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Leahy, Hatch: Box-Office Exchange Risky

Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy and panel member Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, have asked the Commodity Futures Trading Commission to raise concern over the proposed establishment of an exchange for financial instruments tied to box-office outcomes.

Posted: Friday, April 16, 2010 - 2:22pm

Banking Members Take Goldman Money

Members of the House and Senate committees responsible for overseeing financial regulatory reform have taken thousands of dollars from Goldman Sachs, the venerable investment firm hit with charges of fraud on Friday.

Investigators at the FEC filed a civil complaint against Goldman on Friday, alleging the company did not disclose conflicts of interest over mortgage investments it sold. Investors lost more than $1B in a mortgage securities firm, according to the complaint.

Posted: Friday, April 16, 2010 - 1:48pm

OFA Staff Hitting The Trail

Several staffers once with Organizing for America, Pres. Obama's political wing, have left in recent weeks to hit the trail, sources tell Hotline OnCall.

The staffers -- 8 in total -- have left to work for Dem campaigns and campaign arms, ranging from Rep. Baron Hill's (D-IN) re-election bid to the DCCC.

Posted: Friday, April 16, 2010 - 1:27pm

Djou Narrowly Leads 3-Way Race

Honolulu city councillor Charles Djou (R) narrowly leads the 3-way race against 2 Dems, according to a new survey from the liberal DailyKos website.

The poll, conducted by the independent firm Research 2000, surveyed 500 likely voters for a margin of error of +/- 4.5%. Djou was tested against ex-Rep. Ed Case (D) and state Sen. Colleen Hanabusa (D).

Posted: Friday, April 16, 2010 - 12:32pm

Top Challengers Raise Big Bucks

The challengers Dems and GOPers tout as their best chances to take back House seats are delivering, according to FEC reports filed this week.

Young Guns, the top contenders in the NRCC's stable of challenger candidates, pulled in an average of $303K last quarter, while the DCCC's Red to Blue candidates raised an average of $302K.

Posted: Friday, April 16, 2010 - 12:05pm

Where The House Stands

The GOP stands to make major gains in House this year, but can the party actually take control of the Speaker's gavel? Here's a look at 3 smart political analysts giving their take:

Posted: Friday, April 16, 2010 - 11:06am

Pawlenty PAC Starts Handing Out Cash

MN Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) is using his new PAC to make friends and gain influence, according to quarterly FEC filings that show he handed out almost $30K to candidates last quarter.

Posted: Friday, April 16, 2010 - 10:30am

Cato Swings At Romney

An influential conservative think tank is firing a broadside at ex-MA Gov. Mitt Romney (R), criticizing the potential WH'12 contender for a health care plan they say looks identical to Pres. Obama's.

"When you run down this list of elements in the Obama plan and the Romney plan, they are all identical," says Michael Cannon, the Cato Institute's director of Health Policy Studies, in a new video running on the group's website. "Both the Romney plan and the Obama plan are essentially a government takeover of the health care sector of the economy."

Posted: Friday, April 16, 2010 - 9:43am

Party Allies Raising Millions

Advocacy and lobbying stories from this week's National Journal: (subscription) "Party Allies Raising Millions:" Partisan groups are testing the new advertising rules created by Citizens United. "Strange Bedfellows Take On Deforestation:" Corn growers, utilities, and environmentalists find a mutual interest in rain forests. "Carbon Fee Free-For-All:" The Senate will soon consider carbon taxes on motor fuel. Transportation interests want a piece of the action. "Inside Washington:" A look at Solicitor General Elena Kagan as potential Supreme Court nominee; Moveon.org helps out Sen.

Posted: Friday, April 16, 2010 - 9:00am

Hotline After Dark -- Hello, Hello

"World News," "Evening News" and "Nightly News" each led with the grounding of flights due to the Icelandic volcano eruption.

Ex-House Speaker Marco Rubio (R) went on "Your World" 4/15 p.m.

Rubio, on his father's health: "He's doing good. He's watching the program. So, say hello to him."

Posted: Friday, April 16, 2010 - 8:45am