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Three Major Tech Firms Back Rush's Privacy Bill

Three prominent tech companies have come out in support of privacy legislation offered by a key House lawmaker, saying the bill provides "the appropriate balance." On Monday, Intel, eBay and Microsoft wrote Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., chairman of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection, voicing support for his privacy legislation, which was introduced in July.

Posted: Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 1:59pm

Schumer Gets Big Money From Communications/Electronics Sector

Raking in nearly $1 million in campaign contributions, the legendary rainmaker Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., so far has received the most financial support from the communications and electronics sector this election cycle, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics. The top 10 congressional recipients of contributions from the communications and electronics sector are all Democrats. Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., who is in a tight race for re-election, came in second behind Schumer, taking in roughly $700,000.

Posted: Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 1:32pm

NARUC Back Efforts To Help Consumers Avoid 'Bill Shock'

A group of state utility regulators voiced support Thursday for legislation that would require cell phone operators to notify customers when they are getting close to their monthly voice or data limits. The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners wrote Senate Commerce Chairman John (Jay) Rockefeller, D-W.Va., and ranking member Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, voicing support for the legislation offered by Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M.

Posted: Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 11:50am

NRSC Pulling Controversial West Virginia Ad

The NRSC is pulling its controversial West Virginia Senate ad that features actors posing as native West Virginians.

GOP sources said they expect the ad to be taken down in light of new reports that it was filmed in Philadelphia, and that a casting call was looking for characters with a "'hicky' blue collar look," according to a report from Politico.

Posted: Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 10:10am

Manchin Calls On Raese To Apologize For NRSC Ad

Updated, 10:20 a.m.

West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin (D) on Thursday called for businessman John Raese (R) to apologize for an NRSC ad attacking him after finding out the spot was not filmed in West Virginia.

Posted: Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 9:51am

Administration Sends Conflicting Message on Cybersecurity

An FBI initiative that would make it easier for law enforcement to wiretap the Internet appears to be at odds with a recently launched cybersecurity public awareness campaign, NextGov reported. Bureau officials are pushing Congress to pass a bill that would require manufacturers of Web-based technologies to equip their products with programs that allow the government to intercept messages from suspected criminals, according to media reports published last week.

Posted: Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 9:51am

Starting Lineup: Teeing Off On The GOP Pledge

Good Thursday morning and welcome to the Starting Lineup. On the radar today: Liberal groups look to turn the GOP's "Pledge to America" to their advantage, Linda McMahon's (R-CT) make or break moment, Gov. Joe Manchin (D-WV) finds a new way to distance himself from Pres. Obama, Sarah Palin heading to Delaware, Carl Paladino's mo' comes to an end and the White House back on the campaign trail.

Posted: Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 7:35am

The Surprising Democratic Firewall

Actions speak louder than words. That's why Democratic control of the House is looking more tenuous by the day. As the party begins to build its firewall to prevent a GOP takeover, top strategists are working to salvage seats that few considered Republican pickup opportunities just a few months ago.

Posted: Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 6:00am

Obama Heads Home To Purple-ish Illinois

Updated at 9:31 a.m. When President Obama heads back to Chicago for a fundraiser today, he'll find that his once solidly blue backyard is in danger of turning purple.The Democratic governor, Pat Quinn, is in a tight race. Four congressional Democratic incumbents -- all from urban districts --

Posted: Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 12:00am

Pocket Veto Threat Raises Constitutional Question

There could be a Constitutional showdown over a bill that sounds mind-numbingly dull but of potential import to homeowners and financiers alike.President Obama is planning to issue his second pocket veto on the Interstate Recognition of Notarizations Act of 2009, a bill that would require courts

Posted: Thursday, October 7, 2010 - 12:00am