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Feingold Raising Money Off Thompson Threat

Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) is using the prospect of a strong challenger to raise money for his bid for a fourth term.

"With news that former Bush administration HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson is very likely to run against me this November, it's no surprise that the media is reporting that Thompson is now 'calling top donors.' They have also reported that 'lots of people in Washington' want the D.C. insider to run against us and that he has collected over $200,000 in pledges for his campaign," Feingold wrote in a fundraising email this morning.

Posted: Saturday, March 27, 2010 - 10:48am

Computer, Net Use Surges At Public Libraries

As the nation struggled through a severe recession, use of computers and wireless Internet access at U.S. public libraries surged last year, according to a new study. The study, conducted by the University of Washington Information School and released Thursday, studied who uses library computers and Internet access and why. It found that 77 million Americans - nearly one-third of Americans age 14 and over - utilized computers and wireless Internet access available at most public libraries.

Posted: Friday, March 26, 2010 - 4:12pm

Rubio Leads Crist In Respected Mason-Dixon Poll

Ex-State House Speaker Marco Rubio (R) leads Gov. Charlie Crist (R) by 11 points in a new Mason-Dixon Polling & Research survey released today in the contentious FL SEN primary, a margin smaller than other public polling has shown over the past month.

The poll was conducted Mar. 23-25 among 625 regular voters, with a margin of error of +/- 3.9%. There was an oversample of 400 likely voters in the GOP primary, with a margin of error of +/- 4.9%. Rubio and Crist were tested in general-election matchups with Rep. Kendrick Meek (D).

Posted: Friday, March 26, 2010 - 3:55pm

Weekend Lineup

Here are the scheduled guests for the Sunday public affairs shows and other weekend programs:

Meet the Press
hosts Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY). The roundtable features historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, Newsweek's Jon Meacham, GOP strategist Mike Murphy and Dem strategist Bob Shrum.

Face the Nation hosts Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and DNC chair/ex-VA Gov. Tim Kaine.

Posted: Friday, March 26, 2010 - 3:00pm

Previewing Recess: The GOP View

GOPers will do their best to sell new health care reforms as excessive overreaches of government, even as the party subtly shifts to an economic-centric focus, according to documents handed to members of Congress as they left town this week.

In a note to colleagues, House GOP Conference chair Mike Pence urges them to remind their constituents they voted against health care legislation while hammering Dems for failing to turn the economy around.

Posted: Friday, March 26, 2010 - 1:53pm

MusicFIRST, Broadcasters Battle On

The message battle continues between broadcasters and the music industry over legislation that would require AM and FM radio stations to pay a fee to performers for playing their music on the air. The latest salvo comes over the radio industry's claim that the legislation would place a new burden on already struggling local radio stations. The performance rights legislation has been approved by the House and Senate Judiciary committees, but the leaders of those panels have urged the two sides to try to reach a compromise.

Posted: Friday, March 26, 2010 - 1:52pm

Appeals Court Broadens Citizens United Ruling

The US. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled that is unconstitutional to impose limits on individual donations to organizations involved in independent expenditures in elections. In Speech Now vs the Federal Elections Commission, the court said that since the Supreme Court had ruled in Citizens United vs the FEC that there was no potential for corruption with independent expenditures, there is no reason to limit individual contributions to organizations like 527s. The Institute for Justice and the Center for Competitive Politics hailed the ruling as a victory for free speech.

Posted: Friday, March 26, 2010 - 1:32pm

Courts Deal Blows To Reform Advocates, Critics

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday handed advocates of campaign finance reform a defeat and a victory, deciding 2 closely-watched cases that challenged the limits of campaign expenditures and contributions.

Posted: Friday, March 26, 2010 - 12:49pm

Previewing Recess: The Dem View

Dems will tout their work in Congress during the Easter recess, embracing a new health care law and other key accomplishments, according to a memo distributed to House members as they leave for the week.

The memo, from Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office, urges members to spend their time off highlighting stimulus legislation and jobs bills, along with laws that reform the student lending industry, help homeowners avoid foreclosure and promote job training.

Posted: Friday, March 26, 2010 - 11:47am

John Paul Stevens: Troublemaker

Having gone through the health care debate, the last thing Dems want to do is take more tough votes. But the Senate could be in for at least one more battle this year if Associate Justice John Paul Stevens steps down.

In a recent profile, Stevens told The New Yorker he would retire within the next 3 years. But Court watchers are starting to believe the senior member and leader of the 4-vote liberal bloc is ready to retire to FL sooner rather than later.

Posted: Friday, March 26, 2010 - 10:53am