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Meet the Press hosts Adm. Mike Mullen, NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I), ex-Fed Chair Alan Greenspan, PA Gov. Ed Rendell (D), presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin and Time's Mark Halperin .

Face the Nation hosts Adm. Mike Mullen, Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Council on Foreign Relations' Richard Haass and Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund Tom Saenz.

Posted: Friday, July 30, 2010 - 3:17pm

Kerry Prepping Legislation to Safeguard Privacy Online

Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., plans to introduce legislation to protect online privacy, saying the country needs new standards for "protection that ensure people's identity is treated with the respect it deserves." "The information that firms are collecting about us may be incorrect or out of context, leading to completely incorrect conclusions," Kerry, who chairs the Senate Commerce Communications, Technology and the Internet Subcommittee, said in a statement this week.

Posted: Friday, July 30, 2010 - 3:04pm

Hotline Spotlight: Lessons for Romney

Next week's Republican gubernatorial primaries in Michigan and Tennessee will likely determine the next governors of those two vote-rich states, but also could provide a playbook for Mitt Romney in the '12 presidential primary.

Posted: Friday, July 30, 2010 - 12:35pm

UPDATED: MoveOn to Facebook: Respect My Privacy

Progressive grassroots political organization MoveOn.org sent out an e-mail Thursday evening admonishing Facebook for sharing personal information without first asking users for opt-in permission. The note asked supporters to sign a petition saying that Facebook "should not make information about me or my friends public without my explicit permission." The petition comes a day after Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg made his first official visit to Washington. Zuckerberg met with members of the Senate Republican High-Tech Task Force, including task force Chairman Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.

Posted: Friday, July 30, 2010 - 11:51am

Secret Meetings Alert: More FCC, Stakeholder Talks

Representatives from a host of telecom companies and the consumer advocacy group, Open Internet Coalition, met with FCC officials on Wednesday about potential legislation relating to open Internet principles, according to a disclosure document filed with the commission. Among the topics discussed were the transparency of broadband Internet service performance, network management practices, the treatment of specialized services and prohibitions on blocking legal content, according to the document.

Posted: Friday, July 30, 2010 - 9:25am

A Tea Party Fight Liberals Could Get Behind?

Posted: Friday, July 30, 2010 - 12:00am

Boucher Offers Spectrum Auction Bill

Adding to an already full plate of legislation before his panel, House Energy and Commerce Communications Subcommittee Chairman Rick Boucher, D-Va., introduced a bill Thursday that would provide incentives to broadcasters and other spectrum holders to voluntarily give up some spectrum to be auctioned for use by wireless broadband providers. The bill would implement the FCC's proposal included in its national broadband plan that calls on broadcasters to voluntarily surrender some of their spectrum for use for wireless broadband.

Posted: Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 8:05pm

Close Three-Way GOP Race As MI GOV Primary Nears

AG Mike Cox, Rep. Pete Hoekstra and businessman Rick Snyder are locked in a tight race for the MI GOV GOP nod just days before the Aug. 3 primary, according to a new poll released today.

Snyder has emerged with a slight lead in the poll, conducted for the Detroit Free Press and a consortium of local TV stations by EPIC MRA. Snyder claims 26% of likely primary voters, but Cox, at 24%, and Hoekstra, at 23%, are close behind.

Posted: Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 5:51pm

Congressional Insiders: No Deal On Extending Bush Tax Cuts

Congressional Dems and GOPers are pessimistic about the prospects for a bi-partisan deal on extending the Bush tax cuts-at least not before the election-according to the latest National Journal Congressional Insiders Poll. House and Senate Democrats and Republicans were asked if they thought the two parties would be able to come to a compromise on extending the Bush tax cuts that are set to expire on December 31, 2010. If Congress does nothing before then, taxes on earned income, capital gains and dividends will rise.

Posted: Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 5:35pm

Leahy To Hold Hearings On Administration's ECPA Proposal

Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Thursday said he plans to hold hearings this fall before agreeing to change a law giving the government the power to obtain more information on the electronic communications of U.S. citizens. The Obama administration is seeking changes to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act that would allow the FBI to obtain from Internet service providers additional information without warrants. The information includes the times and dates e-mails were sent and received and possibly a user's browser history.

Posted: Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 4:45pm