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Broad Scope Of Copyright Pact Worries Critics

Under a veil of secrecy, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative hosted the 10th round of negotiations on the proposed Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement in Washington last week.While the agreement is aimed at increasing international cooperation in curbing the piracy and counterfeiting of i

Posted: Thursday, August 26, 2010 - 12:00am

Tax Reform Panel Will Come Up Empty

Updated at 2:21 p.m. A presidential commission on tax reform is expected to deliver a report Friday that fails to make any clear recommendations and ducks virtually all of the controversies that have deterred tax reform for 24 years.Meanwhile, a higher-profile presidential commission tackling

Posted: Thursday, August 26, 2010 - 12:00am

House Republicans Volley Back At Biden

Adding more fuel to the fire in the spat between the GOP and Vice President Joe Biden , conservative lawmakers slammed Democrats' "runaway federal spending" in a conference call with reporters this morning."Evidently, nothing excites a liberal Democrat more than the pornography of excessive spen

Posted: Thursday, August 26, 2010 - 12:00am

Salmonella Strains Found In Feed At Two Iowa Farms

Salmonella strains matching those identified in the nationwide outbreak have been found at Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms of Iowa, the Food and Drug Administration announced today.The news came on the same day the House Energy and Commerce Committee called a hearing for Sept. 14 to examin

Posted: Thursday, August 26, 2010 - 12:00am

AGs Urge Craigslist To Drop Adult Ads

Attorneys general from 17 states wrote Craigslist.org's top executives this week urging them to remove the "adult services" section from the site's online classified offerings, saying it helps promote sex trafficking. Craigslist has come under fire for the adult ads on its site. Some critics say Craigslist is benefitting financially from ads that offer prostitution and sex trafficking including of minors and has not done enough to screen out such ads.

Posted: Wednesday, August 25, 2010 - 9:38pm

Murkowski Held Stevens Ad

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) did not broadcast a closing argument ad in her tight re-nomination bid because the star -- a man named Alaskan of the Century -- passed away just days before the election.

The campaign had enlisted former Sen. Ted Stevens to film a full-throated endorsement of Murkowski's bid for another term, according to a Republican who has seen the shelved ad. But just before it was scheduled to begin airing, a plane carrying Stevens and 8 others crashed on Aug. 9 in the Alaskan bush, killing Stevens and 4 more passengers.

Posted: Wednesday, August 25, 2010 - 6:41pm

Federal Employees Told To Be Careful Mixing Politics, Facebook

Federal employees could become a "friend," a "fan" or even "like" a Facebook page a political party or candidate created, but they cannot do so during work hours or while in a federal workspace, according to new guidance the Office of Special Counsel has issued. In a nine-page document of frequently asked questions it published recently, OSC addresses employees' and agencies' use of social media and how to comply with the 1939 Hatch Act, Nextgov.com reported. The law regulates the political activities of federal employees, such as using their authority to exert influence over an election.

Posted: Wednesday, August 25, 2010 - 5:27pm

Patty Murray's Path To Victory

Welcome back to our new feature on Hotline on Call: Path To Victory. On Tuesday, we looked at the playbook of Dino Rossi as he tries to unseat Sen. Patty Murray (D) in what will be one of the most competitive Senate races this year.

Posted: Wednesday, August 25, 2010 - 5:22pm

Verizon, Critics Continue Back And Forth On Net Neutrality

The back and forth continued Wednesday between Verizon and critics of the policy framework the telecommunications giant unveiled earlier this month with Google aimed at providing a compromise on the network neutrality issue. The fireworks began Monday when Verizon Executive Vice President Tom Tauke defended the proposal during a speech at the Technology Policy Institute's conference in Aspen, Colo.

Posted: Wednesday, August 25, 2010 - 4:14pm

DC Elections Board Deals Blow To Fenty

The DC Board of Elections and Ethics on Wednesday denied a request made by Mayor Adrian Fenty (D) to allow unaffiliated voters to participate in the Sept. 14 Dem primary if they became Dems on that day, dealing a blow to Fenty's re-election chances.

Posted: Wednesday, August 25, 2010 - 3:49pm