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Critics Fault Spectrum Auction Plan

While they agree on the need for a nationwide interoperable broadband network for public safety, lawmakers, the FCC and public safety officials disagreed Thursday on how much spectrum would be needed for such a network, CongressDaily reported. During a hearing, public safety officials, wireless industry representatives and others discussed a draft bill crafted by House Energy and Commerce Communications Subcommittee Chairman Rick Boucher, D-Va., that would implement recommendations from the FCC for construction of a national interoperable public safety broadband network.

Posted: Thursday, June 17, 2010 - 4:17pm

Insiders: Joblessness Plagues Dems

Partisan bickering between GOPers and Dems is just a fact of life these days, but on the main problem facing the majority, both sides agree, it's the high level of joblessness in the country.

Posted: Thursday, June 17, 2010 - 3:45pm

Barton Gaffe Underscores Dangers Of Oil Spill Politics

Both Dems and GOPers are walking a fine line as heightened tempers increase the political rhetoric over the oil spill spewing into the Gulf of Mexico, according to strategists contemplating the spill's fallout.

Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) is the latest example of the dangers of politicizing the spill. On Thursday, Barton apologized to BP executive Tony Hayward for his treatment at the WH on Wednesday.

Posted: Thursday, June 17, 2010 - 3:10pm

FCC's Move Prompts Predictable Responses

Reaction to the FCC's move Thursday to begin seeking comment on Chairman Julius Genachowski's proposal to reclassify some aspects of broadband as a telecommunications service is falling along predictable lines. Broadband and telecommunications providers voiced deep concern with the move, saying it would stifle innovation and cost jobs. They say the issue should be dealt with by Congress not the FCC.

Posted: Thursday, June 17, 2010 - 2:58pm

Culver Goes Negative In First Ad

Trailing in the polls and seeking to make up ground, Gov. Chet Culver (D) has unveiled his first TV ad of the general election, in which he targets his GOP rival. The 30-second spot goes directly after ex-Gov. Terry Branstad's (R) record as gov.

The narrators of the ad paint Branstad as a tax raiser, and cast his tenure in a negative light . "Terry Branstad, a past we can't repeat," concludes a narrator at the end of the spot.

Posted: Thursday, June 17, 2010 - 2:12pm

GOP lawmakers Blast FCC Broadband Move

As the Energy and Commerce Communications Subcommittee began discussion Thursday of a draft bill for building a national interoperable broadband network for public safety use, a few GOP lawmakers couldn't help but comment on an item being debated a mile away at the FCC's headquarters. While the subcommittee held its hearing, the FCC was holding a public meeting on FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski's proposal to reclassify some aspects of broadband as a telecommunications service.

Posted: Thursday, June 17, 2010 - 2:04pm

Why Washington Isn't Kentucky

Some of the best things going for Dems at the moment are the GOP candidates they will face in the fall. And as GOPers cap off competitive primaries, even some party strategists worry certain of their own nominees will cause problems down the road.

Posted: Thursday, June 17, 2010 - 1:38pm

US Favorability Rating Droops Around World

Almost 17 months after Pres. Obama took office, international enthusiasm is tempering slightly, according to a new survey of global attitudes.

Favorable opinions about the US skyrocketed last year, after George W. Bush left office. But after another year of difficult economic times, those positive attitudes are off their peaks, according to the Pew Global Attitudes Project survey.

Posted: Thursday, June 17, 2010 - 12:47pm

Dems Add More Exemptions To Disclosure Bill

House Dems, responding to critics angry over a provision that would allow the NRA to be exempt from disclosing membership roles, will allow more organizations to withhold their donor rosters, according to a top leadership aide.

Posted: Thursday, June 17, 2010 - 11:59am

GOP Poll Shows Rodriguez In Trouble

Rep. Ciro Rodriguez (D-TX) faces a tough re-election bid against an Hispanic GOPer the party is excited about, according to a new survey for attorney Quico Canseco's (R) campaign.

Rodriguez leads Canseco by a narrow 48%-45% margin, according to the survey, and the Dem doesn't have a lot of backup. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Pres. Obama both have overwhelmingly negative images, and GOPers lead the generic ballot test by 5 points.

Posted: Thursday, June 17, 2010 - 11:26am