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Burr Launches First Ad

Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) is up with the first ad of his re-election bid, touting his work on behalf of NC families during his first term.

The ad features testimonials from NC voters who have been aided by the first-term GOPer. It's an important technique; ex-Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-NC) lost her seat in '08 partly because she was seen as out of touch with NC voters.

Burr's first ad, "Serving":

Posted: Tuesday, April 6, 2010 - 2:04pm

Mortgage Bankers Loses Lobbyist

The Mortgage Bankers Association is losing another top Democratic lobbyist -- this one after a mere six months. Vice President for Legislative Affairs Tom Koonce, hired last October after the association lost two top Democrats to Capitol Hill, is headed to JP Morgan Chase. Roughly a month after Koonce was hired, the association announced it was seeking to fill a new senior vice president of legislative and political affairs position, effectively trumping Koonce's status as top lobbyist for the organization. That new slot, however, has yet to be filled.

Posted: Tuesday, April 6, 2010 - 12:38pm

Observers Say Decision May Force FCC's Hand

The FCC signaled Tuesday that it will continue to pursue efforts to ensure network neutrality despite an appeals court ruling that said the agency overstepped its authority when it cracked down on Comcast for certain network management practices. The ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia dealt with the FCC's 2008 enforcement action under then-Chairman Kevin Martin against Comcast for interrupting service to customers who used the high-bandwidth, file sharing service BitTorrent, which Comcast said was slowing down the network.

Posted: Tuesday, April 6, 2010 - 12:24pm

Senate Race Rankings: GOP Delight

Remember when it was GOPers who had the open seat problem? Today, 4 of the 10 most vulnerable Senate seats are open seats held by Democrats, while just 2 are GOP-held open seats. At least 2 of those Dem seats (DE and ND) are leaning toward a GOP pickup. New polling suggests that Dems have a better shot at winning in OH than MO, but these polls simply reflect the current environment. Once the candidates and campaigns begin to engage, we may see those numbers start to bounce around a bit more.

Posted: Tuesday, April 6, 2010 - 12:21pm

Supporters Encourage ACTA Negotiators

Two key members of Congress are voicing support for an international agreement aimed at curbing anti-counterfeiting despite lingering concerns from public interest groups and other lawmakers in the United States and Europe about the secrecy surrounding the negotiations. In a letter last week to U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Rep.

Posted: Tuesday, April 6, 2010 - 11:36am

Court Rules Against FCC In Net Neutrality Case

Comcast scored a major legal victory Tuesday when a federal appeals court ruled that the FCC exceeded its authority in 2008 when it cracked down on Comcast's network management practices. While the ruling pertains to an enforcement action issued under former FCC Chairman Kevin Martin, it could affect current FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski's efforts to impose tougher network neutrality rules aimed at preventing broadband providers like Comcast from serving as content gatekeepers on the Internet. The case before the U.S.

Posted: Tuesday, April 6, 2010 - 11:27am

Assessing The RNC Fallout

After the resignation of RNC chief of staff Ken McKay and the loss of a top strategist, it's Michael Steele's party now.

It is hard to overstate how dramatic the staff shakeup that sent McKay and Curt Anderson packing is for the RNC. McKay guided the party's political strategy over the past year, while Anderson, who ran Steele's campaign to head the RNC, was so involved in its day-to-day operations and decisions that many complained he was actually running the show.

Posted: Tuesday, April 6, 2010 - 10:19am

Google Urges Users To Confirm Buzz Settings

Plagued by privacy concerns over its social networking service Buzz, Google late Monday attempted to push the reset button by urging users to confirm their privacy settings. In a post on Google's blog, Product Manager Todd Jackson acknowledged that, "Shortly after launching Google Buzz, we quickly realized we didn't get everything right and moved as fast as possible to improve the Buzz experience." Among the criticisms of the service was that Google used Gmail users' e-mail contacts to create a set of friends.

Posted: Tuesday, April 6, 2010 - 9:47am

Grayson Misstated Financial Records

Rep. Alan Grayson's (D-FL) campaign overstated the amount of money it had in the bank in the run-up to his '08 win over then-Rep. Ric Keller (R), according to an FEC audit.

Grayson's committee reported it had $71K more on hand than he actually did at the beginning of Jan. '07, the FEC audit found. By the end of the year, the committee had overstated the amount in its coffers by $67K.

Posted: Tuesday, April 6, 2010 - 9:44am

Hotline After Dark -- Everything Is Fine, Fine, Fine

"World News," "Evening News" and "Nightly News" each led with the mine explosion in WV.

Sen. Harry Reid (D) sat down with FNC's Van Susteren in Searchlight, NV, for an interview that aired on "On the Record" 4/5 p.m.

Posted: Tuesday, April 6, 2010 - 8:50am