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HHS Proposes Rules To Enhance Health Information Privacy

The Health and Human Services Department Thursday announced proposed rules aimed at enhancing the privacy of health information under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA). The proposed regulations, issued in a notice of proposed rulemaking, would expand the right of individuals to access their information while restricting disclosure of covered health information, extend the privacy and security requirements included in HIPPA to business associates of companies and organizations covered by the law, and ban the sale of a patient's health data without their consent.

Posted: Thursday, July 8, 2010 - 11:58am

Carnahan Drops Prices For Obama Event

Pres. Obama is the best fundraiser the Dem Party has, but his drawing power is way down from its peak during the '08 campaign.

Obama is heading to MO and NV today to raise money for Sec/State Robin Carnahan (D), running for an open Senate seat, and Senate Maj. Leader Harry Reid.

But Carnahan's campaign wasn't able to completely sell out the Folly Theater, where Obama will appear for a grassroots event on Carnahan's behalf, at the prices they wanted. Tickets once priced at $250 are now going for $99, while $35 tickets are half off.

Posted: Thursday, July 8, 2010 - 11:32am

Thursday Fundraising Roundup

Fundraising reports have been slow to trickle out this month, so we've been saving them for a bigger post. Remember to follow @FECtweets for real-time fundraising reports. Some numbers that have come out in recent days:

OH SEN: Ex-Rep. Rob Portman raised $2.65M in the second quarter, ending with $8.8M in the bank. He's spent money on 2 TV ads so far, and he's expected to maintain his huge financial advantage over LG Lee Fisher (D).

Posted: Thursday, July 8, 2010 - 11:12am

Coalition Launched To Oppose NBC-Comcast Merger

On the same day that lawmakers were set to meet in Chicago for a field hearing on the issue, 20 public interest, industry and consumer groups Thursday announced a coalition to oppose the proposed merger between Comcast and NBC Universal, citing its potential harm on competition and consumer choice.

Posted: Thursday, July 8, 2010 - 10:12am

Tiberi Leads Red To Blue Dem

One of the few chances Dems have to contest a GOP-held seat will be a long-shot at best, according to a new survey conducted for Rep. Pat Tiberi's (R-OH) campaign.

The poll, conducted by Public Opinion Strategies, shows Tiberi leading Franklin Co. Commis. Paula Brooks (D) by a 53%-28% margin. Businessman Travis Irvine (L) pulls 5%.

Posted: Thursday, July 8, 2010 - 9:49am

Bill To Require Porn-Blocking Technology At Agencies

The House passed this month an amendment to a supplemental spending bill that would bar federal agencies from using funds for computer networks unless the systems block pornography, Nextgov.com reported. One information security expert called the requirement wise, but warned Congress should leave it up to agencies to specify the controls they use to prevent federal employees from downloading porn. On July 1, the House agreed to an amendment to the Senate passed supplemental bill, H.R.

Posted: Thursday, July 8, 2010 - 9:25am

Boxer Under Water, But Leads Fiorina

Ex-Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina (R) remains well within striking distance of Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), who is viewed unfavorably by a majority of likely voters, according to a new Field Poll released today.

The poll was conducted June 22-July 5, with Field Research Corp. surveying 1,005 likely voters, for a margin of error of +/- 3.1%.

Posted: Thursday, July 8, 2010 - 9:00am

Thursday's Starting Lineup

Good Thursday morning. Today we learn what the future holds for King James, who may be going to Cleveland, Chicago, Miami, New York or whatever other team has the cap space available to handle his mammoth contract. But really, ESPN, it's a contract, not a presidential address. Does LeBron really need the whole hour?

Here's today's Starting Lineup, previewing the people who will make a difference in politics today:

Posted: Thursday, July 8, 2010 - 6:50am

The Dust Bowl

(The dust storms of the 1930s ruined millions of acres of farmland and displaced more than 2 million people from the Great Plains states.) Not long after the Great Mississippi Flood, farming contributed to yet another disaster: the Dust Bowl. As prolonged droughts met loose topsoil left unanch

Posted: Thursday, July 8, 2010 - 12:00am

Gulf Of Mexico Oil Spill

(A slick of oil stains the beach at Gulf Shores, Ala., after it washed ashore from BP’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images) Black and Smith agree that the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico belongs on the list of the nation’s worst man-made environmental disasters.

Posted: Thursday, July 8, 2010 - 12:00am