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Updating The DCCC Clip And Save

Each month, DC media outlets bring you the latest fundraising numbers from each party committee. But only on Hotline OnCall can you find the context that makes those numbers matter.

From now on, we'll provide a monthly look at how the committees have done over the previous reporting period, as well as a look at how each has done since Jan. 1, '06. Today, our updated chart, current through April 30 (That is, reflecting reports filed with the FEC on May 20).

Posted: Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 12:00pm

The Google Giant

Hotline executive editor John Mercurio writes:

Posted: Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 10:00am

Hotline After Dark -- Just Answer The Question

"World News" led with the top kill procedure to hopefully plug the oil leak. "Evening News" led with top kill. "Nightly News" led with top kill.

Gov. Ed Rendell (D) went "On the Record" 5/26 p.m.

Posted: Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 8:53am

Panel Weighs Challenges Of Thwarting Terrorists On Web

From this morning's Earlybird: • "A House Homeland Security panel Wednesday struggled with how to curb the recruitment of terrorists on the Internet while still protecting freedom of speech," CongressDailyAM (subscription) reports.

Posted: Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 8:45am

CT SEN: Blumenthal Still Up Big

CT AG Richard Blumenthal (D) maintains a sizable lead over ex-World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon (R) in the race to succeed Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT), despite recent revelations that he occasionally overstated his military record, a new poll shows.

The poll was conducted from May 24 and 25 by Quinnipiac Univ., surveying 1,159 registered voters, with a margin of error of +/- 2.9%.

General Election Matchup

Blumenthal 56% (-5 from 3/15)
McMahon 31 (+3)

Posted: Thursday, May 27, 2010 - 7:11am

Survey Shows Consumer Confusion With Cell Phone Bills

One in six users say they have experienced "bill shock" from unexpectedly high mobile phone bills, according to a new FCC survey released Wednesday. Of those who experienced bill shock, 84 percent said their cell phone providers did not contact them when they were about to exceed their allowed minutes, text messages, or data downloads. The survey found that 88 percent said their carrier did not notify them after their bill increased suddenly. More than a third reported bill hikes of $50, while 23 percent experienced jumps of $100 or more.

Posted: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 7:35pm

Spratt Challenger Shows Good Poll

Rep. John Spratt (D-SC) faces the toughest challenge of his career, according to a new survey conducted for his GOP challenger, as party strategists say they are increasingly confident in their ability to knock off the chairman of the House Budget Committee.

The Public Opinion Strategies (R) poll conducted for state Sen. Mick Mulvaney (R), obtained by Hotline OnCall, surveyed 400 likely voters between May 17-18 for a margin of error of +/- 5.3%. Spratt and Mulvaney were tested against each other.

Posted: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 5:01pm

Google Puts Influence To Work In D.C.

A decade ago, Google took over the World Wide Web. Now, the Internet behemoth wants to conquer something even bigger - Washington. While President Obama already has Google CEO Eric Schmidt on speed dial, the California-based search giant is moving quickly to expand its influence in the capital in ways that are starting to bear fruit.

Posted: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 4:23pm

Kohl Wary Of Comcast-NBCU Deal

An influential Democratic senator urged federal regulators today to only approve the proposed $30 billion merger of Comcast and NBC Universal if they determine that "sufficient conditions" are "unlikely to cause any substantial lessening of competition," CongressDaily reported. At the very least, Senate Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee Chairman Herb Kohl, D-Wis., said any approval should include extensive protections for competitors, consumers and independent programmers. Kohl detailed his views in a letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and Assistant Attorney General Christine Varney.

Posted: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 3:36pm

Bill Would Require ID For Prepaid Phones

Citing the recent attempt to detonate a car bomb in New York City's Times Square, Sens. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and John Cornyn, R-Texas, announced legislation Wednesday aimed at identifying the buyers and users of prepaid cell phones. Their legislation would require buyers of prepaid cell phones to present identification and require phone companies to keep that information on file, similar to what they have to do with users of landline phones and subscription-based cell phones, according to Schumer and Cornyn.

Posted: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 3:08pm