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Measuring The NASA Stimulus

There's no doubt that NASA spending -- as with the spending of any government agency -- can benefit the economy directly through the purchase of goods and services, and indirectly by inspiring industries that spin off from its technologies.But how much of a benefit is an open question -- one that

Posted: Friday, August 27, 2010 - 12:00am

Pentagon Pulls $1B From WMD-Defense Efforts

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Defense Department has shifted more than $1 billion out of its nuclear, biological and chemical defense programs to underwrite a new White House priority on vaccine development and production to combat disease pandemics, according to government and industry officials.The pl

Posted: Friday, August 27, 2010 - 12:00am

Bernanke Says Fed Is Prepared To Act, But Not Yet

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said today the central bank has three policy options ready to boost the slumping U.S. economy, but it is not willing to implement them unless more troubling signs such as deflation start to show.In prepared remarks in Jackson Hole, Wyo., Bernanke said the F

Posted: Friday, August 27, 2010 - 12:00am

Van Hollen Dismisses Chances For GOP Takeover

Touting Democrats' successes this cycle in special elections in New York and Pennsylvania, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen today sought to convey confidence in the party's efforts to retain its majority in the House."The more voters focus on the election an

Posted: Friday, August 27, 2010 - 12:00am

Gulf Needs Immediate Guidance And Funding, Report Says

President Obama should immediately appoint a senior official to work with disaster relief organizations in the Gulf Coast, while oil giant BP should give those organizations an infusion of cash to help them continue providing services, according to a report released today by the Center for Nati

Posted: Friday, August 27, 2010 - 12:00am

Tax Panel Identifies Problems But Doesn't Solve Them

The tax code is needlessly complex for individuals and businesses, according to a report issued today by a presidential commission that nevertheless made no recommendations on what to do about it.The President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board produced a 100-page report that was called an "alm

Posted: Friday, August 27, 2010 - 12:00am

FCC Holds Comcast-NBC Universal Merger Meeting

The FCC will hold a closed-door meeting of economists Friday to discuss the impact of Comcast and NBC Universal's proposed $30 billion merger, a source familiar with the situation confirmed to Tech Daily Dose. The merger, currently under regulatory review by both the FCC and Justice Department, has brought public interest groups, lawmakers and industry into a heated debate about whether it should be allowed to move forward. Critics worry that the merger will threaten diversity of the media and hamper competition.

Posted: Thursday, August 26, 2010 - 5:47pm

Carper: 2008 Cyber Attack Underscores U.S. Vulnerabilities

A key member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee said Thursday that the recent revelation that the U.S. military was the victim of a major cyber attack in 2008 underscores the need to better secure all federal government and civilian computer systems. The comments from Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., a senior member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, comes a day after Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn III revealed details from the 2008 attack in an article published online Wednesday in Foreign Affairs magazine.

Posted: Thursday, August 26, 2010 - 4:51pm

Hotline Spotlight: Outside Influences

New polls showing Midwestern House Dems in trouble has some GOPers wondering whether the outside groups spending millions on their behalf aren't missing the golden opportunity to take back the House.

-- The American Action Network, which released the new polls, and Americans for Prosperity are pouring millions into the effort to take back the House. And American Crossroads chair Mike Duncan told The Hotline his group will play in a few House contests and build a GOTV operation -- something that's suffered as the RNC struggles with money.

Posted: Thursday, August 26, 2010 - 3:22pm

Scope Of ACTA 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, National reported. While the agreement is aimed at increasing international cooperation in curbing the piracy and counterfeiting of intellectual property, it has provoked tension about whose job it is to police the protections afforded to rights holders.

Posted: Thursday, August 26, 2010 - 2:44pm