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Stevens To Step Down

Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens will step down after more than 3 decades on the bench, he said Friday, giving Pres. Obama the opportunity to appoint a new member of the Court's liberal wing.

Posted: Friday, April 9, 2010 - 10:55am

Schumer-Van Hollen Bill Not Likely Before Midterms

Legislation by Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., designed to circumvent the Citizens United ruling faces a number of hurdles and is unlikely to pass before the midterm elections, according to a panel hosted by the Center for Competitive Politics on Thursday. CCP is a 501(c)3 organization that opposes campaign finance laws.

Posted: Friday, April 9, 2010 - 10:30am

Lamont Features Lieberman In First Ad

'06 SEN nominee/businessman Ned Lamont (D) released his first TV ad last night, becoming the first Dem in the CT GOV race to hit the airwaves. The 60-second ad focuses on job creation, but also features Lamont's '06 campaign against Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) prominently.

See the spot, "Winning Again," here:

Even before the ad was released, '06 candidate/Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy's (D) camp accused Lamont of trying to "buy" delegates' votes ahead of the May CT convention. Candidates must get 15% at the convention to move on to the Aug. primary.

Posted: Friday, April 9, 2010 - 10:25am

Stupak: Health Care's Finished, Now It's Time For Family

Following up on his earlier statement to the AP, Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) sent an e-mail to his supporters this a.m., informing them of his retirement plans.

After listing several of his accomplishments -- including health care -- he said it was time to spend "a little more time" with family. He added that he had pondered retirement for several years.

Posted: Friday, April 9, 2010 - 10:22am

The GOP's (Not So) Lost Recess

This was supposed to be the GOP's moment, a 2-week recess when they could hammer home their vision of health care reform and solidify voter anger against Dems. Instead, political writers in DC have been focused on a dysfunctional RNC and its questionable expenditures at a ritzy, and risque, nightclub. But outside the Beltway, the party still enjoys a clear advantage.

GOP strategists admit they are frustrated with RNC chair Michael Steele. Top officials privately acknowledge they have not been able to drive the storyline they hoped during the week.

Posted: Friday, April 9, 2010 - 9:29am

Social Media Rules Omit Cookie Policy

New regulations issued this week aimed at removing obstacles to using Internet-based tools for transparency are long overdue, said accountability groups and privacy advocates, but they pointed out a promised revision to an outdated ban on cookies was conspicuously absent, Nextgov.com reported. In accordance with a December presidential directive, agencies Wednesday released their plans to weave transparency, public participation and collaboration with the private sector into daily operations.

Posted: Friday, April 9, 2010 - 9:14am

Obama's Fractured Coalitions

Advocacy and lobbying stories from this week's National Journal (subscription): "Obama's Fractured Coalitions": Frustrated by the president's priorities, activists say that their causes should get the same push as health reform. "IT Industry, Hispanics Team Up On Immigration": Advocates for information-technology companies have allied with progressive and Hispanic groups to win a broad overhaul of immigration law, but they are also keeping open the option of pursuing a narrow set of tech-friendly legal changes in the next Congress.

Posted: Friday, April 9, 2010 - 9:01am

Hotline After Dark -- Oh, Snap!

"World News" led with the WV mining tragedy. "Evening News" and "Nightly News" each led with the Qatari diplomat who caused a scare on a flight from DC to CO.

Pres. Obama sat down with ABC's Stephanopoulos in Prague. Portions of the interview were highlighted on "World News" 4/8 p.m.

Posted: Friday, April 9, 2010 - 8:50am

Stupak To Retire

Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) told the AP this morning that he'll retire at the end of the term. He'll make his announcement at a 12:30 presser.

An open seat there will be very fertile ground for the GOP. Stupak's U.P.-based CD is swing territory; it went narrowly for Pres. Obama (50-48%) in '08, but Pres. Bush carried it with 53% in '04.

Posted: Friday, April 9, 2010 - 8:45am

NASA Will Shepherd Development Of Space Taxis

From this morning's Earlybird: • "NASA plans to open an office at Kennedy Space Center that would oversee development of commercial space taxis to fly astronauts to and from the International Space Station -- a $5.8 billion enterprise over the next five years," USA Today reports. • "A service that will provide online, real-time video of House sessions is set to be launched in a few weeks by the Office of the Clerk," CongressDailyPM (subscription) reports. • "Apple Inc. is stepping up its rivalry with Google Inc. by adding its own advertising system to the next version of software that

Posted: Friday, April 9, 2010 - 8:30am