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Assessing The RNC Fallout

After the resignation of RNC chief of staff Ken McKay and the loss of a top strategist, it's Michael Steele's party now.

It is hard to overstate how dramatic the staff shakeup that sent McKay and Curt Anderson packing is for the RNC. McKay guided the party's political strategy over the past year, while Anderson, who ran Steele's campaign to head the RNC, was so involved in its day-to-day operations and decisions that many complained he was actually running the show.

Posted: Tuesday, April 6, 2010 - 10:19am

Google Urges Users To Confirm Buzz Settings

Plagued by privacy concerns over its social networking service Buzz, Google late Monday attempted to push the reset button by urging users to confirm their privacy settings. In a post on Google's blog, Product Manager Todd Jackson acknowledged that, "Shortly after launching Google Buzz, we quickly realized we didn't get everything right and moved as fast as possible to improve the Buzz experience." Among the criticisms of the service was that Google used Gmail users' e-mail contacts to create a set of friends.

Posted: Tuesday, April 6, 2010 - 9:47am

Grayson Misstated Financial Records

Rep. Alan Grayson's (D-FL) campaign overstated the amount of money it had in the bank in the run-up to his '08 win over then-Rep. Ric Keller (R), according to an FEC audit.

Grayson's committee reported it had $71K more on hand than he actually did at the beginning of Jan. '07, the FEC audit found. By the end of the year, the committee had overstated the amount in its coffers by $67K.

Posted: Tuesday, April 6, 2010 - 9:44am

Hotline After Dark -- Everything Is Fine, Fine, Fine

"World News," "Evening News" and "Nightly News" each led with the mine explosion in WV.

Sen. Harry Reid (D) sat down with FNC's Van Susteren in Searchlight, NV, for an interview that aired on "On the Record" 4/5 p.m.

Posted: Tuesday, April 6, 2010 - 8:50am

Report Examines Top Officials' K Street Work

From this morning's Earlybird: • "Two dozen employees out of nearly 2,900 high-level political appointees worked as registered lobbyists during the two years prior to joining President Obama's administration, a report by the federal Office of Government Ethics finds," USA Today reports. • "Karl Rove, the former political adviser to President George W. Bush, is appearing in a public service announcement asking people to fill out and mail back their 2010 census forms," AP reports.

Posted: Tuesday, April 6, 2010 - 8:30am

Tuesday's Starting Lineup

Good Tuesday morning. Congratulations to the Duke Blue Devils, this year's NCAA champions, and congratulations to the jerk who took our money in the pool.

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

Posted: Tuesday, April 6, 2010 - 7:58am

Recession's Over, Says Business Cycle Panelist

The Great Recession is over, according a member of the committee of professors that is the recognized arbiter on such matters.Harvard University economist Jeffrey Frankel made the declaration Monday on his personal blog , citing Friday's Labor Department announcement that the U.S. economy crea

Posted: Tuesday, April 6, 2010 - 12:00am

What Do Voters Want From Obama?

Last week the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania held a focus group to flesh out how voters who went for President Obama in 2008 view his presidency 17 months later.The conclusion: They still like him and want to see him succeed. The bad news: Even when he succeeds

Posted: Tuesday, April 6, 2010 - 12:00am

Republicans Road-Test November Messages

With seven months to go until the midterm elections, Republicans itching to reclaim majorities in the House and Senate are road-testing campaign messages over the Easter recess, kicking the tires on various themes they hope to ride to victory in November."Members are coming off a bad four years,"

Posted: Tuesday, April 6, 2010 - 12:00am

Senate Race Rankings

Posted: Tuesday, April 6, 2010 - 12:00am