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Official Aims To Dispel Rumors About Health IT

David Blumenthal, national coordinator for health information technology, has strongly denied any plans to develop a national network that would transmit patients' medical information to the Justice and Homeland Security departments, Nextgov.com reported. At a March 24 Health Information Technology Standards Committee meeting, Blumenthal said concerns about adopting the National Information Exchange Model intelligence agencies use had bubbled up in blogs to such an extent that he needed to address them.

Posted: Monday, April 5, 2010 - 9:52am

Steele Defiant On GMA

RNC chair Michael Steele defended his tenure atop the GOP in an appearance on ABC's "Good Morning America" today, insisting he has put in place the necessary protections to prevent further gaffes that have hurt the party's fundraising efforts.

Posted: Monday, April 5, 2010 - 9:32am

Midterms Could See Record Spending

From this morning's Earlybird: • "Labor unions, corporations and wealthy individuals are preparing to break spending records to influence the November elections," the Wall Street Journal (subscription) reports. "But more than in recent years, they will be focusing on races for governor and state legislatures." • "Lawmakers in both the House and the Senate are pressing the Obama administration to resolve discrimination claims for several different minority farmer groups," The Hill reports.

Posted: Monday, April 5, 2010 - 8:45am

Monday's Starting Lineup

Good Monday morning. Welcome to Opening Day, when hope springs anew for baseball fans everywhere. It's also the perfect day to pull your seersucker suits out of the closet.

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

Posted: Monday, April 5, 2010 - 7:48am

Will GOP Beat Ban On Soft Money?

Even as Republican Party officials struggle to quell the uproar over their questionable spending, they are pressing ahead with a bid to win access to vast new sources of unregulated money.So far, lower courts have rebuffed the GOP effort. A three-judge district court panel last month threw out a

Posted: Monday, April 5, 2010 - 12:00am

Bot Or Not? Pollsters Aren't Telling

This is a story about the alarming lack of transparency and disclosure by some public pollsters.But to tell it, I need to tell another story that involves an innocent victim and a subject all too familiar to regular readers: surveys conducted using an automated, recorded-voice methodology rather

Posted: Monday, April 5, 2010 - 12:00am

House Race Rankings

Posted: Monday, April 5, 2010 - 12:00am

Tea Party Largely Older, Whiter, Male

The Tea Party movement is comprised of a coalition that is more likely to be male, older and GOPer, loosely united under the banner of economic conservatism, according to an analysis released yesterday by a right-leaning research firm.

Posted: Sunday, April 4, 2010 - 10:00am

What We Learned This Week: Halter, He Goes There!

Today we debut a new weekly feature here at Hotline OnCall, wherein we'll offer our take on what this week in politics taught us. Here's what Hotliners learned this week:

-- AR LG Bill Halter's (D) $2M haul in a month, twice what Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D) raised in 3 months, shows organized labor and MoveOn.org are serious about backing Halter's insurgent bid. If Halter loses, it won't be because he lacked the money to go after the sitting incumbent.

Posted: Saturday, April 3, 2010 - 5:38am

RNC Officials Hit WH'12 Cities

RNC officials have visited all 3 finalists for the party's '12 convention over the last two weeks, making their final stop in Salt Lake City today, CNN reported this afternoon.

Last week, officials on the RNC's site selection committee visited Phoenix, and earlier this week they stopped off in Tampa, FL. RNC officials have refused to comment on the site selection process.

Posted: Friday, April 2, 2010 - 3:59pm