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Conway Keeps His Distance From Reid

It's hard to say at this point which Kentucky Senate candidate is more eager to gain distance from their party establishment.

After badgering ophthalmologist Rand Paul (R) repeatedly for waffling on his support for Senate Min. Leader Mitch McConnell (R), AG Jack Conway (D) is now hedging on whether he would support Senate Maj. Leader Harry Reid (D-NV).

Posted: Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 4:11pm

Dem Insiders Want Faster Timetable For Afghanistan Withdrawal

In the wake of Tuesday night's vote in the House on the Afghanistan war funding bill which 102 House Dems opposed, the latest Congressional Insiders Poll offers more signs of restiveness among Dems over the Afghan conflict.

Posted: Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 3:32pm

Bill To Provide PTO With Additional Funding Advances

The House late Wednesday evening passed legislation that would allow the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to retain funding from fees it collects in fiscal year 2010 above the amount allocated by Congress. The Senate could take up a similar bill possibly as soon as Thursday. The bill would allow the PTO to keep $129 million in extra fees it expects to collect this year. It would be offset by cancelling the same amount in unused funds from the Census Bureau, which like the PTO is also a Commerce Department agency. The PTO's annual appropriation from Congress is based on

Posted: Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 3:28pm

Hodes Offers Resolution Opposing Net Sales Tax Bill

Rep. Paul Hodes, D-N.H., introduced a resolution Thursday opposing legislation that would close a loophole that would allow states to mandate that online and catalogue retailers collect sales taxes from customers who live in states where the firms do not have a physical presence. "It is the sense of the House of Representatives that Congress should not impose any new burdensome or unfair tax collecting requirements on small online businesses, which would ultimately hurt the economy and consumers in the United States," according to the text of the nonbinding resolution.

Posted: Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 2:04pm

DCCC 's Working Class Defense

The DCCC announced ad buys in 60 districts in the past week, including in 54 seats they currently hold. Where their buys occur follows the pattern identified by National Journal's Ronald Brownstein in "The Four Quadrants of Congress": the lower the level of diversity and white education in a district, the more likely the seat is to lean Republican.

Posted: Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 12:53pm

FCC, Broadband Providers Hold More Regulatory Talks

Representatives from AT&T and the National Cable & Telecommunications Association spoke with key FCC personnel Tuesday about a regulatory framework for the Internet, reveals a disclosure filed with the commission. According to the document, they discussed prohibitions against blocking lawful Internet content; standards for preventing harm to consumers or competition; and avenues for addressing complaints regarding Internet openness, among other issues.

Posted: Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 11:38am

Rubio: An Immigration Bellwether

Marco Rubio (R-FL) is one of the key candidates to watch in order to read how the immigration ruling is playing politically. He's locked up the Republican nomination in a state with a significant Hispanic population, and doesn't have to worry as much about the GOP base now that Charlie Crist has left the primary field and moving to the left. But he's also become a national conservative darling, and has gone to great lengths to avoid offending the base on immigration.

Posted: Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 9:16am

Scott, Greene With Double-Digit Leads in Florida

Quinnipiac is out this morning with a new Florida poll that that two free-spending political neophytes, FL GOV Rick Scott (R) and FL SEN candidate Jeff Greene (D), are in strong position to capture their party's respective nominations.

Posted: Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 7:13am

Photo Gallery: Rangel Hearing

Posted: Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 12:00am

Mr. Zuckerberg Goes To Washington

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg made his first official visit to Washington this week and met Wednesday with members of the Senate Republican High-Tech Task Force. Zuckerberg "looks forward to sharing our company's unique perspectives on 21st century innovation, U.S. competitiveness, the economy, and related issues with a range of interested parties," Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes said.

Posted: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 - 9:26pm