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Stutzman's Subsidies Went To MI Farm

IN state Sen. Marlin Stutzman (R) is looking for support from Tea Party activists in his bid to replace Sen. Evan Bayh (D), but he'll have to explain to the anti-spending crowd why he accepted more than $150K in government handouts.

Posted: Tuesday, April 13, 2010 - 12:19pm

Election Day In FL And TX

Voters in FL and TX will head to the polls today to fill a vacant House seat and to pick nominees in several runoff races for the Nov. midterms.

Dems aren't sweating the open seat up for election today; voters will choose a replacement for Rep. Robert Wexler (D-FL), who quit his job earlier this year to go to work at a DC-based non-profit.

Posted: Tuesday, April 13, 2010 - 11:03am

Crist Digs In For Rough Week

FL Gov. Charlie Crist (R) just can't seem to catch a break.

As if last week's news that he's lagging far behind ex-state House Speaker Marco Rubio (R) in both the money race and the polls weren't bad enough, this week brings a trifecta of new headaches for Crist.

Posted: Tuesday, April 13, 2010 - 10:15am

Net Neutrality Backers Split Over FCC's Next Steps

Companies in the Open Internet Coalition diverge on whether the FCC must strengthen its regulatory authority by reclassifying broadband as a heavily-regulated telecommunications service rather than a more lightly-regulated information one, with members such as Google remaining impartial while Skype and others push the move as the agency's only viable option.

Posted: Tuesday, April 13, 2010 - 9:42am

Facebook Relaunches Safety Site

Facebook unveiled a new version of its security site Tuesday aimed at providing parents, educators, teens and law enforcement officials with Internet safety tips on how to deal with some of the hazards they may encounter while on the social networking site or other Web locations. For teens, the redesigned security site includes information on how to deal with cyber bullying, unwanted messages from strangers, how to report abusive messages and other problems.

Posted: Tuesday, April 13, 2010 - 9:34am

Historic Trends Suggest GOP Should Win House

GOPers lead the generic Congressional ballot by 4 points, according to this week's Gallup tracking poll as trends begin to suggest the minority party will take back the House.

The Gallup survey shows registered voters prefer the GOP candidate by a 48% to 44% margin, the largest lead the GOP has held all year. In fact, it's the third straight week the generic GOP candidate has been ahead or tied with a generic Dem.

Posted: Tuesday, April 13, 2010 - 9:33am

Hotline After Dark -- Help Me Help You

"World News" and "Evening News" each led with the nuclear summit in DC. "Nightly News" led with the Dow closing above 11K.

CNN's Bash caught up with Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) for an interview that aired live on "Situation Room" 4/12 p.m.

Posted: Tuesday, April 13, 2010 - 8:43am

FCC Gears Up For Broadband Decision

From this morning's Earlybird: • "Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski will soon have to make a wonky but controversial decision that could have a profound impact on how much consumers pay for broadband, how fast their services will be -- and possibly whether millions of people will be able to get it at all," USA Today reports. • "The National Association of Broadcasters gambled big in the fall when it hired a former Republican senator, Gordon Smith, to head the group with Democrats controlling the White House and Congress," CongressDailyAM (subscription) reports.

Posted: Tuesday, April 13, 2010 - 8:30am

Stern To Leave SEIU Post

From this morning's Earlybird: • "Andrew L. Stern, the most politically influential and controversial union official in the country, is preparing to resign his position as president of the Service Employees International Union, a union official and a senior Democratic official said Monday," the Washington Post reports.

Posted: Tuesday, April 13, 2010 - 8:30am

Tuesday's Starting Lineup

Good Tuesday morning. We're still trying to get over the fact that the Pulitzer committee snubbed us. We were looking forward to a big win in the political blogging category. But then we recalled that category doesn't exist.

Here's today's Starting Lineup, previewing the people who are going to matter in politics today:

Posted: Tuesday, April 13, 2010 - 7:51am