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Grassley Wants to Know What DOJ Says on Recess Appointments

Senate Republicans want the legal justification behind President Obama’s decision on Wednesday to make appointments despite the Senate remaining in pro forma session, but the White House so far refuses to detail the legal advice Obama received.

Posted: Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 5:40pm

Even Without Legislation, Privacy Will Be a Hot Issue in 2012

While few expect Congress to pass broad privacy legislation, privacy will still get a lot of attention in 2012, starting with the release in the coming weeks of two highly anticipated federal reports providing guidance on protecting consumer privacy online.  

Both the Commerce Department and the Federal Trade Commission are set to release separate final reports with recommendations on how to improve online privacy. 

Posted: Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 5:40pm

Report: Health Insurance Profits Rise Despite Health Care Reform

Health insurance companies made ever-widening profit margins in 2011, a result that defies the companies’ predictions that health care reform would put private insurers out of business, a Bloomberg Government analysis has found.

Posted: Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 5:40pm

Food for Thought: Think Tanks Losing Their Juice?

New think tanks - some of which are created by partisans after their party loses an election - are on the verge of losing influence and effectiveness as they become more political, argues Tevi Troy in the Winter 2012 issue of National Affairs. Troy, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and a former deputy secretary of Health and Human Services, writes:

Posted: Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 5:40pm

A Year Later, Uncertainty and Hope for Giffords

Nearly a year to the day after a shooting melee in Tucson left Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., severely injured and others dead on Jan. 8, 2011, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday telephoned Giffordss’ husband to wish the lawmaker well and express hope that she may soon return to the chamber.

Posted: Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 5:40pm

South Carolina: Social Conservatives’ Last Stand

The eyes of the nation are on New Hampshire, but they should be focused on South Carolina, where on Jan. 21 Republicans will decide how quickly and how easily Mitt Romney will lock up the Republican presidential nomination.

It is no coincidence that South Carolina has picked the winning Republican in every race since 1980: Social conservatives dominate the Iowa caucuses. Fiscal conservatives over-perform in New Hampshire. South Carolina is the only contest on the early nominating calendar that combines those two factions of the GOP base, in largely equal numbers.

Posted: Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 5:40pm

FCC Names New Senior Staffers

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski named Zachary Katz as chief of staff on Thursday, to succeed Eddie Lazarus who leaves at the end of January. Genachowski also named a new chief counsel and senior legal adviser, promoting Sherrese Smith from senior counsel.

Amy Levine, currently a special counsel, will move to Smith's job and will keep her responsibility for the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, and Office of Engineering and Technology.

Posted: Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 2:40pm

Paul’s ‘Money Bombs’ Produce $13 Million Explosion

Shattering his fundraising totals from previous quarters, Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul raised $13 million from October through the end of December, national campaign chairman Jesse Benton said Thursday.

The figure doesn’t match what front-runner Mitt Romney is expected to report when fourth-quarter campaign finance reports are due later this month, but it’s enough to make Paul competitive in two key, upcoming primaries in New Hampshire and South Carolina this month.

Posted: Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 2:40pm

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Gingrich Attempts to Create Two-Man Race With Romney

 

 

 

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Posted: Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 2:40pm