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Ayotte's Unfavorable Ratings Rising In UNH Poll

Rep. Paul Hodes (D) trails both ex-AG Kelly Ayotte (R) and businessman Bill Binnie (R) in the race to succeed retiring Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH), according to a new poll released today, though there are indications the race may be tightening.

The Granite State Poll, conducted by the UNH Survey Center, shows Ayotte leading Hodes among likely voters, 45-37%. Binnie leads Hodes by a smaller margin, 41-38%.

Posted: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 - 7:12pm

ICANN Deploys Security Tool To Enhance Net Security

The nonprofit group that manages the Internet's address system said Wednesday that it was working with the Commerce Department and security provider VeriSign to deploy a new tool aimed at curbing Internet crime. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers announced it was deploying the Deployment of Domain Name System Security Extensions, or DNSSEC, at the Internet's root, the huge database of Internet addresses, or domain names. ICANN has an agreement with the Commerce Department to manage the technical infrastructure underlying the Internet's domain name system.

Posted: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 - 6:14pm

House Panel Backs Internet Gambling Bill

The House Financial Services Committee Wednesday backed legislation that would legalize Internet gambling and set up a regime to license and regulate it. The bill was approved on a bipartisan 41-22 vote with one present vote from Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas. It would counter a 2006 law that prohibits online gambling with some exceptions and bars banks and credit card companies from processing payments for online bets. House Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank, D-Mass., said he is aiming to move the bill on a parallel track with a related measure offered by Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash.

Posted: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 - 5:08pm

Kagan Whip Count: Snowe Drift

Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) today became the fourth GOPer to announce she will support Solicitor Gen. Elena Kagan's SCOTUS nomination when the Senate votes next week. Snowe joins her fellow Mainer, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), in crossing the aisle to vote for Kagan.

Posted: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 - 2:10pm

Commerce Seeks Comment On How To Bolster Cybersecurity

The Commerce Department on Wednesday released a notice seeking comment from commercial and academic stakeholders on the challenges private sector organizations face in enhancing their own cybersecurity, and possible strategies, including financial incentives, to encourage best practices, Nextgov.com reported. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke announced plans on Tuesday to release the notice of inquiry at the Symposium on Cybersecurity in the Commercial Space, hosted by the department's National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Posted: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 - 1:47pm

Political Impact of Immigration Decision

A federal judge's decision today to block the implementation of parts of the Arizona immigration law will bring the hot-button issue front-and-center, and create challenging decisions for both parties' leading Senate candidates.

Posted: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 - 1:33pm

Japanese Antitrust Official Defends Approval Of Google Deal

Japan's antitrust authority defended its decision Wednesday to approve Yahoo Japan's deal with Google to use its search services after critics such as rival Microsoft criticized the agreement as anticompetitive. Under the non-exclusive deal formally announced Tuesday, Google will provide both search and search-related advertising platform services to Yahoo Japan, which will license some of its Japanese search content to Google for use in its Japanese search results. Yahoo Inc. owns a minority stake in Yahoo Japan, which is a subsidiary of Softbank.

Posted: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 - 12:25pm

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