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Cohen Demolishes Herenton In TN-09

Dems in this majority-minority Memphis CD renominated Rep. Steve Cohen (D) today as he destroyed ex-Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton (D) and the African-American's attempt to focus the contest on race. The AP called the race with Cohen leading 80-20% with 41% of precincts reporting.

Posted: Thursday, August 5, 2010 - 9:58pm

Effort To Craft FCC Broadband Regulation Bill Collapses

The push to write a narrowly focused telecommunications bill that could be fast-tracked through Congress this fall was dealt a major blow Thursday when the FCC suspended its series of private talks with stakeholders and an influential Democratic senator conceded that without a consensus, advancing a near-term bill is now "unlikely." The agency, which had been assisting lawmakers with efforts to craft an agreement clarifying how broadband should be regulated, ended its closed-door meetings after criticism erupted over reports that two key players in the discussions, Google and Verizon, were poi

Posted: Thursday, August 5, 2010 - 9:31pm

Haslam Wins GOP Nomination In Tennessee

Knoxville mayor Bill Haslam (R) handily won the GOP gubernatorial nomination in Tennessee Thursday night, and starts out as the favorite to be the Volunteer State's next governor. He will face businessman Mike McWherter (D), the son of former Gov. Ned McWherter, in the general election.

Posted: Thursday, August 5, 2010 - 9:07pm

RNC Telling Candidates To Stick To Economy

KANSAS CITY, MO -- The RNC's top electoral strategist is advising candidates to stick to a simple message rather than be sidetracked by recent court rulings on immigration and same-sex marriage, he said Thursday.

RNC political director Gentry Collins said voters care most about jobs and the economy, and that signs indicate his party is set to pick up a significant number of seats in both chambers of Congress.

Posted: Thursday, August 5, 2010 - 6:11pm

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