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Judicial Elections Draw Big Money

Close to four months after the Supreme Court's landmark ruling to roll back restrictions on corporate political spending, conservatives continue to downplay its significance. Predictions that the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling will unleash a torrent of corporate money are wildly overblown, free speech advocates insist. As evidence, they argue that corporate money has yet to flood elections in the 26 states that already impose no limit on corporate spending.

Posted: Monday, April 12, 2010 - 11:44am

Facebook Tries To Assuage Privacy Concerns

Facebook officials are trying to address concerns raised by a German official and some users about recent privacy changes proposed by the popular social networking site. Facebook's director of European public policy recently met with German officials to address concerns raised by German Consumer Protection Minister Ilse Aigner about the proposed changes to Facebook's privacy policies in an attempt to "clear up any confusion that may have existed," Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes said.

Posted: Monday, April 12, 2010 - 11:05am

FBI Warns About Online Census Scams

The Internet Crime Complaint Center Monday warned Americans to be careful about potential Web and other scams related to the 2010 census. The center, a joint venture between the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center, warned that census takers will not contact U.S. residents seeking census information via e-mail or seek donations. It also notes that census takers will not ask for personally identifiable information such as your Social Security or bank number and so users should not respond to e-mail or other solicitations for such information.

Posted: Monday, April 12, 2010 - 10:09am

AFL-CIO For Hanabusa In HI

National Dems may be quietly backing ex-Rep. Ed Case (D), but their allies in labor are behind state Sen. Colleen Hanabusa (D), giving the party more headaches as it races to keep a vulnerable open House seat in a May special election.

Posted: Monday, April 12, 2010 - 9:35am

Activists Rail Against Wall Street

From this morning's Earlybird: • "As Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Chairman Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) and ranking member Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) continue closed-door negotiations on financial regulatory reform, activists are ramping up their lobbying campaign against Wall Street," Roll Call (subscription) reports. • "When Congress overhauled the nation's telecommunications law in 1996, it happened only after an eight-year knock-down, drag-out battle among powerful stakeholders, including the cable and phone companies," Roll Call (subscription) reports.

Posted: Monday, April 12, 2010 - 8:30am

FCC Broadband Plan Has Plenty Of Sweeteners

From this morning's Earlybird: • "Tucked into the" Federal Communications Commission's "360-page national broadband plan are several select policy proposals that key members of Congress are likely to find appealing -- mainly because the ideas originated with them or were crafted with them in mind," CongressDailyAM (subscription) reports. • "Following an appeals court decision last week undermining the FCC's regulatory authority, a Wednesday hearing before the Senate Commerce Committee on the agency's national broadband plan takes on added significance," CongressDailyAM (subscription) reports.

Posted: Monday, April 12, 2010 - 8:30am

Monday's Starting Lineup

Good Monday morning. No more New Orleans datelines, unfortunately. If political reporters are a little slow with their scoops today, it may be because le bon temps roulered a bit too much.

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

PRES. OBAMA: The WH kicks off a 2-day summit aimed at boosting nuclear security today, with a series of bilateral meetings and a working dinner for delegation chiefs this evening. Obama spent much of yesterday meeting with heads of state, too.

Posted: Monday, April 12, 2010 - 7:57am

For Tea Party, Tax Day Offers A Chance For Redemption

Posted: Monday, April 12, 2010 - 12:00am

Big Money Already Flowing Into Judicial Elections

Close to four months after the Supreme Court's landmark ruling to roll back restrictions on corporate political spending, conservatives continue to downplay its significance.Predictions that the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission ruling will unleash a torrent of corporate money are

Posted: Monday, April 12, 2010 - 12:00am

Polling The GOP Wave

Will the Republicans take control of the House of Representatives this fall?Elections for president lend themselves to simple horse-race polling questions, both nationally and in a dozen or so key battleground states. The same can be said for the battle to control the Senate, which will ultimatel

Posted: Monday, April 12, 2010 - 12:00am