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CA Judge Puts Gay Marriages On Hold

Chief U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn R. Walker extended the stay on his 8/4 ruling overturning Prop. 8. The extension gives gay marriage opponents until 5 pm on 8/18 to appeal the decision to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. If the appeals court does not act by then, the stay is lifted and same-sex marriages can legally commence in CA.

Posted: Thursday, August 12, 2010 - 5:09pm

Binnie Pivots To Immigration In New Ad

Veering away from months of TV ads about job creation, the economy and his personal background, businessman Bill Binnie (R) is up with a new spot underscoring the need for immigrants to learn English. Binnie's move is the latest signal that conservative attacks and a primary that is fast approaching may be causing him to shift his campaign's focus.

"As a U.S. senator, I'll insist that all immigrants learn English. It's simple -- Americans should have allegiance to one flag and have one official language: English," Binnie says in the ad.

Posted: Thursday, August 12, 2010 - 3:59pm

VA Data Breaches Go Live

Today the Veterans Affairs Department started posting online its monthly data breach reports as part of its ongoing transparency thing, VA Chief Information Officer Roger Baker told a press briefing this morning. He said the latest report (for July) might not make it to the Web until Thursday. The reports include not only lost, misplaced or stolen computers and BlackBerries, but also misaddressed prescriptions sent out by the VA mail-order pharmacy operation, Baker said. Those packages contain sensitive veterans health information coupled with personal identifiers.

Posted: Thursday, August 12, 2010 - 3:19pm

Google Responds to Criticism of Policy Proposal

Fresh off the blog, Richard Whitt, Google's Telecom and Policy Counsel, posted a lengthy fact sheet Thursday afternoon rebutting some of the criticism surrounding their joint Internet regulation proposal.

Posted: Thursday, August 12, 2010 - 2:40pm

Public Interest Groups Protest Google to "Save the Internet"

A coalition of public interest groups including Free Press and MoveOn.org are organizing a rally in front of Google's headquarters tomorrow to protest a deal on Internet regulation unveiled by Google and Verizon last Monday. "The Google-Verizon plan would create two separate, unequal sections of the Internet," wrote Josh Levy, online campaign manager at Free Press, in an email to supporters.

Posted: Thursday, August 12, 2010 - 2:23pm

Early Bird Gets The Worm In IA

The Iowa State Fair kicks off today and runs through Aug. 22, and with it comes the inevitable descent of out-of-state pols eyeing the state's first-in-the-nation WH '12 caucus. National GOP figures coming to IA in the next few weeks include ex-House Speaker Newt Gingrich, ex-PA Sen. Rick Santorum, IA Sen. Chuck Grassley and MN Gov. Tim Pawlenty.

Posted: Thursday, August 12, 2010 - 2:20pm

Next Week: The Super Secret ACTA Negotiations

A lot is at stake for the tech sector at next week's Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement negotiations, hosted by the USTR in Washington. The purpose of the ACTA negotiations, according to USTR, is to negotiate a new, state-or-the-art agreement to combat counterfeiting and piracy. The draft of the agreement, made public on April of this year, includes a section on the enforcement of intellectual property rights in the digital environment. The meetings, which will be held all day August 16-20th, are closed press. It's unknown how many parties or which countries will be represented.

Posted: Thursday, August 12, 2010 - 1:00pm

"Liberal" Flap Has Dems Worrying About Enthusiasm

Dems are worried that a new feud between the WH and their liberal base is further endangering the party's candidates during the midterms, exacerbating an already immense enthusiasm gap.

Posted: Thursday, August 12, 2010 - 12:43pm

Chasing The Conservative Base In Phoenix

If Ben Quayle's (R) controversial TV ad calling Pres. Obama the "worst president in history" was your first peek into the AZ-03 open seat race, you might not know where that ad came from.

But if you've followed any of the race to replace retiring Rep. John Shadegg (R), you may begin to understand why Quayle went so far out on a limb in his controversial TV ad.

Posted: Thursday, August 12, 2010 - 11:39am

Social Media and Games Dominate Online Activity

Social media and games dominate online activity according to recent research from the Nielsen Company. As of June 2010, Americans spend nearly a quarter of their time on social networking sites and blogs, a 43 percent increase from just a year ago (22.7 percent up from 15.8 percent). Online games came in second place taking up roughly 10 percent of online activity, up 10 percent from the previous year, and email came in third at 8 percent. "Despite the almost unlimited nature of what you can do on the web, 40 percent of U.S. online time is spent on just

Posted: Thursday, August 12, 2010 - 10:34am