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Key Lawmakers Seek Input On Public Safety Communications

Leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee wrote FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski Wednesday seeking input on draft legislation the panel is crafting that would implement recommendations for the creation of a national interoperable broadband public safety network as well as information on the state of the public safety communications market. The letter was sent by Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry Waxman, D-Calif, ranking member Joe Barton, R-Texas, Communications Subcommittee Chairman Rick Boucher, D-Va., and subcommittee ranking member Cliff Stearns, R-Fla.

Posted: Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - 7:35pm

Dems Wanted To Raise Retirement Age Too

Dems have gleefully spent the day slamming House Min. Leader John Boehner for supporting an increase in the retirement age. But it turns out raising the retirement age has bipartisan support.

Boehner's office passes along a series of clips that show senior Dems supported lifting the retirement age too.

Those senior Dems include VP Joe Biden, who told the AP in '07 he was open to discussions about raising the cap.

Posted: Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - 6:59pm

Dems Celebrate Boehner Comment, But Will It Work?

Dems celebrated when House Min. Leader John Boehner compared financial regulatory reform to "killing an ant with a nuclear weapon." The majority, facing dire political straits, is racing to tag House GOPers as out of touch with average Americans, more in the pocket of Wall Street than Main Street.

Posted: Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - 5:16pm

Kos, R2K Reach For Their Lawyers

The battle between DailyKos and polling firm Research 2000, a day after Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas said a weekly poll the firm conducted for the liberal blog was "likely bunk," has evolved into a knock-down-drag-out legal dispute, suggesting that consumers of political surveys won't know for a long while which, if any, Research 2000 polls they can trust.

Posted: Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - 4:34pm

Why The GOP Waded Into A Contested Primary

The NRCC raised eyebrows on Monday by taking sides in a contested primary, elevating one contender to the highest level of its recruiting program while leaving 2 other well-funded challengers behind.

Stephen Fincher (R), a farmer and gospel singer who bolted to a fast fundraising start, has been named a "Young Gun," the top tier of the NRCC's recruiting ladder. Top GOP leaders in DC have been impressed with Fincher's abilities and his story since the moment he entered the race for Rep. John Tanner's (D-TN) seat.

Posted: Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - 4:01pm

Kos Book Still A Go

Accusations that a pollster hired to conduct surveys for the liberal DailyKos website fabricated some data won't hurt founder Markos Moulitsas's book schedule, he said in an email today.

Kos's book, "American Taliban", is due out Sept. 1. And despite a few citations of their former pollster, Research 2000, he said the tome's overall point remains thanks to other pollsters.

Posted: Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - 3:43pm

FCC Taps New Chief Technologist

The FCC announced Wednesday that Douglas C. Sicker will assume the role of chief technologist at the commission. A veteran of the FCC, Sicker previously served as chief of the commission's Network Technology Division. "I am delighted that Dr. Sicker is returning to provide the FCC with his broad and deep knowledge about the communications networks and technologies of today and tomorrow," FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said in a statement. Sicker will be returning to the FCC after a stint as an associate professor of computer science at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Posted: Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - 2:58pm

CDT Urges Action Against Data Broker

The Center for Democracy and Technology filed a complaint Wednesday with the FTC against an online data aggregator and broker that the group claims has engaged in unfair and deceptive practices. The complaint alleges that Spokeo Inc. has violated the Fair Credit Reporting Act and engaged in unfair and deceptive business practices.

Posted: Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - 2:49pm

NRCC Picks New Young Guns

The NRCC is spotlighting 16 new top recruits it hopes will make up an increasingly large freshman class in the 112th Congress.

Those candidates are the latest entrants to the roster of Young Guns, recruits who have met specific fundraising, volunteer recruiting and media relations benchmarks.

Posted: Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - 2:16pm

EU Taking On Net Neutrality

The European Commission announced Wednesday that it has launched an examination into the issue of network neutrality that will look at such issues as whether Internet service providers should be allowed to adopt network management practices that prioritize certain types of content over others.

Posted: Wednesday, June 30, 2010 - 1:29pm