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FCC Finally Releases USF Order

The Federal Communications Commission released a measure Friday creating a $4.5 billion "Connect America Fund" to subsidize broadband in rural areas, transforming a previous fund devoted to the landline phone operations at rural phone companies.

The order was released Nov. 18, a full 23 days after the commissioners unanimously voted to pass it. GOP lawmakers want the agency to release orders before votes. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., chairman of the House's telecom subcommittee, has a bill that would make this standard practice.

Posted: Monday, November 21, 2011 - 12:40am

Can’t Anybody Here Play This Game?

It may be best, at this point, to simply quote Casey Stengel’s infamous yelp of frustration about the 1962 Mets: “Can’t anybody here play this game?”

Posted: Sunday, November 20, 2011 - 9:40pm

Romney Lands Ayotte Endorsement in N.H.

Just a hop, skip, and a jump from her Nashua, N.H., office, Sen. Kelly Ayotte endorsded Mitt Romney Sunday on the steps of City Hall—a prominent Granite State endorsement for the former Massachusetts governor. 

The afternoon was somewhat uncharacteristic of Romney's campaigning style on two levels—he rarely has public events scheduled on Sundays, nor has he had many meet-and-greet style diner visits with voters of late.

Posted: Sunday, November 20, 2011 - 9:40pm

Democratic Pollsters: Obama Should Abandon Run for Second Term

President Obama should abandon his run for a second term and turn over the reins of the Democratic Party to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, two one-time Democratic pollsters wrote in Monday's Wall Street Journal, which appeared online Sunday.

Posted: Sunday, November 20, 2011 - 9:40pm

27-Year-Old Suspect Arrested in NYC Bomb Plots

A 27-year-old man from the Manhattan neighborhood of Washington Heights has been arrested in New York City, Mayor Bloomberg said in a press conference Sunday night.

Jose Pimentel faces terrorism charges and is suspected of planning to bomb government offices, including post offices. He's also suspected of planning attacks on police cars and targeting members of armed forces returning from abroad.

"The suspect was a so-called lone wolf," Bloomberg said. "He was not part of a larger conspiraces emanating from abroad."

Posted: Sunday, November 20, 2011 - 9:40pm

What If....? A Thought Experiment About Newt-rinos

The political class almost universally dismisses the chance that the conservative alternative to Mitt Romney, whomever he or she may be, will wind up being the nominee.  There are several ingrained maxims that reinforce this idea: one is that Republicans will select the most conservative electable nominee, and that the party really, really wants to beat Barack Obama, no matter how they may distrust their frontrunner.  But let's play a little with the timeline.

Posted: Sunday, November 20, 2011 - 4:40pm

Super Committee Talks Break Down

All but acknowledging the end of talks, Republicans and Democrats on the deficit super committee used Sunday television appearances to blame each other for their looming failure to bridge political differences over taxes and spending.

Unless there's a surprise last-minute breakthrough, the committee will miss its Wednesday deadline to propose $1.5 trillion in cuts, triggering automatic cuts of $1.2 trillion, half of which target the Pentagon.

The deadline may be Wednesday, but the panel would have to produce something by Monday to accommodate the legislative process.

Posted: Sunday, November 20, 2011 - 4:40pm

Super Committee's Prospects for Success Dimming

  • Kerry Opens Up About Details of Super Committee Talks
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    Posted: Sunday, November 20, 2011 - 1:40pm

    What We Learned: Flavor of the Month

    What we at The Hotline learned this week:

    Posted: Sunday, November 20, 2011 - 12:40pm

    Super Committee's Prospects for Success Dimming

    10:40. Toomey: It's Going to Be Tough

    Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., suggested in stark words on Sunday that the super committee seems destined to miss its Nov. 23 deadline. He also made the case, albeit meekly, for one of the so-called small deals that would cut around $600 billion and delay budget-cutting decisions until next year.

    Posted: Sunday, November 20, 2011 - 12:40pm