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Supreme Court Hears Arguments In NASA Privacy Case

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Tuesday morning to determine whether NASA's implementation of a 2004 presidential directive violates contractors' privacy rights by requiring them to submit to extensive background checks for federal identification badges, reported. The high court will review a 2008 9th Circuit Court of Appeals injunction blocking NASA from probing the backgrounds of scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., operated by the California Institute of Technology.

Posted: Tuesday, October 5, 2010 - 2:46pm

Dems Make Outsourcing Their Top Economic Attack Line

Seeking to counter GOP attacks on the sagging economy, Democrats are increasingly focusing their fire on their Republican opponents for supporting policies that have led to the outsourcing of jobs overseas.

The strategy fits into the broader case Democrats are trying to make: That they stand for the working class while Republicans have stood by Wall Street interests.

Posted: Tuesday, October 5, 2010 - 2:44pm

Rove Spends Big As Campaign Watchdogs Challenge Tax Exemption

Two public interest groups are challenging the tax-exempt status of Crossroads GPS as the advocacy group launched by Bush White House political whiz Karl Rove launches a multi-million-dollar ad blitz in key Senate races.

Posted: Tuesday, October 5, 2010 - 2:33pm

Senators Urge Oversight Of Wireless Billing Practices

Following Verizon Wireless' recent announcement that it will refund millions of customers for charging them for inadvertent Internet use, three senators wrote the FCC Tuesday urging the commission to maintain strong oversight of wireless firms' billing practices. "As Verizon Wireless' recent decision makes clear, wireless consumers are often faced with confusion over wireless charges and uncertainty about their bills," Senate Commerce Communications Subcommittee Chairman John Kerry, D-Mass., along with Sens.

Posted: Tuesday, October 5, 2010 - 2:02pm

Comeback Kids: GOV Candidates Vying For Their Old Jobs

With exactly 4 weeks to go until Election Day, incumbents in tight races across the country will be under increasing scrutiny as pundits, party strategists and other observers will all have a close eye on candidates fighting to keep their jobs.

Posted: Tuesday, October 5, 2010 - 2:00pm

Murkowski Wants Tea Party Express Ads Pulled, PAC "Apologizes"

The tug-of-war between Tea Party Express and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) continued this morning with a fake apology issued by the PAC in response to Murkowski's attempt to block the group's recent attack ad from airing.

Posted: Tuesday, October 5, 2010 - 12:46pm

Commerce Seeks Comment On Online IP Issues

The Commerce Department said Tuesday that it is seeking comment on ways to protect copyrighted works on the Internet while still fostering technological innovation. The department's Internet Policy Task Force issued a notice of inquiry that seeks comment from a variety of stakeholders including copyright holders, technology companies, Internet service providers and Internet users.

Posted: Tuesday, October 5, 2010 - 12:44pm

Race to Know: McIntyre Faces Polar Opposite In NC 07

One of the more surprising targets of the NRCC's latest ad buy is North Carolina Democratic Rep. Mike McIntyre, whose very conservative voting record has earned him token opponents and huge margins in this GOP-leaning Wilmington area district. But if McIntyre's campaigns are usually boring, the GOP nominee, Gulf War and Iraq War veteran Ilario Pantano, has set the district and DC abuzz and has won over a powerful mentor, NRCC Chair Pete Sessions (R-TX).

Posted: Tuesday, October 5, 2010 - 12:00pm

Administration Cracking Down On Internet Piracy

Curbing Internet piracy is a big priority for the administration, U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel said on Tuesday. The administration does not have an official position on the Combating Online Privacy Infringement and Counterfeits Act, a measure recently introduced by Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., but looks forward to working with Congress on finding an appropriate legislative solution, Espinel noted.

Posted: Tuesday, October 5, 2010 - 11:34am

NRSC Hits Manchin, Murray; DSCC Blasts Paul, Rossi

Updated, 11:30 a.m.

The senatorial campaign committees are up with 4 new ads on Tuesday. The DSCC is on the air for the first time in Kentucky and Washington, while the NRSC has gone up with its first ad in Washington and its second ad in West Virginia.

Posted: Tuesday, October 5, 2010 - 10:26am