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IP Enforcement Policies Stir Censorship Debate

Efforts to ramp up intellectual property enforcement in the digital marketplace are bumping up against free speech advocacy in an international treaty nearing completion and a pending Senate bill, CongressDaily reported. Rights holders and many government leaders are determined to crack down on Internet piracy through stricter enforcement, but public-interest groups argue that such rules can jeopardize free speech, particularly in countries without the types of safeguard measures found in American law. The U.S.

Posted: Friday, October 22, 2010 - 9:00am

Starting Lineup: The Pennsylvania Paradox

Updated, 12:35 p.m.

Good Friday morning and welcome back to the Starting Lineup. On the radar today: the Democratic base coming home in Pennsylvania; yet another PAC wading into the election; the Times dives into the Chamber's finances; Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) becomes first candidate to pull his own ad; the DGA keeps the pressure on Brian Dubie (R) in Vermont; Russ Feingold (D) gets his last shot at Ron Johnson (R); and Barney Frank's (D-Mass.) challenger posts a big haul.

Posted: Friday, October 22, 2010 - 7:21am

Senate Race Rankings

Posted: Friday, October 22, 2010 - 12:00am

Juan Williams Gets $2 Million Contract from Fox News After Firing by NPR

When NPR closes a door, Fox News opens a window.Just one day after being fired by NPR for comments about Muslims on The O'Reilly Factor , Juan Williams has been offered a three-year contract from Fox News for nearly $2 million, the Los Angeles Times reports . Williams has been a guest on Fox

Posted: Friday, October 22, 2010 - 12:00am

Bush Will Discuss Key Iraq, 9/11, Financial Crisis in New Book

In his upcoming memoir, Decision Points , former president George W. Bush will recount some of the high and low points of his presidency, ranging from sending troops to Afghanistan and Iraq to his victorious 2004 reelection campaign to his administration's response to Hurricane Katrina.Bush rele

Posted: Friday, October 22, 2010 - 12:00am

Huckabee, Palin Call For NPR funding To Be Cut

Two potential GOP presidential candidates went to their Facebook accounts Thursday to blast National Public Radio for firing analyst Juan Williams for controversial comments he made about Muslims and to urge lawmakers to cut funding for the organization. Williams was fired for telling Fox News host Bill O'Reilly that when he boards an airplane and sees "people who are in Muslim garb and I think, you know, they are identifying themselves first and foremost as Muslims, I get worried. I get nervous.'' Former Alaska Gov.

Posted: Thursday, October 21, 2010 - 6:01pm

Groups, Firms Push For Action On Online IP Bill

A group of 40 companies and business groups wrote Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Thursday to push for action on his legislation aimed at cracking down on online piracy and counterfeiting. The coalition urged Leahy to push for Senate approval of the legislation when Congress returns in mid-November for a lame-duck session after the November midterm elections. The legislation would give the Justice Department new authority to file a civil action against a domain name linked to a website trafficking in illegal copyrighted content or counterfeit goods.

Posted: Thursday, October 21, 2010 - 3:50pm

Pew Poll: Tsunami Warning For Democrats

Democrats are facing an electoral landscape more inhospitable than anyone could have imagined just months ago, according to new survey data from the Pew Research Center.

The Pew Research Center survey released Thursday found many troubling signs for Democrats. Among them, Republicans now hold significant advantages among both men and women, as well as in the 77 most competitive House districts.

Posted: Thursday, October 21, 2010 - 3:27pm

Cook Political Moves CT SEN Toward Dems, MO And WI SEN Toward GOP

CONNECTICUT SENATE: Toss Up to Lean D - Although former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon managed to close the gap with Democratic Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, Democrats' relentless attacks on McMahon and professional wrestling have allowed Blumenthal to regain his advantage.

MISSOURI SENATE: Toss Up to Lean R - Democratic Secretary of State Robin Carnahan has worked to portray GOP Rep. Roy Blunt as a crooked political insider, but voters aren't buying the message and Blunt has established a comfortable lead.

Posted: Thursday, October 21, 2010 - 3:20pm

RNC Sends Money To Guam

The Republican National Committee wrote a $15,000 check to Guam in September, spending money in a U.S. territory in advance of an election in which the party is already hunting for new sources of cash.

The RNC made the transfer on September 24, according to reports filed late Wednesday with the FEC. That money will go to help elect Sen. Eddie Calvo (R), who is running to replace term-limited Gov. Felix Camacho (R) in the island territory's governor election.

Posted: Thursday, October 21, 2010 - 3:16pm