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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

Wednesday's Starting Lineup

Good Wednesday morning. Have those last-minute donations in yet? Candidates have until midnight to make their first quarter FEC reports look a little better.

Here's today's Starting Lineup, previewing the people who will drive tomorrow's political headlines:

Posted: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - 7:55am

Hutchison Will Serve Out Term

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) will announce today she has decided to serve out the remainder of her term, according to a source familiar with Hutchison's plans.

The move is a reversal of a pledge Hutchison made to step down as she challenged Gov. Rick Perry (R) earlier this year. Hutchison lost an early March primary against Perry by a surprisingly wide margin.

Posted: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 - 4:59am

Will Midterms Be About Health Care After All?

Corrected at 10:35 a.m. on March 31. While new polls suggest that health care reform won't be voters' top priority this fall, both parties are spending valuable time over the congressional recess stoking the fires of the roiling debate. Do they know something we don't?We've heard for months th

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