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Week Ahead in Tech and Telecom

Monday Frontier Communications hosts a 9:00 am breakfast with their CEO, Maggie Wilderotter. Frontier describes themselves as the "largest pure rural communications provider in the country." The Future of Music Coalition, as part of two-day forum, hosts an 11:00 am policy panel to discuss ways government can foster the presence of music in American culture. Speakers include Ron Sims, Deputy Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and Michael Bracy, co-founder and policy director, Future of Music Coalition.

Posted: Friday, October 1, 2010 - 3:31pm

Previewing The Sunday Shows

Only 5 more Sundays until the midterms and the weekend political roundtables are beginning to zero in on the major players and races of the '10 cycle.

Posted: Friday, October 1, 2010 - 3:30pm

Thune: There's An Opening For The Right Conservative in '12

Sen. John Thune (R-SD) doesn't know whether or not he'll run for president in '12, but he readily acknowledges that there is "an opening" for someone who can provide "new, Reaganesque, right-of-center leadership."

Thune, a rising GOP star whose name is frequently mentioned in the second tier of possible '12 contenders, told National Journal this week that he is "not ready to fully debate" whether or not to mount a presidential bid, but acknowledged he will decide "sometime early next year."

Posted: Friday, October 1, 2010 - 3:00pm

NJ EXCLUSIVE: Former FCC Chairman Kevin Martin's Dramatic Makeover

When Kevin Martin stepped down as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission in early 2009, many thought that his days as a force on regulatory issues were over. Today, he has re-emerged as a power broker, corralling significant opposition to the proposed $30 billion union of Comcast and NBC Universal, the first blockbuster communications deal to go before the Obama administration, which must decide whether to approve it.

Posted: Friday, October 1, 2010 - 1:00pm

Are An Astronomical Survey's Recommendations Realistic?

For a city like Washington that lives on the latest morning polling results, waiting 10 years for the results of a survey to gauge popular sentiment on an issue is hell. But this is what the astronomical community does every decade since the early 1960s to prioritize the allocation of federal funding for billions of dollars worth of astronomy programs and projects, funded by NASA, the Energy Department and the National Science Foundation.

Posted: Friday, October 1, 2010 - 12:14pm

Obama Bids Farewell To Emanuel, Taps Rouse As CoS

In an emotional ceremony on Friday marked by lengthy standing ovations, Pres. Obama bid farewell to chief of staff Rahm Emanuel as he leaves the White House to pursue a bid for mayor of Chicago.

"Welcome to the least suspenseful announcement of all time," Obama joked as he took the podium.

"In the last 20 months, Rahm has exceeded all of my expectations," Obama said. "It is fair to say we could not have accomplished what we accomplished without Rahm."

Posted: Friday, October 1, 2010 - 11:53am

Minority Media Group to FCC: Give Net Neutrality Legislation Another Chance

David Honig, president and executive director of the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council, urged the FCC Friday not to proceed with his regulatory proposals for broadband, but to instead give Congress another shot at passing network neutrality legislation during the upcoming lame duck session. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has proposed expanding the agency's net neutrality guidelines designed to preserve the Internet's openness, and has recommended tougher regulation for providers of the technology.

Posted: Friday, October 1, 2010 - 11:05am

Pawlenty: Obama Drew A "Huge" Crowd in Wisconsin

Minnesota Governor and potential '12 GOP contender Tim Pawlenty said this week that if there is one thing Pres. Obama can do, it's draw a crowd.

"Did you see the photos of President Barack Obama's rally in Wisconsin on Tuesday?" Pawlenty wrote in an email to supporters earlier this week. "The crowd was huge."

Of course, the praise for Obama ended there. Pawlenty went onto to use the size of the rally to show that the left is fired up this year and Republicans have to continue working through Election Day.

Posted: Friday, October 1, 2010 - 10:58am

Baker Wins Key Endorsement In MA GOV

Independent Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Tim Cahill's running mate pulled out the race on Friday and threw his support to health care CEO Charlie Baker (R), a move that could significantly boost the Republican's chances.

The running mate, former state Rep. Paul Loscocco, is the latest in what has become a mass exodus from Cahill's campaign. Loscocco is a Republican and his departure will hurt Cahill's chances among the center-right voters he has been courting.

Posted: Friday, October 1, 2010 - 10:47am

Is LePage In Trouble In Maine?

For Republican gubernatorial nominee Paul LePage (R), the last month has not been lacking in media exposure. The mayor of Waterville, whose recent controversial comments and actions have repeatedly made the rounds in both state and national media circles, finds himself in a suddenly tightening race, as recent poll numbers raise the question of whether his outspoken style is proving to be a liability.

Posted: Friday, October 1, 2010 - 9:33am