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Treasury to Press G-20 for Currency Deal

The United States wants global leaders to focus on negotiating an agreement on market-driven exchange rates at the upcoming Group of 20 meetings, a senior U.S. Treasury official said today.Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner will join finance ministers and central bank representatives from most G

Posted: Wednesday, October 20, 2010 - 12:00am

Telecom Deal With China Spurs Lawmakers' Concern

Key members of Congress wrote the FCC Tuesday requesting information about the security of U.S. telecommunication networks in light of a proposed deal between Sprint, Cricket, and two Chinese-based companies. At stake is whether the Chinese companies--Huawei Technologies and ZTE Corporation--could pose a threat to U.S. security if the deal goes through.

Posted: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 6:53pm

GOP Making Aggressive Use Of Facebook

Republicans are making aggressive use of Facebook in their bid to win back control of the U.S. House in this fall's midterm elections, new statistics released Tuesday by the social networking site show. Four of the top five posters to Facebook in the past week were Republicans seeking to topple Democratic House incumbents. They were led by Republican Ilario Pantano who is trying to unseat Democratic Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C. Pantano had 64 wall posts in the last week, Facebook said. Facebook also compared which candidates have more Facebook fans than their opponents.

Posted: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 4:46pm

Kerry Proposes Overhaul Of Carriage Rules

Senate Commerce Communications Subcommittee Chairman John Kerry sent a letter to the FCC Tuesday with draft language for a bill mandating a federal role in negotiations over fees paid by cable companies for broadcasters' programming.

Posted: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 3:45pm

Is There An Echo In Here?

With two weeks to go to Election Day, most TV ads are just background noise here at the The Hotline. Occasionally, though, one breaks through.

Former Gov. Jerry Brown's (D) latest ad in the California governor's race did just that. The one-minute ad - which in and of itself is gutsy -- ties former eBay CEO Meg Whitman to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger with steel cables.

The ad features clips of Schwarzenegger, who has dismal approval ratings in California, followed by Whitman saying virtually the same exact words.

Posted: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 3:41pm

McMahon Loans Campaign Another $20 Million

Former WWE CEO Linda McMahon (R) loaned her campaign another $20 million in the third quarter, according to her latest FEC report.

With this extra infusion of cash, the Republican has self-loaned $41.5 million total on her race so far, the most in any Senate race this cycle.

The Republican has never been much of a fundraiser and she only brought in $34,564 from other individuals during the quarter. Meanwhile, she spent $20.7 million over the same three-month period.

Posted: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 3:15pm

Fox To Lawmakers: Tell FCC To Stay Out Of Carriage Dispute

The Fox broadcast network is lobbying members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee to sign a letter urging the FCC to stay out of the ongoing dispute between Fox and cable operator Cablevision over programming fees, according to sources familiar with the situation. The letter urges the FCC "to refrain from intervening," and "not put the heavy thumb of the government between two sizable media companies." At stake is how much Cablevision should pay Fox to carry its programming.

Posted: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 2:27pm

Wal-Mart Moms Breaking For GOP

So-called "Wal-Mart Moms" -- women who have children under 18 and shop at Wal-Mart at least once a month -- are breaking solidly Republican this year, according to polling out Tuesday.

The polling has found that 15 percent to 17 percent of the electorate in key states is composed of these Wal-Mart moms. The label has come to represent working and middle class mothers, a pivotal demographic in recent elections.

The results are yet another sign of an oncoming GOP wave on Election Day.

Posted: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 1:58pm

ACLU: Net Neutrality Is A First Amendment Issue

The American Civil Liberties Union argued Tuesday that network neutrality rules barring broadband providers from discriminating against Internet content are "crucial" to protecting First Amendment rights. The ACLU released a new report that argued for rules that would bar broadband providers from "discriminating against information by halting, slowing, or otherwise tampering with the transfer of any data (other than for legitimate network management purposes)." The group urged the FCC to reclassify broadband as a telecommunications service so that it can implement net neutrality rules.

Posted: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 1:33pm

When Debates Matter (And When They Don't)

Debate season 2010 has been at fever pitch in October, with close races featuring marquee encounters all across the country. With "sparred," "clashed" and "traded barbs" often dominating post-debate headlines everywhere, it can be difficult to distinguish between those that will immediately influence a race, those that have the potential to change the direction of a contest and those that will not leave much of an imprint.

Posted: Tuesday, October 19, 2010 - 12:56pm