National Journal Online

Dems Taking on the Tea Party, Again

Democratic National Committee chairman Tim Kaine will be accusing GOP leaders of being beholden to the Tea Party's agenda at a press conference this morning, mocking Republican plans to offer voters a legislative commitment modeled after the Contract with America.

Posted: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 - 6:00am

Home Star Stalled As Spill Debate Rages On

The energy legislation introduced by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Tuesday is a potpourri, with provisions to abolish the oil spill liability cap and overhaul the government agency that oversees offshore drilling. But tacked to the bill is a home retrofitting program that has been idling i

Posted: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 - 12:00am

Fallin Cruises In OK GOV Primary, Faces Askins

Updated 5:43 a.m.

Rep./ex-LG Mary Fallin (R-OK) won the OK GOV GOP primary in convincing fashion, easily defeating state Sen. Randy Brogdon (R) with 55 percent of the vote. She will be facing LG Jari Askins (D), a surprise victor in the Dem primary, setting up an all-female gubernatorial matchup.

Fallin is the heavy favorite in the general election, where she will continue her bid to go from representing the state's 5th CD to becoming its first woman gov.

Posted: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 9:58pm

Microsoft Blasts Yahoo Japan-Google Deal

Microsoft said Tuesday that Google's deal with Yahoo Japan to replace its search service with Google's is more anti-competitive than a failed 2008 U.S. advertising deal between Yahoo and Google that the Justice Department said would violate U.S. antitrust laws.

Posted: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 8:53pm

Business Groups Urge Congress To Provide More PTO Funding

Five business groups and trade associations sent a letter to House and Senate leaders Tuesday urging lawmakers to allow the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to use fees it has collected above the amount allocated to the agency in its fiscal year 2010 spending bill. The Obama administration submitted a formal request to lawmakers earlier this month for supplemental funding that would allow the PTO to use $129 million in additional fees the agency collected above the amount it estimated it would collect this year and that was set by Congress in the fiscal 2010 spending bill.

Posted: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 8:30pm

FCC Cautioned On D-Block Spectrum Auction

A key lawmaker and senior Homeland Security official said Tuesday that the FCC should not go forward with selling commercial firms access to communications spectrum needed by public safety organizations until key technical and legal issues are resolved, CongressDaily reported. House Homeland Security Emergency Communications Subcommittee Chairwoman Laura Richardson, D-Calif., questioned whether the FCC has thoroughly worked out details of its plan to auction off the D-block spectrum to commercial wireless providers.

Posted: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 6:03pm

House Race Rankings: The Top 40

Since we last published our rankings, two important clues have emerged to give us some help in navigating the general election landscape.

One is the second-quarter FEC reports, which in some cases helped Democrats' cause. That's because the party's incumbents have built up solid war chests in anticipation of extremely tough contests in the fall. Conversely, many of their Republican challengers start the general election in relatively weak positions, mostly because primaries have exhausted their stockpiles.

Posted: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 5:08pm

FTC Weighs 'Do Not Track' List

FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz told a Senate panel Tuesday that the commission is exploring the idea of proposing a "do-not-track" list similar to the national Do Not Call registry that would allow consumers to opt-out of having their Web activities tracked for advertising purposes. Leibowitz discussed the proposal during a Senate Commerce hearing on online consumer privacy. The FTC is expected to release a report in the fall with recommendations on ways to improve online privacy.

Posted: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 5:03pm

Facebook Defends Privacy Policies

Ahead of a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing Wednesday on online privacy, Facebook's top lobbyist wrote Judiciary Chairman John Conyers, D-Mich., to defend concerns that the social networking site shares user data with third parties without users permission. In the letter Saturday to Conyers, Facebook Director of Public Policy Tim Sparapani responded to a request from Conyers for information on Facebook's privacy policies and with whom the firm shares user data.

Posted: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 3:27pm

Haslam Defends Record, Business

Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam (R) chided his GOP opponents for turning negative on him during an interview with Hotline OnCall last week while defending his record as the head of Pilot Corp.

Posted: Tuesday, July 27, 2010 - 3:01pm