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Groups Urge Hearing On Online IP Bill

A group of public interest and industry groups wrote Senate Judiciary Committee leaders this week voicing concerns with legislation introduced earlier this month aimed at curbing online piracy and counterfeiting and calling for a hearing to better evaluate the measure.

Posted: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 - 4:02pm

Net Neutrality Bill Might Be More About Message Than Action

With precious little time left in the 111th Congress, House Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry Waxman's efforts to advance a net neutrality bill may be more of a messaging tool than anything else, observers say. "A lot of legislation is introduced not because of its likelihood of enactment, but to send a message that will ricochet around the Hill and agencies," said Andrew Lipman, head of the telecommunications, media and technology group at the law firm Bingham.

Posted: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 - 3:24pm

Obama Better At Explaining Proposals Than GOP

Even though House Republicans introduced their "Pledge to America" last week, Americans largely still believe Pres. Obama has done a better job than the GOP at explaining his plans for the country by a significant margin, according to new polling out Tuesday.

When asked who has done a better job articulating their vision for the country, exactly half said Obama has while 28% said congressional Republicans. The results were included in the latest Society for Human Resource Management/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll.

Posted: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 - 2:30pm

Democrats See Old Bulls In Trouble

Updated, 2:32 p.m.

House Democrats are going to bat for some of their longest-serving members in new advertisements, a recognition that longevity in DC has put veteran committee chairmen in serious danger of losing their seats.

The DCCC will begin advertising on behalf of Reps. Ike Skelton (D-MO), John Spratt (D-SC) and Paul Kanjorski (D-PA), according to a source briefed on the committee's plans.

Posted: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 - 2:04pm

Branstad In Control As National Dems Face Spending Decision

The Iowa gubernatorial contest, a race Republicans have identified as a prime pick up opportunity this cycle, appears firmly in the hands of former Gov. Terry Branstad (R) with 5 weeks to go until Election Day. A new poll released over the weekend reaffirmed Branstad's double-digit lead on struggling incumbent Gov. Chet Culver (D), raising the question of how much support Culver can count on from national Democrats the rest of the way.

Posted: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 - 1:58pm

President Carter Hospitalized

Former Pres. Jimmy Carter was taken off a flight to Cleveland and hospitalized after developing an upset stomach on Tuesday. Carter was taken to MetroHealth Hospital, where he is resting comfortably, according to the Carter Center.

Carter, 85, was traveling to promote his new book, "White House Diary," which was released last week. He will resume the tour later in the week, the center said.

Posted: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 - 1:52pm

EU Announces Major Investment In IT Research

The European Commission Tuesday announced it would be investing more than $1 billion in 2011 in information and communications technology research aimed at boosting Europe's competitiveness. The commission, the European Union's regulatory arm, said the funding (780 million Euros) would go toward research focused on the Internet, robotics, smart and embedded systems, photonics, energy efficiency technologies and health. The effort is part of a commission goal of increasing information and communications technology research and development funding by 20 percent every year until at least 2013.

Posted: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 - 1:16pm

Group Voices Concerns With Leahy's Online IP Bill

While it appears unlikely that the Senate Judiciary Committee will act on the legislation this week, the Center for Democracy Technology voiced strong concerns Tuesday with a bill aimed at cracking down on foreign websites that offer illegal copyrighted content or counterfeit goods, saying it could hamper free speech on the Internet and force Internet intermediaries to become the gatekeepers of the Web.

Posted: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 - 12:35pm

DSCC Launches Ad in West Virginia

The DSCC is going on the air in the West Virginia Senate race, another sign that the contest between Gov. Joe Manchin (D) and businessman John Raese (R) is tightening.

The Senate race for the late Sen. Robert Byrd's (D) seat was originally considered a sure thing for the Democrats when Manchin jumped in the race. Manchin has enjoyed exceptionally high approval ratings despite West Virginia's economic struggles.

Posted: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 - 10:43am

Federal Cybersecurity Exercise To Attack Content, Identities

The Department of Homeland Security kicked off its third large-scale cybersecurity drill on Tuesday to test government's and industry's ability to respond to hackers hijacking Web content and stealing personal identities with the goal of grabbing sensitive information and crippling federal and commercial operations, reported. The primary goal of Cyber Storm III, which will run through Friday, is to test procedures the Obama administration outlined for how agencies and companies should work together during cyber attacks.

Posted: Tuesday, September 28, 2010 - 9:42am