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Data.gov To House New APIs

A series of new application programming interfaces - tools that facilitate interaction between datasets and other software programs - will make it easier for developers to play and interact with the content on Data.gov, the online repository of federal information and a cornerstone of the open government initiative. But those are just the preliminary steps to establishing a self-running ecosystem that will convert raw government data into valuable content and interesting applications, a White House technology expert said last week at a government IT forum. Continue reading on NextGov.com.

Posted: Monday, June 21, 2010 - 11:40am

From This Week's CongressDaily Outlook

Congress takes a major step toward updating the Communications Act on Friday when staffers with the Senate and House Commerce panels conduct the first of several "stakeholder sessions" on telecommunications policy. The session will address the heated controversy over the FCC's authority to regulate broadband after a federal appeals court undermined the agency's jurisdiction.

Posted: Monday, June 21, 2010 - 11:36am

Senate GOPers Take Cash On Hand Lead

For the first time this cycle, the NRSC has reported having more cash on hand than its Dem counterpart, spending frugally even as the DSCC has outraised its rival.

The NRSC raised just $3.6M in May, but spent only $2.5M. The committee ended the month with $18.1M in the bank.

Dems, meanwhile, raised $5M for May but spent $4.56M last month. The committee has $17.57M in the bank. Neither the DSCC nor the NRSC has any debt.

Posted: Monday, June 21, 2010 - 11:08am

Republicans Boost State Spending

The RNC is showing off its strategic plans by making early transfers to certain state parties, ensuring their affiliates have the hard dollars to compete this fall as both parties struggle to raise federal funds.

Last month, the RNC sent $627K in cash and equipment to various state parties, according to newly-filed FEC reports. That amount represents about a third of the $1.86M the GOP has doled out to states this year.

Posted: Monday, June 21, 2010 - 10:31am

Crist Hangs On To Lead

FL Gov. Charlie Crist (I) still leads the race to replace retiring Sen. George LeMieux (R), nearly 2 months after a party switch many expected would cost him his chances.

The latest survey, conducted for the FL Chamber of Commerce Political Institute by Cherry Communications, shows Crist leading ex-FL House Speaker Marco Rubio (R) and Rep. Kendrick Meek (D) 42%-31%-14%.

Posted: Monday, June 21, 2010 - 9:06am

Fears Rise Over Comcast-NBC Merger

From this morning's Earlybird: • "Comcast, the nation's biggest cable provider, has long played hardball with competitors and content providers," the New York Times reports.

Posted: Monday, June 21, 2010 - 8:30am

Lawmakers' Privately Funded Travel Surges

From this morning's Earlybird: • "Non-profit groups and special interests spent 73% more in the first three months of the year jetting members of Congress on domestic and foreign trips, a USA TODAY review of records compiled by CQ MoneyLine shows," USA Today reports. • "Companies involved in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill are hiring a bevy of high-priced Washington lobbyists and consultants to help them weather the crisis, as investigations heat up and calls for policy changes intensify," the Washington Post reports.

Posted: Monday, June 21, 2010 - 8:30am

Monday's Starting Lineup

Good Monday morning. Welcome to the first official day of summer, and the longest day of the year. Funny, we've always found the days get longer as Election Day approaches.

Here's today's Starting Lineup, previewing the people who can make a difference in politics this week:

Posted: Monday, June 21, 2010 - 6:58am

Who Lost Turkey?

The question has echoed in Middle East policy circles ever since Israeli commandos intercepted a "Free Gaza" flotilla that originated in Turkey on May 31, killing eight Turkish activists and an American of Turkish descent. The volume grew a few days later when Ankara sided against the United States

Posted: Monday, June 21, 2010 - 12:00am

Does Transparency Increase Accuracy?

It was gratifying to see that late last week, blogger Nate Silver took the advice offered by my old boss Harrison Hickman (and presumably many others) and established a procedure to allow pollsters to audit the data from their polls that appear in the database on Silver's website, FiveThirtyE

Posted: Monday, June 21, 2010 - 12:00am