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FTC Ready to Probe Google's Dominance, Wall Street Journal Reports

The Federal Trade Commission is beginning an antitrust investigation into Google’s dominance of the Web, starting with subpoenas, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter.

A spokeswoman at the FTC told National Journal she could not comment, and Google also declined comment, but the newspaper said the five-member commission was preparing to send formal demands for information within days.

Posted: Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 12:40pm

Senate Foreign Relations Confirms Burns, Crocker, Locke

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted unanimously on Thursday to approve the nominations of Ryan Crocker as the next ambassador to Afghanistan and Commerce Secretary Gary Locke as the next U.S. envoy to China.

The committee also approved the appointment of William Burns as deputy secretary of State. All three now await a full Senate vote.

Locke sailed through his confirmation hearing earlier this month. Before Obama appointed him as Commerce secretary, he also served as governor of Washington from 1997 to 2005.

Posted: Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 12:40pm

Schwartz Says Recruits Worry About GOP Outside Groups

The National Republican Congressional Committee ended May with a 2-1 cash on hand advantage over the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, but DCCC Recruitment Chair Allyson Schwartz, D-Pa., says potential recruits worry more about GOP independent expenditures and attacks from outside groups.

Posted: Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 12:40pm

A Fundraiser's Timing Puts Scrutiny on Obama's Gay Marriage Stance

President Obama will be in New York City for a fundraiser with the gay community just as New York's state government is heading toward a vote on legalizing same-sex marriage Thursday evening.

Posted: Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 11:40am

FTC To Investigate Google Over Web Dominance- Wall Street Journal

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is poised to serve Google Inc. with civil subpoenas starting a wide-ranging, formal antitrust investigation into whether the search giant has abused its dominance on the Web, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing people familiar with the matter.

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Posted: Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 11:40am

Pawlenty Adviser Defends Against Allegations of Fundraising Troubles

Trying to defuse another round of negative publicity, Tim Pawlenty's campaign insisted Thursday that the willingness of a handful of top staffers to work for little or no money does not reflect broader fundraising problems.

The campaign was responding to a Washington Post story that said at least five top advisers are foregoing the big paychecks typical of a national campaign.

Posted: Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 11:40am

Mullen Initially Wanted Slower Afghan Drawdown

Just hours after President Obama announced his plans to begin bringing U.S. forces in Afghanistan home, the military’s top officer told Congress that the pace of the commander-in-chief’s withdrawal plans is faster than he initially wanted.

“The president’s decisions are more aggressive and incur more risk than I was originally prepared to accept,” Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen told the House Armed Services Committee on Thursday morning.

Posted: Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 11:40am

House Panel Unanimously Endorses New Government Spending Oversight Board

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee passed a bill Wednesday that would create a government-wide spending oversight board and better reporting mechanisms based on programs developed to track the Obama administration's stimulus spending.

Posted: Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 11:40am

Today's e-Reads: Google Reaches Milestone, and This Is Your Brain On the Internet

Google becomes the first website to reach 1 billion visitors a month.

Can Internet use physically change the structure of your brain?

The hacker group LulzSec grabs headlines -- and enemies.

Posted: Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 11:40am

Stocks Tumble in Response to Weak Jobless Claims, IEA Announcement

Major U.S. stock indexes fell over 1 percent Thursday morning following a surprise gain in weekly jobless claims and an announcement that the International Energy Agency would release crude oil from its strategic reserves. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 200 points just after the opening bell.

Energy stocks and oil prices fell after the U.S. Department of Energy announced Thursday that it will release 30 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve as part of the International Energy Agency’s decision.

Posted: Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 11:40am