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UPDATED: Senior FCC Officials Fail to Defend Genachowski's D-Block Plan

Under pressure from key members of Congress and public safety groups, senior FCC officials sidestepped repeated opportunities Wednesday to defend Chairman Julius Genachowski's proposal to auction the so-called D-block spectrum to commercial bidders. "The basic point that the allocation decision . . . is a congressional issue is one that everybody understands," said one of the officials.

Posted: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 - 3:24pm

Lincoln Down Big In Independent Poll

In the latest sign of peril for Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR), a Reuters poll released Tuesday shows her trailing Rep. John Boozman (R) 54%-35%, in her uphill bid for a third term.

Only 10% of registered voters were undecided in the poll, which is even more notable because Ipsos Public Affairs, the survey firm that conducted the poll, did not allocate leaners to either candidate.

The poll shows Boozman siphoning off 26% of Dems, while holding 85% of GOPers. Indies break for Boozman two-to-one: 42%-21%.

Posted: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 - 2:45pm

Berman Crafting New IP Bill

House Foreign Affairs Chairman Howard Berman, D-Calif., said Wednesday that he is working on legislation with Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., that would aim to crack down on Web sites that provide pirated goods and content.

Posted: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 - 2:07pm

Multi-State Probe Into Google WiFi Incident Announced

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said Wednesday that he is leading a multi-state investigation examining Google's unauthorized collection of data from unsecured Wi-Fi networks. Blumenthal, the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate, said 37 states are participating in the investigation. Google revealed in May that it had "mistakenly" collected personal information from unsecured Wi-Fi networks while collecting images for its Street View service, which provides street-level pictures of addresses.

Posted: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 - 1:31pm

Dems Aren't Disclosing Early Polls

Amid a troubled political environment, nearly 2 dozen House Dems commissioned polls over the last 3 months, according to reports filed with the FEC. But those polls weren't made public, leaving some GOPers to believe incumbents are beginning to run scared.

The members who conducted polling are among the GOP's top targets this year. Reps. Mark Schauer (D-MI), Earl Pomeroy (D-ND), Chet Edwards (R-TX), Ike Skelton (D-MO), Rick Boucher (D-VA) and Chris Carney (D-PA) were among those who paid for polling.

Posted: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 - 1:15pm

Capito Won't Run For Byrd Seat

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) won't run for the seat once held by the late Sen. Robert Byrd, she said in a statement released by her office on Wednesday, opting instead to stay in the House.

"With the voters support, I intend to serve my full term in the House of Representatives and not run for any other office until 2012," Capito said in the statement.

Posted: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 - 11:16am

American Action Network Targets Crist

The American Action Network is wading into FL in hopes of undercutting Gov. Charlie Crist (I) in key geographic markets, the group will announce later today.

American Action Network head Rob Collins said the group will purchase 1,500 points in 2 markets, Tampa-St. Petersburg and Panama City, this week. That's a significant purchase; one source with knowledge of ad prices said the group likely dropped about $600K on the buy.

Posted: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 - 10:43am

The Ghost Of Jay Banning

With RNC members set to meet early next month in Kansas City, an old feud between chairman Michael Steele and key opponents on the national committee is reemerging -- one that could prove a more serious offense, in committee members' eyes, than any gaffe Steele has made so far.

In amended reports filed with the FEC, RNC Treasurer Randy Pullen asserts the committee has millions in unreported debts, publicly calling into question Steele's leadership of the party.

Posted: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 - 9:59am

Officials Defend E-Health Standard As Work In Progress

Standards that define what constitutes an official electronic health record aren't strict enough to justify the billions of dollars in incentives the government plans to pay physicians and hospitals to install the systems, Republican lawmakers said Tuesday. At a House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee hearing, officials from the Health and Human Services Department defended the recently released "meaningful use" standards, requirements and expectations that health providers must meet when applying for funding to pay for the adoption of the e-records, reported.

Posted: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 - 9:43am

Handel, Deal Head To GA Runoff

Riding the strength of 2 late endorsements, ex-Sec/State Karen Handel (R) earned the top spot in a runoff election last night, when she will face ex-Rep. Nathan Deal in the race for GA's open GOV seat.

Handel won 33% of the vote with 99% of precincts reporting. Deal finished second with 23%. State Sen. Eric Johnson (R) finished third, with 20%, while Insurance Commis. John Oxendine, once the front-runner, finished fourth with 17%.

Posted: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 - 9:00am