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Obama Administration Unveils Plan to Knock Off Counterfeiters

The Obama administration signaled a new get-tough approach to intellectual property enforcement with the release today of the nation's first comprehensive plan for combating pirated goods. Drawing on input from at least six federal agencies, the U.S. Copyright Office, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and more than 1600 public comments, the plan features 33 recommendations for action. The release of the 61-page document was applauded by a wide array of stakeholders, including the U.S.

Posted: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - 2:44pm

Angle Fills Out Political Team

NV Assemb. Sharron Angle (R) is slowly turning her campaign into a professional operation, bringing on key staffers and consultants who will help her target Senate Maj. Leader Harry Reid this fall.

A look at some of the firms and consultants she has on her team:

Posted: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - 2:11pm


Hotline editor Amy Walter writes:

This was supposed to be a column about how much I detested Twitter. How it's responsible for the death of thoughtful journalism and it's a celebration of our ADD culture.

But a funny thing happened as I prepared to rip into Twitter. I kinda got hooked.

Here's why:

• It's functional. I'm looking for information, fast. And I hope that folks are looking the same from me. A quick look at my list of those I'm following gives me an unfiltered look at the news, opinion and analysis coming from sources that I know and trust.

Posted: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - 1:23pm

Giannoulias And The Killer Crossover

IL Treas. Alexi Giannoulias (D) enjoys playing up his time as a professional hoopster, but his glory days in college didn't amount to much, according to NCAA statistics.

And Giannoulias, running to replace retiring Sen. Roland Burris (D-IL), will admit it: "I had a killer crossover that wasn't -- I tried to copy Tim Hardaway's, but it didn't really work," he told the Chicago Tribune in '08.

Posted: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - 12:48pm

McCain: McChrystal Comments "Inappropriate"

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), along with 2 colleagues, says comments attributed to Gen. Stanley McChrystal in a new story in Rolling Stone are "inappropriate" and cross a line in the traditional relationship between a president and the military.

Posted: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - 12:05pm

Boehner Promises Ag Seat

House Min. Leader John Boehner will support farm broadcaster Rick Crawford's (R) bid for a seat on the House Agriculture Committee if Crawford wins his race to replace retiring Rep. Marion Berry (D-AR), Boehner said in a statement today.

"Rick Crawford has my full support for a seat on the House Agriculture Committee. Rick's been in the agriculture business for years and understands the challenges facing farmers, ranchers, and rural communities," said Boehner, himself an alumnus of the committee.

Posted: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - 11:37am

Obama Administration Aims to Protect Identities in Cyberspace

Information technology geeks, start your engines. The Obama administration on Friday plans to release the latest draft of its strategy for identification and authentication in cyberspace, Howard Schmidt, White House cybersecurity coordinator, said today.

Posted: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - 11:02am

Reid Promises Action On DISCLOSE Act

Senate Maj. Leader Harry Reid is reiterating his support for campaign finance legislation as the House works to pass the bill in time to impact the midterm elections.

In a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Rules Committee chairman Bob Brady (D-PA), Reid and Senate Rules Committee chair Chuck Schumer promise to work on the bill once the House passes it.

Posted: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - 10:42am

Hodes Hits Ayotte On FRM In First Ad

Rep. Paul Hodes (D) is using his first paid advertising to take a shot at one of his leading rivals over a massive ponzi scheme that bilked NH investors while AG Kelly Ayotte (R) was in office.

Ayotte, the leading GOP contender in the race to replace retiring Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH), was called to testify last week over her knowledge -- or lack thereof -- of Financial Resources Mortgage. The Meredith, NH-based firm took $80M from NH investors over a decade of operation.

Posted: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - 10:12am

Dillon, Cox Lead MI GOV Field

State House Speaker Andy Dillon (D) has a lead in the largely fluid Dem primary to replace Gov. Jennifer Granholm (R), while AG Mike Cox (R) has inched ahead of his GOP rivals, a comeback that caught even the pollsters by surprise.

Posted: Tuesday, June 22, 2010 - 9:03am