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Romer To Leave White House

Christina Romer, chairwoman of Pres. Obama's Council of Economic Advisers, has decided to resign, according to a source familiar with her plans.

Romer, an economics professor at the University of California (Berkeley) before taking the key admin post, did not respond to repeated calls to her office.

Posted: Thursday, August 5, 2010 - 5:54pm

Insiders: Rangel & Waters A Factor In 2010

Democratic and Republican pols generally agree that the ethics charges against Reps. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., and Maxine Waters, D-Calif., will be at least a "somewhat important" factor in the midterm elections, according the latest National Journal Political Insiders Poll.

Posted: Thursday, August 5, 2010 - 4:55pm

Senate Bill Aims To Bolster Data Security

Key Democrats on the Senate Commerce Committee introduced legislation Thursday that would require businesses and nonprofits to take steps to secure personal consumer information from potential data breaches. The bill, offered by Senate Commerce Consumer Protection Subcommittee Chairman Mark Pryor, D-Ark., and Commerce Chairman John (Jay) Rockefeller, D-W.Va., would require businesses or nonprofits that own or possess data containing personal information such as credit card numbers, to establish "reasonable" security policies and procedures to protect that data.

Posted: Thursday, August 5, 2010 - 4:40pm

U.S. Should Lead By Example With Open Internet, Group Says

The United States should look at its own policies before criticizing countries such as the United Arab Emirates for banning BlackBerry e-mail, Web and messaging services for security reasons, according to one digital rights advocacy group, Nextgov.com reported. The United Arab Emirates is blocking BlackBerry services because local officials cannot monitor messages, which are encrypted and routed overseas, for illegal activity or abuse. Pakistan already has a similar ban in effect and other countries -- many in the Middle East -- have threatened to do the same.

Posted: Thursday, August 5, 2010 - 4:18pm

Groups Call On Congress To Probe Internet Explorer's Privacy

Six privacy groups have called on the Senate and House Commerce committees to examine whether the latest version of Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser makes it easier for firms to track a consumer's Web surfing habits for advertising purposes. In a letter Thursday to the leaders of the Senate Commerce and House Energy and Commerce committees, the privacy groups called on the panels to not only investigate claims included in a recent Wall Street Journal investigation of Internet Explorer but to examine online surveillance in general.

Posted: Thursday, August 5, 2010 - 4:01pm

Kagan Confirmed, 63-37

The Senate today confirmed Solicitor Gen. Elena Kagan for a lifetime seat on the SCOTUS mostly along partisan lines. Kagan received 63 votes in favor of her confirmation, while 37 sens. voted against her.

The margin by which Kagan was confirmed was more narrow than the vote margin for Sonia Sotomayor 364 days ago. The vote on Sotomayor was 68-31; late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) did not vote due to illness.

Posted: Thursday, August 5, 2010 - 3:49pm

Democrats Divided On Politics Of Immigration Lawsuit

Democratic operatives are sharply divided on the political fallout from the intervention by Department of Justice lawsuit against the controversial Arizona immigration law, according to this week's National Journal Political Insiders Poll.

Posted: Thursday, August 5, 2010 - 3:30pm

Genachowski Says He's Still Committed To Net Neutrality

Any deal on net neutrality that does not preserve the openness of the Internet will not be acceptable, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said Thursday at the commission's monthly public meeting, CongressDaily reported. His comment came in response to questions from reporters about news of a possible deal between Verizon and Google on Internet traffic management.

Posted: Thursday, August 5, 2010 - 2:49pm

Kagan Whip Count: Brown Votes No

Just hours before a planned confirmation vote, Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) announced today that he would oppose the nomination of Elena Kagan because she lacks judicial and "practical courtroom experience."

Posted: Thursday, August 5, 2010 - 2:10pm

FCC Chief Takes Firm Net Neutrality Stand

Any deal on net neutrality that does not preserve the openness of the Internet will not be acceptable, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said today at the commission's monthly public meeting. His comment came in response to questions from reporters about news of a possible deal between Verizon and Google on Internet traffic management. The potential deal would inhibit Verizon from slowing Internet content that travels over its network, but the same restrictions would not apply to Internet use via mobile phones, Bloomberg News first reported and a source confirmed to Tech Daily Dose.

Posted: Thursday, August 5, 2010 - 1:40pm