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Finding Common Ground, But No Agreement

Jeff Chester of the Center for Digital Democracy and Linda Woolley with the Digital Marketing Association have very different views on how far Congress should go to protect consumer privacy online. But during a taped appearance this week on C-Span's "The Communicators" program, they did agree on a few things about the debate --- key among them being that information about Web users has become a commodity. "Consumers have to understand personal data is a commodity," said Woolley, the DMA's executive vice president of government affairs.

Posted: Friday, September 24, 2010 - 10:21am

A Cautionary Polling Tale: A Read On NY GOV

If this week has taught us anything, it's that different polls -- with different methodologies -- can paint wildly different pictures of the same race. Case in point: The New York governor's race and the 4 polls that surveyed it in the last 3 days.

Posted: Friday, September 24, 2010 - 10:00am

Hutchison Willing To Back Allocation Of Spectrum

Senate Commerce ranking member Kay Bailey Hutchison said Thursday she would support a direct allocation of communications spectrum, in lieu of an auction, to build a nationwide public safety network, CongressDaily reported. Her announcement gave a significant boost to legislation introduced by Senate Commerce Chairman John (Jay) Rockefeller, D-W.Va., in July that would give public safety officials a valuable band of spectrum known as the D-block.

Posted: Friday, September 24, 2010 - 9:59am

Starting Lineup: Right Angle

Good Friday morning and welcome to the Starting Lineup. On the agenda today: Sharron Angle looks like she has some momentum against Sen. Harry Reid, Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper (D-PA) in trouble, and Delaware Senate nominee Chris Coons (D) and Florida Democrats get a boost from Vice Pres. Joe Biden.

Posted: Friday, September 24, 2010 - 8:21am

NRSC Spending $1.2M In WV

The NRSC is going up with an ad in West Virginia on Friday, a sure sign that Republicans believe their chances in the state are on the rise.

The ad, which is backed by a $1.2M buy, hits on the campaign strategy businessman John Raese (R) has already been using: Tie Gov. Joe Manchin (D) to Pres. Obama.

Posted: Friday, September 24, 2010 - 8:07am

Even Shepard Fairey's Losing Hope

Updated at 2:05 p.m. on Sept. 24 with more context from interview with Shepard Fairey.

Artist Shepard Fairey with his portrait of President Obama before it was installed at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington on Jan. 17, 2009. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

The artist whose poster of Barack Obama became a rallying image during the hope-and-change election of 2008 says he understands why so many people have lost faith.

Posted: Friday, September 24, 2010 - 6:00am

Boxer Leads Fiorina By 6

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) has a narrow lead in her battle for a fourth term over former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina (R), according to a new Field Poll released today.

Boxer leads Fiorina among likely voters, 47% to 41%, a slightly larger lead than Boxer held in the previous poll, conducted in late June and early July, when Boxer led, 47% to 44%.

Posted: Friday, September 24, 2010 - 3:00am

The GOP's Cautious 'Pledge'

It was an indelible image: Sixteen years ago, Newt Gingrich and about 300 Republican candidates for Congress stood outside the Capitol and unveiled the "Contract with America," a 10-point document that laid out a Republican plan for the future, their alternative to 40 years of Democratic rule tha

Posted: Friday, September 24, 2010 - 12:00am

House Clears Measure On Employer-Provided Cell Phones

The House cleared a bill Thursday that includes a measure that would eliminate cell phones from a list of items that are taxed as employer-provided fringe benefits. The cell phone legislation would repeal a little-enforced provision in tax law that requires that personal use of employer-provided cell phones and similar devices be taxed like other fringe benefits such as use of a company car. The measure, which was passed last week by the Senate, was attached to a small business lending bill (H.R. 5297), which President Obama is expected to sign.

Posted: Thursday, September 23, 2010 - 6:04pm

Net Neutrality NOT On FCC's Agenda For October Meeting

Despite growing pressure to take action on protecting the Internet's openness, the FCC will not address the issue during their October meeting, a tentative agenda released by the commission on Thursday revealed. Instead of tackling the hotly debated matter of broadband regulation, the FCC will take up "Bill Shock," proposed rules requiring mobile carriers to better inform consumers so they aren't surprised by unexpected charges.

Posted: Thursday, September 23, 2010 - 5:36pm