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Cable And Satellite Urge New Rules On Carriage Negotiations

From this morning's Earlybird: • "Cable and satellite TV companies urged the" Federal Communications Commission "and Congress Tuesday to fix what they insist is a broken system that permits broadcasters to make excessive demands and use hardball tactics during carriage negotiations," CongressDailyAM (subscription) reports.

Posted: Wednesday, March 10, 2010 - 9:30am

Wednesday's Starting Lineup

Good Wednesday morning. One Hotline editor is despondent after GW's season came to an end, while another editor is thrilled his Bonnies beat Duquesne last night to stay alive. What's the world coming to?

Here's today's Starting Lineup, previewing the factors that will drive politics today:

Posted: Wednesday, March 10, 2010 - 8:51am

Faint Praise For Mainstream Republicans

When is an endorsement not really an endorsement? When the endorser suggests he regrets doing so -- and then says he doesn't plan to lift a finger to help.That's what National Republican Senatorial Committee Chair John Cornyn , R-Texas, did this week, and the ramifications for Republicans could

Posted: Wednesday, March 10, 2010 - 1:00am

Corker: Financial Reform Plan 'Is Very Imminent'

Updated at 3:00 p.m. on March 10. The top Republican negotiating financial reform in the Senate peeled back the curtain on a number of important provisions of the legislation this morning and asked "if everyone will just chill" until the bill is revealed in the coming days."It is very

Posted: Wednesday, March 10, 2010 - 1:00am

Giannoulias Meets WH Advisors

Treas. Alexi Giannoulias (D) was in DC today for a WH celebration of Greek Independence Day, but the main event was a meeting beforehand with WH advisors David Axelrod and Patrick Gaspard, who know a little something about IL politics.

Posted: Tuesday, March 9, 2010 - 6:47pm

Ballot Measures Draw Special Interest Cash

They may not have caught up to congressional candidates yet when it comes to raking in the bucks, but statewide ballot measure campaigns saw another increase in contributions in 2008, most of them from businesses or other special interests, according to a new study by the National Institute on Money in State Politics. Overall, ballot measure committees (for and against) took in $813.7 million. (Congressional candidates raised $1.42 billion in 2007 and 2008.

Posted: Tuesday, March 9, 2010 - 6:17pm

Scanning Complaints Detailed

The Electronic Privacy Information Center Tuesday released a list of more than 40 complaints filed by air travelers about the use of whole-body imaging machines. The complaints were obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. The complaints are short and direct, where passengers generally said they believe the machines are invasive and violate their privacy. "These documents reveal that many travelers are unhappy with the privacy and health implications of this technology," Ginger McCall, EPIC's staff counsel, said in a statement.

Posted: Tuesday, March 9, 2010 - 5:58pm

Specter Says Sestak "Smears" Obama

Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) slammed Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA) today for refusing to divulge the details of an offer he said the WH made to him last Jul. in an attempt to convince him to drop his PA SEN challenge.

Earlier today, Sestak declined to go into detail when MSNBC's Joe Scarborough asked him about the offer, which Sestak first revealed in a Feb. interview on a local PA show.

Posted: Tuesday, March 9, 2010 - 5:38pm

PA Dem Chair Hits Sestak

PA Dem chair T.J. Rooney has issued a harshly-worded letter asking a member of his state's Congressional delegation to boost his staffers' pay.

The letter, sent to Rep. Joe Sestak (D), follows reports last week that Sestak paid his staff far below the minimum wage. Sestak is challenging Sen. Arlen Specter (D) in the primary, and Specter used the issue to knock his rival all week.

Posted: Tuesday, March 9, 2010 - 5:20pm

MFA Hires Crisis Manager

With its membership facing continued scrutiny from Congress and the news media, the Managed Funds Association has hired crisis-management expert Steve Hinkson as its new director of communications.  Hinkson joined the the hedge fund industry trade group in early February from Dezenhall Resources, where, his bio says, he "counseled corporations, trade associations and high- profile individuals in need of crisis management, media defense and public affairs support." Before that, Hinkson was director of political communication for Luntz Maslansky Strategic Research where he advised the Bush II Wh

Posted: Tuesday, March 9, 2010 - 5:04pm