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American Muslims: Reform From Within?

For more on President Obama ’s outreach to Muslims around the world, check out Neil Munro ’s story in this week’s National Journal .

Posted: Thursday, June 17, 2010 - 12:00am

Searching for Google's CEO? Mingle in Style for a Cool Five Grand

No one ever said access to power in Washington comes cheap. Tech savvy Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., a Senate Commerce member who's up for reelection in 2014, is hosting a June 21 fundraiser at the swanky Hotel Monaco featuring Google Chairman and CEO Eric Schmidt -- and the short-on-cash need not apply. Just getting in the door for the reception as a "friend" will set you back $1,000, according to the invite. The "sponsor" level, which includes two reception tickets and one dinner ticket, requires shelling out $2,500. If you'd like to attend in style as a "co chair," your

Posted: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 6:56pm

Justice IG To Examine Surveillance Powers

The Justice Department's inspector general has agreed to begin new investigations of how the government is using domestic surveillance powers under the anti-terrorism law known as the USA PATRIOT Act. Inspector General Glenn Fine told Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., in a letter this week that his office plans to review how the government is using its powers to get special court orders forcing businesses to turn over records and its powers to issue national security letters, which are demands for information without a court order.

Posted: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 5:27pm

More Trouble For LimeWire

Eight music publishers Wednesday filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against peer-to-peer file sharing service LimeWire. EMI Music Publishing, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Universal Publishing Group, Warner/Chappell Music Inc. and other filed the lawsuit in New York federal district court. They claim that LimeWire has engaged in copyright infringement of their music on a "massive scale." The lawsuit, which also named LimeWire CEO Mark Gorton and former Chief Operating Officer Greg Bildson, follows successful legal action against LimeWire by the Recording Industry Association of America.

Posted: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 4:18pm

Manchester Mayor Endorses Against Predecessor

Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas (R) is backing businessman Sean Mahoney (R) in a competitive GOP primary, bypassing his own predecessor in the race for the GOP nod against Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH).

Gatsas picked Mahoney over Frank Guinta, the man who served 2 terms as mayor of the state's largest city. Gatsas won the mayor's office when Guinta declined to run in advance of a '10 Congressional race. Sources said Gatsas has a long personal relationship with Mahoney, and that he has had policy differences with Guinta.

Posted: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 3:55pm

America Speaking Out Grabs First Idea

America Speaking Out, the House GOP's new effort to communicate with voters that could eventually lead to an updated version of the Contract with America, has culled its first legislative idea -- though it's not exactly an original thought.

Last night, Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI) offered an amendment to eliminate the individual mandate in the just-passed health care law. The amendment failed, winning just 187 votes.

Posted: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 3:05pm

Key House Members To Offer Cybersecurity Bill

Key House lawmakers said Wednesday they plan to introduce legislation soon that mirrors a sweeping cybersecurity bill recently introduced in the Senate, which would give the government emergency authority to take critical information technology systems offline in dire situations when no other option is available. House Homeland Security Committee ranking member Peter King, R-N.Y., and House Homeland Security Intelligence Subcommittee Chairwoman Jane Harman, D-Calif., said during a hearing they plan to sponsor the legislation.

Posted: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 2:32pm

Government-Wide Cybersecurity Contracts Gains Backers

Security experts inside and outside government are becoming more convinced that the federal government must develop contracting programs that provide agencies with the ability to buy cybersecurity tools and services quickly to fend off ever-evolving and sophisticated threats, Nextgov.com reported. There is no department that better illustrates the problem than the Defense Department.

Posted: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 2:23pm

Conservatives Outraged At NRA Deal

Conservative movementarians, and some of the top GOPers on Capitol Hill, are furious with the National Rifle Association for cutting a deal with House Dem leaders that could speed passage of a measure aimed at increasing campaign finance disclosure requirements.

Posted: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 2:13pm

Groups Call On Facebook To Make More Privacy Changes

Ten privacy and civil liberties groups urged Facebook Wednesday to take additional steps to fix lingering privacy issues they say still exist with the social networking site. In an open letter Wednesday to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the groups said they are "glad to see that Facebook has taken steps in the past weeks to address some of its outstanding privacy problems. However, we are writing to urge you to continue to demonstrate your commitment to the principle of giving users control over how and with whom they share by taking" additional steps. Among the other steps the groups urged

Posted: Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 2:11pm