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Chamber Debuts 5 Question Survey

In the two months leading up to the mid-term elections, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce wants everyone -- from Senate candidates to dog-catcher hopefuls -- to know that job creation is paramount to voters. To do so, the Chamber's Campaign for Free Enterprise is looking to arm millions of voters with five questions to ask political candidates.

Posted: Thursday, September 9, 2010 - 4:00pm

Dem Insiders Increasingly Pessimistic About Holding The House

Democrats today are as pessimistic about their prospects of maintaining their majority in the House of Representatives as there were optimistic four years ago about gaining control of the House, according to the latest National Journal Political Insiders Poll.

Posted: Thursday, September 9, 2010 - 3:35pm

More Pressure On Congress To Move D-Block Legislation

The National Governors Association is turning up the pressure on Congress to pass legislation that would re-allocate a controversial chunk of spectrum to public safety officials for the creation of a nationwide interoperable broadband communications network instead of auctioning it off to commercial bidders as the FCC has proposed. In a letter Thursday to House and Senate leaders, Govs. Martin O'Malley, D-Md., and Jan Brewer, R-Ariz., urged Congress to pass legislation offered by Senate Commerce Chairman John (Jay) Rockefeller, D-W.Va.

Posted: Thursday, September 9, 2010 - 3:18pm

Dem Calls Obama's Economic Plan "Misguided"

Rep. Mark Critz become the latest Democrat to pan Pres. Obama's economic plan on Thursday, saying he "strongly" opposes new spending.

Critz, who won the late Rep. John Murtha's seat in a special election earlier this year, said the economy can't take more spending right now.

"Fifty billion dollars of additional government spending will do little to create permanent jobs and will only add to our massive deficit," Critz said. "That's why I strongly oppose the President's misguided plan."

Posted: Thursday, September 9, 2010 - 2:51pm

Hotline TV: It's The Deficit Stupid

In the latest installment of Hotline TV, Reid Wilson and Josh Kraushaar debate whether Pres. Obama's new economic platform will help or hurt Democrats in November.

Posted: Thursday, September 9, 2010 - 2:20pm

Privacy Legislation Leads Group's List of Bad Proposals

Online privacy legislation pending before Congress tops an Internet industry group's list of legislative proposals that it says could hamper the growth of e-commerce and the Internet. The draft privacy bill offered by House Energy and Commerce Communications Subcommittee Chairman Rick Boucher, D-Va., and a similar bill from Energy and Commerce Consumer Protection Subcommittee Chairman Bobby Rush, D-Ill., are among the 10 federal and state legislative proposals on NetChoice's latest list of its "i-AWFUL" laws.

Posted: Thursday, September 9, 2010 - 12:26pm

Dems Breaking With Obama's Economic Plan

In a sign that Democrats are not on-board with what was supposed to be a major cornerstone of their platform this fall, an increasing number of Democratic incumbents and candidates are criticizing Pres. Obama's economic plan.

Within 24 hours of Obama's major address in Ohio on Thursday, a Democratic senator, three House Democrats and another two Democrats vying for open House seats all distanced themselves from Obama's economic plan.

Posted: Thursday, September 9, 2010 - 10:43am

European Parliament Again Urges More ACTA Transparency

A majority of the members of the European Parliament have signed a declaration calling on the European Commission to make public all the documents related to the ongoing negotiations over an anti-counterfeiting and piracy trade agreement. The parliament and public interest groups have been vocal in urging greater transparency in the talks over the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. As of Thursday, a majority of European Parliament members had signed on to the declaration.

Posted: Thursday, September 9, 2010 - 10:38am

Hill Negotiators Agree On Standard For Posting Spending Data

House and Senate negotiators have agreed on a provision in a bill that will require federal agencies to post spending data on the Internet using uniform formats, a move that will make it easier for regulators and the public to analyze contracts and recovery funding, according to a draft reviewed by Nextgov.com. The measure could gain full congressional approval before lawmakers break for the November elections, some House aides said recently.

Posted: Thursday, September 9, 2010 - 9:33am

DGA In Attack Mode In NM and OH

Updated, 8:35 a.m.

Democrats are wasting little time putting their 2010 blueprint for gubernatorial races into action. On Wednesday, the DGA announced that it would seek to paint Republican nominees as "extreme" and out of the mainstream of the states in which they are running.

Posted: Thursday, September 9, 2010 - 7:41am