted: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - 9:45am

Hotline After Dark -- Steele Yourselves

"World News," "Evening News" and "Nightly News" each led with the severe weather and flooding in the Northeast.

RNC Vice Chairman Ken Blackwell played "Hardball" 3/30 p.m.

Posted: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - 8:46am

Tech Giants Urge Changes To Privacy Act

From this morning's Earlybird: • "Google, Microsoft, AT&T, and tech think tanks are urging Congress to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act to keep pace with technological changes in Internet use, the newly announced Digital Due Process coalition announced" Tuesday morning, CongressDailyPM (subscription) reports. • "Google Inc. says malicious software has been used to spy on Vietnamese computer users opposed to a controversial bauxite mine in the Southeast Asian country," the Wall Street Journal (subscription) reports.

Posted: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - 8:30am

U.S. Chamber Plans To Blunt Health Overhaul

From this morning's Earlybird: • "The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is planning a broad effort to blunt the health overhaul by trying to shape its regulatory language and spending heavily to unseat vulnerable Democrats who voted for it," the Wall Street Journal (subscription) reports. • The chamber also "gave its seal of approval to the" Education Department's "awarding its initial Race to the Top grants for public education to Delaware and Tennessee," Roll Call (subscription) reports.

Posted: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - 8:30am