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Issa to Introduce Legislation to Counter SOPA Next Week

One of the leading opponents of legislation to curb piracy and counterfeiting on foreign websites said on Wednesday that he plans to introduce an alternative bill next week when the House returns from its holiday break. 

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., told a news conference at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that he will introduce his draft bill on Tuesday. Issa’s measure is similar to one introduced last month by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., who also spoke at the news conference.

Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 8:40pm

Gingrich Tests Scathing New Anti-Romney Video

Newt Gingrich stepped up his scorched-earth strategy against Republican rival Mitt Romney on Wednesday with a biting new Internet video that features a string of the former Massachusetts governor’s political gaffes.

Newt Gingrich stepped up his scorched-earth strategy against Republican rival Mitt Romney on Wednesday with a biting new Internet video that features a string of the former Massachusetts governor’s political gaffes.

Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 6:40pm

New Young Guns Issue Group to Host First Event Next Month

The YG Network, a new center-right issues advocacy group, is hosting its first event next month and it features Republican Young Guns, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy.  
The "YG Network Summit: Economic Growth and Job Creation in the 21st Century" on Feb. 6  will feature Cantor, McCarthy, former AOL chief executive Steve Case and other CEOs in a discussion on how to drive business growth. 

Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 6:40pm

Gingrich Friends Worry He Has Gone Rogue

COLUMBIA, S.C.--Friends and allies of Newt Gingrich, alarmed at his recent attacks that seem straight out of the Democratic playbook, worry that the former House speaker may be doing his party's eventual presidential nominee serious damage--and that he won't listen to veteran Republican strategists urging he back off.

Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 6:40pm

From Governor's Mansion to K Street: BGR Announces Barbour's Return

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Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 6:40pm

Licking Terror With FEMA Funds for ... 'Sno-Cone' Machines?

Why was $11,700 in homeland-security grant money used in Michigan for the purchase of “Sno-Cone” machines for several counties? That is what a member of the House Homeland Security Committee is demanding to know from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 6:40pm

Officials See Limited Government Role in Internet Governance

Increasing the role of governments in cyberspace could spell disaster for the free nature of the Internet, top American officials and analysts said on Wednesday.

Rather than seeking expanded government control, countries, companies, and other organizations should seek to strengthen a “multi-stakeholder” approach that allows input from everyone, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information Larry Strickling told an audience at the Brookings Institution.

Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 6:40pm

Herman Cain to Appear With Craig Miller in Florida

Herman Cain is back in the political mix!

He's headed to Florida for an event with another Republican who spent his career in the restaurant industry, Craig Miller, the former CEO of Ruth's Chris Steakhouse who is running for the Senate in Florida. The Tampa Bay Times:

Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 6:40pm

Did the Copying Opponents Copy?

Public Knowledge, which is trying to halt a Senate bill targeting online piracy it views as too far-reaching, sent an email to advocates last week telling them the best way to voice their opposition was to contact their senators. The email encouraged them to attend town hall meetings and visit district offices. 

Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 6:40pm

Chamber Opponents Prebut Donohue Address

With U.S. Chamber of Commerce president Thomas Donohue set to give his annual State of American Business address Thursday, Chamber foes jumped first with their own "prebuttal" on Wednesday, accusing the Chamber of being the puppet of a small number of corporations and using their contributions to push a crooked agenda.

"They represent a handful of wealthy corporations who fund their lobbying budget, and that's it," said Christy Setzer of U.S. Chamber Watch.

Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 6:40pm