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Fox To Lawmakers: Tell FCC To Stay Out Of Carriage Dispute

The Fox broadcast network is lobbying members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee to sign a letter urging the FCC to stay out of the ongoing dispute between Fox and cable operator Cablevision over programming fees, according to sources familiar with the situation. The letter urges the FCC "to refrain from intervening," and "not put the heavy thumb of the government between two sizable media companies." At stake is how much Cablevision should pay Fox to carry its programming.

Posted: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 2:27pm

Wal-Mart Moms Breaking For GOP

So-called "Wal-Mart Moms" -- women who have children under 18 and shop at Wal-Mart at least once a month -- are breaking solidly Republican this year, according to polling out Tuesday.

The polling has found that 15 percent to 17 percent of the electorate in key states is composed of these Wal-Mart moms. The label has come to represent working and middle class mothers, a pivotal demographic in recent elections.

The results are yet another sign of an oncoming GOP wave on Election Day.

Posted: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 1:58pm

ACLU: Net Neutrality Is A First Amendment Issue

The American Civil Liberties Union argued Tuesday that network neutrality rules barring broadband providers from discriminating against Internet content are "crucial" to protecting First Amendment rights. The ACLU released a new report that argued for rules that would bar broadband providers from "discriminating against information by halting, slowing, or otherwise tampering with the transfer of any data (other than for legitimate network management purposes)." The group urged the FCC to reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service so that it can implement net neutrality rules.

Posted: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 1:33pm

When Debates Matter (And When They Don't)

Debate season 2010 has been at fever pitch in October, with close races featuring marquee encounters all across the country. With "sparred," "clashed" and "traded barbs" often dominating post-debate headlines everywhere, it can be difficult to distinguish between those that will immediately influence a race, those that have the potential to change the direction of a contest and those that will not leave much of an imprint.

Posted: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 12:56pm

Intel Announces Big U.S. Investment

Intel announced Tuesday that it will be investing between $6 billion and $8 billion in a new U.S. factory and upgrades to existing U.S. fabrication centers to help in the manufacturing of the firm's next-generation microprocessing technology. The new fabrication plant will be built in Portland, Ore., and will manufacture 22-nanometer process technology. In addition, Intel said it would be upgrading four existing facilities in Oregon and Arizona to also manufacture 22-nanometer process products. The new 22-nanometer technology will enable higher performance and extend battery life, Intel said.

Posted: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 12:30pm

DeMint Caucus Grows To 11

South Carolina Republican Sen. Jim DeMint, one of the conservative kingmakers this cycle, endorsed businessman John Raese (R) in the West Virginia Senate race on Tuesday.

Raese is the eleventh Republican Senate candidate that DeMint has backed this cycle.

"John is a principled conservative leader who has a strong chance of winning this critical race and really needs our help," DeMint said in an email to supporters.

Posted: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 12:08pm

Canada Finds Google Violated Privacy Laws

Canada's privacy commissioner said Tuesday that an nvestigation has found that Google violated Canadian privacy laws when the Internet firm collected personal information from unsecured Wi-Fi networks in that country. Canadian Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart launched the investigation earlier this year after Google revealed that its Street View cars, which take street-level photos for Google's mapping service, had mistakenly also collected personal information from unsecured Wi-Fi networks in Canada and other countries including the United States. Several U.S.

Posted: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 11:30am

DCCC Going On Air For Shuler, Doubling Down For Spratt

The Democratic Congressional Committee has reserved ad buys in Rep. Heath Shuler's (D-N.C.) district for the first time, another sign that the DCCC is having to spend money on incumbents who were previously believed to be safe.

Posted: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 10:23am

Congress Pokes Facebook

In response to reports that third-party applications on Facebook have been collecting and distributing user information, Reps. Edward Markey, D-Mass., and Joe Barton, R-Texas, want to know how many people were affected, when Facebook found out, and what the company plans to do about it. In a letter to CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the lawmakers scolded the social media website for what appears to be a violation of consumer trust.

Posted: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 9:18am

Most Domestic Intel Centers Lack Privacy Plans

The majority of state and local counterterrorism centers across the country do not have federally approved plans to ensure they are protecting the privacy rights and civil liberties of U.S. citizens, raising concerns among privacy advocates that they lack proper oversight, CongressDaily reported. The issue reveals the tension between government efforts to collect and analyze intelligence inside the United States in order to prevent terrorist attacks and fears that innocent Americans and law-abiding groups are being improperly spied upon. After the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, the U.S.

Posted: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 8:16am