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No FCC Rulemaking Authority on Latest Net Neutrality Bill

The latest version of the House net neutrality bill will take away the FCC's rulemaking authority on the issue a source familiar with the matter told Tech Daily Dose. Without rulemaking authority on the possible legislation, the commission's ability to enforce compliance is substantially weakened. The bill would also prohibit the commission from reclassifying broadband under title II of the Communications Act, a more stringent regulatory regime, until the measure sunsets in two years.

Posted: Thursday, September 23, 2010 - 9:12am

Executive Mansion Tips Hat To Facebook

Vice President Joe Biden gave a shout out to Facebook Wednesday evening for the company's efforts to stop violence against women. Biden mentioned Facebook for their work on educating teens about the issue. His remarks came at a at a reception in honor of the 16th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act hosted a the Naval Observatory. As part of Facebook's work on safety issues, the social media giant will partner with the National Network to End Domestic Violence to raise awareness about the problem. Information about domestic abuse will be featured on the company's Safety Center. This

Posted: Thursday, September 23, 2010 - 8:14am

Fiorina Hits Boxer For Arrogance

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina is going on the air Thursday with an ad attacking Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) for her "arrogance."

The ad begins with Boxer asking a general to call her "senator" instead of "ma'am" in a committee hearing. Fiorina then delivers a brief, but poignant attack.

"Twenty-eight years in Washington and Sen. Boxer works hard for a title?" she says, set against an all black background. "I'll really go to work, to end the arrogance in Washington."

Posted: Thursday, September 23, 2010 - 8:10am

Starting Lineup: Boehner's Moment

Good Thursday morning and welcome back to the Starting Lineup. On the docket today: House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) and House Republicans unveil their blueprint and the RGA makes a play in Minnesota.

Boehner's Time To Shine: House Republicans, pushing back on Democratic attacks that they're the "party of no,", will unveil a "blueprint" on Thursday for what they would do if they win Congressional majorities this fall.

Posted: Thursday, September 23, 2010 - 7:28am

Murphy Trailing By 14 In PA 08

Republican challenger Mike Fitzpatrick leads Rep. Patrick Murphy (D) by 14 points among likely voters in the 8th Congressional District, according to a Franklin & Marshall College poll released Thursday.

Posted: Thursday, September 23, 2010 - 6:02am

Brown, Whitman Tied In Field Poll

Attorney General Jerry Brown (D) and former eBay CEO Meg Whitman (R) are locked in a dead heat in the California gubernatorial race, though both candidates are more unpopular than ever, according to a new Field Poll released today.

Brown and Whitman are tied, 41% to 41%, with 18% undecided. This represents little movement since the last Field poll, conducted in late June and early July, which showed Brown with the narrowest of leads, 44% to 43%.

Posted: Thursday, September 23, 2010 - 6:01am

The Year Washington Lost Control

First in war, first in peace, last on the priority list of every political activist in America: Washington, so long accustomed to controlling much of the national political landscape, is playing a diminished role in midterm elections this year thanks to conscious efforts on both sides of the aisle to decentralize the decision-making processes.

Posted: Thursday, September 23, 2010 - 6:00am

Public Safety Officials To Make Another Push For D-Block

Public safety officials will make another push Thursday to persuade lawmakers to reallocate a disputed chunk of spectrum for a public safety national interoperable broadband network instead of auctioning off the spectrum to commercial bidders as the FCC has proposed. Public safety officials oppose the FCC's proposal, included in the national broadband plan, to build a national broadband network for public safety using 10 megahertz of spectrum from the FCC along with additional spectrum public safety officials already control.

Posted: Wednesday, September 22, 2010 - 6:27pm

Polls: Dems Swimming Against Currents In Senate Battlegrounds

A third round of polls from CNN and Time magazine shows Democrats running for Senate in four key states facing headwinds that could determine which party controls the upper chamber of Congress next year.

In each of the four states surveyed, the Democratic either leads or ties the GOP candidate. But, when a likely-voter screen is applied, the GOP takes the lead in three of the four races.

-- Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) leads Weld Co. DA Ken Buck (R) among all voters, 47% to 44%. But among LVs, Buck grabs the lead, 49% to 44%.

Posted: Wednesday, September 22, 2010 - 5:37pm

Races To Know: AK SEN, RI GOV, ME GOV

AK SEN: Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski's announcement Friday that she would run in November's general election as a write-in candidate creates a 3-way contest that adds a degree of uncertainty to the race, but she faces a decidedly steep hill. Running as a write-in candidate is a notoriously difficult proposition. The last candidate to wage a successful write-in campaign for the Senate was the late Strom Thurmond of South Carolina in 1954. No write-in candidate has ever won statewide office in Alaska.

Posted: Wednesday, September 22, 2010 - 5:23pm