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QUICK TAKE: Amazon Backs Net Sales Tax Bill

After years of fighting states on the issue, Amazon endorsed a bipartisan bill introduced on Wednesday that would allow states to require online retailers to collect sales taxes from out-of-state customers.

The legislation, introduced by Sens. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., would close a loophole left by a 1992 Supreme Court decision that found retailers do not have to collect sales taxes from customers in states where they do not have a physical presence.

Posted: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 1:40pm

Obama Announces Third Attempt to Cut Government Waste

President Obama's order on Wednesday to curb government waste is the latest echo in a year of announcements calling for government agencies to watch their spending. In September, Vice President Joe Biden called on Cabinet secretaries to hold agencies accountable through a series of auditing programs. Biden’s announcement was the result of his work on the “Campaign to Cut Waste,” the creation of which earned its own executive order by Obama in June. The latest order attempts to extend the waste campaign into a few specific areas.

Posted: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 1:40pm

GOP Debate Field: Meet Dave Miller

Dave Miller is somebody the GOP presidential field needs to get to know.

And understand.

Posted: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 1:40pm

Amazon Backs Net Sales Tax Bill

After years of fighting states on the issue, Amazon endorsed a bipartisan bill introduced on Wednesday that would allow states to require online retailers to collect sales taxes from out- of-state customers.

The legislation, introduced by Sens. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., would close a loophole left by a 1992 Supreme Court decision that found retailers do not have to collect sales taxes from customers in states where they do not have a physical presence.

Posted: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 12:40pm

Planned Parenthood's 'Champs' and 'Chumps'

The Planned Parenthood Action Fund has come out with a new website that outlines politicians' positions on abortion and funding for Planned Parenthood, labeling candidates running in the 2012 congressional and presidential elections either "champs" or "chumps" for their stances on women's issues.

Posted: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 12:40pm

Dept of What Were They Thinking: Murray's Staff Retreat Held at Lobbying Firm

Democratic Sen. Patty Murray's Washington state staffers are spending Tuesday and Wednesday holding a staff retreat -- at a big time Seattle lobbying shop, according to a Seattle Times story posted last night.

Posted: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 12:40pm

Virginia As Imperfect Bellwether

Let's be clear, off-year elections aren't great indicators of the direction of a presidential contest. But even after Republicans won control of the Virginia state Senate last night, Democrats can make the case that they didn't do so bad -- and, more importantly, that the results are evidence Virginia voters have not rejected the Democratic Party, despite recent Republican wins.

That should be a relief to President Obama's re-election strategists.

Posted: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 12:40pm

Five Things to Watch for in Tonight's Debate

Aaand we're back! After a three-week hiatus, the eight-member touring supergroup known as the Republican primary debaters reunites in Michigan on Wednesday for an economy-focused debate hosted by CNBC and Oakland University. Five things to watch:

Posted: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 12:40pm

Today's e-Reads: Some Go After Microsoft, Others Buddy Up

Former national-security offical Richard Clarke says that American cybersecurity weakness should deter leaders from going to war, the Associated Press reports.

Microsoft, AOL, and Yahoo have partnered to sell each other's ads, according to Reuters.

Posted: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 12:40pm

Hatch Gets Democratic Opponent

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, is finally getting a challenger -- but not one who's likely to pose a major threat.

The Deseret News reports that Democrat Pete Ashdown, who ran against Hatch in 2006, will announce his campaign later this week. Ashdown received less than half the number of votes Hatch did in 2006.

Posted: Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 11:40am